20 September 2018
Some of you have planned to spend some time on Koh Kood. Koh Kood is smaller than Koh Chang and lifestyle is completely different between those 2 islands.
Koh Kood is very quiet, even extremely quiet. There aren't so many things to do compared to Koh Chang. The traffic is extremely light and roads are in a very good quality. Don't expect to catch a taxi like on Koh Chang. On Koh Kood, it's better to rent a scooter and discover the island by yourself.
So what to do on Koh Kood? What people like the most are the beaches and the sea. There are nice white sand beaches and the water is crystal clear. There are good snorkelling or diving spots. Inside the island, there are 3 waterfalls where you can even swim but depending on the season there may be not a lot of water, and a 500 years old sacried tree. On the south-east, there is a small fisherman village with stilt houses and a few good seafood restaurants. That's all, no nightlife or beach parties!
Most people who go to Koh Kood just want to relax, sunbath in peace and that's all.
During the high season, you can go to Koh Kood from Koh Chang by speedboat. It takes about 1 and half hour. In the rainy season, the only way is to take a fast ferry from the mainland. Those ferries are running all year long, they are cheaper than Koh Chang speedboats and also faster, it takes only 45 minutes.
On Koh Kood, prices are higher than on Koh Chang and there is only one ATM on the island (when it's working). There are a few good resorts and guesthouses but my favourite is Shantaa. When I want to relax and do nothing else than relaxing I go to Shantaa. This is not a mass-tourism resort, they could built 10 times more bungalows on their property but the Thai owners who are also from Koh Kood preferred to keep it quiet for their guests and have only a few bungalows that they call "Sweets". And it's what I like, even if the resort is fully booked, I all the time have the feeling to be alone.
Have a look at my review and if you are looking for Tranquility I'm sure you will love Shantaa:
Here is Koh Kood & and Koh Mak Treasure map. You can download it or read it online here:
10 September 2018
The new Koh Chang Guide is now available online. As always, it's full of usefull information and news about Koh Chang.
You can read it or download it from here.
01 September 2018
It's the rainy season time and I have nothing better to do than updating the website, adding more useful information and more pictures.
I've listed almost all the sports which can be done on Koh Chang. The list is long and I still have a few to add. You can find this list in the top menu Koh Chang -> Sports.
I've been also updating the temples page with more recent pictures. On the map with is on top of this page you will see the location of Koh Chang temples and most famous shrines. I still have a couple of temple pictures to add but it's almost ready.
Today I went to see the construction of Wat Rong Than which is located on the south-east of the island, overlooking the bay of Salak Phet. It should be ready in 2-3 years and I will be interested to see when the 29 meters high Buddha statue will be done. They said people will be able to see it from all Salak Phet bay.
20 August 2018
Here is another way to discover Koh Chang, from inside, deep into the jungle.
Sit from Jungle Trip Koh Chang is a guide I recommend. He knows everything about Koh Chang wildlife. Sit is organising jungle day but also night treks. You will spend 24 hours with him inside the jungle, discovering the unseen and witness the most beautiful sunrise from the top of the island.
08 August 2018
A few days ago I heard that the UTKC (Ultra-Trail Unseen Koh Chang) will maybe not be re-edited in 2019. Today the news became official on Facebook and as far as I know, there won't be more UTKC.
I don't really know the reason but this event which started its first edition in February 2015 became popular in the world of trail and ultra-trail runners. The last editions attracted about 2000 participants for more than 30 different countries.
It also brought more life to the south-east of Koh Chang, during those few days the activity on this quiet part of the island was at its maximum, hotels, guesthouses and resorts nearby where completely full. It was very interesting for the local economy without talking about the money Teelakow organisation was giving to Salak Phet school.
So in 2019, there is no trail or ultra-trail planned on Koh Chang. End of March 2019 there will be one race in Trat and one in Koh Kood in June 2019. I hope the UTKC will come back, maybe with a new organisation and with its friendly and festive atmosphere.
04 August 2018
It has been a month since the last update. The monsoon came and it was time to have holidays.
The weather on Koh Chang has been wet but there have been sunny days, afternoons or evenings. And as always nobody knows how it will be the followings days and weeks.
Monsoon, rainy, green or low season, all are the same, it just depends on people's point of view. Meteorologists call it monsoon, resorts and hotels will name it the low season as their frequentation is lower, having fewer guests and locals would prefer to say it's the green season, wet days, plants are greener and it's less depressing to say and think green than rainy or low.
Anyway, this is the time of the year resorts, hotels and guesthouses are renovating or improving their place and it's the case of T.P. Hut Bungalows in Pearl beach. This nice and quiet resort which is located on the mountains' side, away from the busy main road and at the edge of the jungle has now a very nice swimming pool and a bar.
If you are looking for a calm place to spend relaxing holidays and don't feel the need to move then it will be perfect for you.
05 July 2018
If you are looking for something different than a hotel, a resort or a cheap hut, what about one of these 2 apartments which are located in Pearl beach?
They offer all that you need, comfortable beds, private bathroom with shower and hot water, fridge, microwave, a/c, Wi-Fi with high-speed internet connection, TV with Netflix, and even more!
29 June 2018
Trash Hero is a Swiss Environmental Foundation which has a mission to bring communities together to clean and reduce waste worldwide.
Last March Trash Hero Koh Chang was born. Every Wednesday a clean up is organised on the island, and several tons of waste have already been removed from streets, roads, forests, beaches,... Local people are also educated about the importance to keep the environment clean.
Everybody is welcome!
Learn more about Trash Hero Koh Chang:
24 June 2018
I continue with the sports which can be played on Koh Chang.
Did you know there is a campus on Koh Chang where you can play volleyball? Have you ever heard about the Koh Chang Beach Cricket tournament? What about ATV? Have you ever played sepak takraw or footvolley?
You can now find all these sports on this website.