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07 November 2017

Opened since last week, Fig Cafe is a new place I recommend in Kai Bae.

Fig Cafe is specialised in Coffee and Veggie Food. It's located at Koh Chang Residence, in the alley of AWA Resort's parking and it's opened only during the high season, daily from 7.30 am to 4.00 pm.
There also serve breakfast, lunch and brunch. They have excellent home made juices and their veggie menu proposes a large choice of very healthy and delicious food.

On top of the food, you will enjoy the stylish decoration, the zen and peaceful atmosphere and the nice staff who is also the owner.

For more information, visit their Facebook page.

30 October 2017

Are you planning to move to Koh Chang? Here are some of the properties which are for sale. For more information you can send me an email or leave a private message on our Facebook page.

4 Bed Villa with Pool - 9.5 Million Baht
This lovely villa sits between two perfect beaches in the heart of Koh Chang's most exclusive residential community of Klong Son.
On the ground floor you will find the master bedroom with a living room and a fully equipped kitchen.
From the living room you will get into the bedroom. Behind the bedroom you can find your own private bathroom.
On the first floor, that you will reach through a stairway on the outside of the villa, you will find two more bedrooms, each with its own bathroom.
Situated in the back of the building there is another smaller bedroom with a separate bathroom as well.
All bedrooms have a separate air conditioner. The living room is equipped with a ceiling fan.
The three main bedrooms have a room safe and TV. WiFi is available in the entire villa.
Next to the terrace of the ground floor you will find your own private pool.
The villa also provides a roof terrace, which is an ideal place to relax or to have a look at the stunning scenery.

 

2.5 Rai (4,000 sqm.) Waterfront Land Salak Phet - 12.5 Million
This large plot of land is located in beautiful Salak Phet Bay close to Salak Phet Seafood restaurant. The land has Nor Sor Sam Gor title, which is a secure title deed.
The land has absolute waterfront and then rises up a hillside back from the water’s edge, offering fantastic views out over the island-filled bay.

 

Bungalow Resort - 6.9M Baht
This Pearl Beach Resort has a long lease on 3 rai of land, very high guest ratings and is great deal at this reduced price.

The resort is set in large beautifully landscaped gardens and they have recently leased a second adjacent piece of land so the overal property size is now three Rai (4,800 square metres). This extra piece of land offers huge potential to expand the existing business by adding more rooms. At the moment the resort has six bungalows, one 2 bedroom house, a large bar and restaurant with owner accommodation; as well as a separate area with 5 smaller rooms that are rented long term.
Five of the bugalows are air-conditioned, as is the house.

The resort is very well established and has over time built up a great reputation with online booking agencies. Since this is where most business comes from then all you need to do is to keep up existing standards and you are pretty much guaranteed regular advance bookings and trade. It’s current online booking ratings are as follows:

On TripAdvisor the resort has a rating of 5 Stars – the Top rating possible. On Booking.com their rating of 8.3/10 is amongst the highest on Koh Chang – and bookings flow in low season and high.

 

New Marina Condos From 5.9 Million Baht

This extremely desirable Condominium offers a choice of studios, 1 and 2 or 3 bedroom units and a modern and elegant design that provides residents with a practical and convenient luxury living in this tropical paradise.
Situated within the premier beach development in Koh Chang the condos are situated on the banks of the Klong Son River surrounded by lush green jungle and right next to a Yacht Marina.

Their location is just 350 meters from a beautiful long sandy beach. On the surrounding residential development there are three large swimming pools, a nine-hole pitch & putt golf course and a number of bars and restaurants.

21 October 2017

The following news are in cooperation with The Koh Chang Guide.

Next week Thailand will hold the cremation of revered King HRH Bhumibol Adulyadej. Here are more information on this event for you below.

Many people are wondering about how the Royal Cremation will affect Thailand? The events and ceremonies surrounding the Cremation will occur from October 25th to 29th. The actual Cremation ceremony will take place at Sanam Luang in Bangkok on Friday the 26th of October. This will be a public holiday.

Obviously it's a sad time for Thais so please respect that. Most Thais will wear black but visitors aren't expected to, you can if you like though. Otherwise just be tolerant and respectful and all will be well. Here's some more detail from the Tourist Authority of Thailand. And here is some more information on the actual Cremation ceremony.

All of Thailand's provinces will be holding ceremonies as well in specially constructed temples.
Pictured below is the one in the centre of Trat Town.

In Koh Chang there will be a memorial ceremony on the 26th of October at Klong Nonsi Temple which is in Dan Mai village on the East Coast of the island. It will begin at 9:09am and last through the day until 10pm.

- High Speed Rail Link Between Airports (and further?)

It looks like Thailand is going to go ahead with bold plans for a 200 Billion Baht high speed rail link that will join Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang airports with U-Tapao airport in Rayong province. This will obviously be handy for getting between them and also for getting down to Pattaya and end-of-the-line stop Rayong from Bangkok.

