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The Dan Mai Bypass

December 17, 2014 – 2:49 PM |
Dan Mai

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Dan Mai, the administrative capital of Koh Chang now has a new road.  Pretty exciting news ( if you happen to live in Dan Mai ) and, to be fair, it is probably the most interesting thing to happen there since the fish sauce factory closed down …

East Coast of Koh Chang Trip

December 1, 2014 – 7:36 PM |
Around Koh Chang

A few days ago I took a couple of our  guests, Seppo & Anita, on a little trip around the island.  They’ve stayed with us a few times but never made it away from the west coast of the island.  Last time they were here I convinced them to go …

Klong Kloi Beach – the new Lonely Beach(?)

November 24, 2014 – 9:30 AM |
Klong Kloi Beach

I was down in Klong Kloi beach the other day and it struck me that it was becoming another Lonely beach.  I don’t mean the modern Lonely beach where bars compete with each other to have to loudest sound systems and you can’t get to sleep until 5am due to …

Blessings From the Godfather – at Lonely Beach

November 14, 2014 – 10:22 AM |
Lonely beach Sprits

In Klong Son, there’s a Chinese style temple.  The original settlers on Koh Chang were Chinese sailors and until around 100 years ago there was a Customs office in Dan Mai village that dealt with Chinese merchants who were sailing past on their way to ports on the east coast …

Loy Krathong Festival on Koh Chang

November 8, 2014 – 10:13 AM |
Loy Krathong 2014 Koh Chang

SITREP: Mission Accomplished.  Novelty plastic garlands secured. Request permission to take out the old lady attempting to sing on stage.
Another year, another Loy Krathong festival at Klong Prao temple.  These don’t really change much year on year.  You know what you’re going to get.  Occasionally there’s a nice surprise – …

Around Bangbao Fishing Village – October 2014

October 28, 2014 – 10:46 AM |
Bangbao Fishing Village

There haven’t been as many changes in Bangbao fishing village this year as compared to last , when the walkway between the houses was covered to make it resemble a narrow indoor market.  The main area that has been developed is the land on the peninsula that faces east looking over …

White Sand Beach Photos – October 2014

October 26, 2014 – 11:31 AM | 5 Comments
White Sand Beach photo

I took a walk around White Sand beach yesterday to take a few photos and see what’s changed since last high season.  Good news is that the beach is much tidier – the army have had a crackdown on deckchairs and sun-loungers, so you won’t see as many out on …

Koh Chang From Above : Klong Prao Resort & Chai Chet Resort

October 17, 2014 – 8:39 PM |

A new series beginning today of aerial photos taken from my ‘Koh Chang Drone’ .  I’m still learning to fly and control it properly at the moment, so these are just some initial photos from , I think, my ninth and tenth ever flights, which were earlier today.  I’ll also start …

Google Earth – Koh Chang Then & Now

August 29, 2014 – 5:13 PM |

Google Earth gives you the ability to not only see the current satellite photos of pretty much any location worldwide but also those from the past.  Although they don;t go too far back, 2000 is pretty much the earliest.  But for tourist areas, which have a habit of developing quickly, …

Walking to the other Waterfall

August 26, 2014 – 12:32 PM |

If you are staying in the Klong Prao area then it’s a not too difficult to walk to Klong Plu waterfall, which is the largest on the island and where you have to pay 200 Baht National Park entrance fee to get in.  However, there’s no reason not to walk …

Who’s Pool is This? A Secret Waterfall in Klong Son

August 19, 2014 – 11:41 AM |

It’s always fun to head out on the scooter and along dirt tracks to see where they lead.  Often there’s nothing of interest at the end and a couple of kilometers on a gradually narrowing, potholed dirt track ends at the house of a bemused rubber farmer or fisherman who …

( Sadly, Not a ) Typical Rainy Season Day

August 15, 2014 – 9:54 AM |

At this time of year you can expect the average day, weatherwise, to consist of some heavy overnight rain; the occasional daytime shower; a grey morning but brighter & driver afternoon; a little sunshine and fairly rough sea.  But, if you have good luck then you can also experience near …