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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 October

October 8, 2014 – 6:55 PM |

Holidays over and back to Koh Chang for a couple of weeks of getting the guesthouse ready for the coming High Season.  It’s been grey and wet recently so I’ll add a more informative update in the next couple of weeks when good weather and me having free time coincide.

Whilst we were away, Koh Chang was hit by torrential rains, the resulting runoff knocked out the main bridge on the west coast of the island, destroyed and damaged homes of those living near rives and left the beaches covered in debris.  Three people including a German tourist died.  There are always some floods at the end of the rainy season, but this was the worst for 50 years.

I added a couple of news reports of the floods and subsequent clean up operation here & here

These photos of the flood and aftermath are taken from various Facebook pages.  As you’ll see there was a concerted effort by the local authorities to get the road fixed, beaches cleaned up and help to people who lost homes as quickly as possible.  The bridge was fixed within a couple of days and traffic was able to use it again.  Business owners and residents donated food and clothing to the newly homeless.  Within 10 days the beaches had been cleaned.

If you’ve booked the Amari Emerald Cove Resort, you’ll notice that it’s now simple the Emerald Cove Resort.  Same owner, same manager, same staff – but no longer under the Amari brand.

Meanwhile elsewhere in Klong Prao the island’s newest, and by the looks of things, nicest ‘flashpacker’ resort has opened a stone’s throw from Klong Porao beach.  Check out ‘Pajamas Hostel

Good news for the Russian Orthodox Christian community on Koh Chang.  The Thailand branch of this popular religion is currently building a new franchise which will be Koh Chang’s first church, in the name of everyone’s favourite saint . . . St. Sergius of Radonezh. The 10 Million Baht project is being financed entirely by donations.  More details of how to donate money to make God ( Your God, the good one – not the evil one foreigners & terrorists believe in ) love you more can be found on the church website

If you’re an animal lover and want to do something to help stray dogs on Koh Chang, please see Happy Dogs Koh Chang Facebook page. It may not make God love you more, but it’ll please me.   Tina and friends do a lot of good work not only feeding strays and taking care of injured animals but also spaying and neutering them.  This of course requires donations – from lovely people like you.  Also, if you happen to be here on holiday and also happen to be a vet or veterinary nurse and would like to help out in a more ‘hands on’ manner . . . see below.


A common question I get is “Where do you like to go for your holidays?”  Here’s a few photos from this year’s trip when we did a couple of nice drives around Austria, Switzerland and north of Italy.  A month with too much food, wine and proper beer – which may account for the 5Kg I’ve gained.

Finally, a couple of weeks ago, a video was uploaded onto Facebook.  It went viral in Thailand & quickly because the most viewed video about Koh Chang ever in the history of the internet.  Over 110,000 Facebookers ‘Liked’ it.  Over 50,000 commented on it and 24,000 shared it.

In total it now has over 1,800,000 views.

You’re probably now thinking – ‘Wow – this must be worth seeing. It’s got to be mindblowingly crazy &  cute and almost certainly involves kittens and (hopefully) nudity‘. Yet, you’d be mistaken and rather disappointed when you see it.  There’s no hilarious cats.  No celebrity boobs.  Not even a  Gangnam Style dance move or two. It’s a 3 minute video of a girl-fight outside the 7-eleven in Chai Chet.   Just an argument and a bit of a tussle.  A showdown between an angry wife and a scorned mistress with a few fists and kicks thrown by the husband as a bonus.  Go grab a drink and some popcorn and watch: Koh Chang’s Rumble in the Jungle

8 October

October 8, 2014 – 6:55 PM |

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Holidays over and back to Koh Chang for a couple of weeks of getting the guesthouse ready for the coming High Season.  It’s been grey and wet recently so I’ll add a more informative update in the next couple of weeks when good weather and me …

Tourist Arrivals in Trat Province Drop By More Than 50%

October 21, 2014 – 9:40 AM |
Tourist Arrivals in Trat Province Drop By More Than 50%