What's interesting for Koh Chang is that dotted yellow line on the route map that seems to be headed our way. Wouldn't it be cool to jump on a high speed train down here?

So there are just hints at the moment that this might part of future infrastructure development in Thailand. Check out the full story here at the Bangkok Post.
Check out the full story here at the Bangkok Post.

- Koh Chang Guide October 2017

This is the place that you can see the latest issue of The Koh Chang Guide. As always it has bang up-to-date maps and all kinds of information and features on Koh Chang.
You can read and download the fully interactive PDF version here or if you have any issues on mobile devices then try here.

- Koh Chang Treasure Map October 2017

And here's the latest Koh Chang Treasure Map. Can you find the treasure? (clue: it's everywhere)
Read the latest Treasure Map issue here or if you have any issues on mobile devices then try here.

- Koh Kood and Koh Mak Map 2018

Here is the new Koh Mak Map, it's double the size of the old one and it's got Koh Kood on it as well. If you haven't been to either of these islands yet, and it's surprising how many people haven't, then you need to remedy that right now. Download this map and go already!
You can check it out here or if you have any issues on mobile devices then try here.

- Koh Chang's New "Road"

Road widening is still taking place down the West Coast of Koh Chang. There aren't any lane markings that make any sense, there are all kinds of holes and spikes and dangerous bits and the old road is still falling to bits. This is likely to continue all through the high season (and probably forever). Nobody knows how to drive on the new road, and this is in a place where most people don't know how to drive anyway.

A lot of people are going to get killed on this road. I guess we're not supposed to say that, but it's true. So please don't let it be you. Be super careful.
Drive on the road like it's the most dangerous road you ever drove on in your life - because it is.

04 October 2017

You have maybe noticed that lots of Thai Facebook profile pictures have turned to black & white with a black ribbon.
One year ago, on the 13th of October 2016, His Majesty the King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej, who has been the world's longest-serving monarch and the most loved by his nation, died at the age of 88. After one year of mourning, there will be the funerals and here are some information if you are coming or already are in Thailand during this time.

13th October is a new public holiday marking the death of His Majesty King Bhumibol. This will take place every year from now onwards.

The royal funeral will take place from 25th to 29th of October 2017 but the actual cremation ceremony will be on Thursday 26th of October which has been declared as a public holiday (only this year) so that people can attend the funerals.
There will be rehearsals for the royal procession at Sanam Luang on 7th, 15th and 21st October. It is not confirmed, but you should be able to take photos of this. But please dress respectfully.
The royal crematorium on Sanam Luang will be open to the public from 1st to 30th November, from 7.00 am to 10.00 pm.

There will be restrictions on alcohol sales during the funerals, no loud music and parties will be allowed. In Koh Chang, restaurants, hotels and resorts will be opened normally. Some small Thai businesses may be closed.

If you are coming from Bangkok, be aware that there will be thousands of people waiting for the funerals; the road and air traffics will be higher than normally. If you need a transport during this time, be sure to book it in advance. During this time, please respect Thai people and their beloved King, be discrete. You are very welcome to wear black clothes or a black ribbon which are given for free at different places. If possible, avoid colourful clothes in public places, especially in Bangkok and big cities.

The ceremony will be broadcasted live on all Thai TV channels.

On the beach and inside the resort, you can be dressed as usually.

In memory of His Majesty the King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej

25 September 2017

I just finished to review a new resort and I added it to my recommendation list.
This one is not in Koh Chang but in Koh Kood, on the east coast and on Ao Tapao beach, the longest beach of the island. Koh Kood is the second biggest island of Koh Chang archipelago. Compared to Koh Chang, Koh Kood is extremely quiet, the road traffic is as quiet as life on the island and except diving, snorkelling, visiting the 3 waterfalls, the 500 years old tree and the fishermen village, the only thing you can do is to relax and enjoy the silence and nature.
If you're looking for fullmon parties or nightlife, avoid Koh Kood, it's then not made for you.

Koh Kood Paradise Beach Resort is a new resort on the island, recently built. They propose different types of bungalow, that they call "Villa", and "hotel type" rooms. They have a modern and big fitness center, the biggest swimming-pool of the island and an excellent restaurant.
It has also a score of 8.2 on Booking.com.

Location in Koh Kood Villas Villas Swimming-pool

For more details, read Koh Kood Paradise Beach Resort's review!

16 September 2017

The new Koh Chang Guide is now available online!
As always it's full of useful information and of course the maps which are very helpful when you are travelling in Koh Chang.
You can read it or download it here (or just click on the picture below).

if you have any issues on mobile devices then try this link.

11 September 2017

What's up in Koh Chang? Is it still raining or not?

Guess what? The sun has been back for several days and it really feels like the rainy season is gone and the "high" season is starting. Just look at the pictures below if you don't believe me ;) 

And of course if the sun is back during the day, sunsets are back too and with beautiful colours.

Beach Jungle is a new hostel which will open next month in Lonely Beach. Booking have already started and the bar is already opened. If you go there and show them this picture you will get 10% discount off the rooms and 15% off at the bar.
For more information, follow their Facebook page or visit their website.

