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

Check out the Koh Chang Island Guide. Each beach on Koh Chang attracts a different type of visitor. Which is best for you?


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 Man Nai – 360 Degrees View Video

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

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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 …

Walking to from Koh Chang to Koh Man Nai Island

May 26, 2015 – 11:18 AM
Koh Man Nai

In the High Season visitors staying in Kai Bae often paddle a kayak out to the island close to the southern tip of Kai Bae beach. The view of this island, taken from the roadside viewpoint is one of the most commonly seen on postcards and hotel booking sites.
It’s an …

The #1 Rated Restaurant on Koh Chang vs. #83 Rated Restaurant. The Winner is . . .

May 22, 2015 – 6:09 PM
Prawns at Jae Eiw Restaurant

Is there any real difference between restaurants?  Or are they pretty much the same wherever you go?  I decided to put this to the test by comparing the restaurant that is top rated, not only for Koh Chang but for all Trat province against the one that was ranked 83rd.
Surprisingly, …

British Tourist Drowns in Hotel Pool on Koh Chang. How the Thai & UK Reports Differ

May 18, 2015 – 9:30 PM

British Tourist Drowns in Hotel Pool.
A British tourist drowned in the pool of Sofia Garden Resort, Koh Chang early morning on 16 May.  That much people know.  It was probably a tragic accident.
But if so, then it’s odd that reports of key events differ so much.  The only thing that’s certain …

Kati Culinary, Klong Prao * Don’t Miss It *

May 14, 2015 – 2:59 PM
Kati Culinary

We’ve been going to Kati since it opened way back in 2005.  And in that time never had a bad meal.  In fact, in that time it’s probably been my favourite restaurant on the island.  Over the years I’ve recommended the place to dozens of people – both visitors to this …

Family Rooms, for Families of Five, at Five Resorts on Koh Chang

May 13, 2015 – 6:26 PM
Serenity Resort, Koh Chang

Mum, Dad and three kids.  That’s not an unusual sized family.  Yet there are very few resorts that provide accommodation cater for families of five on Koh Chang.  Once your kids are the age that they require their own bed, parents are often stuck with the choice of paying for an …

How ( Not ) to Stay on Koh Chang Longterm – A Tale of Visa Woes

May 11, 2015 – 7:23 PM
Thailand Tourist Visa

If you’re the type of person who has their plans and life mapped out in advance, this doesn’t really apply.  You’ll know how to use Google and will have already decided to get, for example, a Triple Entry Tourist Visa from a  Thai Consulate or Embassy in your own country. …

9 May

May 9, 2015 – 7:43 AM
Peaceful Koh Chang Beach

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The Songkran, Thai New Year, celebrations were a bit muted this year.  Whilst the island was definitely far busier than usual, it wasn’t total chaos as it has been in previous years.  However, the recent five day May Day holiday more than made up for it.  During the first …

Private Transfer & Minibus Prices and Booking

May 8, 2015 – 10:00 AM
Transfer by car to Koh Chang

Koh Chang Transfers.  Prices and booking inquiries. Updated for 2015-16.
( You’ll find some more information on the vehicles, who the drivers are, when I started this service etc on this page )
All our Koh Chang transfers are ‘door to door’ i.e. you are met at your hotel, the airport etc …

“Will I See Any Fish?” – Koh Chang Snorkelling

May 6, 2015 – 7:11 PM
Koh Chang Snorkelling Trip

“Will I see any fish?”
It’s always the first question our guests ask when I suggest they should take a snorkeling trip whilst they are on holiday on Koh Chang.  This video should confirm that the answer is a definite “Yes“.  Whilst the diving might not be as good as the more popular …

Koh Chang By Scooter. Part 7: Dan Mai to Salakkok

April 28, 2015 – 1:32 PM
Dan Mai to Salakkok by scooter

This is the longest video as there wasn’t any obvious point to split it.  From Dan Mai village down to Salakkok is an easy ride.  No hills, no traffic, just a sea of green.  A lot of fruit is grown in this area, especially Durian.  From April – July, you’ll …

Koh Chang By Scooter. Part 6: Ao Sapporot Ferry Pier to Dan Mai

April 27, 2015 – 12:19 PM
Koh Chang Motorcycle to Dan Mai

This, and subsequent videos take you down the east coast of Koh Chang from Ao Sapporot to the far southeast of Koh Chang.  To be honest the most interesting parts are those on the roads around Long Beach and Salakphet.  The ride down there is very pleasant but there’s nothing …