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Island Guide

February 22, 2015 – 9:08 AM
Kai Bae elephants

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.

Salakkok Bay

February 14, 2015 – 9:35 AM
Salakkok bay

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 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 …

South White Sand Beach

November 25, 2014 – 9:19 AM
Near Kacha Resort South White Sand beach

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 Resort, hence the reason …

North Klong Prao Beach

November 21, 2014 – 7:09 PM
North Klong Prao Beach

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
Independent Bo, White Sand beach

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
Salakphet temple

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
chinese shrine dan mai

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

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 …


November 14, 2014 – 9:27 AM
bangbao koh chang

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
pearl beach koh chang

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
Lonely Beach tattoo

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
Bailan koh chang

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 …