For 2009 Updates

February 1

1 February – A bit of a belated update as I had a few days away from sun-kissed Koh Chang.

Big in Borobudor
If you happen to be passing through Indonesia this month don’t forget to pick up a copy of ‘Intasari’ magazine. In which you’ll find a 4 page spread about our guesthouse and also Koh Chang in general. Also don’t forget to learn how to read Indonesianese.

Hey! That's Our Guesthouse :-)

Hey! That's Our Guesthouse :-)

It’s not size that counts . . .
Astudo, who run some very nice boutique resorts in Thailand (Under the X2, Le Bayburi and Away brands) , are planning to open a resort on Koh Chang this year. In possibly totally unrelated news, there’s a high-end boutique resort nearing completion on Salakphet Bay. What I guess will be a stunning waterfront restaurant has a moat-like aquarium surrounding it.

New Resort in Jek Bae

New Resort in Jek Bae

Resort Resaurant and Aquarium

Resort Resaurant and Aquarium

Expat Life
One of Koh Chang’s favourite expatriate haunts has introduced a new breakfast menu, served from 10.30am onwards.

Breakfast Menu

Breakfast Menu

‘Others’ includes a Sangsom & Cornflakes combo for non-beer drinkers who have a dislike of exotic foreign dishes such as Chicken Fried Rice.

Jobs Offered! – Bikini model wanted by Property Developer . . .
. . . as there seems to be a shortage of talent in the East of Thailand. (Maybe they’re twins.)

From Logan's in Rayong

From Logan's in Rayong

From Tranquility Bay Residence, Koh Chang

From Tranquility Bay Residence, Koh Chang

Just one more thing . . .
You know how it is when your wife sends you off shopping. It all starts with a simple “Can you just pop to the market and get some garlic, a couple of stems of lemongrass and a not too insect ridden lettuce.” You hop on your motorbike, arrive at the market and no sooner you park up, your mobile rings. There’s just a couple more items she needs. Two minutes later there’s another call. And another. And another. Next thing you know you’re driving home like this guy . . .

Sure You Got Everything?

Sure You Got Everything?

Treasure Hunt
Any fool can bury a small pot of gold and get GPS clutching, trowel wielding adventurers to go chasing around hunting for clues as to it’s whereabouts. I’ve made things a bit trickier. Somewhere on the eastern seaboard, not too far from Koh Chang, I’ve placed a 60 year old Thai naval frigate. All you have to do is find it, without your satnav. It’s 90 metres long and isn’t well hidden, so you’ll know when you do stumble across it.

Find the Landlocked Frigate

Find the Landlocked Frigate

Banksy Does Koh Chang
Was it him? Or was it an imposter? Either way surreal, spray-painted, red elephants have been popping up in the past couple of weeks in several locations on the island.

Art or Vandalism?

Art or Vandalism?

Koh Mak from the air.
An expat & longtime reader of this site took a flight in a light aircraft over Koh Chang & Koh Mak recently and was kind enough to send me some photos.

Aerial View of the Northwest of Koh Mak

Aerial View of the Northwest of Koh Mak

FUKCing obvious
My latest ‘make a million’ brainwave. French Connection went from being just another clothing store into a global marketing phenomenon simply because someone in their Hong Kong office noticed that faxes from the UK said ‘FCUK’ on the header.

Therefore, all that I need to do is to come up with two words beginning with F & U to describe a fun, unique, frequently underrated, fairly unvisited, fashionably unknown island such as ‘Koh Chang’ and my t-shirt printing presses, if I had them, would be ready to roll.

T-Shirt From Fun, Unvisited, Koh Chang

T-Shirt From Fun, Unvisited, Koh Chang

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(** If you want to find that land locked Thai naval ship, turn off Highway 3. about 10km east of Klaeng, at the junction with road ‘3162’. Just follow the signs to ‘HTMS Prasae Commemoration’ – it’s a pretty cool sight.)

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