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Are These the Best Hotels and Resorts to Stay on Koh Chang?

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You’ll find details of loads of places to stay in the Accommodation section. But if you want a few places where you can’t really go wrong then take a look at this page. Just six resorts / bungalows / guesthouses plus a few alternatives ranging from 5 star luxury to basic beach huts.

Which are Koh Chang’s Best Hotels?

As unanswerable questions go, that’s one of the most unanswerable because everyone has differing budgets and requirements when choosing a hotel on Koh Chang or anywhere for that matter. So what’s best for one person, isn’t going to be best for another.

So, first things first, this isn’t just a list of the most luxurious resorts you’ll find on the island, they are simply places that not only do I like, but based on the emails I receive and the reviews I see online are well received by their guests too.

There are well over 150 different resorts, hotels, bungalows, guesthouses and huts to stay in on Koh Chang, many of which are pretty ‘samey’ so another of the criteria for the resorts that I have listed is that they also have to offer something different to the norm.

I’ve limited the selection to six, as it seems like a nice round number. There will be other resorts that I have listed here that would make other people’s ‘Best of’ list – no doubt about that. But I’m pretty sure that if you book one of these resorts then you won’t have any unexpected surprises.

And to narrow down the choices even more I’ve listed two luxury resorts, two mid range places and two for those on a tight budget.

If you have a credit card and aren’t afraid to use it then consider staying at:

With the addition of a couple of new hotel blocks, one with a rooftop pool, and a beachfront lagoon pool KC Grande ticks all the boxes for anyone wanting a high standard of accommodation on a great stretch of beach yet only a few minutes walk from dozens of places to eat, drink and shop.

And that’s not all. Some cracking beachfront villas opened in late 2015.  They aren’t cheap, but they are the best the island has to offer in terms of a 5 star beach villa with direct access to the beach.

KC Grande is located at the northern end of White Sand beach and has one of the longest beachfronts of any resort on the island. There is a variety of accommodation options from older beachfront bungalows to the new Sea View Grand Suites complete with jacuzzi on the balcony which are as good as you’ll find anywhere and the Garden view rooms and villas that provide cheaper but very comfortable alternatives.

So you have a resort that is fancy enough for honeymooners but with spacious gardens, great beach and huge pools that families will enjoy. You can also escape the crowds at the rooftop pool on the inland side of the main road and have a good night out with plenty of shops, bars and restaurants within a few minutes walk.

Judging from emails I receive, KC Grande Resort is by far the most popular 4 – 5 star resort on the island.

Check Room Rates at KC Grande Resort

Not a fan of large resorts?  Like wooden bungalows but also love a bit of luxury?


Compared to other islands there is a dearth of what travel magazines like to call ’boutique’ hotels on Koh Chang but for anyone looking for a medium size resort with a very high standard of service and accommodation, which is private yet only a few minutes walk to numerous restaurants and small shops the Gajapuri Resort is as good as it gets on Koh Chang.

The original resort consisted of 19 teak wood cottages, including four pool villas, are linked together by raised wooden walkways that run through the resorts lush gardens from the breakfast room at the rear to the four beachfront bungalows.   In 2014 the annex on the adjacent beachfront plot opened and doubled the size of the resort.  However, this means that there is a now a large communal pool and plenty of outdoor space in the beachfront garden area. Admittedly the beach isn’t the best on the island but this is more a place for people who want to relax and get away from it all than it is for those who want to lie on the sand all day.

A very good pick for an upmarket romantic getaway where you can be pretty sure you wont be surrounded by hordes of children or Chinese package tourists.

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Should have been on the list?

 The Emerald Cove would be an obvious choice. Excellent staff, European management, pricey but great Italian restaurant, the Emerald Cove, once part of the Amari chain,  has everything you expect in a 5 star resort.

The Dewa, close to the Amari, has unique ‘love it or hate it’ architecture. and is the funkiest of Koh Chang’s luxury resorts for sure.

The Mercure Hideaway, from the well known Accor chain, so  you know you’ll get a high level of service and high standard of room there, just don’t mention the ‘beach’.

Finally, a new resort in Kai Bae, Awa Resort – which opened in late 2014.  It has the same owners as The Dewa and has a more interesting design and architecture than most large resorts.

