02 February 2018
It has been a long time since the last update. I've been very busy to reply to all the emails and messages I've received on Facebook and Instagram. To be honest, sometimes I get very weird or very funny messages but I all the time reply, no matter what!
The weather on Koh Chang has been very nice if we don't speak about the small showers we got. Temperatures are fine, don't worry, you won't have to wear your winter jacket, gloves and hat. A swimming suit and a cap to protect your head from the sun will be enough.
Every year TripAdvisor is awarding places which got the biggest amount of good reviews. And since few years I try to follow them and list all the awarded resorts, hotels, B&B, guesthouses and hostels.
This year there has been 52 winners. Welcome and congratulation to the new ones who have joined the list.
To make it easy I have dispatched them by beach area. For each place awarded you have a short description and all the useful information as their website address, Facebook page, contact email and where to get the best rates. Enjoy!
Find out who has been awarded this year: TripAdvisor Awards 2018
08 January 2018
Julien from EXPLORATION junkie came to Koh Chang last October for his holidays and he did a jungle trek with Toon from Jungle Fever. Toon is an experienced guide and a nature lover that I really recommend if you want to discover Koh Chang wildlife.
Never go to the jungle by yourself without a guide. Some people have already been lost and been obliged to spend a night alone in the dark trying to find their way back. Be also sure that your body can take the heat, humidity and steep hills. If you have difficulties to walk or have a heart problem, stay on the beach or at the pool, it will be safer. Be also sure to have a good walking shoes, the ground can be slippery, wet, there are sometimes crawling creatures and lots of leeches which are waiting to suck your blood.
Julien has done an interesting virtual tour of his trek. You can find his story, pictures and video on his website: explorationjunkie.com/koh-chang-jungle-trekking
Have a look at his video:
And for more information about jungle trek or Koh Chang wildlife: Jungle treks
01 January 2018
2017 is now gone, welcome to 2018!
All people from Koh Chang wish you a Happy New Year 2018 with lots of love, joy, happiness, money, a good health but also a trip to Koh Chang for this new year.
Koh Chang, the Elephant island could also be named the Paradise island or even the Sunset island and here is the first sunset of the year!
(Pictures: Jean-Pierre Odet)
25 December 2017
This is your last chance to register to the UTKC2018!
The registrations to the UTKC 2018 (Ultra Trail Koh Chang) will end on the 31st of December. 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 can be done through Paypal.
19 December 2017
The new Koh Chang Guide is now available online. As always, it's full of useful information if you are planning to visit Koh Chang or if you already are in Koh Chang. Keep the paper version in your bag, it doesn't take a lot of place and you will have all Koh Chang Maps. You can get it almost anywhere on the island, ask to your hotel or resort's reception, I'm sure they have a copy for you... and it's free!
18 December 2017
Christmas is coming fast,and Koh Chang is getting more and more busy. If you haven't booked your hotel or resort yet for Christmas Eve or New Year's Eve, hurry up! It may be already too late to get the best places but if you still don't know where to stay, have a look at my recommendation list: Where to stay
A new resort has been added to my list, Tarzan Island Resort and Restaurant is a Thai family business located in Bailan. It's the perfect place if you want to rest in a quiet area but to be close to the active Lonely Beach.
Have you already planned where to spend Christmas Eve? At your resort or outside in a restaurant?
Here are some ideas:
|Peninsula Beach Resort||Oasis||Nature Beach Resort||Paddy's Palm Irish Pub|
07 December 2017
What's the weather like on Koh Chang? I think the following picture will be better than a long text!
Tomorrow Friday, come to celebrate Margaritaville's 6th years birthday! It will start at 17.00 and it's also in Lonely Beach. There will be DJ's, Maragaritas, the famous Swedish meatballs and a very friendly atmosphere!
04 December 2017
Looking for a transfer to or from Koh Chang? Fill the form you will frind on this page and we will get back to you with all the details you need.
Don't miss next Sunday, 10th of December, the Reggae Night at Nature Beach Resort in Lonely Beach!
On the program, fire shows, live music, all day happy hours and a free Tank Top for 2 buckets of drink bought.
For more information, visit Nature Beach Resort's review!
20 November 2017
I've been very busy to answer to all emails and messages and I didn't have so much time left to post new updates.
