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Island Guide

February 22, 2015 – 9:08 AM | Comments Off on Island Guide

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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Accommodation

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.

Activities

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

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.

Photo Galleries

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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9 May

May 9, 2015 – 7:43 AM |

The Songkran, Thai New Year, celebrations were a bit muted this year.  Whilst the island was definitely far busier than usual, it wasn’t total chaos as it has been in previous years.  However, the recent five day May Day holiday more than made up for it.  During the first couple of days of the holiday drivers queued for several hours to get onto the island. And on the last two days, this was repeated and drivers were waiting until late night to get off the island. At one stage the tailbacks from the ferry piers were around 4Km long.

This video is from lunchtime on 1 May.  These people were lucky.  It got much worse later in the day.  It took many drivers 12+ hours to get from Bangkok onto Koh Chang.  Well over double the normal travelling time to the island.

And this is lunchtime a few days later when people were leaving the island.  ( So avoid driving here on long Thai holidays. )

Down on Klong Kloi beach, near Bangbao, a nice little resort has opened.  It’s called ‘Treehouse Bungalows’ ( no relation to the famous Treehouse that put Koh Chang on the backpackers’ map years ago ) The fan and AC bungalows are built on what’s almost an island in the middle of a mangrove lined inlet that leads out to the sea.   Access is via  wooden bridge and there are raised wooden walkways connecting the bungalows and the restaurant.  They also have a goat.  AC bungalows are 1,500 Baht and Fan huts are 500 Baht.  Looks a laid back, peaceful place and the beach is only 3 minutes walk away.

Now the May Day holidays are over, High Season is too.  Despite the weather still being very good, boat services have now stopped running from Koh Chang to Koh Mak and Koh Kood and the beaches are almost deserted.  It’s a great time to visit the island.

Say, you decide to rent a car whilst on holiday on Koh Chang.  Then after a few days exploring thew island you decide to head off and see what Trat has to offer.  When on the mainland you get hungry.  But where to eat?  Here’s a great place, located half way between the ferry pier and Trat town.  It’s in a village called Nam Cheio.  The road to Trat passes through the village which is built alongside  a river.  However, there is a second part of the village a kilometre away, closer to the sea.  This fishing community is where ‘Tewtara’ restaurant is located.   They also have a guesthouse nearby if you want a night in a real fisherman’s village.   ( Info & Map – Thai language but plenty of photos of food )

Accident of the Week:  As usual there are always a few to choose from but this week’s winner is the pick up truck taxi driver who overtook in the wet and managed to flip his vehicle 360 degrees into a drainage ditch.  On the plus side he hit the only section of roadside that didn’t have a shop or beer bar built on it. He survived with a few cuts and bruises.  Luckily there were no passengers onboard.

Walking to from Koh Chang to Koh Man Nai Island

May 26, 2015 – 11:18 AM |
Koh Man Nai

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In the High Season visitors staying in Kai Bae often paddle a kayak out to the island close to the southern tip of Kai Bae beach. The view of this island, taken from the roadside viewpoint is one of the most commonly seen on postcards and …

The #1 Rated Restaurant on Koh Chang vs. #83 Rated Restaurant. The Winner is . . .

May 22, 2015 – 6:09 PM |
Prawns at Jae Eiw Restaurant

Is there any real difference between restaurants?  Or are they pretty much the same wherever you go?  I decided to put this to the test by comparing the restaurant that is top rated, not only for Koh Chang but for all Trat province against the one that was ranked 83rd.
Surprisingly, …

British Tourist Drowns in Hotel Pool on Koh Chang. How the Thai & UK Reports Differ

May 18, 2015 – 9:30 PM |
British Tourist Drowns in Hotel Pool on Koh Chang. How the Thai & UK Reports Differ

British Tourist Drowns in Hotel Pool.
A British tourist drowned in the pool of Sofia Garden Resort, Koh Chang early morning on 16 May.  That much people know.  It was probably a tragic accident.
But if so, then it’s odd that reports of key events differ so much.  The only thing that’s certain …

Five Family Rooms, for Families of Five, at Resorts on Koh Chang

May 13, 2015 – 6:26 PM |
Serenity Resort, Koh Chang

Mum, Dad and three kids.  That’s not an unusual sized family.  Yet there are very few resorts that provide accommodation cater for families of five on Koh Chang.  Once your kids are the age that they require their own bed, parents are often stuck with the choice of paying for an …

How ( Not ) to Stay on Koh Chang Longterm – A Tale of Visa Woes

May 11, 2015 – 7:23 PM |
Thailand Tourist Visa

If you’re the type of person who has their plans and life mapped out in advance, this doesn’t really apply.  You’ll know how to use Google and will have already decided to get, for example, a Triple Entry Tourist Visa from a  Thai Consulate or Embassy in your own country. …

9 May

May 9, 2015 – 7:43 AM |
Peaceful Koh Chang Beach

The Songkran, Thai New Year, celebrations were a bit muted this year.  Whilst the island was definitely far busier than usual, it wasn’t total chaos as it has been in previous years.  However, the recent five day May Day holiday more than made up for it.  During the first couple of …

“Will I See Any Fish?” – Koh Chang Snorkelling

May 6, 2015 – 7:11 PM |
Koh Chang Snorkelling Trip

“Will I see any fish?”
It’s always the first question our guests ask when I suggest they should take a snorkeling trip whilst they are on holiday on Koh Chang.  This video should confirm that the answer is a definite “Yes“.  Whilst the diving might not be as good as the more popular …

Koh Chang By Scooter. Part 7: Dan Mai to Salakkok

April 28, 2015 – 1:32 PM |
Dan Mai to Salakkok by scooter

This is the longest video as there wasn’t any obvious point to split it.  From Dan Mai village down to Salakkok is an easy ride.  No hills, no traffic, just a sea of green.  A lot of fruit is grown in this area, especially Durian.  From April – July, you’ll …

Koh Chang By Scooter. Part 6: Ao Sapporot Ferry Pier to Dan Mai

April 27, 2015 – 12:19 PM | One Comment
Koh Chang Motorcycle to Dan Mai

This, and subsequent videos take you down the east coast of Koh Chang from Ao Sapporot to the far southeast of Koh Chang.  To be honest the most interesting parts are those on the roads around Long Beach and Salakphet.  The ride down there is very pleasant but there’s nothing …

Dewa Resort Litter the Beach to Stage a Beach Cleanup for Guests . . . . Idiots

April 24, 2015 – 8:10 PM |
Staged beach cleanup

( Photo via Pascal on Facebook )
I used to think The Dewa was a good resort, but the actions of their management today have taken idiocy to a whole new level.
Apparently they had a Thai group visiting who wanted to save the planet and clean up the island.  That’s a …

‘Cirz’ Koh Chang Beach Condos. From THB 3.99 Million.

April 22, 2015 – 7:03 AM |
Koh Chang Condominiums For Sale

The ideal holiday home on Koh Chang.West coast location on Kai Bae beach. Shops bars and restaurants all within a couple of minutes walk. Studio condos from just 2,049,000 Baht One and Two bedroom units also available.

Songkran on Koh Chang. Happy New Year!

April 21, 2015 – 8:37 PM |
Songkran holiday on Koh Chang 2015

Songkran, Thai New Year, has been and gone.  For a few days the island was packed with holidaying Thai families escaping from Bangkok for a few days by the sea.  However, this year seemed a bit more subdued than in previous years as authorities around Thailand had been told to …