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.
16 February 2019
I receive lots of emails asking where you can get the best deals on the island. It all depends on what you are looking for, what you like and where do you prefer to stay.
Here is a map below which shows some of the best deals you can find right now. Use the zoom + and - buttons to nagivate inside:
04 February 2019
Last August Teelakow was announcing that the Ultra-Trail Unsee Koh Chang 2019 was cancelled due to some permissions they couldn't get and they weren't sure if this event could be organised again.
A few days ago I was contacted by Teelakow's organisation who told me that they got the National Park permission to re-edit the UTKC in 2020. This was great news for me but also for the thousands of runners which have been waiting for it. It's still not sure 100% but it's on a good way!
Teelakow has already started to look for some new routes for the different races and I will keep you updated when I will have more information.
If you don't know what is the Ultra-Trail Unseen Koh Chang, if you like to run and would like to get a new experience, I really recommend you this run which is made for all levels, from beginners to professionals.
25 January 2019
TripAdvisor has release their Top 25 hotels, B&B in the world but also per region. And in Thailand, this year there are 5 resorts and hotels which are in the Top 25's Travelers Choice. Congratulations for your good job!
On the 17th position, Harley Moon Hideaway from Bailan and on the 19th position, Amber Sand Beach Resort on the northeast of the island.
On the 23rd position, Santhiya Tree Resort in Klong Prao.
On the 11th position, The Spa Resort on the east coast of Koh Chang and on the 16th position, Top Resort in White Sand beach.
Trash Hero Koh Chang
Happy Dogs Koh Chang
Cambodian Kids Care Center