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16 September 2017

The new Koh Chang Guide is now available online!
As always it's full of useful information and of course the maps which are very helpful when you are travelling in Koh Chang.
You can read it or download it here (or just click on the picture below).

if you have any issues on mobile devices then try this link.

11 September 2017

What's up in Koh Chang? Is it still raining or not?

Guess what? The sun has been back for several days and it really feels like the rainy season is gone and the "high" season is starting. Just look at the pictures below if you don't believe me ;) 

And of course if the sun is back during the day, sunsets are back too and with beautiful colours.

Beach Jungle is a new hostel which will open next month in Lonely Beach. Booking have already started and the bar is already opened. If you go there and show them this picture you will get 10% discount off the rooms and 15% off at the bar.
For more information, follow their Facebook page or visit their website.

Have you already eaten those delicious Thai pancakes? Or if you haven't, this is what you need to taste next time you will be on Koh Chang.
Every evening small street food vendors install their stalls and mobile "kitchens" on the road side, almost everywhere on the island. Pancakes are not the healthiest food you can find in Thailand, they are quiet fat but they are so goooood. Filled with sliced mango, my favourite, or banana or pineapple and covered with chocolate or sweetened condensed milk or even both, they are just delicious. You need to try!

Like I'm writing about food, do you know those fruits? There shape is nor really attractive, maybe you have already seen them on Koh Chang and you have been wondering what it was.

The first one has a real strange looking, it's the tamarind.
The tamarind fruit is actually a pod. After removing the hard and thin shell you will get the pulp and several hard black seeds (watch your teeth). The taste is very sweet but this fruit is mainly used in cooking.
It's high in sugar, vitamins and minerals. I like to eat them raw, like that or dried with sugar and chili (sold in small bags in any supermarket).

The second fruit you can also find on Koh Chang is the mangosteen also called purple mangosteen.
After removing the thick shell you will get the soft segments which have a mild flavour. Mangosteen nutrition is quite modest and it's not very rich in vitamins. Traditional Asian medicine has used some parts of the plant to treat skin infections, wounds, dysentery, urinary tract infections, and gastrointestinal complaints.

Back to Lonely Beach, with 2 places I would like to recommend. Suncity View and Yummy Restaurant.
Yummy restaurant is doing delicious pizzas to eat in, to take away or to be delivered. Suncity View has a great location, just in front of the sea, perfect to enjoy the sunsets but their Thai food and desserts are just amazing. If you are in the area, just stop by and you will see ;)

The high season is very close and soon the island will start to be more and more busy. If you haven't booked your hotel, guesthouse or resort, don't wait too long, it may already be too late. Mid-December to end of February is the peak season and it's very common to see fully booked places, especially the best ones which are sometimes booked a year or more in advance.
if you still don't know where to go, have a look at the recommendation list I did or at the 2017 TripAdvisor Awarded places, it may give you some ideas.

There is a small resort I like, it's very quiet, it's located on the peninsula of Bang Bao with a view to the bay. They have few rooms, a cute swimming-pool, a large wooden sundeck, a relaxing area and the staff and management are very friendly. This place is Bhuvarin Resort!

03 September 2017

Don't miss the Early Bird registrations, today is the last day!
But don't worry, registrations won't be closed, it will be still possible to register for one of the different trails but the price will be a bit higher.
For more information: www.utkcthailand.com

01 September 2017

The registrations to the UTKC 2018 (Ultra Trail Koh Chang) are now opened. Until the 3rd of September you can enjoy the Early Bird registrations and save up to 20%. 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 will be done through Paypal.

24 August 2017

A couple of weeks ago I shared on Facebook an article from The Nation, saying that e-cigarettes are now banned in Thailand.


(http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30323861)

I didn't find out why this new law. There has been some speculations about healthy or security reasons but the "normal" cigarettes are as dangerous. A lighter can explode as an e-cigarette and we all know the risks to smoke.
In my opinion it's more an economical problem. Lots of people are now travelling with their own e-cigarette and refills. It takes less place inside the luggage to travel with a week of refills than a week of cigarettes, which means that people will not buy them in Thailand. It's the only reason I see.
I'm not a smoker but what I have also noticed, refills are cheaper than boxes of cigarettes. But if somebody knows the real reasons, let me know, I'm very curious.

