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Island Guide

April 22, 2014 – 9:08 AM | Comments Off

The island of Koh Chang . . . to some it’s the ‘Maldives of Thailand‘ to others ‘The Oriental Eden of the East‘ or even the ‘Last Paradise of Natural‘ but to anyone who has ever been here, or who lives in the real world, this is all marketing nonsense. What you want to know is ‘What is Koh Chang really like?‘ The good, the bad and the stuff hotel booking sites ‘forget’ to mention. Fortunately, you’ve come to the right place to find out.

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Koh Chang resort and hotel reviews. Room rates and locations of over 70 Koh Chang hotels, resorts, guesthouses and slummy chipboard huts from 300 - 30,000 Baht/night. Book online or through a reputable local tour agent.


Koh Chang activities. You'll probably want to leave the confines of your hotel at some point. But what will you do? Where will you go? Who will organise it for you? Read this and discover the numerous ways to fill your days on Koh Chang.

The Guide For Independent Travelers to Koh Chang

Read the Koh Chang Island Guide. Each beach on Koh Chang attracts a different type of visitor. Find out what you need to know about the different areas of the island. There is something for everyone whether it be beer and hookers or peace and quiet.


Property on Koh Chang. Everyone will be your best friend once they know you want to buy real estate here. Listings of businesses, homes and land for sale on Koh Chang and Koh Mak. Plus new information on what not to buy and why not to buy it.

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Pictures of Koh Chang and other islands. Unimaginative, but un-Photoshopped, photos taken around the island which should give you an idea of what to expect when finally reach Koh Chang, if you can't be bothered to read the 'Island Guide' section.

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8 August

August 8, 2014 – 2:17 PM | 2 Comments

Another lazy, belated update as a) not a lot’s happening here and b) I’m busy planning my own holidays which will involve spending September driving & walking around the nicer, more mountainous bits of Europe.

On the island, the weather has been alternating between a few days of bright, sunny weather and a few days of grey wet weather.  Sadly, no way to know in advance which you’ll get when you come here.  So, make a little offering to the travel gods and cross your fingers if you have a holiday booked in the next couple of months.  July and now August continued to be quieter than is normal here.  I guess due to visitors being put off by the coup, as tourism is still well down on normal across Thailand.  But at least people have started planning for winter holidays again and the number of emails I receive has gone back up to their usual level – which is a good indicator than next High Season should be business as usual.

Rainy season Koh Chang

If you happen to being driving from Trat to the ferry pier, and also happen to be in need of basketware, home decor etc then there’s a good little shop which sells locally made items, by the roadside in the centre of Nam Chieo village – you can’t miss it.

The local tourism authority has the job of promoting Koh Chang to the outside world, but I’ve yet to hear of anyone who has every discovered the island via their efforts.  No-one seems to know what they do.  However, there’s some good news, the Trat Tourism Council which isn’t the same as the Trat branch of the Tourist Authority of Thailand, has announced a grand plan to connect Koh Chang and Pattaya by sea.   This will enable sailors to sail from Pattaya to Koh Chang.   Something that they can already do quite easily, as they have boats and are sailors – but that’s irrelevant to the Trat Tourism Council.

In the coming months the sea will be officially open for yachties and the adventurous ones will even be able to go into Cambodian waters . . . if they can come up with a way, other than obviously getting a visa in advance or calling into an immigration office when they make land,  to figure out how to overcome this obstacle.   Wonder what the budget for this plan will be & where the money will be spent?  The news report in all its glory.

Trat Tourism Council to connect Pattaya and Trat islands by sea for tourism

 The Trat Tourism Council is planning to connect a tourism route by sea between Pattaya and Trat islands before expanding the route to connect with more locations in the future. Chakapat Tawaetikul, the president of the Trat Tourism Council, chaired a meeting of the committee to develop a marine tourism route. The meeting was attended by both public and private sectors to share their ideas on the topic. As there are many Thai and foreign tourists who love to sail, the relevant authorities set up a special area comprising Pattaya, Koh Chang islands and Trat islands. It also has a plan to connect the Trat islands to the neighboring sea. However, the connection with neighboring Cambodia and Vietnam requires more discussion since it must handle immigration issues. 

Here’s a nice teakwood & brick house for sale on Koh Mak, over 200sqm living space on two floors, 500Sqm of land and a long registered lease.  Ideal as a holiday home as it can be rented out through the resort it is built in.  The owners need to sell due to illness and so the price is only 130,000 Euros.  More photos and info.

Last update I mentioned a nice spot by the Klong Plu river where locals go to swim.  If you are staying around the south of the island there’s another great little place where you can swim safely in crystal clear fresh water from the mountains.  Follow the main road from Bangbao, past Klong Kloi beach.  You’ll need to take care if you’re on a scooter as the road is steep and slippery immediately after you pass the beach.  Head around 1Km further and you’ll come to the river.  If you are here at the weekend you’ll see a small food & drinks stall set up.   Great place to cool off if the sea is too rough.

