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.
Fear not - despite a considerable silence - we're still here! A trip to Europe (very nice if a bit chilly thanks) and then a return to a gut- wrenching deadline for the latest issues of the Koh Chang Guide and the Treasure Map have enforced our online absence. And despite being forced to park the car on the ferry door - we made it back in one piece. But all that is behind us now so here we go:-
So what's happened on Koh Chang whilst we were away? Basically the season finished and it began to rain.
In May Koh Chang is a bit schizophrenic in that it is super quiet during the week but then on the three bank holiday weekends that fall in the month it fills up with Thai tourists who, based on the view from our office, appear to come down mainly to have their photos taken outside the Koh Chang Post Office. There were queues of over four hours for the ferries to the island last Friday so if you're flexible about when you're coming down to Koh Chang then don't come on the eve of a Thai public holiday.
It's quiet again today though. And the rain over the last few days has been GOOD RAIN (good rain is the kind where it is hot and sunny all day and then it lashes it down in the middle of the night). This weather can continue as long as it likes as far as we're concerned since the rain at night takes the edge off the heat and the sun is, well, sunny.
If you are wondering what it's like visiting Koh Chang at this time of year then you might want to read this article from our archives to give you an idea what to expect.
Get ready for some great photos in the next issue of our Koh Chang Guide like this sunset image, all kindly provided by the considerable talents of Mr. David Vinot. Thanks David.
Thai newspapers this week were full of the story of the apprehension of Swiss National Enzo Gerber who was not only a frequent visitor to Koh Chang but, as it turns out, a wanted bank robber. He is in the process of being deported to Switzerland to face charges relating to a bank robbery on March 19th. The Swiss have so many banks that you'd think that the occasional robbery wouldn't be that big of a deal - but clearly it is.
The fact that Mr. Gerber has extensive facial tattoos must have made identification pretty simple unless he somehow managed to arrange an I.D. parade with a group of Maori warriors.
He was apprehended in the tourist town of Hua Hin just south of Bangkok and in great news for Koh Chang public relations he was wearing a Koh Chang T-Shirt at the time. Can't help wondering whether this had been provided to him by the Hua Hin tourist board.
Nick at Happy Turtle in Bailan Beach has just set up a new Facebook page called Trash Walk. He's made it to promote the idea that now and again when you're walking round Koh Chang you could pick up some of the rubbish that you see strewn around and dispose of it properly. You may have noticed that once every year there is a Koh Chang Big Cleaning Day - where people very publicly clean the streets, accompanied by posters, T-Shirts and a lot of self congratulatory back slapping. Whilst this is better than nothing the advantage of Nick's idea is that it is constant and ongoing and doesn't need any organisation or fanfare - all he's suggesting is that you can up around yourslves from time to time and perhaps people will see you doing it and do it themselves. Simple.
And that's not all. We continue to add new listings to our property section and we now feature individual pages for all of the businesses, land and houses that we have for sale. There's lots more photos and detailed information.
Go on, take a look.
Koh Chang's largest used bookshop is next to the main Post Office at Pearl Beach between White Sands Beach and Chai Chet.
The Online bookshop is found at www.BooksThailand.com. There are thousands of books in stock in about 20 languages so feel free to come in and browse or order online and your books will be delivered to you anywhere in Thailand. They also have an air-conditioned, fully furnished apartment upstairs that is available for daily rental. There is also a cafe/bar that serves coffees, drinks, beers and spirits, sandwiches and snacks.
BooksThailand is open from 9am to 7pm seven days a week.
The best photos of Koh Chang, bar none, live in the portfolio of Koh Chang Photographer. This Bang Bao based photography studio take striking and original images of Koh Chang, not just your standard beach view stuff. If you don't believe us then check out the new issue of The Koh Chang Guide above. It contains lots of Koh Chang Photographer's images and looks great as a result. You can check out their work at www.kohchang-photographer.com or at www.facebook.com/KohChangPhotographer.
They also specialise in commissions for wedding photos and other assignments such as hotel and resort photos. If you plan to tie the knot on Koh Chang then get in touch and they will make a great job of photographing the event.
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