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.
19 January 2019
Awarded by TripAdvisor and rated 9.4 on booking.com, this new resort is now for sale.
Harley Moon Hideaway is located in the center of Bailan, and it has been working very well. Unfortunately, for personal reason, the owners have decided to sell it.
There are 7 spacious furnished bungalows with a/c, 2 extra bedrooms and 2 more bedrooms for the staff. In the middle of the beautiful garden, there is a swimming pool and it's just at 5 minutes walk to the beach.
It's a good opportunity if you are planning to move to Koh Chang and start a business because with this one you won't have to spend in renovation and it already has a very good reputation.
And if you are interested and want to know the price with all which is included: www.koh-chang-property.com
08 January 2019
There will be 2 big events next Saturday on Koh Chang.
The first one will be in Klong Prao at the Tennis Club of Koh Chang.
The Open Tourist Tennis Tournament will start at 7:30 and the final will be at 19:00. The event will end with a food and drinks buffet and music.
The entrance is 1,200 baht per person and all the profit will be given to the Cambodian Kids Care Center.
The registration will close on Thursday, 10th of January and if you want to participate, please contact directly Koh Chang Tennis Club or you go to Mochaccino Kitchen in Klong Prao or to Gelateria in Kai Bae.
The second big event will be in Lonely Beach and noisier than the Tennis Tournament.
Winter Sensation is the only beach music festival on Koh Chang since 2015. There will be 2 stages with DJs from Bangkok and Koh Chang. The party will start at midnight until dawn.
The entrance is 250 baht per person and can be purchased online or at Himmel bar in Lonely Beach.
If you are staying in Lonely Beach next weekend, be prepared to spend a noisy night.
06 January 2019
New on Koh Chang and at White Sand beach!
Alaturka Ko Chang is a new and the only Turkish restaurant on the island and it worth a visit.
The restaurant is located on the main road and on the hillside side, less than 100 meters from Marin Coffee and Grand View Resort. It was formerly Pink Seafood Restaurant.
Here is Google Street view:
The service is very good, they really care about their customers and the service is fast. The plates are very tasty and it's a good change if you want to try something different than Thai or European cuisines.
You should really stop by, you won't be disappointed. On top of that, they have vegetarian dishes, good grilled meat and homemade bread and lavas.
For more details, you can visit their Facebook page.
02 January 2019
You have maybe heard about the tropical storm Pabuk which is now coming to Thailand.
There is no alert for Koh Chang, this storm is taking the direction to the south-west of the country where strong winds and torrential downpours are forecast for next weekend (Surat Thani, Nakhon Sri Thammarart, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Narathiwat, Ranong, Phang Nga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Satun).
For now Koh Chang is not affected but the weather is not predictable, it could change, there could be rougher sea and stronger winds but hopefully no or only light rain.
You can follow the storm progression here.
Storm tracking: https://www.tropicalstormrisk.com/