If you need some home comforts, want to chill out but also party a little, consider:


It was a bit of a risk for the two Thai partners who own Warapura to build what is a very nice, stylish small resort smack in the middle of Lonely Beach, the main backpacker area on the island. But it has paid off and the resort is exceptionally popular with those who appreciate a sea front pool, wifi, LCD TV and informal but efficient staff. Inside the resort you are a world away from the backpacking masses staying in the budget huts nearby yet you are only a few minutes walk from a multitude of bars and restaurants where you can eat, drink and party cheaply.

If you have travelled in your youth and still like a good night out, but now need a good night’s sleep and some comfort combined with a laid back atmosphere then Warapura is the place for you. The resort is by the sea but not on a sandy beach, but if you’re the type of person who would stay here then a 10 minute walk to the sand isn’t going to kill you.

Check Room Rates at Warapura Resort

Best laid back, small resort to get away from it all.  It’s got to be . . .


Amber Sands . . . but it’s on the wrong side of Koh Chang!?! True, this six bungalow family run resort is located on the east coast, but only 15 minutes drive from the busy White Sand beach, and true it isn’t within walking distance of any souvenir shops, beer bars, tailor’s shops or even a 7-eleven.

And that’s the whole point.

It’s a little hideaway where you can while away your days away from the vast majority of visitors to the island safe in the knowledge you wont be sharing breakfast with a large group of hungover package tourists and won’t find all the sunloungers permanently annexed by Eastern Europeans.

The South African owners take great pride in their customer service and in running a family friendly resort for anyone who wants to experience a quieter side of Koh Chang. The bungalows all have sea views and are built around a garden area, complete with small swimming pool. Adjacent, a beachfront restaurant is open all day long. There are a couple of other small resorts on this stretch of red sand beach, so you aren’t tied to eating every meal in the resort.

As with any resort, a full range of activities are on offer so arranging the same trips and tours as are possible from any west coast resort is a breeze.

Cosy, friendly, good value and well run. You can’t really ask for much more in a small resort. Ideal if you want to spend your days busy doing nothing.

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Should have been on the list?

Quite a few other options that are well worth considering. Especially when it comes to small resorts.

For five star luxury then the new Parama Koh Chang Resort in the south east of the island is a great place to get away from it all. Not on the beach but they have a private island nearby with a lovely white sand beach – and that more than makes up for it.  Downside is that it’s a long way from the main beach areas and no shops, ATM, etc close by.

Nest Sense – Newer and a bit more upmarket than Warapura which is 400 metres away. Opened in early 2014 and already getting very good reviews.

The Spa Koh Chang – Beautiful health resort in a very peaceful spot, looking out over a mangrove lined bay ideal for anyone looking to spend a week detoxing or just want some ‘me’ time with no distractions.

Little Sunshine Resort – Family run and actually three luxury beachfront homes combined to make a small upmarket resort with great personal service and attention to detail.

Kai Bae Garden Resort – well run and gets rave reviews, one of the best options if you don’t need sea views or to be right by the beach.

Best guesthouse owned by myself:

Stay at our guesthouse, Baan Rim Nam , Koh Chang

Voted as one of the ‘Top 25 B&B’s in Thailand’ by Tripadvisor for 2013, 2014 & 2015. And that’s in addition to being owned by me, the person who writes this site.

I wanted to list one place with cheap aircon rooms which also fitted the criteria for getting good reviews and being something a bit different from the norm and that isn’t easy to find on Koh Chang.

You can find an AC room for around 1,000 baht/night in High Season on Koh Chang at numerous roadside resorts but staying next to a main road isn’t a setting that gets the pulse racing. If you are looking for something different that you wont find on most islands, then Baan Rim Nam might be for you. We have just 5 ensuite, double rooms in two renovated wooden fisherman’s houses on the Klong Prao river estuary. The beach, which is the quietest on the west coast of the island, is 150 metres walk through the coconut field or 300 metres paddle down the river.

There’s no traffic noise and no loud bars nearby and you are more likely to be woken up by birdsong than anything else. Although we are right in the centre of the west coast of Koh Chang, we are 15-20 minutes walk from the nearest shops & minimart but there are several restaurants within easy reach.

