For 2010

April 11

A quick pre-Songkran ( Thai New Year ) update.   Songkran festivities will be centred around Klong Prao temple where there’s the usual temple fair every evening from 11th to 15th April, with all manner of Bingo related games, very loud distorted music, and unrecognisable BBQ meats on sticks for all the family to enjoy.   Nothing much happening here but the weather is great, bright sunshine and no rain – a contrast to last April which saw some rain most days.

I just took a quick trip down to Koh Mak which is steadily getting busier although it is still easy to find totally deserted beaches and explore unmarked trails through the plantations.   It’s hard to get lost as no matter which trails you take by motorbike or mountain bike you end up in a hamlet or on a deserted beach eventually.   There’s also a little museum now at Koh Mak Seafood, near Ao Nid Pier, and the owner K. Tarin, will be happy to talk you through the old photos on display that date back to the early 20th century.   ( Did you know that 90 years ago there was a cruise ship from Bangkok that sailed to Koh Chang, Koh Mak, Koh Kood and onto Cambodia and Vietnam?   Or that several old wooden homes on Koh Mak were built by the same carpenters that worked on the wooden palaces in Bangkok. ) Thanks to Ball & K. Yodchai for the use of Koh Mak Residence – the only pool villa on the island.   Lots More Photos Here

An attempt at a panoramic photo showing Ao Suan Yai Beach, Koh Mak with Koh Kham in the near distance. and Koh Wai and Koh Chang just visible in the background.   This is the second busiest beach on Koh Mak, but still there’s no-one else on a kilometre of sand. ( In the near future there is a plan to build a few homes for sale on this beach, prices from around THB 3 million for a 2 bed house on 30 year lease.) Click it for the large pic.

High Flyers. A group of paramotorists from Chiang Mai visited Koh Chang in early April and treated swimmers and sunbathers on Klong Prao beach to extreme close up views as they skimmed the surface of the water.   Only one crash landed after getting water in the engine – a sure sign of flying too low.   Lots More Photos.

Koh Chang’s Newest Boutique Resort. A luxury housing development may seem an odd location for Koh Chang’s newest boutique resort but the Swiss/Thai owners of three adjacent beachfront villas have converted their homes into a very nice   six room hideaway.   If you are looking for a combination of peace and quiet, comfort and personal service then Little Sunshine Resort is worth considering.

Sea Views. A couple of weeks ago I added photos of resorts on White Sand beach taken from the sea.   This time it’s the turn of Klong Prao beach, from Chai Chet resort in the north to Chok Dee Resort in the south.   As you’ll see it’s far quieter and far fewer people out on the sand.   All the photos here

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