BANGKOK, 21 Oct (NNT) – The chairman of Trat Chamber of Commerce has revealed that tourist arrivals in the first 9 months of this year have dropped by more than half of last year’s number.
Trat Chamber of Commerce Chairman Sumitr Keawkajee said that the province is seen a substantial decline …

Trade on Koh Chang Regulated by Army to Return Space to the Public

October 20, 2014 – 8:13 AM |
Trade on Koh Chang Regulated by Army to Return Space to the Public

TRAT, 19 Oct 2014 (NNT) – Officials in Koh Chang District, Trat Province remove 8 vending booths encroaching on Baan Chaichet Village road, reclaiming the space for public use.
Joining in the operation were District Chief Peera Iamsunthon and Trat Navy Chief Lieutenant Manot Boontube, and related officials, after the authorities …

Koh Chang From Above : Klong Prao Resort & Chai Chet Resort

October 17, 2014 – 8:39 PM |

A new series beginning today of aerial photos taken from my ‘Koh Chang Drone’ .  I’m still learning to fly and control it properly at the moment, so these are just some initial photos from , I think, my ninth and tenth ever flights, which were earlier today.  I’ll also start …

Koh Chang Wedding Photography

October 13, 2014 – 5:39 PM |

An increasing number of people are now choosing to get engaged, celbrate a special occasion or even get married, or at least have a blessing ceremony, here on the island.  You can make do with a few snaps from your Iphone and a friend of a friend clicking away with …

Beautifully Renovated 3 Bedroom Fisherman’s House For Sale on Koh Chang

October 9, 2014 – 12:12 PM |

This three bedroom house is originally a fisherman’s house. Located right on a beautiful lagoon , it was recently renovated into a full-fledged wooden villa that retains the unique charm of traditional Thai houses while offering the comfort of modern habitat.
The current owners use it as a rental property as it’s …

Gorgeous 5-bed House with 3,350 sqm private Tropical Garden * Price Reduced *

October 5, 2014 – 11:31 AM |

* Price reduced by THB 2 Million *
This imposing three-story, two-wing property is of classical Thai design and has a built area of 492 sqm.
Features include open-plan living and dining, a steep pitch “temple roof”, seven verandas and balconies and a large teak sala nestled in the glorious grounds.
The very …

Video: Promoting The Natural Beauty of Koh Chang

September 21, 2014 – 9:08 AM |

This video was made  Thai university students as an entry for the 2014 ‘Creative Tourism’ contest held by the Thai Tourist Authority to promote the natural beauty and local way of life around Thailand.  Some very nice footage, well worth watching to get a feel for Koh Chang away from …

Flash Floods Pound Koh Chang Resorts

September 11, 2014 – 10:42 AM |
Flash Floods Pound Koh Chang Resorts

Bangkok Post 9 September 2014
TRAT – Work gangs were cleaning up on Koh Chang, repairing bridges and washed-out roads on Monday, after the resort island was hit by flash floods following torrential rain on Sunday night.

Tourists and local residents on Koh Chang in Trat province use a temporary foot crossing at the washed-out Khlong Phlu …

Runoff Wipes Out Homes on Koh Chang

September 10, 2014 – 10:34 AM |
Runoff Wipes Out Homes on Koh Chang

Pattaya Mail, 8 September
Heavy rains last night caused devastating runoff in two sub-districts of Ko Chang, a popular tourist destination in this province.  Five villages in Ko Chang Tai sub-district are cut off from the outside as deep flooding impedes residents from leaving their homes.
The heaviest impact was in Ban …

Koh Chang Weather for August 2014

September 8, 2014 – 8:09 PM |
Koh Chang Weather for August 2014

A quick summary of the weather on Koh Chang in August 2014     August is usually pretty good, especially the last two weeks of the month.   And this year was no exception.  After a wet start of the month the sun came out and there were almost three weeks of …

Koh Chang Hit Hard by Flash Floods

September 8, 2014 – 1:40 AM |
Koh Chang Hit Hard by Flash Floods

Bangkok Post 7 September 2014
The island district of Koh Chang in Trat province in the East was hit by flash floods that followed a heavy downpour on Sunday night after continuous rain over the past two days, causing damage to houses and public utilities.
One villager was missing, reports said.
The heavy …