Bang Bao Beach & Village
What is Bang Bao Like?
Bang Bao is an old fishing village that has now largely been redeveloped for visitors to Koh Chang. It has spread out on a long pier that juts out into a large bay and which has now sprouted any number of side arms and sub-piers. There are lots of shops selling everything from T-shirts, paintings and sunglasses to fresh fish and the pungent but precious locally made “Nam-Prik” fish paste – definitely an acquired taste. There are also some excellent seafood restaurants here that come into their own as the sun sets over the bay. The pier is also home to several dive shops, a police station, a health centre and of course the inevitable 7-Eleven store. Many of the island’s boat tours depart from here as well as ferries to Koh Mak, Koh Wai and Koh Kood. If you walk all the way to the end of the pier you will find an ornamental lighthouse that offers some great views to those that climb it.
Bang Bao doesn’t have any banks but there are several ATM’s at the start of the pier as well as a small post office. There are also a Temple and a school next to the main road at the turn off point to the pier.
Bang Bao Bay also has a nice beach called Khong Koi along its Eastern shore. The beach has two or three restaurants and beach bars and is a great place to lounge on the sand and enjoy the views out across the neighbouring islands to the south.
There are some good places to stay around Bang Bao. It is fun to stay over the water on the pier itself in one of several guesthouses and small resorts. There are also several resorts that encircle the waterfront of Bang Bao Bay that range from luxurious places like Nirvana to the backpacker friendly Bang Bao Cliff Cottages.
Places to Stay in Bang Bao
3 Star and Above
Nirvana Resort is one of Koh Chang’s best boutique hotels and is set on a huge section of the peninsula that forms Bang Bao Bay. They boast one of Koh Chang’s best restaurants in Tantra and a walk along the cliff-side boardwalk to witness sunset at their sundeck is a must do.
2 Star and Below
The Buddha View Guesthouse is in a great location close to the end of Bang Bao Pier. Staying over the water is a great experience and they also have a very popular restaurant.
Bang Bao Cliff Cottage is a great mid-range or backpacker option. A number of different bungalow styles are spread out on a hillside overlooking a scenic private bay.
Bang Bao Map
Eating and Drinking in Bang Bao
Oasis Koh Chang The restaurant and bar at Oasis Bungalows enjoys a fantastic view out over the sea since the resort is located on a small hill behind Lonely Beach. So, of course, this is a great place to watch the sun setting over the ocean and three offshore islands. Not content with this great […]
Q is a unique cocktail bar, eatery and lounge in Lonely Beach, Koh Chang. They pride themselves on their excellent music and warm ambiance. They offer a full menu with original, creative western cuisine served in a stylish setting. There are weekly special menu selections and several classic Thai dishes also feature on the menu. […]
Siam Beach Resort Koh Chang Siam Beach is the attractive Resort that you see as you descend the hill into Lonely Beach. It occupies a long stretch of sandy beachfront at the northern end of Lonely Beach and is one the more luxurious places to stay in what was traditionally a traveller’s beach. They have […]
The Hangover The Hangover is the distinctive name for the restaurant and bar at the front of Exotic Bungalows, which is a small resort with a swimming pool in the centre of Lonely Beach. The restaurant offers all kinds of classic Russian food. They also have their signature dish which is a huge succulent barbeque […]
Siam Hut Koh Chang Over the years this backpacker friendly beachside bungalow resort has developed a reputation as one of the best party spots on the whole of Koh Chang. Every Friday they hold a huge beach party until very late all the other nights are also very lively – especially in the tourist high […]
Lonely Beach Resort Koh Chang This bungalow resort has a large and popular restaurant and bar. Rooms Restaurant Contact/Bookings Rooms In the garden behind the restaurant there are 17 comfortable air-con bungalows, with TV, WiFi and hot shower. Restaurant The restaurant at Lonely Beach Resort overlooks their swimming pool and there is an open air […]
Little Eden Bungalows & Restaurant Rooms Restaurant Contact/Bookings Rooms There are 13 hillside bungalows and a family cottage at this highly rated “flashpacker” place up on the hill overlooking Lonely Beach village. Restaurant Good Thai and International food is served at the restaurant of this hillside bungalow resort. The dining area is a thatched […]
Tapas & Bar
BB World of Tapas has a large variety of different tapas as well as a huge selection of imported Belgian beers. And a swimming pool!
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