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Songkran 2014 on Koh Chang

April 17, 2014 – 10:27 AM |

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Another year, another Songkran festival on the island.  pretty much the same as every year with long queues at the ferry piers when people arrived on the island and even longer queues when they all decided to leave at the same time on the same day. …

Pick a Pool. Where could you see yourself lounging?

April 1, 2014 – 6:57 AM |

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If you’re just coming to Koh Chang to get a tan and do as little as possible for a week or two then chances are you’ll want a nice pool to cool off in. In fact, you may well spend more time around the pool than …

The Bangbao Peninsula

March 16, 2014 – 7:40 PM |

There’s more to Bangbao than the very touristy fishing village.  For a start there’s a very nice beach, Klong Kloi, about 1Km away which is now a very popular spot with visitors for a day trip as it has a  good selection of beach restaurants and great views south towards …

Bangkok Shutdown ( A now irrelevant look at protest tourism )

March 5, 2014 – 2:18 PM |

So, after getting emails for the past couple of months form people worrying about staying in the centre of Bangkok, I finally got time to go there last week and take a walk around the protest sites in the city centre.  The idea was to add a page to the …

Koh Chang Rotary Club 1st Anniversary (. . . with chicks on cars )

February 25, 2014 – 6:58 AM |

Oh, all of  sudden you’re interested in Rotary Club events . . .
Rotary clubs worldwide engage in all manner of fund raising activities for good causes.  And the Koh Chang Rotarians are no exception.  To celebrate their first anniversary a fund raising event was held to raise money for the …

Koh Chang Pool Competition

February 20, 2014 – 7:02 AM |

One of the features that is a big factor in choosing a resort, especially if you either like to swim or just want to vegetate and do nothing for two weeks, is having a good swimming pool.
I’m not really sure what the best pool on Koh Chang is.  I don’t …

Koh Chang Now & Then – Part 2

February 18, 2014 – 8:57 AM |

A few more pictures taken back in the old days compared to the views today.  Most of the big changes have been along the roadside. i.e. in places that you never think of photographing until you notice how much they’ve changed, by which time it’s too late.
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The Evening Food Market at White Sand Beach

February 12, 2014 – 11:47 AM | One Comment

For the past couple of years a 100 metre long stretch of roadside in the centre of White Sand beach has been turned into a makeshift food market every evening.  Vendors line the beach side of the road selling all manner of BBQ meats and fruit and various other Thai …

Salakkok – Where Time Stands Still

February 8, 2014 – 6:32 PM |

Whilst the west coast of koh Chang has undergone dramatic changes in the past 10 – 15 years and once sleepy villagers have now become overrun with tourists, it’s good to discover that there are still some places on the island which , aside from a few satellite dishes and …

Hello Deer! Visiting Koh Kradat

January 14, 2014 – 6:27 AM |

Koh Kradat, a private island off the northwest coast of Koh Mak, doesn’t attract many visitors.    It’s a relatively flat island whose claim to fame is that it was the first island in Thailand to have a Chanote land title deed.   There’s one run down resort that has …

Koh Chang Now & Then – Part 1

January 6, 2014 – 11:05 AM |

I thought that as we’d been on the island for over 10 years it’d be good to start a monthly feature where I sit back in my armchair, flick through a tattered photo album and ramble on to anyone within earshot about how things have changed  for the worse.
However, as …

Escape the crowds . . . Koh Chang’s Quietest Beach is . . .

December 31, 2013 – 6:22 AM |

I thought that posting this at the busiest time of year would be apt.  Right now the main west coast beaches on Koh Chang are all pretty busy and that isn’t to everyone’s liking.  However, with a bit of effort is it possible to have a beach almost entirely all …