19 December 2019
It has been several months since the last News update on the website.
After a couple of weeks of "cold" weather, the temperature starts to rise again. When we say "cold" in Koh Chang, it means around 20°C which may sound warm for some of you but for locals is veryyyyy cold.
This new high season seems to be a bit quieter than the previous and lots of hotels and resorts still have available rooms for Christmas and/or New Year's Eve while last years they were completely full. It can be because of the Thai Baht which is now very strong. But let's see, the year is now over yet!
And if you still don't know where to stay, have a look at my recommendation list: www.sawadeekohchang.com/where-to-stay
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The new The Koh Chang Guide is now available online. You can read it or download your free copy here!
01 October 2019
There has been a month since the last update and after a very wet September, the sun is finally back.
A few weeks ago we had a strong storm and lots of rain. In about 20 minutes the level of Klong Prao river raised more than 2 meters, creating a lot of damages. Luckily nobody was injured but some habitations close to the river were completely washed away and some people lost all what they had.
As always the solidarity on the island was amazing, donations came from everywhere to help people, to give food, clothes, appliances, furniture,... all what people needed.
The bridge before Klong Prao village was cut but repaired very fast. The road to Bailan and Bang Bao were also cut by trees and landslides. Bang Bao didn't have electricity for a couple of days but everybody worked very hard to repair and to re-established the electricity as fast as they could. The Koh Chang Rescue did a very good job, they were the first on the scene and worked days and nights.
After the storm, lots of debris were washed up on the beaches and you wouldn't recognise them. Here is the north part of Klong Prao beach as you have never seen it before and hopefully will never see it.
Koh Chang Trash Hero organised a 3-day cleaning and lots of resorts proposed free accommodations to all persons able to come to help to clean the island. In 3 days more than 1000 volunteers joined the big clean up, they collected and removed more than 13 tons of trash.
Less than a week after the storm, the north part of Klong Prao beach which got the biggest amount of debris was almost cleaned thanks also to the help of the municipality.
The sea continued to bring debris the following days but all the beachfront resorts were very active and didn't stop to clean even several times per day.
Two weeks after the storm, everything is now back to normal, even the beautiful weather is back with its blue and sunny sky.
After the storm, the sun and also the new Koh Chang Guide which is now available online!
If you are planning your next holidays on Koh Chang or if you are already on the island, this guide will be very helpful as always. The paper version will be soon available on the island but also at Trat airport and other places on the mainland.
27 August 2019
Morning walk on Klong Prao beach, the longest beach of the island, starting at Coconut Beach Resort and ending at Magic Resort, if you don't mind to get wet when crossing Klong Prao estuary.
The estuary can be crossed easily at low tide.
Picture of one of K.P. Huts bungalows beachfront. A quiet area, even during the high season.
20 August 2019
After beeing absent this year, the Ultra Trail Koh Chang is back!
The registrations for the UTKC 2020 will start on the 9th of September. The race dates will be on the 15th and 16th of February 2020 with 14 km (376 m D+), 34 km (1,258 m D+), 70 km (2,844 m D+) and 100 km (4,180 D+).
For more details, please visit: https://www.sawadeekohchang.com/koh-chang/sports/trail
08 August 2019
A new place has been added in my recommendation list. Located on the south-west of Koh Chang in the bay of Bang Bao and directly on the pier, The Buddhaview is guesthouse, a restaurant and a lounge bar which offers a unique experience.
If you are looking for a place to stay, to eat, to have a drink or to just relax with an authentic atmosphere, then you should go there.
Awarded by TripAdvisor for several years and with a very good score on Booking.com, you will not be disappointed. If you want to know more about The Buddhaview, click on the picture below to read my review.
05 August 2019
Almost 2 months without any update and you have maybe been wondering what's new in Koh Chang?
Well, it's the low season which means fewer tourists on the island but also grey and rainy days. For locals, it's a good time to have a break and spend holidays somewhere else but for people looking for relaxing and extremely quiet holidays, it's the right time. On top of that, you can now get very good deals as most of hotels and resorts are almost empty.
The weather is not that bad if you think that it's not burning like in central Europe or freezing like over there up north. It's not raining several days non-stop, we have rain, sometimes heavy rain, sometimes light showers, and then some sunbeams. There are lots of cloudy days but the temperatures are still good.
Just avoid the sea, there are red flags on the beaches, lots of strong rip currents and it's safer to stay on the sand or the best, at the pool. Don't risk your life!
Here are a few pictures from yesterday with my friend Loukpud at Long Beach, on the south-east of Koh Chang. If you go there you will also meet the big Lucky.
If travelling during the low season is something which doesn't bother you, then you should have a look at the good deals below. Some of them are very interesting.
17 June 2019
The new Koh Chang Guide is available online!
As always, it's full of useful information if you are planning your next holidays on Koh Chang or even if you are already on the island.
27 May 2019
Here is another video uploaded on our YouTube channel:
Did you subscribe to our channel? Not yet? What are you waiting for?
Lots of videos are already available, attractions, hotels, resorts, guesthouses,... and more.
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
Trash Hero Koh Chang
Happy Dogs Koh Chang
Cambodian Kids Care Center