Anyway if you are an e-smoker and plan to visit Thailand, you will have to find something else. Your e-cagarette will be confiscated, you will get a fine and you could be sent to jail. This is what has happened to an English man. So be careful, don't spoil your holidays for an e-cigarette.

Why not to take this opportunity and stop smoking? It's just an idea ;)

19 August 2017

Today the "new" ferry from Royal Passenger Liner Co. which will link the Port of Sattahip nearby Pattaya to Bang Bao in Koh Chang did its first test run.
This ferry was already announced last May, then delayed to June and then no news anymore until few weeks ago when an article was published saying they will start in September.

Today they were testing the new road and checking if Bang Bao bay was deep enough especially at low tide.

This ferry will transport only passengers, no vehicles and it should take about 3 hours to link both harbours. The price announced is 12500 baht per passenger.

It looks in better condition that the actual ferries linking Koh Chang to the mainland but it's not new, it's an old 20 years or more Chinese boat.

This ferry will also have a road from Bang Bao pier to Klong Yai near the Cambodian border.

(Pictures taken from Bhuvarin Resort)

14 August 2017

Another resort has been added to my recommended list. Little Eden Bungalows & Restaurant is located on the north part of Lonely Beach.
Awarded for several years by TripAdvisor, it's a sanctuary for the well keeping of travellers and holiday makers, it offers an affordable high quality, from the great morning coffee, nourishing breakfasts, Thai and Western cuisine to the soft stylish bed linen and even shampoo and shower gel.

Little Eden Bungalows & Restaurant Little Eden Bungalows & Restaurant Little Eden Bungalows & Restaurant Little Eden Bungalows & Restaurant

For more details, read Little Eden Bungalows & Restaurant's review!

12 August 2017

Happy Mother's Day and Happy Birthday to Her Majesty the Queen!

Mother’s Day was first introduced to Thailand on 15th of April, 1950. In 1976, Mother’s Day was changed to 12th of August to commemorate the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit ,the Mother of all Thai people.

09 August 2017

On the 12th of this month will be celebrated Mother's Day here in Thailand and for this occasion Miss Coffee from Naka Tattoo Studio in White Sand beach is doing a special offer which is available until the end of this month.
The Bubble-Beds which are normally sold 1290 baht in her shop are now at 1110 baht and it includes a free delivery in Thailand with ems.
Those beds or sofas are very comfortable, easy to inflate, pack and transport and they can be used everywhere, even on the water, as soon it's not a sharp surface.

For more information you can contact Coffee directly. Look at her website / Facebook page or why not visit her in her studio (look at the Google Street View below).

07 August 2017

It has been a month since the last update.
The weather has been very wet on Koh Chang and it's sometimes a good opportunity to take holidays. I've been posting on Facebook, replying to the emails and messages I got but I decided to take a small break with the website's updates.

So what has happened last month on Koh Chang? Not so much, the weather has been very bad, few small storms and lots of heavy rain with sometimes sunny breaks. It hasn't been raining so much for years. Like every monsoon (rainy season), the sea is dangerous, there are strong rip currents. That's the reason why you can see red flags on the beaches. All over the world, a red flag means a danger and swimming is forbidden. There is no exception on Koh Chang, but like every year, there are some people who think they know how to swim, or think they are stronger than the sea. Those people are real idiots because they end their holidays under a white sheet but they also risk the life of the rescuers.

Again, some people have drown or almost drown last month because they didn't respect the warnings.


RED FLAGS = DANGER = DON'T GO TO SWIM, STAY ON THE SAND!

If you want to have your wedding ceremony on Koh Chang, why not to do it at Blue Lagoon Resort? Blue Lagoon's staff can help you to organise it, from the dress rental to the party dinner. Tell them your wishes and they will do their best to make this day as beautiful as possible. 

Even if it's raining, it's warm and instead of staying inside your room or bungalow, why not to go out and enjoy good food or a delicious ice-cream?
Suncity View in Lonely beach is a nice place to have such good dessert but also to just relax, watch the sea and why not use their free Wi-Fi and chat with your friends.

Last season Ms. Coffee from Naka Tattoo Studio in White Sand beach was selling inflatable sofas that she is calling "Bubble BED". It was a huge success and her stock was sold out in a couple of weeks.
She is now back with new models, stronger than the last ones, with a pocket on the side and in different colours. They are super comfortable, very easy to inflate and once folded and packed, very easy to carry. You can buy them directly from her store in White Sand or contact her from her website or Facebook page.

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