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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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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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30 October

October 30, 2014 – 2:24 PM |

New on Koh Chang.   Although many business owners are saying the island is quieter than normal for this time of year, that hasn’t meant any cease in the push to develop the island and build more and larger resorts.  Two large resorts opening up are the all new Awa on Kai Bae beach, from the same owners as Ramayana resort and The Dewa.  The Dewa lived up to it’s tagline of being ‘distinctively different’ when it opened and Awa looks to be in the same vein.  It’s a large concrete block but , going off what you can see from the roadside and the mock-ups is a pretty interesting design.  Meanwhile on White Sand beach, Kacha Resort’s new beachfront blocks are coming on apace.  It’s amazing how fast buildings go up when you throw an unlimited number of Cambodian labourers onto the job.  Design wise, it’s nothing interesting – a generic hotel block in virtually the same style as the existing rooms.  At the south end of White Sand beach two old bungalow resorts, Bamboo & Apple are in the process of being transformed into compact U-shaped resorts complete with hotel style rooms and small pools.  Close by,  construction has finished on a new place, which is , surprise surprise, a concrete hotel block, ‘DuTalay’, on the site of the old Baan Thai resort. More new stuff in the next update.  Pics below from White Sand beach.

Cookies Hotel got a facelift and the owners have obviously decided that the market they’re after is  Hello Kitty fans and families with 6 years olds who are into Barbie.  Bring your  sunglasses  to prevent your retinas from being singed through repeat exposure.

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It definitely adds something to a guest’s experience when a resort labels the signs of the various tropical plants.  It’s always nice to know what flower, plant or tree you are looking at or your child has just pulled the leaves off.  Typically these signs are in Thai and also Latin, as the scientific Latin name is used everywhere.  Resorts here have been doing this for a while.  The National Park has done this and now the Thai Navy has had a go at doing it too at their naval resort near White Sand beach.  However, you get the impression that the guy who did the signs for the Navy just couldn’t be arsed  . . .

Glamping. i.e. ‘Glamourous camping’ which in turn means camping but with a real bed, a fan and soft furnishings, is now available on Koh Chang.  Cliff Cottage has taken down their old fan huts and replaced them with tents.  Some for 1-2 people, others large enough for a family.  If you’re on a budget and are looking for great sunset views, peace and quiet, fresh air and some pretty good snorkelling 100 metres away, then these might be for you.  They’ve only just been built so there’s still availability during Peak Season. Check Cliff Cottage Prices and Availability

Mini Adventure. Koh Chang’s tallest waterfall.  Klong Neung waterfall on Koh Chang is also by far the east visited of the named waterfalls ( There are numerous small unnamed waterfalls hidden in the jungle which you can visit whilst on a jungle trek )  I was in the south-east of Koh Chang a couple of days ago and realised I hadn’t been there for 2-3 years.  So I decided to go and find it again.  There is a signposted, paved road leading up to a small parking area at the start of the walk to the waterfall.  However, the reason most people don’t visit is that getting there requires walking up the river bed and scrambling over and around some large boulders.  There is no footpath.  You’ll be scrambling up the riverbed and obstacles such as fallen trees and small waterfalls and  you’ll need to pull yourself up and lower yourself down large rocks in a couple of places.  Ideally take a backpack, so your hands are free ( But I didn’t) and wear walking sandals rather than flip-flops (But I didn’t ) It’s a great time to visit now.  I’ll add a page with more photos and info later.

Good news for motorists.  For years people have been saying that there should be some free public parking available on the island – apart from by the busy roadside.  Now, the organisation know as DASTA – Designated Area for Sustainable tourism Administration, has built a free car park for people visiting Koh Chang.  However rather than build it close to a beach area, they built it in Klong Son, about 400 metres from the main ferry pier.  To be honest it isn’t often that people decide to get in their car, leave Bangkok, drive 300Km, take the ferry, get off the ferry and then think to themselves “Let’s take a break now – it’s another 15 minutes drive to our hotel.”  And likewise, at the end of your holiday, it’s time to drive home.  You leave you’re hotel, head to the pier and 30 seconds before you reach it, think ” I really need to stop and stretch my legs.”  But it’s not my job to question their wisdom, or the decision making process that goes into budget allocation.

Next week, from 2 – 6 November one of the highlights of Koh Chang’s social calendar takes place.  The Loy Krathong Festival at Klong Prao temple.  Worth going to.  Especially on the night of the 6th which is the night when people will buy ‘krathongs’ and float them in rivers and the ocean in order to thank the water spirits and wash away their sins from the past year ( or something along those lines)  Regardless, they’ll be fun & games, cheap food, market stalls, music, fireworks, beer,  and lots of people – so check it out.  This is what I wrote about the Loy Krathong celebrations way back in 2005, nothing’s changed since.

30 October

October 30, 2014 – 2:24 PM |
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New on Koh Chang.   Although many business owners are saying the island is quieter than normal for this time of year, that hasn’t meant any cease in the push to develop the island and build more and larger resorts.  Two large resorts opening up are …

Around Bangbao Fishing Village – October 2014

October 28, 2014 – 10:46 AM |
Bangbao Fishing Village

There haven’t been as many changes in Bangbao fishing village this year as compared to last , when the walkway between the houses was covered to make it resemble a narrow indoor market.  The main area that has been developed is the land on the peninsula that faces east looking over …

White Sand Beach Photos – October 2014

October 26, 2014 – 11:31 AM | 3 Comments
White Sand Beach photo

I took a walk around White Sand beach yesterday to take a few photos and see what’s changed since last high season.  Good news is that the beach is much tidier – the army have had a crackdown on deckchairs and sun-loungers, so you won’t see as many out on …

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 …

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 …

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 …