Chai Chet Beach
What is Chai Chet Beach Like?
One long beach with two names? That’s what the Klong Prao bay offers. The northernmost couple of kilometres of the beach are known as Chai Chet and the southern half is known as Klong Prao Beach. It’s not really that confusing when you get the hang of it.
Chai Chet Beach is sheltered to the North by a rocky outcrop that provides a splendidly atmospheric backdrop for your sunset pictures. This protects a river inlet where a few colourful fishing boats are usually moored. And then there is a lovely stretch of sand that is at first fronted by some mid-range hotels and then, walking south, you reach an isolated section with just sand, sea and palm trees.
Chai Chet is a pretty spot and it is a good place to stay if you want a reasonable selection of facilities together with the opportunity to quickly escape from the crowds. There is a small village up on the road which has several mini-marts, a bank and two pharmacies as well as the usual selection of gift shops, tailors and the like. There are a couple of little shopping plazas here that have some nice places to eat. Then as you head up the hill out of Chai Chet towards White Sand Beach you will find a cluster of beer bars that are far away enough to easily ignore but close enough to get to if you so desire.
Chai Chet beach is separated from the Klong Prao section at the point where the stream that feeds Klong Plu waterfall meets the sea. Usually it isn’t a problem to wade across the water but watch out for your wallets, cameras and the like getting wet. There are some good seafood restaurants here and some nice wooden guesthouses that look out over the lagoon. If you are around here after dark then you can take a boat trip into the mangroves to see the colonies of fireflies that turn the trees into convincing imitations of Christmas Trees. The West Coast’s best growth of mangrove forest is located in and around the waterways here.
Places to Stay in Chai Chet
Here are what are some of Chai Chet’s better places to stay.
3-4 Star and above
Klong Prao Resort is a large low-rise resort built around a large swirl of lagoon that opens onto the beach at its quieter end.
Koh Chang Paradise Resort Has bungalows beside the sand and a small hotel block. Friends of ours who have stayed there have told us that they were impressed.
Koh Chang Resort & Spa has been around for a long time (don’t worry – they have rebuilt during that time). They offer good rooms and facilities in an absolute beachfront location.
Coconut Beach Resort has nice new rooms with a pool beside the beach.
2 Star & Below
V.J. Island View sits at the back of V.J. Plaza which is a short walk from the beach. They offer an economical base for a stay close to Chai Chet beach.
Chai Chet Map
Where to Eat and Drink in Chai Chet?
Marco Ristorante Italiano This classy Italian place is one of Koh Chang’s top ranked restaurants on Tripadvisor and it deserves the praise. Italian chef Marco prepare excellent pizzas, pastas and authentic Italian dishes in V.J. Plaza at Chai Chet beach. The restaurant is very popular with Koh Chang locals who appreciate real Italian food at […]
Western/Tapas Daily specials, and a good selection of Thai and western meals as well as Tapas at La Cabra Gallery opposite Koh Chang Resort in Chai Chet.
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