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Island Guide

October 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.

Salakphet Bay

November 17, 2013 – 9:33 AM | Comments Off

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Salakphet Bay, Koh Chang: 2013-14 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 …

The East Coast of Koh Chang

November 16, 2013 – 9:28 AM | Comments Off

East Coast, Koh Chang: 2013-14 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 – Bangbao Beach

November 15, 2013 – 3:43 PM |

Klong Kloi Beach, Koh Chang: 2013-14 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, 2013 – 9:35 AM | Comments Off

 Salakkok Bay, Koh Chang: 2013-14 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 …

Bangbao

November 14, 2013 – 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
 
So you’ve read the glossy tour brochure and your out …

Lonely Beach

November 4, 2013 – 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, 2013 – 8:01 AM | Comments Off

Bailan Bay, Koh Chang: 2013-14 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 artificial.

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

South Klong Prao Beach

November 2, 2013 – 9:14 AM | Comments Off

South Klong Prao Beach, Koh Chang: 2013-14 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
✔ Quietest stretch of beach on the west coast …

Kai Bae Beach

November 2, 2013 – 8:52 AM | Comments Off

Kai Bae Beach, Koh Chang: 2013-14 Update

✔ Locally owned beach bungalow resorts plus a couple of very nice ’boutique’ places
✔ A good range of family friendly shops, bars and restaurants within a few minutes walk of almost all resorts
✔ A Welsh ‘pirate’s pub’ catering exclusively for Russian visitors

Kai Bae was …

North Klong Prao Beach

November 1, 2013 – 7:09 PM | Comments Off

North Klong Prao Beach, Koh Chang: 2013-14 Update

✔ Accommodation all in large resorts
✔ 1.5Km long beach that rarely gets crowded
✔ Plenty of places to eat & drink and a shop for latex mattresses  . . . plus a beer bar enclave nearby

All you need to know, and more, about the northern …

Klong Son

November 1, 2013 – 9:38 AM | Comments Off

Klong Son, Koh Chang: 2013-14 Update

✔  Lovely bay – but all beachfront owned by property developer
✔ Great area to explore by scooter / bicycle and see local life
✔ Two cement works and two 7-eleven minimarts

A few minutes after leaving the ferry pier you’ll pass through Klong Son village. You probably …