Finally, the Thai Army were here last weekend ensuring that everyone had a good night out, paid their bar bills, didn’t forget to tip, and weren’t reading 1984 or any engaging in any activities that could be deemed democratic.   As Koh Chang is ( possibly) a hotbed of terrorist activity, they thought it best to go out with M16s and flak jackets – safety first. Here they are offering assistance to staff from a massage shop on White Sand beach.  ( Photo by Correntin )


8 August

August 8, 2014 – 2:17 PM | 2 Comments

Another lazy, belated update as a) not a lot’s happening here and b) I’m busy planning my own holidays which will involve spending September driving & walking around the nicer, more mountainous bits of Europe.
On the island, the weather has been alternating between a few days of bright, sunny weather and …

Who’s Pool is This? A Secret Waterfall in Klong Son

August 19, 2014 – 11:41 AM |

It’s always fun to head out on the scooter and along dirt tracks to see where they lead.  Often there’s nothing of interest at the end and a couple of kilometers on a gradually narrowing, potholed dirt track ends at the house of a bemused rubber farmer or fisherman who …

( Sadly, Not a ) Typical Rainy Season Day

August 15, 2014 – 9:54 AM |

At this time of year you can expect the average day, weatherwise, to consist of some heavy overnight rain; the occasional daytime shower; a grey morning but brighter & driver afternoon; a little sunshine and fairly rough sea.  But, if you have good luck then you can also experience near …

Tourists Discover New Island Resort In East Thailand

August 13, 2014 – 7:14 PM |
Tourists Discover New Island Resort In East Thailand

Shanghai Daily 12 August
Move over Phuket and Pattaya. Here comes Thailand’s easternmost seaside resort of Koh Chang (Elephant Island) which has seen a record turnout of tourists over a long weekend that ended Tuesday, thanks to ferry boat services plying between Trat province and its tropical island lying in the …

Aerial Video of Koh Rang – Popular Snorkelling Spot

July 30, 2014 – 7:34 PM |

If you take a snorkelling trip by speedboat whilst on holiday on Koh Chang you’ll almost certainly stop for lunch on Koh Rang. This is a medium sized island to the west of Koh Mak, uninhabited apart from a National Park Ranger Station. The ranger station has a camp site …

A Typical Low / Rainy / Green Season Day

July 26, 2014 – 6:31 PM |

Low, rainy or green.  Take your pick on how to describe this time of year on Koh Chang.  The island is quieter than usual One of the most common questions I get asked is “What will the weather be like  in < insert month between May and October > ?”
Who …

Wholesale & Retail Wine Business For Sale

July 24, 2014 – 10:48 AM |

This business was set up in 2004 and is Koh Chang’s leading wine wholesaler and distributor. The owner now has to relocate for family reasons & so it is for sale.
The business is running with many repeat and long term customers in hand. You’ll take over all existing contracts and …

Little Sunshine Resort

July 12, 2014 – 8:17 PM | 2 Comments

Little Sunshine Resort is Koh Chang’s newest and smallest boutique resort.  A Swiss/Thai family has converted their three luxury beachfront villas on Koh Chang into a luxurious retreat managed by a small team of professionally trained staff.  If you need 5 star comforts but prefer a more homely, private but welcoming atmosphere than a large resort can offer,  this is the place for you.  High Season rates from 3,000 Baht/night.

Beautiful Thai-Style Holiday Villa For Sale on Koh Mak

July 9, 2014 – 12:03 PM | Comments Off


This beautiful red brick and teakwood home is located on the island of Koh Mak.   It comprises two floors and has a total living area of approx 170sqm.   It is built on a 650sqm of Chanote titled land.   Near neighbours include several other expat home owners.   …

Bungalow in 800sqm Landscaped Garden For Sale

July 8, 2014 – 9:32 PM | Comments Off

This cosy studio bungalow sits on an 800sqm Chanote titled plot of land on Koh Mak.   The internal living area is approx 50sqm – studio bedroom plus bathroom, and outside there is a large terrace area and covered seating.
As the land is large, the bungalow could easily be extended, …

7 July

July 7, 2014 – 1:49 PM | 2 Comments

After the wettest  June for a few years the weather has perked up a bit in July. Some nice sunny days and no big storms ( yet).  However, the sea is still quite rough and another tourist drowned a  week ago off Lonely beach.  So, if you need to cool off …

Chinese Tourist Drowns Off Koh Chang Coast

July 2, 2014 – 8:41 PM |
Chinese Tourist Drowns Off Koh Chang Coast

1 July 2014 (NNT)
A Chinese tourist reportedly drowned near Koh Chang in Trat after he was swept away by strong waves. Local rescue teams have retrieved the body of a 19-year-old Chinese tourist identified as Guo Jiachang from the southern part of the island. Witnesses said Mr Jiachang had ignored warnings …