Welcome to The Koh Chang Guide!

You've hopefully come to this site because you are looking for information on Koh Chang Island in South-East Thailand. If so then congratulations, you've struck gold! This website exists to tell you all that you need to know about Koh Chang and the nearby islands of Koh Mak and Koh Kood. Our Map Section brings you the most up-to-date and detailed maps of Koh Chang and its beaches. If you are looking for somewhere to stay then our Accommodation Section will help you to find the best Hotels and Resorts on Koh Chang. If you want to know more about the different parts of the island then look no further than our Koh Chang Beach Guide. And if you find that, like so many other visitors, you fall in love with the island and want to move here to live or work then why not browse through the ever-growing detailed listings of Koh Chang Property and Real Estate. And there's more. You can browse through the site to get detailed information on Koh Chang weather, activities and transport information as well as our regular Koh Chang news updates below and in our archives.

And the E-Magazine versions of our latest issues of Koh Chang Guide and Koh Chang Treasure Map are now available to read wherever you are in the world. Scroll down the page or follow this link to read all the latest on Koh Chang.

Posted on March 21, 2014 in Koh Chang NewsComments Off

We’re now in the process of taking delivery of our new printed guides – but you tech-savvy devils can read them online right now. There’s a bumper crop this time since we have brand new issues of the Koh Chang Guide, Koh Chang Restaurants and Bars and also of our Koh Chang Treasure Map. You will notice that with this issue we’re celebrating 50 Issues of the Koh Chang Guide. You can view the new publications in our Guides section here or simply scroll down the page to see them nestled snugly down at the bottom there.

Posted on March 9, 2014 in Koh Chang NewsComments Off

The Tides of March

sunset at kai bae on koh changIf you are interested to find out about high and low tide information in March, or in any other month for that matter then check out this useful site. The closest information to Koh Chang is Koh Mak but that’s close enough to help you to plan any tide related activities (in this case today’s 4pm game of beach cricket by Lay Lay Tong at Chai Chet beach – standards low, amusement high, all welcome).

Things have quietened down a little on Koh Chang over the last week or so and roads, beaches and resorts are slightly little less crowded than over the last few months. The weather is finally heating up with daily maximums of around 34-35 degrees. And it remains dry. The protests in Bangkok seem about as far away as those in Ukraine. The island will fill up again next month for the Songkran water festival.

wai chek beach on koh changHaving friends over to visit is always a good reason to do some proper touristy stuff. There are some good organised boat trips on the island but a bigger treat is to hire a speedboat for yourselves and do some island hopping at your own pace. It’s not quite as much of an indulgence as you might think. If you can get a group of 8-10 people it works out at about a thousand baht a head – a bit more for fuel if you want to explore the distant corners of the archipelago. Our recent trip took in a few of the nearer islands including deserted Koh Klum, Koh Wai with its great snorkelling and couple of little resorts and Koh Lao Ya with its stunning picture-postcard beach and strangely neglected resort. We also visited the isolated beach of Wai Chek in the south of Koh Chang. You used to be pretty much guaranteed this beach to yourselves since there no road access. But on this visit we encountered Chinese tourists on ATVs, Italians camping beside the lagoon and a few simple beach huts seem to have sprung up and then been immediately abandoned. But it’s still a beautiful and atmospheric little spot. You can hire speedboats from Nor Nou Kai Bae Speedboat in Kai Bae and from Bang Bao Boat in, you guessed it, Bang Bao.

koh wai islandHaving visitors over also gives you the (scarcely needed) excuse to eat out frequently and extravagantly. Recent dining  highlights have included the following: Max’s Place on the top of the hill leading to Chai Chet does an all-you-can-eat barbecue from 7pm on Fridays. For just 300 baht it is one the best bargains on the island. On offer are four kinds of roasted home-smoked meats and home-made sausages, home-made bread, soup, duck-liver-pate and salad. Make sure you’re hungry!
15 Palms in White Sand Beach have got some comfy new sofas and some pretty cool lights, their Pizzas are really good at the moment too.
Iyara Seafood in Klong Prao continues to be our go-to place for Thai seafood. The seafood is fresh and tasty and the lagoon setting is splendidly atmospheric.
Ciao Italian on the hill out of White Sands remains excellent, as does Marco and Jo’s in V.J. Plaza.
Bam and Tam in Klong Prao village does excellent roast ‘dancing’ chicken and Thai and Issaan food. Their Laap and sticky rice is a winner.
Paradise Resort in Chai Chet is worth a mention becuse after realising that their guests weren’t prepared to pay extravagant prices for meals they took the sensible step of dropping their prices and thereby re-filling their beach restaurant. The food’s pretty decent and the beachside location is, well, beachside.
The ever-popular Monkeys in White Sand Beach does a cracking burger as well as pages and pages of other stuff.
Barrio Bonito Mexican in Kai Bae are doing occasional Sunday afternoon buffets involving course after course of Mexican delights.
And if we haven’t mentioned your restaurant then our apologies – we’ll be round soon – after we drop a few kilos.

tesco lotus supermarket koh changYou realise that you might be living in something of a backwater, albeit a very beautiful one, when the biggest news on the island is the opening of a supermarket. But there was great excitement round the island as the doors of the new Tesco Lotus Supermarket opened in Hat Kai Mook a couple of minutes walk from our office. There’s not much else to say about it really. It’s large. it’s convenient. it can be a symbol of soulless corporate expansion into a tropical paradise if you’re that way minded. But it’s cheap. And it’s not going away. And they have Avocadoes!

We continue to hear about and list interesting land, properties and businesses for sale. Our latest listing is this large plot down in Chek Bae in the South-East of Koh Chang. There will be more stuff up there soon and some updated maps and new content on the site too. We’ll keep you posted.

 

Posted on March 2, 2014 in Koh Chang NewsComments Off

Oops! February was really busy for us as we completed three publications. Hence the lack of updates. On Koh Chang it was a bit like January really – only shorter. But March, oh, we’ll be letting you know all about March very soon. Don’t you worry.

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