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Should have been on the list ( some good value small resorts with AC bungalows  – but not owned by me)

Little Eden, – Very popular, well run backpacker huts that seem to remain full throughout the High Season, located just off the main strip in Lonely Beach. And even if you don’t stay there the restaurant is worth trying.

Elephant & Castle – Owned by John who has a bit of reputation for being one of the most helpful & decent people you’re likely to encounter on the island. Not a prime location, these budget AC bungalows are just off the roadside on Pearl beach. But again very well run, loads of repeat customers and convivial atmosphere.

Oasis Bungalows – At the top of the hill above Little Eden.  Another upmarket backpacker place that does a great job drawing in younger guests who want some comfort.  Has AC and fan bungalows and the addition of a treehouse 20 metres off the ground with amazing views.

Lazy Republique – Only four rooms and located in Bailan, south of Lonely Beach.  This French/Thai run ‘resort’ has modern AC bungalows for around 1,000 baht/night. 100 metres walk to a small beach and free flowing coffee at breakfast time. Book in advance – it’s full most of the year.

And if you like to spend more on meals than you do on accommodation or just enjoy a simple life then try:

Need a cheap place to stay on koh Chang? Try Cliff Cottage, Bangbao

To be fair the rustic fan huts were never going to win awards for design or comfort but Cliff Cottage is one of the few resorts on Koh Chang to have won an award of any kind. And in Cliff Cottage’s case it was the HostelBookers Awards for Excellence  which, based on feedback from guests, ranked Cliff Cottage in 2nd place for Best Atmosphere in Asia.

This is the place to head to experience backpacking the way it used to be. It’s the friendly owners, spectacular location – with both sunrise and sunset views and easy going ambiance that keeps guests coming back year after year.

The old, run down fan huts have now gone, replaced with new fully furnished  ‘glamping’ tents.  Some suitable for couples, others for families.  New AC bungalows with amazing sunset views were built a couple of years ago. Ideal if you want to avoid the gap year students, loud music, fire shows and just have a quiet place to chill out, one where you can enjoy a good meal, great views and socialize with fellow guests from all walks of life.  Plus there’s some pretty good snorkelling in the cove right outside the restaurant.

Check Room Rates at Cliff Cottage

Should have been on the list?

Tiger Huts – Everything you want in an ‘old skool’ budget backpacker hut.  No frills, no wifi, no cocktail buckets or fireshows, just cheap accommodation on a quiet stretch of beach and a very good, inexpensive restaurant.

Hippy Hut – Located near Bangbao fishing village on the south coast of Koh Chang.  These basic, rasta themed fan huts with shared bathroom go for around 200 Baht / night in High Season.  You won’t find anywhere cheaper.


  • I really thought this site was helpful. It was discouraging to look through Koh Samui detox centers. I decided to skip it all together and go to Koh Chang. Have I made a good decision?

  • Hi Cherlita

    If you are looking for an island that is much quieter than Samui then you have made the right decision. but along with the quietness comes far less in the way of spas or health resorts. if you are looking for a place to get away from it all and do a Detox course, for example, then The Spa Koh Chang is the place to stay. You wont find the equivalent on the busier west coast of Koh Chang.

  • Hi,

    will be staying @the kacha on whitesand beach … we are 4 adults all 60+ and want an easygoing holiday …..any suggestions on what to do and where to eat …we arrive by a pvt taxi on the 10th oct and will check out on 14 th .

    thought of either the funcruise or the speed bnoat with snorkling and ofcourse hiring atv and going into the sanctuary or is the elephant trek a better bet ?

    warm regards

  • Ian,

    THX for a great website. Wondering if you heard anything about the Dusit Princess now that its run by Mercure. Any changes or anything? Also what do you mean about the beach? is it bad?
    was thinking of staying there for xmas or at the Dewa, cant decide.

    Thx a bunch!!

  • I doubt there will be any big changes. Just new signs, uniforms and a bit of new decor. It’s only 3 years old so there would be no need to renovate the place or anything like that.

