Articles in The Guide For Independent Travelers to Koh Chang
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 offers some great views, local homestays plus the hard to reach, remote Long beach
A couple of the island’s best small resorts, the chance to see the local way of life, no traffic and a world away from the busy west coast.
Visit for glimpse of a traditional fishing community. Some great paddling through the mangrove forest too.
Sleepy Bailan. The flashpacker’s favourite. A quieter alternative to Lonely beach for traveller’s who value their sleep.
Popular with day trippers. Check out the ever growing, bohemian scene on the island’s southernmost beach
A bit of a tourist trap. But you’ll love the views from the pier and also across the bay from the nearby peninsula.
Koh Chang’s party place. A great beach and all the nightlife you need. Was a backpacker haven but now moving more upmarket.
Family friendly beach with wide range of shops and restaurants. A cluster of 4-star resorts plus plenty of bungalow accommodation.
Mid-price bungalow resorts lining a long beach that rarely gets busy. Variety of touristy shops and restaurants on the roadside close by.
An overlooked area near the ferry pier. But there’s a fishing community and the valley is well worth exploring.
The best location if you want a cheap hut or luxury resort on a long beach. You’ll find plenty of great Thai food in the village near the south end of the beach.