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.

Aana Resort and Spa, Klong Prao beach

July 3, 2015 – 7:20 PM
Aana Resort & Spa Koh Chang

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Aana Resort and Spa

Aana Resort is located just off Klong Prao beach on the Klong Plu river estuary.  It’s hidden away, out of sight of the main road and with no loud bars, tailor shops, tour agents etc nearby.
Whilst the resort itself is very nice, with …

Mercure Hideaway Resort, Bailan

July 3, 2015 – 11:25 AM
Mercure Hideaway Koh Chang

Mercure Hideaway

The Mercure Hideaway  Resort in Bailan, 2km south of Lonely Beach, which, to my mind, tends to fall into the ‘Why stay here when there are better alternatives?’ classification.
Some people are big fans of the Mercure brand and I am sure they won’t be disappointed.   There’s good service and …

Kai Bae Grand Ville Resort

July 1, 2015 – 11:54 AM
Kai Bae

Kai Bae Grand Ville

Kai Bae Grand Ville comprises of a large hillside hotel block plus bungalows closer to the shoreline. It is located on the southern half of Kai Bae beach, an area which is popular with visitors looking for 2 star beach accommodation.
Guests are usually older tourists on a …

Sea View Resort and Spa, Kai Bae beach

June 25, 2015 – 2:54 PM
Sea View Resort Kai Bae

Sea View Resort and Spa

Sea View is one of the most popular 3-4 star resorts for families looking to stay in a peaceful beachfront setting.
It is located at the far southern end of Kai Bae beach, so be prepared to have a 20 minute walk if you want to get …

Kai Bae Beach Video Guide – Sand or Stones?

June 23, 2015 – 5:46 PM
Kai Bae Beach Videos

Kai Bae beach is the second busiest beach on the island after White Sands.  However, unlike White Sand beach it still has some charm.  There are still plenty of bungalow resorts in which to stay.  And in recent years the central area of the beach has been developed and now …

The Green Dream ( Bangkok Post article )

June 18, 2015 – 2:40 PM

Bangkok Post, 18 June 2015
Located 315km southeast of Bangkok, the resort island of Koh Chang in Trat is a five-hour drive from the capital city and a 30-minute ferry ride from the mainland. Technically, travelling to any destination increases carbon emissions. Koh Chang is a long-time popular tourist destination, meaning …

A New Arrival. Baby Born at Baan Chang Thai Elephant Camp.

June 15, 2015 – 8:19 AM
Baby Elephant on Koh Chang

At 3pm on 12 June, Baan Chang Thai elephant camp, In Klong Prao, Koh Chang had a new arrival.  The elephant calf, weighing in at around 70Kg, was born to ‘Som-O’ a 19 year old elephant.  The gestation period for an elephant is around 22 months.  So the mother is …

Lonely Beach Videos

June 11, 2015 – 7:43 PM
Lonely Beach Videos

Just a couple of short videos I took today on Lonely Beach.  These are only short – 30 seconds each as I just wanted to show the views to give you an idea of what to expect if you booked a hotel on Lonely Beach.  A couple of thing’s you’ll …

Koh Chang Underwater Clean-Up For World Ocean Day

June 10, 2015 – 8:22 PM
Koh Chang Underwater Cleanup

A mortar round . . .one of the more unusual items recovered from the sea bed and beaches in Koh Chang Chang Marine Park during the clean-up on 8 June.
The clean-up of dive sites and beaches around Koh Rang was orgniased by BB Divers in support of World Ocean Day. …

8 June

June 8, 2015 – 12:37 PM
Chantaburi run

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3 August – You’ll have noticed it’s been a while since I did an update.  I’ve been busy updating other areas of the site, in particularly the hotel reviews which were getting old.  These have been updated with the help of visitors to this site who I contacted to …

How to get from Koh Chang to Phnom Penh

June 7, 2015 – 8:03 PM
Border crossing from Phnom Penh to Koh Chang

The most popular route from Cambodia to Koh Chang is from Siem Reap to Koh Chang, but more people are either coming from Phnom Penh to the island or leaving Koh Chang to head to PP.  And if you’re overlanding from Saigon to Bangkok then the route via Phnom Penh ( …

Koh Man Nai – 360 Degrees View Video

June 3, 2015 – 12:07 PM
Video of Koh Man Nai, Kai Bae beach, Koh Chang

Last week I added some photos about how it was possible to walk to an island called Koh Man Nai from Kai Bae beach, Koh Chang.  But only at very low tide.  I forgot that I also took a quick video showing the 360 degree view standing somewhere between Koh …