    The beach is artificial, a few thousand tons of sand that prevented from being washed away by a breakwater. Looks very nice in photos taken at high tide. But pretty bad at low tide. Shallow bay with lots of stones underfoot – you wont be swimming in the sea much.

  • Hi, thanks for this great review.I’m having difficulty finding a/c accomodation on a quiet child friendly sandy beach for 2000 bhat with a room for 4. Where do families with young children on a tight budget stay?

  • It depends on what time of year you are visiting. Try one of the bungalow resorts in Kai Bae or be prepared to stay off the beach closer to the main road. On the whole it is hard to find a large, aircon, family bungalow on the beach for 2000 Baht or less in High Season.

  • This is exactly what I’ve been looking for, after reading very so-so reviews of the bigger resorts on TripAdvisor. Now, I hope I haven’t waited too long to get into one of these nice places Feb. 19-24, 2013!

  • Hi Ian,

    Thanks for the website!
    I’m visiting koh chang with my girlfriend (both 30) in the second week of januari. I’m trying to decide which hotel we would like to stay.
    We would like a luxury hotel.
    I’ve seen panviman and the amari emerald, both good reviews on tripadvisor. Can you tell me the difference in quality or other points at the moment between these two? The panviman is not on your top 5 short list. Is it because the amari is much better?


    The netherlands

  • The Panviman is very good too. A bit too ‘mock Thai’ for my liking but it’s a nice quiet location on a quieter & better stretch of beach than Amari. But the restaurant doesn’t seem to be the best – at least not according to people I meet. ( We are about 200 metres away on the river.) Also it is a bit of a walk to the village, not everyone likes that, although there is a free shuttle service.

  • Hi. Great site you have running. The Chill at Kai Bae should be on that list. Third time on KC we stayed at The Chill for two weeks Dec.2012. Great staff, Excelent service, Very good food, all day breakfast, beacfront pool and nice small sandy Beach. Perfect place to enyoy a Singha stiring at the sun set :)
    I understand there is a Construction site next door. We are going to KC 25.january. Would it be much Construction noise do you think. Otherwise we go to Amari. Been there before, but I liked The Chill better.

  • Hi! Great site! Me and my girlfriend (27 and 28) are traveling to Koh Chang in march next year. We are thinking of staying one week in one spot that’s more luxurious, and one week on a bungalow om the beach. What would you recommend?

  • I guess it depends on your budget. Try Gajapura Resort for a very good ’boutique’ place with accommodation in luxurious wooden bungalows. For a cheaper bungalow, maybe Warapura on Lonely Beach if you want a nice resort by the sea with some good nightlife nearby. Or the new Flora I-talay Resort on Klong Prao beach which is mid-price and in a very good location. Easy to walk to shops, restaurants.

  • Hi Ian

    Great site! I stayed at the Kancha about 4 years ago. Can you recommend a bungalow or one bedroom accommodation with fridge as from July 2014. We would like to be where there is a bit of action. At least within walking distance of the beach if we do not have a swimming pool at our bungalow.We are planning to stay for at least 3 months. Are there any furnished one bed room apartments for rental. Hope to hear from you soon as I would like to do our air reservations asap.

  • Will be in Koh Chang end of this month. Considering staying at White Sands Resort, but my girlfriend is a bit scared about having to walk back along the beach in the dark after a night out in the busier area of the beach. Thinks it may not be safe. How dark is it ? I assume there are no lights after Rock Sands. Is it still possible to walk to the resort at high tide ?

  • After Rock Sand you have a small place called Maylamean and then another 50 metres further you are at the first of the bungalows from White Sand Beach Resort. So it shouldn’t be a problem , take a torch and you’ll be fine. At very high tide you might get your feet wet near Rock Sand but you’ll be able to walk on sand 95% of the way at any time.

  • Hi Ian,

    Loving your site very much. I’m going yo visit koh chang for two or three days this December with my friend. We’re planning to stay at white sand beach. We’re traveling as low budget travelers. Which hotel do you recommend?

