The Guide For Independent Travelers to Koh Chang »

November 9, 2015 – 2:08 PM

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

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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.

Koh Chang By Scooter. Part 3: Klong Prao to Lonely beach

April 4, 2015 – 7:28 AM
Riding a scooter to Lonely Beach

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Continuing our scooter ride along the west coast of Koh Chang.  This video is from the northern end of Klong Prao village to Siam Beach Resort, the first resort at the north end of Lonely Beach
A wide, flat road leads from Klong Prao village to Kai …

Koh Chang By Scooter. Part 2: White Sand beach to Klong Prao village

April 3, 2015 – 7:37 AM
Riding a scooter on Koh Chang

Having survived the scooter ride over the big hill from the ferry pier you find yourself in White Sand beach.  The northernmost of the main west coast beach areas.  It’s not a village, just a kilometre long strip of tourist shops, bars, restaurants and resorts that runs parallel to the …

Koh Chang By Scooter. Part 1: Ferry Pier to White Sand Beach

April 2, 2015 – 7:43 AM
Riding a scooter on Koh Chang

I thought it was about time I strapped a camera to my bike and headed out onto the open road in order to give you an idea about what it’s like to ride a scooter on Koh Chang.  Hiring a scooter or motorbike on Koh Chang is a very popular …

Paul’s Restaurant, White Sand beach * Don’t Miss It *

March 31, 2015 – 2:41 PM
Pauls Restaurant Koh Chang

It took us a while but we eventually got round to trying Paul’s Restaurant on White Sand beach after giving up on ever finding good Thai food, let alone good, non-Italian, European food on White Sands.  But fortune favours the adventurous and if you can manage to walk 10 minutes …

Bangbao Bay Timelapse Video

March 31, 2015 – 7:18 AM
Bangbao Bay, Koh Chang Video

Here’s an example of how to make a timelapse video of Koh Chang interesting.  Often timelapses just show one view over a period of time – usually the sunset.  But here we have several shorter scenes taken at various locations around Bangbao Bay, Koh Chang at different times of day …

Thai Beach Holiday Takes a Naked Twist ( via Sydney Morning Herald )

March 29, 2015 – 9:08 AM

Sydney Morning Herald, 25 March 2015
My first thought, on seeing a wiry, bearded man walking towards me on the beach: Catweazle, that 11th-century wizard who time-travelled into our lounge rooms via the magic of television in the ’70s, has come to Thailand.
It was early morning and I’d come to Klong …

Flying over Koh Rang and Koh Chang

March 27, 2015 – 12:54 PM
Koh Rang Island

Another great example of the fun that can be had with a quadcopter.  This visitor to Koh Chang took some good footage of the island but the most interesting for me is that taken on Koh Rang.  This is a large island, south of Koh Chang, that’s home to a …

The Reality of Postcard Views of Koh Chang – Part 1

March 18, 2015 – 1:28 PM
Postcards from Koh Chang

A friend, Skipper, who’ve I’ve never met but who I’ve been in touch with for a few years, first by email and now on Facebook sent me an old postcard of Koh Chang.  He bought it whilst he was on the island several years ago.  But looking at it, the …

A Quick Look Around Salakphet

March 15, 2015 – 7:23 PM
Salakphet Koh Chang

January and February have been far busier than normal, so I haven’t had time to get out and about to take photos and as as much content to the site as I’d have liked.  Usually when I had a plan to something came along and the plan was scrapped.  Or …

11 March

March 11, 2015 – 8:12 PM
Chinese tourist drive into the sea on Koh Chang

Back on Koh Chang after a well deserved holiday in The Maldives.  This was a tax-deductible fact finding mission to determine how the Koh Chang archipelago, described by some attention seeking politicians and the TAT as the ‘Maldives of Thailand’ compared to the real thing. Needless to say the real thing …

* Only 6.9 Million Baht * Two Bed Corner Unit Condo with Panoramic Sea Views

March 10, 2015 – 10:06 AM

New Two Bed Condo – Corner Unit. Great Views. This is a corner unit and has uninterrupted views over Bangbao and towards the islands to the south of Koh Chang.  The condo is fitted and finished to western standards with double glazed windows, a built in kitchenette with Electrolux appliances, parquet flooring etc.  Ready to move into.  Price: 7,900,000 Baht

Island in the Sun ( Koh Mak in The Bangkok Post )

March 8, 2015 – 5:41 PM

 Bangkok Post 5 March 2014
Crystal clear water, uncrowded beaches and sunshine are not the main reasons for Sel Bellai, a Dutch businessman, and his family to visit Koh Mak every year for four years.

“We love Koh Mak because it’s the real Thailand,” said Bellai, who has been to many places …