The high season has started and you can see it on beaches which are not desert anymore.
The end of the year will be busy again and if you are planning to spend Christmas or New year's Eve on Koh Chang and if you still haven't booked anything, hurry up, most of good places are already fully booked. And if you still don't know where to go, have a look at my recommendation list, there are places for all styles and all budgets. They have been dispatched by area or beach if you prefer. And if you still don't find what you're looking for, check the Awarded Resorts 2017 list, also listed by beach.
If you are wondering how to travel from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport to Koh Chang, here are the different way from the cheapest to the most expensive (which is maybe not the fastest):
- Government bus.
From Ekamai Bus Station in Bangkok to the ferry pier in Trat. It's about 260 baht per person. Then you will have to buy your ferry ticket, take the ferry and take a shared taxi once in Koh Chang.
Here is the timetable!
- Shared minibus.
I don't recommend this transport for the reason they are most of the time over-loaded and they drive very fast. Spending 4 hours stuck between 2 strong persons and wondering when you will crash is not the best way to start your holidays.
- Private driver.
It's in my opinion the best in term of stress-free travel. The driver will pick you up anywhere you want, at the airport or at your hotel. He will drive you directly to your resort or hotel in Koh Chang. He will take the ferry tickets for you and be in the ferry with you too. You really don't have to worry about anything.
From Bangkok to Koh Chang, door-to-door service, count about 4000-4200 baht per way and for 4 persons, including the ferry tickets. For more information, if you want to get an offer or just book a private transfer, please fill this form.
- By plane.
This is the most expensive and sometimes not the fastest, depending of the transit time you will have. Then once arrived at Trat airport you will need to take a taxi to the ferry or directly to your resort. You can find the time table and prices on Bangkok Airways website.
Let's talk about Koh Chang!
Here is a nice family resort I would like to recommend. Tarzan Island Resort and Restaurant is located in Bailan, between Lonely Beach and Bang Bao and on the hill side. It's at only 5 minutes walk from Lisca Beach, a small beach in the bay of Bailan.
The owners who are a Thai family are taking a big importance to their guests and they try to make you feel like in your home. At the end of your stay you will maybe even feel like a member of their family.
They have 30 bungalows located around their big, clean, quiet and beautiful tropical garden. All the bungalows have a garden view and they all have a traditional Thai style.
They also have a nice restaurant which is opened all day long and where they play live Blues music in the evening.
Like I was speaking about Lisca Beach, here is a nice place to spend the day while enjoying the beach. Tid Koh Studio at Lisca Beach is a great place to enjoy few drinks, snacks or why not their Monday lunch paella.
Don't miss their Happy Hour, which is everyday from 17.00 to 18.00 and you will get beers for 50 baht and all cocktails for 100 baht.
They also sale handmade beach products.
SALT Beach Bistro which is located in Kai Bae is proposing Yoga courses every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 9.00 (am). And if Yoga is not your thing, try their scallops with garlic butter, they are just delicious!
Thaifun has started their new season. If there is something you have to do when you will be on Koh Chang, it's to spend one day with Thaifun. You will see, you won't be disappointed.
Like the tour takes a full day, travelling between the different small islands and snorkelling, their serve a lunch buffet onboard and which is included to the tour. Here is what you can expect:
(Pictures from อดิเรก หลุยส์ , aka Luis)
Suncity View from Lonely Beach is all the time innovating, with the food but also with the atmosphere. They have now a colourful beach bar where you can enjoy late snacks and drinks while listening the music. Their Food Truck, which is in fact a trailer is also new. And the last innovation is the KFC, the KohChang Fried Chicken. With French fries, vegetables, dip sauces or just like that, you can order them and eat them whenever you want.
It's a great place to also enjoy the sunset. Desserts are always huge and delicious, it's a place you have to stop-by and try.
Some of you will stay in an apartment or a private villa and you maybe want sometimes to cook by yourself.
With more than 18 years of experience in hydro and organic farming, Koh Chang Hydroponics Farm are producing and selling (to hotels, resorts but also to private people) high quality vegetables. They are located in Klong Prao, opposite side of Bhu Tarn Resort.
I will end the news update with this tasty panini from The Journey. Their red container is located behind the quiet beach of Klong Kloi, in the bay of Bang Bao.