    Thanks for helping :)

  • There’s not much that’s cheap and actually on the beach – Yakah, Sangtawan, Apple & Bamboo are all older bungalows which rarely take advance bookings but are under 1,500 Baht/night and right on the beach. Just a matter of waling in and seeing what’s available. best advice is to get to Koh Chang as early as you can to beat the majority of people coming from Bangkok. Alina Resort is on the beach, cheap and on most booking sites. But you’ll get better value for money if you stay on the inland side of the main road eg Sai Kao inn, Arunee, Buffalo Bills, SP Place. But again, not so easy to book these online. If you’re Ok with 5 mins walk to the beach Paddys Palm’s Resort is usually around 1,000 / night for AC room & pool.

  • Hi Ian

    I’m visiting KC in feb 2014 with four friends. What would you recommend as the best luxury resort closest to the hub of the island! Price is not an important just want to have a fantastic resort close to everything that ticks all the boxes.

    Many thanks

  • Hi – KC Grande Resort might be what you are looking for. It’s on the busiest beach on the island – but has a large stretch of beachfront. Shops, bars, restaurants are only a few minutes walk away. Accommodation in new hotel blocks or older bungalows. More photos & online booking

  • Hi Ian,

    my boyfriend’s parents will be staying at White Sand Beach resort for a month. Him and I want to be on our own in a bungalow but close to them. Do you have any simple, non luxury ( non expensive :)) suggestions for us ? Thanks in advance,

  • There are cheaper huts on the beach just north of KC Grande Resort – for example Star Beach bungalows, Pen’s Bungalows, Independent Bo’s. Nothing fancy – definitely in the ‘Non luxurious’ category :-) but right on the sand and 10 minutes walk to the busier central area of the beach.

  • Hi Ian,

    Thanx for your nice site, it helps me to make my final choice where to stay.
    We like very much the Amber Sands Resort.
    Can you give me some more info about it and its position? I really apreciate any help.


  • Hi Ian,

    We’re planning a family holiday in Koh Chang in December 2014. We will be between 5 – 8 adults and ‘d like us to be together but not falling over each other. What would you recommend for accommodation? We don’t require 4/5 star luxury, but would love to be conveniently situated to a nice beach.



  • Hi Johan

    One of the bungalow resorts on Kai Bae beach might suit you. KB Resort, kai Bae Beach Resort, kai Bae Grandeville, Kai Bae hut. Quiet location but easy to walk to the main road and plenty of shops, bars and restaurants. Or take a look at White Sand Beach Resort, beautiful beach but the bungalows & staff don’t get such good reviews. I think fine if you can organise activities yourself and just need a place to sleep. About 10 – 15 mins walk to the busier central area of the beach where there’s lots of places to eat & drink.

  • Hi Ian,

    We are a Norwegian family of 7. 2 adults and 5 kids (8, 9, 10, 11 and 17).
    Mid april we will start our holiday with some days in Bangkok and finish with 12days on Koh Chang. I have been recommended White Sands Beach area by friends/locals in Bangkok.

    What do you recommend of accommodation (must have pool!) where we can stay as a family at a medium/reasonable price?

    Another question – One of our kids suffers from coeliac disease and need 100% gluten free meals. Any tips or preparations needed?

    Thanks for a freat site and hope to hear from you soon.

    Br Rolf-Erik +++

  • Hi Rolf Erik

    On White Sand beach – Kacha Resort is popular with families and within easy walking distance of plenty of shops & restaurants. They have larger family rooms – but not sure if they have one large enough for 7 people. Or try Koh Chang Lagoon which has just built a new beachfront pool and is popular with Thai families.

    For gluten free eating in Thailand – this page has good tips. It’s pretty easy here:

  • Hi Ian,

    I am looking to stay in KC for 1 week at the end of April. I am looking for a non-luxurious place, like a bungalow style if possible, to stay that has wifi. I’d like to stay close to the beach but also close to local restaurants and nightlife. Could you please give me some recommendations?



  • Hi Kevin

    At the end of April it will be easy to find a room pretty much anywhere on the island. Maybe try one of the bungalow resorts in the centre of White Sand beach, Apple, Tantawan, Sangtawan,Bamboo – they will have bungalows for 1500 Baht/night or so.

