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Aunchaleena Beachfront Resort, Bangbao

Aunchaleena Beachfront Resort

Aunchaleena Resort

Aunchaleena Beachfront Resort

is the largest resort on the island, occupying well over   60 Hectares of land on the south coast of Koh Chang.   But unless you are Thai and on a 3 day / 2 night company outing from Bangkok or a Russian package tourist, it is highly unlikely you will end up staying here.

That isn’t to say it isn’t on a great beach with superb views – it is.   Or that it doesn’t offer a huge range of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets – it does.   But it’s just a really bizarre place with a half finished appearance for the most part.

But another plus is the pricing, room rates are much lower now than they have been in the past and at 1,500 Baht/night for a floating Boat Chalet room in High Season it might be worth a night just for the weird experience.

But as it is 3km from the nearest village – Bangbao – and there is no public transport along the road leading to the resort, it is destined to be a resort only suited to those who don’t want to leave it’s confines for the duration of their stay.

It’s also a bit odd.   If you don’t stay there, and you won’t, it is still worth going to take a look at the resort. Pay 100 Baht entry and you get a free bike to ride around plus free snack and soft drink or beer.   Take a look around the ghost ship , shown in the picture above, the interior is straight out of the set of an early 80s slasher movie.

The resort was created by trashing the most beautiful lagoon on the island and made the front pages of the national newspapers in late 2003 as the National Park authorities declared the entire resort illegal. Of course, paperwork was soon put in order and problems disappeared and the resort was allowed to remain open.

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Lukas, Germany

So, yes, I went to Thailand all by myself. But Thailand was big and plenty of tourist spots. I know. A few days weren’t good enough. Where would I go then to experience Thailand without having to go several places with limited budget? My friend, who’s a frequent traveler, said to go to Koh Chang. He recommended a certain resort but it wasn’t available during my visit. So, I went for a cheaper accommodation – Aunchaleena Resort.

It was an interesting experience. Luckily I didn’t stay in the floating hotel, which is very strange idea and not suited to the surroundings or the rest of the resort. I was instead in a bungalow at the back of the resort

The resort, although not a luxury resort, it had almost the right elements to help me enjoy my short stay. What I liked most about the resort is that all of their bungalows were sitting by a peaceful lake. Although the entire resort is beach front, the huts are located at the back. But it was still a great thing. After all, a creek is still a body of water, right? You can still get the fresh sea air.

The resort offered a free Wi-Fi. It was kind of slow. I couldn’t connect to certain websites. My bungalow was a bit spacious for me. Yes, I went there alone.

My bungalow wasn’t equipped with modern technologies, like flat screen TV. My bed was comfortable enough to help me fall asleep during my first night here. The next night, I was bombarded with mosquitoes. This is one of the problems of the guests coming here as the huts are located near a creek. So, expect mosquitoes, flies and other insects to be entering your space.

The resort had a strange floating swimming pool. It is in a boat. It wasn’t so clean. Canoeing was a good activity and I went by kayak to Bangbao and also the the small beach east of the resort. That was the highlight of my holiday there.

On the beach there are some nice restaurants and bars. I went there to try to meet some people because there were only a few people in Aunchaleena who were not with a tour group.

The staff at Aunchaleena Resort wasn’t too friendly, according to me. Okay, they don’t smile when they greeted me. I’m not sure, it’s probably just me. But they were helpful, nonetheless. They helped me booked for an island hopping snorkeling trip that was 600 Baht for a day and good value.

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