15 May 2019
It was cancelled this year but the Ultra-Trail Unseen Koh Chang is back and the new routes have been publsihed today.
The exact race dates haven't been released yet but it will be in February 2020. The registrations will open mid-August and it will be announced on our Facebook page and here on the website.
If you are planning to participate to one of the 4 races, don't wait for the last months to book a place where you will spend a night or more on the island. Like in the past years, the closest hotels, guesthouses and resorts on the east coast will be fully booked.
Meanwhile, you need to train, this is not an easy forest running, be prepared to sweat A LOT.
More details about the UTCK: Trail / Ultra-Trail
12 May 2019
Some of you will have to spend one night in Bangkok and not far from Suvarnabhumi Airport before leaving Thailand.
I have tested and listed 5 hotels around the airport, from different categories and different budgets but the one I recommend and which is now my favourite is The Park Nine Suvarnabhumi hotel.
It's located 15 minutes from the airport, they have free shuttles, the hotel is new, modern, cosy and very relaxing. Rooms are spacious and clean, they have 2 restaurants, the swimming pool is beautiful, they have saunas and if you want to visit around, at 10 minutes walk there is a small street food market and a very nice temple which has free entrance.
Prices are reasonable and you can get very good deals.
Here are the 4 other airport hotels that I have also listed and tested: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport's Hotels
19 April 2019
Located in Pearl beach and in a quiet area, The Pearl Luxury Pool Villas are now ready and opened to bookings.
This is a set of 2 double-villas which makes 4 private villas. All of them include one a fully equipped kitchenette, a living room, 2 large bedrooms, 3 large bathrooms, 3 individual a/c, 2 balconies, outdoor furniture, sun-loungers, an extra large terrace with a dining table and large sofas, a tropical garden, an outdoor shower and the best part, a private swimming pool.
In each villa, this is enough sleeping for at least 6 adults.
At 100 meters there is Pearl Beach and at 200 meters, Big C, a big supermarket where you can find all the food you need. And if you don't want to cook, no problem, there are a few good restaurants nearby.
13 April 2019
Songkran is the Thai New Year's national holiday. Songkran starts on the 13th of April every year, but the holiday period extends from the 14th to 15th of April.
If you are leaving Koh Chang on Monday, expect to have a long waiting time at the ferry pier. It's the same every year, hours of waiting.
11 April 2019
Moley's Resort belongs to my favourite places on Koh Chang.
It's located directly on Klong Prao estuary, away from the busy and noisy main road. It's a very nice place to relax but also to eat or have a drink. Moley, the owner, is a great host and he loves to chat with his guests. He can recommend you places to visit, what to do, if you love fishing, he has a few rods ready for you and he can also rent you a motorbike if you need.
Trust me, you won't de disappointed!
03 March 2019
With a very good rating on Booking.com, awarded by TripAdvisor for several years, Traveler's Choice 2019 and in the Top 25's Bargain Hotels in Thailand, discover Top Resort in White Sand Beach:
28 February 2019
From Koh Chang, you can go directly to Koh Wai, Koh Mak and Koh Kood.
There are 3 boat companies which are doing a daily trip in both ways.
- In Kai Bae, there is Kai Bae Hut Speedboat.
Their speedboats leave every day at 9.00 am. They are also the only one going to Koh Kham and Koh Rayang. Their price includes a pick-up by car from your hotel or resort.
From Koh Chang, it takes 1 hour to go to Koh Mak and 2 hours to Koh Kood.
More details: https://kaibaehut.com
- In Bang Bao, there is Bang Bao Boat which leaves directly from the pier. You have to go there by yourself.
They propose 2 choices, a wooden boat or speedboats.
The wooden boat leaves daily at 9.00 am. It will take one hour to go to Koh Wai, one hour more to Koh Mak and another hour to Koh Kood.
The speedboats leave at 9.30 am and noon. It takes 1 hour to go to Koh Mak and one hour more to arrive at Koh Kood.
- Since this year there is a new transfer service leaving also from Bang Bao.
Bonsiri High Speed Ferry leaves from the pier and it's the only one proposing comfortable seats with air conditioning.
It leaves from Bang Bao at 11.00 am. It takes 1 hour to go to Koh Mak and 45 minutes more to arrive at Koh Kood. It's also the only one going to Trat after Koh Kood.
More details: https://boonsiriferry.com/en/allroute
26 February 2019
Khao Khitchakut, the "Stairway to Heaven"!
It's now the time to visit this National Park and pay respects to the Buddha's footprint.
Thomas Koch Travel & Adventure, Love My Day Trip or even Aurora Koh Chang Travel can help you to arrange the trip. Leaving with the first-morning ferry, you have time to go there, climb the thousands of steps, enjoy the scenery and come back in the evening.
More details: Khao Khitchakut, the "Stairway to Heaven"!
24 February 2019
Every year some restaurants, hotels, resorts, B&B,... receive one or several awards for their good work, improvement, quality and reviews from their guests.
Getting an Award can be an accomplishment for the hard work done but for the guests, choosing a place which has been awarded means better quality in all ways.
TripAdvisor is the world's largest travel website with millions of reviews and a large community of travellers that's why I decided to publish the following resorts and guesthouses for their good job and they deserve that we talk about them.
And for the others, don't give up and continue to improve the quality of your services, soon it will be your turn!
If I didn't forget any, this year I have inventoried 35 places all over Koh Chang which got a TripAdvisor Award, 18 less than in 2018. You can find their location on the map below.
To make the list clearer I dispatched those places in different areas and in random order:
- Klong Son, same than the past years, only 1 resort this year.
- White Sand Beach, 4 resorts, 1 more than last year.
- Pearl Beach, none this year.
- Chai Chet, only 1 resort this year, 1 less than in 2018.
- Klong Prao, 8 places, 5 less than last year.
- Kai Bae with 6 places, 2 less than in 2018.
- Lonely Beach with 4 places, 2 less than last year.
- Bailan with 2 resorts same than in 2018 but different places.
- Bang Bao, 6 places in this area, 1 less than in 2018.
- The East Coast, with only 3 resorts this year, 5 less than last year.
If you own or manage a place that I have forgotten or if you notice a mistake, please contact me and I will correct it.