  • Hi Ian

    Great web.
    Me and my friend are planning to visit KC in about a week for 4-5 days. We have been down south of Thialand, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta, and the most beautiful visit to Koh Ngai, we are now in Koh Phangan, and surprisingly we are feeling very lost. I have a worry of Koh Chang being similar. Yes we are on backpacker’s budget, do you have any advice on how to make our visit to KC little bit less stressful.

    Much Thanks

  • Hi

    If Koh Chang is too busy for you, it’s probably easier to just stay on Koh Wai, Koh Mak or Koh Kood instead. All much quieter & all with a different atmosphere. Easy to get thewre from koh Chang or the mainland. Try Paradise or Friendly Bungalows on Koh Wai or Island Hut on Koh Mak for budget backpacker huts on good beaches.

  • Apparently it’s very nice. good if you want peace and quiet away from the main beach areas. A bit remote if you want to go out and eat & drink in other places at night or want to be on a good beach.

  • Hello,
    I am new in Thailand and I was planning to visit Koh Chang during the Songkran Vacation. Could you please suggest what will be the cheapest way to travel to Koh Chang from Bangkok and a good accommodation too. I am a student so the cheaper it is, the better is it for me.
    Thank you in advance for the help !

  • Hi Annika.

    Koh Chang will be very busy, it;s better to avoid coming here at Songkran. The bus is the cheapest way but all buses will be packed. If you want to come then leave Bangkok before the 12th. Good accommodation will be whatever is available and in your budget. popular, good value places will already be fully booked. Try Lonely beach or Bailan for a good range of cheap accommodation.

  • Hi Ian,

    My partner and I are planning to spend our honeymoon from May 1st to May 7th. We are looking for a luxurious place, quiet and affordable. What are your recommendations?


  • Hi Adam

    I guess it depends on your budget. Gajapuri Resort in Kai Bae is a good place, as it doesn’t get too many families with small kids. Mercure Hideaway in Bailan is in a quiet sport, so isnt as popular as other resorts of a similar standard. Maybe Little Sunshine in Klong Son, a very nice small resort, great reviews and popular with couples or people who enjoy peace and quiet.


  • Hi Ian,

    I am finding it very difficult to find accommodaton between the dates of May 1st to 7th. Is it a busy period ? any special events/holidays ?

  • Hi Adam

    Early May is a holiday – ‘May Day’ is a public holiday in many countrioes around the world, including Thailand and most of SE Asia. So a lot of resorts will be busy for the first few days of the month.


  • Hi Ian, do you recommend booking in advance for KC end July beginning August? We are considering White Sand Beach Resort. Looking for nice beach and clear water. Any alternatives? Thanks. By the way like your website and the info. Comments are worth reading.

  • Hi Martina

    You’ll be able to find rooms easily enough in late July / early August. But large resorts often have better rates online than if you walk in. Also bear in mind that the sea can be rough , so even if it is sunny, don’t expect clear water at that time of year. Need to take care too as there can be strong rip currents. The calmest sea will be on the east coast or on the south, close to Bangbao – try resorts on Klong Kloi beach, they are sheltered from the waves.

  • Hi Ian, I have been following your site since my first Koh Chang visit a year ago. Great site! My GF and I will be coming around mid July and want a bugalow on the water with AC. Not really into laying out on the sand but walking the beach in evening and waking up to a sea view. Budget is 1500 Bht give or take. Thanks for what you do!

  • Hi Clay, you’ll find bungalows on kai Bae beach in that price in mid July. Kai Bae Hut, Kai bae beach Resort, Mam Kai Bae. KB resort have nicer bungalows but i think will be outside your budget. Or nearby Coral Resort’s bungalows are by the sea & have great views north towards Klong Prao & White Sands but the actual beach is 2-3 mins walk away.

    Some of the smaller places in the centre of white Sand beach – Apple, Tantawan, Bamboo, Sangtawan bungalows also drop their prices and although you probably wont be able to book online, often have bungalows right by the beach for around 1500 / night. The busiest beach and bungalows are packed in tighter than in Kai Bae but shouldn’t be too noisy at that time of year.

