Winner of a Free Three Night Stay in a Siam Royal View Villa
A draw was held a few days ago from all the entries in our competition in collaboration with Siam Royal View to win a free three night stay in one of their luxurious Pool Golf Villas. The draw was made on January 7th at The Beach Club at Siam Royal View and the lucky winner is Mr. Edward Labbett. He can look forward to a relaxing stay in a villa at the huge Siam Royal View complex and enjoy 2km of secluded sandy beach, watersports facilities, three restaurants and bars and a nine hole golf course. Our congratulations to Mr. Labbett and our thanks go to Siam Royal View for offering this great prize to our readers.
New Koh Chang Guides Online Now
It’s that time again folks. Our new 2015 issues of The Koh Chang Guide, Koh Chang Treasure Map (Front, Back) and our annual Koh Mak Map (Front, Back) are now available for download.
Either click the highlighted text above or the Covers below to open the guides – and feel free to download them to read at your leisure.
Alternatively scroll down our homepage to read them on the fancy Issuu reader. The guides are all loaded as PDF files and all the ads and much of the text contains links that you can click to find more about anything that interests you.
We hope that you enjoy them!
New on Koh Chang for the 2015 Season
As the Koh Chang tourist season sloooowly kicks in we thought we’d give you a bit of a rundown on some of the new places that have opened on Koh Chang since you were last here.
Eating & Drinking
Nong Bua Seafood/Pajamas
The long-established Nong Bua Seafood in White Sand Beach now has an upmarket sibling in the new Nong Bua Seafood in Klong Prao close to Klong Prao Resort. The restaurant is a thoroughly modern-looking brushed concrete building with a large garden seating area. They have a Thai menu specialising in seafood as well as a Barbeque out the front. The food and service is excellent and the prices are good. They also have a new hotel next door called Pajamas. There is a swimming pool and they have luxury eight bed aircon dorm rooms or individual doubles. Dormitary accommodation is taking off in a big way in Bangkok and this is the first in Koh Chang.
Filou Ocean View
The new Filou Ocean View is located in a fantastic position beside the sea at Coral Resort in Kai Bae. There are terrific sea views out over Kai Bae Bay. Their German chef prepares a gourmet European menu that focuses on seafood but includes other options including imported Angus Steak. It is a popular place so we recommend that you either arrive early or make a reservation. They are open for both lunch and dinner daily.
Shambhala Beach Bar is a perfect little place located beside the beach on the Marina side of the Siam Royal View community in Klong Son. It is a garden bar beside a swimming pool that adjoins the bar on two sides. They serve a large variety of cocktails, mocktails and fruit shakes all day. It’s the kind of place where you would expect to pay a lot for the privilege of frequenting but the prices are astonishingly reasonable. This is one the best sunset spots on Koh Chang.
Boom Bar is a recently-opened place in Klong Prao village. It is located just before a bridge where the main road dog-legs opposite to Noren Resort. It is a huge place with a dancefloor and regular DJs. There is also a pool table as well as a large screen so there’s plenty to keep you busy. They specialise in Rhum arranges – which are special macerated rums from the Carribbean but have a widely stocked bar and all kinds of other cocktails and shots as well. They also offer bar snacks and Paninis. And of course they have free WiFi.
The new Serenity Resort is a nice beachfront boutique resort on the east coast of Koh Chang 2km south of the ferry ports. This is by far the quieter side of Koh Chang and the resort is ideal for those of you looking for total peace and relaxation.
There are just seven attractive and luxuriously fitted out bungalows a large sundeck and bar area. They offer free use of canoes and watersports gear to guests and drop in visitors alike.
Sapparot Bar and Bungalows
Located in a great position beside the river looking out to sea the new Sapparot bungalows have a few rooms all kitted out with air-con, TV, fridge and the like. There’s also a friendly bar beside the water.
Kai Bae By-Pass
If you pass through Kai Bae in the next three weeks you will notice the new village by-pass road. You’ll particularly notice it because you will have to drive on it to get through Kai Bae since the local authorities, in an act of interstellar ineptitude, have decided that the busiest time of year on Koh Chang is the best time to close the main road and repair the road bridge in the middle of Kai Bae village.
The bypass itself is, of course, a great idea and will be very useful… when it’s finished. At the moment it is a hodge-podge of local residential lane and uneven dirt road. There was a big delay when I drove through the other day so during christmas and new year it will be worse – be careful.
Thankfully fibre optic cables have been laid through the most populated parts of the island and internet connections at post industrial revolution speeds are now available. In addition to TOT and CAT, the warring national communications companies you can get broadband through AirNet and AIS. Competition is good.
Koh Chang Maps
We have also just updated all of our detailed Koh Chang Maps so now you can see exactly where all these new places are located.
Koh Chang has the wind. What a relief. You can never be sure that the rainy season is really, truly over until the wind shifts direction and begins to blow strongly from the north. And that began a few days ago. So now we can usher in the ‘cool’ weather of the Thai Winter Season. Of course cool is relative and you can expect daily high temperatures of around 30 degrees. It’s often breezy by day and can blow hard at night. Truly lovely weather. The year’s best sunsets seem to happen at this time of year as well. Day after day of splendour.
And also over the last week the island seems to have finally started to fill up. This tourist season seems to have begun a little slower than in previous years but now flights are busy and people are starting to arrive. Local business owners are smiling again, all is well.
We’re busy preparing our new guides for January issue (earlier online of course for our tech-savvy readers!). There are new issues of our Koh Chang Guide and Treasure Map as well as our Koh Mak Map. We took this photo at Thaidaho Vista Resort, one of our favourite spots on Koh Mak the other day. As usual we have some great new photography and features to celebrate another high season.
We’ve also been sampling some of the new places to eat and drink on Koh Chang so let us finish digesting these new guides and then we’ll tell you all about them.