The Guide For Independent Travelers to Koh Chang »

February 22, 2015 – 9:08 AM

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.

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Koh Chang resort and hotel reviews. Room rates and locations of over 70 Koh Chang hotels, resorts, guesthouses and slummy chipboard huts from 300 - 30,000 Baht/night. Book online or through a reputable local tour agent.


Koh Chang activities. You'll probably want to leave the confines of your hotel at some point. But what will you do? Where will you go? Who will organise it for you? Read this and discover the numerous ways to fill your days on Koh Chang.

The Guide For Independent Travelers to Koh Chang

Read the Koh Chang Island Guide. Each beach on Koh Chang attracts a different type of visitor. Find out what you need to know about the different areas of the island. There is something for everyone whether it be beer and hookers or peace and quiet.


Property on Koh Chang. Everyone will be your best friend once they know you want to buy real estate here. Listings of businesses, homes and land for sale on Koh Chang and Koh Mak. Plus new information on what not to buy and why not to buy it.

Photo Galleries

Pictures of Koh Chang and other islands. Unimaginative, but un-Photoshopped, photos taken around the island which should give you an idea of what to expect when finally reach Koh Chang, if you can't be bothered to read the 'Island Guide' section.

Sailing / Yacht Charter

January 4, 2015 – 8:53 PM

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Koh Chang isn’t the first place you think of heading to for a sailing holiday when in Thailand. But every year more and more yachts make their way here and the fleets of charter boats at Sunsail & Gulf Charters grow in size.
You’ll find far more …

The Koh Chang Weather in December 2014

January 2, 2015 – 12:20 PM

A brief summary of the weather in December 214.  As you can see, there was hardly any rain.  Just one day which was a bit wet.  Overall, another very good, dry December, no strong winds and only one prolonged overnight rain shower. Starting to get cool in the evening towards Christmas …

Thailand’s Best Street Food – Book Review

January 1, 2015 – 2:03 PM
Thailand's Best Street Food

It’s not often that I do book reviews. But the publisher’s of a recently released book on the Best of Thailand’s Street Food were kind enough to send me a copy of the snappily titled ‘Thailand’s Best Street Food’  and it turns out it’s a very interesting & informative read.  In …

Kulen Mountain Cycling – Off the Beaten Track in Siem Reap

December 31, 2014 – 1:36 PM
Kulen Cycling

A lot of people now combine Siem Reap and Koh Chang in a holiday.  It’s the ideal combination of culture and beach.  There are also a lot of interesting tours you can do in Siem Reap , aside from the usual temple tour to Angkor Wat.
For example, a couple of …

How to Get From Siem Reap to Koh Chang

December 30, 2014 – 9:37 AM
Poipet border crossing

( Fairly correct as of December 2014 )
Over the past few years I have noticed a big increase in the number of people who are making the most of a two week holiday by combining the wonders of Angkor Wat with the beaches of Koh Chang.   People who do this …

Koh Kood By Scooter

December 28, 2014 – 7:45 AM
Koh Kood by Scooter

I’ve added a few galleries of photos from Koh Kood over the years.  It’s a great island to visit if you love nature, peace and quiet, crystal clear water and deserted beaches.  But it is too quiet for some people and you can find yourself stuck in your resort.  It’s …

Koh Chang Beach Vendors Face New Year’s Crackdown

December 25, 2014 – 1:58 PM

Of all the possible targets, Koh Chang’s beach vendors are not one of the problems facing the island.  Compared to vendors on other islands or beach resorts, they’re very laid back and don’t hassle visitors. In 10 years of running this site I haven’t had one email from anyone complaining about them. …

Baan Moon Fisherman’s Villa – Our Holiday Home on Koh Chang

December 20, 2014 – 4:22 PM
Rent Baan Moon Holiday Home For Rent Koh Chang

So, we’ve gone and got ourselves a holiday home / rental villa on Koh Chang and what’s more it’s only 200 metres from ‘Baan Rim Nam’, our guesthouse.
Baan Moon Fisherman’s Villa was originally a fisherman’s house built on wood stilts located right on the lagoon at the mouth of the …

The Dan Mai Bypass

December 17, 2014 – 2:49 PM
Dan Mai

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 over 20 years ago.
I’m …

14 December

December 14, 2014 – 11:21 AM
Chill on the Beach Koh Chang

Roadworks.  If you’re visiting Kai Bae over Christmas you might notice that the planning authorities, in their infinite wisdom, have decided that the best time of year to fix the bridge in the middle of the village is right now.   At the busiest time of year.  This means that all …

Video: Bangkok to Siem Reap to Koh Chang

December 5, 2014 – 9:32 AM
Siem Reap to Koh Chang

For many people on a two week holiday the Bangkok to Siem reap to Koh Chang route is a popular way oif combining a bit of culture with a bit of beach and also some shopping. Combining Koh Chang with a few days seeing the temples in Siem Reap is …

Koh Chang Weather in November 2014

December 4, 2014 – 12:36 PM

Another brief weather update, live from outside my window on Koh Chang island, Thailand. The rainy season this year wasn’t as wet as in other years but it did drag on a little into mid November.  But still, the odd day with heavy rain was interspersed with plenty of clear …