  • Hi…We were planning a holiday to Koh Chang with my parents in December 2014. We would be 4 adults and 2 toddlers. We are looking at a family hotel/ resort/villa closer to the ferry pier considering we will be driving down from Bangkok and then taking the ferry, which would mean long hours on the road. Pls let us know what you would recommend so as to cut down our travel time and be a convenient place too for a large family. Thanks a ton!

  • Hi Ian,

    Great site, congratulation !

    I’ve tried to reserve for January one of these sites recommended by you but unfortunately no free rooms. I’ve found Keereeta Lagoon… Do you know anything about this property ? Thanks in advance !
    ps – any other recommendation for 28-31 January 2015 are welcomed.

  • Hi. Keereeta Lagoon is close to our guesthouse. Nice rooms. A bit pricey though & there might be problem with access by foot to the beach, as the landlord is currently planning to build a wall which will block the way for their guests to walk to the beach. Can still go by kayak though.

  • Hi Ian,
    Great website! We’re visiting Thailand in Dec 2014/Jan 2015 for our honeymoon and are looking for a quiet option relatively close to amenities. What do you think of Siam Royal View on Klong Son Beach? We’ve found quite a few affordable rentals there. Is it very remote?

  • Siam Royal View isnt too far from White Sand beach. The only problem is that you will have to either walk up to the main road, 15 mins walk, to catch a pick up truck taxi. Or pay extra for one to come and pick you up from your house at SRV.

  • Hi Ian,

    My husband and I will be visiting Thailand in April to see our daughter who is working there this year. We’re wanting to spend 4 or 5 days with her in a beach setting, and have been recommended Koh Chang as being not too far to travel from Bangkok where we will start off with her showing us some sights. My husband is used to the comfort and convenience of business travel but I don’t really want a chain hotel. Any ideas would be gratefully received.



  • Hi Sara

    There are only a couple of chain hotels on Koh Chang. Gajapuri Resort is a good bet if you want very nice bungalow accommodation by the beach in a mid size resort. Or The Dewa, Awa Resort and The Chill are all a bit more interesting than the usual run of the mill designed beach hotels.
    For a better & quieter beach try Panviman Resort – only downside is that it’s 10 minutes walk to shops and the village.

  • Hi Ian,

    Where should I go for an elephant trek. We are a group of 7 and on a tight budget. looking for an worthy experience.


  • Hi. Sorry for the late reply, was away on holiday.

    All the elephant camps charge the same prices. So you probably wont get any bug discounts. The long trek, which includes bathing the elephants is always the most popular – 1,300 Baht / person.

    If yo uwant to save money and just play with the elephants a bot, the camp in kai Bae has a couple of young elephants that they take down to the sea every day. You can go and play with them in the ssea. not sure of the cost though. it;s good if you have kids – something fun to do and they wont get bored. Plus cheaper than taking an elephant ride.

  • hi.i like to go to koh chang and i donot know which beach i better for me.i am looking for busy beach and i like to have massage shops near.what is your recomendation ?do u think that august is good time to travel?thank u very much.

  • Hi.

    August is the rainy season, so you cant guarantee calm sea and sunshine. There will be some rain. All beaches have massage shops. The busiest is White sand beach. You’ll find a lot of good value accommodation in August.

  • Hi Everyone,

    I went to Kho Chang White Sands in 2005, I went back again this year and I hated it.

    It’s a rip off now, far too expensive and it has lost that beautiful rustic atmosphere it had when I was first there, White Sands was a beautiful memory ruined by commercialism, its just money now and the food and entertainment is not as good as the first time I went there, I will never go again.


  • Yes, White Sand beach is very touristy now. It’s not somewhere I’d choose to spend my holiday. But lots of people like it. It may have changed a lot in the past decade, but virtually everywhere in the world has. Compared to other large islands in Thailand, WSB isn’t anywhere near as developed as many beaches.

  • Hi Ian!
    I really appreciate that I found this really good website.

    I’m planning to Koh chang trip on 4th-8th october on 2015 by myself. I almost choose place to stay ‘Lonley beach’. I wonder where is good hotel or resort for me . Many accomodation I found couldn’t know where is located. Maybe I couldn’t find well.
    So this is my priority for hotel
    1. Nearby bright main road even though I walk on night time , feel safe place because I’m female and solo traveler. Hopely , I want enjoy nightlife nearby my place. and restaurant
    2. easy to reach beach (lonely beach have white sands??)
    3. airconditioner, include breakfast, wifi, can interaction with tralver.
    4. I want to activity like hopping or scuba diving

    Any ideas would be welcome


  • Hi Lisa. Sorry for the late reply, I’m on holiday at the moment.

