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.

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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.

The Big Race: Getting Fit For UTKC 2015

February 13, 2015 – 8:01 AM
Koh Chang Trail Race

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I mentioned this when the inaugural Ultra & Trail Koh Chang 2015 was announced last October.  This is Koh Chang’s first adventure race and is being organised by Go Adventures Asia, an event planner that specializes in organizing races, triathlons etc across SE Asia.  So it’s …

Dan Kao Beach a.k.a Sai Daeng Beach a.k.a that Beach just South of the Ferry Piers

February 8, 2015 – 5:09 PM
Amber Sands Beach Resort

Drive a couple of minutes south of the main ferry pier on Koh Chang and you’ll pass Centrepoint pier, the much quieter ferry from the mainland, and then a few hundred metres to the south you’ll reach a small beach which is home to three great little resorts.
I’m not exactly …

5 February

February 5, 2015 – 3:58 PM
Watching over Koh Chang

Koh Chang made it onto the national news.  The army have been checking on , what they a say are illegally built resorts, businesses and homes.  These are built too close to the sea; on National Park land or on untitled farmland, which according to the letter of the law shouldn’t …

The Findig Shop – Proof Time Travel is Possible

February 2, 2015 – 8:18 PM
The Findig shop Koh Chang

If you can remember shopping in the late 70s or early 80s then this is for you.  Koh Chang offers visitors a chance to relive their youth with a throwback to the days when stores such as Littlewoods or Woolworths ruled the world.
They succeeded by piling all manner of crap …

Saffron on the Sea, Pearl Beach * Don’t Miss It *

February 1, 2015 – 7:56 AM
Saffron on the Sea

Saffron was already a  popular restaurant by the time I discovered it back in 2006 ( I think )  Back then Ting, the owner, was running it more as a way to rehabilitate from a near death car accident than anything.  Cooking and serving food got her up and moving …

Crackdown on Koh Chang Land Encroachment

February 1, 2015 – 7:10 AM
koh chang army

31 January 2015, NNT
The director of the National Parks Bureau has visited Koh Chang in Trat province to gather information on the land encroachment problems on the island.
After a meeting with chief of Koh Chang National Park Weera Khunchairak, director of the National Parks Bureau, Samak Donnapi, disclosed that 38 …

Ao Sapporot Ferry Pier From The Air ( Video )

January 28, 2015 – 7:44 PM
Ao Sapporot Ferry Koh Chang

Chances are this will be where you set foot on Koh Chang for the first time.
Ao Sapporot is the Koh Chang pier for ‘Ferry Koh Chang’ the busiest of the two ferry companies which bring people from the mainland to Koh Chang.  The majority of buses and minibuses coming from Bangkok …

Snorkelling ( Feeding the Fish ) at Koh Yuak

January 25, 2015 – 9:20 PM
Koh Chang Snorkelling

I just got a cheap underwater camera, in preparation for a proper snorkelling holiday in a few weeks time.  Today we decided to test it by having a late afternoon, ‘Baan Rim Nam’ staff outing to  the island of Koh Yuak, a few kilometers off Klong Prao beach.  This is …

How to Get to Soneva Kiri’s Private Beach

January 21, 2015 – 12:27 PM
Soneva Kiri Beach

Soneva Kiri is a luxury 6 star resort ( similar to a luxury 5 star resort, only it’s one better )  on Koh Kood.  The resort prides itself on keeping their guests and normal people well away from each other.
If you try to ride your scooter to the resort you …

Koh Chang’s Monkeys – Why You Shouldn’t Feed Them

January 19, 2015 – 11:42 AM
Don't Feed the Monkeys

Not a very nice sight is it? But this is happening more on Koh Chang as monkeys become more dependent on food given by humans and more frequently come down to the roadside.
I remember when seeing monkeys was relatively rare in the High Season.  They usually kept away from people …

Crossing the Aranyaprathet / Poipet Border ( Siem Reap – Koh Chang )

January 18, 2015 – 12:17 PM
Aranyaprathet to Poipet border

I thought I’d add a few photos of the Aranyaprathet / Poipet border crossing experience as a lot of people are now combining Siem Reap and Koh Chang in the same holiday.   A typical 2-week itinerary consists of flying into Bangkok then heading to Siem reap for a few …

For Sale: The Best Small Beachfront Resort on Koh Chang.

January 14, 2015 – 12:50 PM
Amber Sands beach Resort

OK.  We’ll keep this simple.  Amber Sands Beach Resort is probably the best run and best reviewed small resort on Koh Chang.  For the past three years it’s been voted as one of the Top 25 Small Resorts in Thailand.  ( In 9th place for 2014 )
You’ll find over 250 …