Centara Koh Chang Tropicana Resort
Centara Tropicana Resort is one of the most popular resorts on the island. The 77 spacious bright bungalows, some featuring outdoor bathrooms, make a nice change from a run of the mill hotel room. In 2009, the resort added a huge new hotel wing at the rear of the resort which probably wasn’t the best idea in the world. as this just means that there are a couple of hundred more visitors vying for sun loungers on the small stretch of beachfront.
Only a handful or bungalows have sea views but unless you want to also overlook the busy pool area and restaurant you may as well go for a quieter garden room.
Note that the Superior rooms are all well back from the beach and have their own pool area. this pool is always quiet as the majority of guests head to the one by the beach, making it very crowded at times.
The beach directly outside the resort is pretty good. There are quite a few stones and some dead coral at low tide. And there’s a handful of beach restaurants just to the south, around 3 minutes walk away. If you want a quiet area to sunbathe or swim, a 10 minute walk north, past the Panviman Resort brings you to nicer stretch of beach which never gets busy.
Inland, Klong Prao village is only a few minutes walk away – small shops, cheap restaurants, bank, ATMs etc are all found by the roadside.
All in all though, it’s a good choice for families.