    You should be fine at Lonely beach. Try Oasis or Little Eden for safe, friendly, well run places to stay. The beach is good and you’ll have no problem meeting other people. Try BB Divers for scuba diving trips & courses. They have an office on the main road in Lonely Beach.

  • Hi Ian,

    We are a family of 2 adults, a child and a toddler. We are planning to stay in Koh Chang from 20 October for a few days. We are looking for a resort with beach front room. Can you suggest a good one which is not very crowded. How is the weather in end October like?

    Also please suggest an elephant camp for the child to play with elephants.


  • Hi George

    The weather should be OK. The rainy season usually ends in the last 2 weeks of October. So expect some rain but also plenty of sunshine. ( Today there was an hour of very grey sky & heavy rain at breakfast time but that was followed by hot sunshine for most of the day.

    Resorts will be quiet – so any which get good reviews and are in your budget should be fine. KB Resort in Kai Bae or Paradise Resort on Klong Prao beach are always safe bets.White Sand beach will be the busiest area to stay in.

    If you just want to play wit elephants then the elephant camp in Kai Bae ( next to the the turning for Kai Bae Hut Resort ) is probably the best place as they have a couple of young elephants. If you stay on the southern half of Kai Bae beach you’ll see the young elephants going for their walk in the morning and afternoon and swimming in the sea. Your kids can go and pet them.

  • Ahoj Ian :)
    Please, can you help me? I want to go to KC with 2 kids. December this year. I have read that there is a beach with stones before Kacha´s restaurant and pool. What about beachfront chalets? Is it ok? Or KC Grande, Grand View? Or Paradise, Barali (Klong Prao)? Garden, Stage (Kai Bae)? Or something else? :))) I just need sand and shops nearby. Thank you very much. Have a nice day. Petra

  • Hi Ian

    I hope you can help, I happened upon your website and thought how great and informative it is, so thank you. My question is, my family and I are new to Pattaya and looking for a place to stay with hubby and 2 children under 7 years. I am terrified of everything that moves, but still like to be out and about so I wondered if you could recommend somewhere for us to stay with all the creature comforts and a hotel or guest house that caters to your every need, that is close to the beach but also has a pool and caters well for children, which is also close to other restaurants. A bit of a tall order but I thought I may as well note all the things i like in holiday where r&r is the most important thing having worked ourselves to the bone over the past year. Oh forgot to say that we would be visiting Koh Chang in October this year. Any recommendations would be gratefully received. thank you

  • Hi Emily

    On Kai Bae beach, try Gajapuri Resort. Big pool, plenty of space for kids. Downside is the beach isn’t great. But in October, the sea might be a bit rough. So you probably won’t be swimming much.

    On White Sand beach, KC Grande Resort would fit the bill.

    On Klong Prao beach, Centara Tropicana Resort would be a good choice. Popular with families & only 5 minutes walk to the village.

  • Hi Ian

    Thank you so much for your reply, having only just popped back to your site to see if you had replied I’m pretty chuffed that your suggestions are the ones I have also narrowed it down to. Thank you so much for taking the time to reply.

    Emily X

  • That´great, we made a Guide for Backpackers. It´s actually in german. But everyone will understand the prices and the pictures. With this Guide you can find all the cheap Bungalows on Koh Chang.

    But your artikel is awesome. Thanks a lot!

  • Hi Ian,

    I love a bit of luxury and also modern design, but hate being stuck with lots package tourists in a large resort. Which places would you recommend?

    Which hotels have the best beaches?

    Thanks for your help.

  • The Chill in Kai Bae is the one that springs to mind. Mid size resort and more for couples than families. But not a great beach. Or have a look at Flora Italay on Klong Prao beach, new, modern bungalows and a long beach.

    For best beaches then north end of White Sand beach, Klong Prao beach & the south end of Kai Bae are the best options

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