Have you already eaten those delicious Thai pancakes? Or if you haven't, this is what you need to taste next time you will be on Koh Chang.
Every evening small street food vendors install their stalls and mobile "kitchens" on the road side, almost everywhere on the island. Pancakes are not the healthiest food you can find in Thailand, they are quiet fat but they are so goooood. Filled with sliced mango, my favourite, or banana or pineapple and covered with chocolate or sweetened condensed milk or even both, they are just delicious. You need to try!

Like I'm writing about food, do you know those fruits? There shape is nor really attractive, maybe you have already seen them on Koh Chang and you have been wondering what it was.

The first one has a real strange looking, it's the tamarind.
The tamarind fruit is actually a pod. After removing the hard and thin shell you will get the pulp and several hard black seeds (watch your teeth). The taste is very sweet but this fruit is mainly used in cooking.
It's high in sugar, vitamins and minerals. I like to eat them raw, like that or dried with sugar and chili (sold in small bags in any supermarket).

The second fruit you can also find on Koh Chang is the mangosteen also called purple mangosteen.
After removing the thick shell you will get the soft segments which have a mild flavour. Mangosteen nutrition is quite modest and it's not very rich in vitamins. Traditional Asian medicine has used some parts of the plant to treat skin infections, wounds, dysentery, urinary tract infections, and gastrointestinal complaints.

Back to Lonely Beach, with 2 places I would like to recommend. Suncity View and Yummy Restaurant.
Yummy restaurant is doing delicious pizzas to eat in, to take away or to be delivered. Suncity View has a great location, just in front of the sea, perfect to enjoy the sunsets but their Thai food and desserts are just amazing. If you are in the area, just stop by and you will see ;)

The high season is very close and soon the island will start to be more and more busy. If you haven't booked your hotel, guesthouse or resort, don't wait too long, it may already be too late. Mid-December to end of February is the peak season and it's very common to see fully booked places, especially the best ones which are sometimes booked a year or more in advance.
if you still don't know where to go, have a look at the recommendation list I did or at the 2017 TripAdvisor Awarded places, it may give you some ideas.

There is a small resort I like, it's very quiet, it's located on the peninsula of Bang Bao with a view to the bay. They have few rooms, a cute swimming-pool, a large wooden sundeck, a relaxing area and the staff and management are very friendly. This place is Bhuvarin Resort!

03 September 2017

Don't miss the Early Bird registrations, today is the last day!
But don't worry, registrations won't be closed, it will be still possible to register for one of the different trails but the price will be a bit higher.
For more information: www.utkcthailand.com

01 September 2017

The registrations to the UTKC 2018 (Ultra Trail Koh Chang) are now opened. Until the 3rd of September you can enjoy the Early Bird registrations and save up to 20%. Like the past years there will be 3 different trails, 13 km, 35 km, 70 km and for the bravest and strongest, the Jungle 100 km.

-The Jungle 100 km will start on the 16th of February 2018 at 04.00 am and will end on the 17th of February at 08.00 pm (40 hours).
The elevation gain is 4,400 meters and the route has been modified from last year by adding one super steep incline and the two standard running hills.

- The 70 km will also start on the 16th of February 2018 at 08.00 pm and will end on the 17th of February at 08.00 pm (24 hours).
The elevation gain is 2,800 meters and the route has also been modified, be prepared for the incline!

- The 35 km will be on the 17th of February 2018 from 07.00 am to 04.00 pm (9 hours).
The elevation gain is 1,200 meters.

- The 13 km will also start on the 17th of February 2018 from 06.00 am to 10.00 am (4 hours).
The elevation gain is 600 meters.

The 13k and 35k distances will use the same routes than last year with an additional fresh coconut juice station at Waichaek Beach and an additional water station at the last 5 km for 35 km route.

For the registrations, visit www.utkcthailand.com. If you don't have a Thai bank, the payment will be done through Paypal.

24 August 2017

A couple of weeks ago I shared on Facebook an article from The Nation, saying that e-cigarettes are now banned in Thailand.


(http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30323861)

I didn't find out why this new law. There has been some speculations about healthy or security reasons but the "normal" cigarettes are as dangerous. A lighter can explode as an e-cigarette and we all know the risks to smoke.
In my opinion it's more an economical problem. Lots of people are now travelling with their own e-cigarette and refills. It takes less place inside the luggage to travel with a week of refills than a week of cigarettes, which means that people will not buy them in Thailand. It's the only reason I see.
I'm not a smoker but what I have also noticed, refills are cheaper than boxes of cigarettes. But if somebody knows the real reasons, let me know, I'm very curious.

Anyway if you are an e-smoker and plan to visit Thailand, you will have to find something else. Your e-cagarette will be confiscated, you will get a fine and you could be sent to jail. This is what has happened to an English man. So be careful, don't spoil your holidays for an e-cigarette.

Why not to take this opportunity and stop smoking? It's just an idea ;)

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