Old People. Koh Chang was home to one of the oldest people in Thailand, the matriarch of the clan that own most of Kai Bae. She thought she was 108, family members weren’t so sure but agreed that she is definitely over 100. She lived on the island all her life and attributed her longevity to daily shots of Thai whisky. You used to see her pottering around KB Hut Resort in Kai Bae.
Adventurous souls will head off to discover one of the other islands in the Koh Chang archipelago e.g. Koh Kham, Koh Laoya, Koh Rayang, Koh Mak, Koh Wai or Koh Kood. Unfortunately you will find that you have been beaten to it by large groups of Thai package tourists if you travel during weekends in the high season.
And, if you have particularly bad luck you’ll find yourself in the next bungalow to a group of Thai students, one of whom has brought his acoustic guitar along. He will play The Scorpions’ ‘Winds of Change’ repeatedly until daybreak. If you’re really unlucky a murdered version of ‘Hotel California’ will be thrown in for good measure.
Bangbao Boat runs passenger twice a day from Koh Chang – Koh Wai – Koh Mak – Koh Kood but only during high season. Ferry services For a mid price tropical island getaway take a look at Rayang Island Resort on Koh Rayang, southwest of Koh Mak. ( Koh Kham Resort, on Koh Kham north of Koh Mak, closed in 2008 when the island was bought by a property developer.)
Speedboat services to Koh Mak and Koh Kood also now run from Kai Bae during High Season