The Beaches

Volker’s Koh Chang – From the early 1990s

Volker Klinkmueller has worked as a freelance correspondent and photographer since 1991. In addition to working closely with the Tourism Authority of Thailand in promoting the country abroad, his articles and photos have appeared in many German newspapers and magazines over the years. He is also one of the authors for the Stefan Loose series of travel guides ( A German language equivalent of Lonely Planet )

More importantly, for the purposes of this site, he has been visiting Koh Chang regularly for 20 years and is an old friend of some of the German resort owners who set up their businesses in the early days of tourism and who are still going strong today.   ( You will see a few photos of Plaloma Resort here and one of James, the owner with considerably more hair than he has now.)

Volker has kindly allowed me to reprint some of his photos of Koh Chang here.


  • How nice to see the photos of Ko Chang 1994. I have been there. it is a long time ago. We stayed on two Islands, Ko Samet and Ko Chang. Very adventurous time.
    At the moment my son is on Ko Samet and Ko Chang. What a difference.
    I get a lot of videos and photos.
    Before he left, with his friends, he did not know that his old mother, has been there already. My memories came back, as I saw your photos of the “old
    island of Ko Chang” Thank you.
    Regards from Gisela Bockelmann

  • Thanks Rodney. It’s always interesting to hear recollections form the days before mass tourism ( even if that was under 30 years ago ) The pirates and the bandits, were they Cambodian? Or Thais on the run form somewhere?

  • Wow this brought back some memories. We ended up on Koh Chang in 1990. Just a few huts at the time I believe those that are in these pictures. It was my first time to come across pirates they would ride up on the beaches in boats selling us there Cigs and beer but never robbing us. Oh and to use the restroom ( Holes in the ground). I think I stayed 2 weeks there then fell ill. There was a young lady you owned a restaurant on the beach a circular one she was extremely nice to us. There was a monkey tied to a tree nearby I remember him biting a French girl. She had to wait for some days to get a boat back. The locals only had a boat go to the island once a week back then Some great memories exploring the island pretty even got friendly with the bandits in the center of the island. Jeez memories flooding back

  • Stayed at Kc on white sand beach in 1994. Was amazing, have great memories drinking whiskey under the stars.

  • Wow.. great to see the pictures of the olden days.

    I have also lots of pictures from 1994 when we were at Koh Chang and staying at the wooden cabins from owners: a young couple that time, he was Dutch and she was thai. i would love to go back and see what happened to Koh Chang as it was a beautiful place but also dangerous for women sometimes.. I remember this very well! Also that year i remember a french guy drowned in the sea by the current i believe. his ashes were scattered at sea ..

    if i can upload pictures i would love to!

  • Hi Carson, I doubt you will recognise the beach at all. Koh Chang 2012 is an entirely different island to Koh Chang 1994

  • I’m heading back to Koh Chang for my second visit in April 2012.
    I was first there in 1994.
    I stayed on White Sands Beach back then and it was idyllic.
    Can’t wait to get back there but I’m sure it will be a very different place now.

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