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South White Sand Beach

November 25, 2014 – 9:19 AM | Comments Off

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White Sand Beach (South), Koh Chang: 2014-15 Update

✔ Not a great section of beach
✔ 2* and Budget accommodation readily available
✔ Nightclub & beer bars where you can rent a girlfriend or ladyboyfriend

At the southern end of White Sand Beach, the actual sandy beach peters out just after   Kacha …

North Klong Prao Beach

November 21, 2014 – 7:09 PM | Comments Off

North Klong Prao Beach, Koh Chang: 2014-15 Update

✔ Accommodation all in large resorts
✔ 1.5Km long beach that rarely gets crowded
✔ Plenty of places to eat & drink.  Plus a Russian shop for latex rubber items.

All you need to know, and more, about the northern end of Klong Prao beach and Chai …

North White Sand Beach

November 19, 2014 – 7:39 AM | Comments Off

White Sand Beach, Koh Chang: 2014-15 Update

 ✔ Far northern end of the beach is excellent
✔ Everything you need is within 5 mins walk of your hotel
✔ Ideal for unadventurous visitors or families with lazy arsed kids who need junk food

White Sand Beach is the first beach that you reach after heading through Klong …

Salakphet Bay

November 17, 2014 – 9:33 AM | Comments Off

Salakphet Bay, Koh Chang: 2014-15 Update
✔ Amazing views and a hair-raising drive on Koh Chang’s most scenic road
✔ Home of Koh Chang’s sailing fraternity
✔ Growing number of homestays but not a beach destination ( despite the photo above )
Salakphet Bay encompasses all of south east Koh Chang. Both the east …

The East Coast of Koh Chang

November 16, 2014 – 9:28 AM | Comments Off

East Coast, Koh Chang: 2014-15 Update
✔ Some top rated small resorts
✔ Peace & quiet. An opportunity to see local life and escape from mass tourism.
✔ Narrow red sand  / shingle beaches  . . . . but there is a shooting range with real guns
The East Coast of Koh Chang isn’t …

Klong Kloi Beach ( a.k.a Bangbao Beach )

November 15, 2014 – 3:43 PM |

Klong Kloi Beach, Koh Chang: 2014-15 Update
✔ Popular with day trippers, so can get crowded
✔ Great views & a good choice of beach bars and restaurants
✔  Try the adjacent Had Sai Noi beach for a more bohemian beach bar experience
Klong Kloi beach, better known as Bangbao beach, lies just 1Km further …

Salakkok Bay

November 14, 2014 – 9:35 AM | Comments Off

 Salakkok Bay, Koh Chang: 2014-15 Update
✔ A place to visit rather than stay
✔ Traditional fishing village life
✔ Rent a kayak and paddle along canals through the mangrove forest
Views don’t get much nicer than those over Salakkok Bay.  If you are bored with beaches try a try a sunset over an …


November 14, 2014 – 9:27 AM | Comments Off

Bangbao, Koh Chang: 2013-14 Update
✔ 90% tourist shopping mall & 10% fishing village
✔ If you’re Russian or have a penchant for souvenir junk you’ll probably love it.
✔ Couple of good seafood restaurants & great views from the end of the pier. And departure point for most dive trips and snorkelling …

Pearl Beach

November 13, 2014 – 9:21 AM | Comments Off

Pearl Beach, Koh Chang: 2014-15 Update

✔ No beach – despite the name
✔ Some good value accommodation in small well run resorts only 5 minutes by scooter from White Sand or Klong Prao beaches
✔ Has a Post Office, Honda motorcycle dealership and  a large Tesco supermarket

A kilometre south of the International …

Lonely Beach

November 4, 2014 – 8:52 AM | Comments Off

Lonely Beach, Koh Chang: 2013-14 Update

✔ Very nice beach but can get crowded
✔ Cheap and cheerful but gradually going more upmarket
✔ If you don’t have a tattoo when you arrive, you will when you leave.  But please, no more geckos or dolphins.

For Western visitors, Lonely Beach has long been regarded …

Bailan Bay

November 4, 2014 – 8:01 AM | Comments Off

Bailan Bay, Koh Chang: 2014-15 Update

✔ Value for money accommodation.  But ideally rent a scooter.
✔ More R-E-L-A-X than P-A-R-T-Y
✔ No good, natural beach.  What there is, by Mercure Hideaway, is nice but artificial.

Bailan Bay is the least developed area on the west coast of Koh Chang, which is why we …

South Klong Prao Beach

November 2, 2014 – 9:14 AM | Comments Off

South Klong Prao Beach, Koh Chang: 2014-15 Update
✔ Local village nearby, so good for cheap food but not the same variety of shops, bars & restaurants as on other beaches
✔ Want to party? Look elsewhere, there’s not a lot of nightlife
✔ Has the quietest stretch of beach on the …