White Sand Beach
White Sand Beach Description
White Sand Beach is the three kilometre stretch of sand that was the first of Koh Chang’s beaches to offer visitor accommodation in the form of basic bamboo huts. Today things have changed a great deal and White Sands has more hotels, restaurants, bars and other tourist facilities than anywhere else on Koh Chang.
Fortunately the steep hill behind the beach limits development to a narrow strip along the road. Since Koh Chang is a national park there are also rules governing the height of buildings so it is refreshing that there aren’t any buildings of greater than three or four storeys to spoil the views. These factors allow White Sand beach to retain all of its charm and if you look back at the island from the sea you are treated to a glorious vista of rainforest-clad hills rising to the unfeasibly sharp peak of Chom Prasat mountain climbing over 600 metres above. If you are feeling particularly intrepid then local guides will be happy to point your way across the dense jungle slopes and lead you to amazing views from the peak.
The beach itself is a long expanse of sand that has a relatively busy southern part and a more secluded northern stretch that is sheltered behind the buttress of rock occupied by the appropriately named Rock Sand Resort that bisects the beach. The northern stretch is accessible only by foot along the sand or by driving there down the world’s steepest road (probably).
In terms of accommodation White Sands offers the full range of one to five star options. Obviously you will pay a premium for beachfront but there are some good mid-range bungalows right on the sand and if you are prepared to walk a little way to get to the water then there are some very economical places to stay.
Staying at the island’s most developed beach has advantages; there are scores of restaurants that offer the food of all kinds of nationalities. There are some nice little rustic bamboo beach bars, bars that offer live music like the famous Oodie’s, the ‘mini-Pattaya’ section on the main road is home to a bevy of beer bars and there is now even a nightclub called One.
In terms of infrastructure there are plenty of banks and exchange places on the main road as well as several small supermarkets and plenty of gift shops, travel agents, diving businesses, opticians, tailors, jewellers, pharmacies… If you need it it’s here.
White Sand Beach Places to Stay
As we said above White Sand Beach has a range of accommodation to suit all budgets. Some of the smaller places don’t offer advance bookings so you could just take a chance and book something when you arrive – but this is a bad idea at the busier times of year.
Below we list some of the better places that you can reserve in advance.
4 Star and Above
Chang Buri Resort & Spa has two hotel blocks on both sides of the main road. It is a couple of minutes from the beach but there are two swimming pools and the waterfront one offers a great panorama down the beach.
KC Grande Resort & Spa. The ever expanding KC Grande is in the process of building another hotel block on the hill side of the road. Their current rooms include a three story hotel block and lots of luxury bungalows that sit slap bang on a huge stretch of beach.
Koh Chang Kacha Resort & Spa. Koh Chang Kacha is another large beachside hotel on White Sands. They offer beachside bungalows or rooms in a new and luxurious hotel block.
3 Star & Below
Paddy’s Palms Resort. The Rooms at Paddy’s Palms Resort offer some of the best value on White Sand Beach. The Resort is located behind Paddy’s Palms Irish Pub on the way up the hill out of White Sand Beach. There is car parking (a rarity for White Sand Beach) and the rooms are located in two low-rise blocks beside a nice pool garden with great views of the mountain behind.
Buffalo Bill Hotel This small hotel offers good-sized, well equipped rooms above the popular Buffalo Bill Steak House just a stone’s throw from the beach.
Plaloma Cliff Resort A well established White Sand Beach Resort that has waterfront bungalows a short walk from thebeach proper as well as rooms in a hillside block with great views.
Sang Arun has comfortable modern air-conditioned bungalows and is in a great position right on the sand in the centre of White Sand Beach.
Rock Sand Resort is an attractive place perched on the hillside at the north end of White Sand Beach. It is accessible only by walking up the beach so you are assured of peace and quiet and excellent views.
White Sand Beach Maps
White Sand Beach Bars and Restaurants
Bella Vita Koh Chang Bella Vita is an authentic Italian restaurant located in Chang Kao Plaza opposite Grand View Resort at the Southern end of White Sand Beach. They make all of your favourite Italian dishes including: pizzas pastas, spaghettis, seafood, tiramisu and espresso. The food is great, prices are reasonable and the location is […]
Tantawan Resort Koh Chang Tantawan Resort lies right on the sand in the center of White Sand Beach – a great location by anyone’s standards. They are a popular and long established mid-range bungalow resort and have good rooms and a popular bar and restaurant. Rooms Restaurant Contact/Bookings Rooms Tantawan Resort offers two types […]
KC Grande Resort and Spa KC Grande is one of the premier resorts on Koh Chang occupying a long stretch of the best beachfront at White Sand Beach.The resort is the first place that you’ll see as you descend the steep and winding hill into White Sand Beach. The main resort development is along several […]
Thai Danish Restaurant White Sand Beach An important part of Koh Chang’s multi-cultural dining experience can be found with the great Danish food offered by the Thai Danish Restaurant at White Sand Beach. The Danish chef and his Thai wife have built a family restaurant with a great reputation for delicious and extremely filling traditional […]
Blue Lagoon Bar Koh Chang Blue Lagoon is a popular and long-established bar in the bar area of south White Sand Beach next to Chang Buri Resort. The owners Nigel and Noi have run their bar for over 10 years now and welcome regular customers back year after year. The bar occupies a double unit […]
Homebar Koh Chang is a friendly restaurant, bar and guesthouse located about half way up the small hill at the south end of White Sand Beach. The Thai/English owners previously ran a very busy pizza restaurant and bar in Bangkok but relocated to Koh Chang for a change of lifestyle and now serve visitors a […]
Plaloma Cliff Resort Koh Chang Plaloma Cliff Resort is a popular and well-established resort at the south end of White Sand Beach. They have two restaurants; a lobby restaurant and bar that looks out over their swimming pool and also a waterfront restaurant and bar that enjoys a terrific view down the full length of […]
Recently doubled in size this bar is becoming one of White Sand Beach’s most popular late night venues. There is regular live music and sports on a big screen and it opens until very late indeed.
Thors Palace Bar & Restaurant Thor's Palace is a comfortable beachside restaurant and bar at Alina Resort run by the colourful Thor. It is an island institution having been an ever present feature of White Sand Beach since the very beginning of Koh Chang's tourist boom in the 1990's. They have featured on German TV […]
Rock Bar Koh Chang This popular nightspot is located in Grand View Plaza towards the south end of White Sand beach. They offer live football and other sports on a big screen. There is also a free pool table and free WiFi connection. And, of course, they play rock music from 6pm to 5am every […]
Chinese/Thai Restaurant offering Western and Chinese specialities in addition to a full Thai menu. Cocktails are also available.
Beachside restaurant/bar with fantastic views over the beach and bay. A good spot for watching the sunset. Now Italian Gelato ice cream.
Piatto Ricco Restaurant This busy little Italian restaurant serves pizzas, pastas and all kinds of Italian specialities from their roadside restaurant in central White Sand Beach. They also have imported steaks. They have been in business on Koh Chang for many years and have a loyal customer base. Piatto Ricco Italian Koh […]
Koh Chang’s original Irish Pub and resort has an extensive Western menu. Families welcome. Special roast dinners on Sundays. Draft Guinness and free WiFi.
Thai/ French Blues/Thai/Folk/Rock live music bar. Popular island hangout. Food includes Mongolian barbecue and Steak Lao. French Menu and Pizzas
Monkeys Restaurant on White Sand Beach is a stylish restaurant and bar that with a lounge area with comfy sofas, a pool table and sport on a big screen.
Ciao Koh Chang is a popular bar and restaurant in White Sand Beach that serves classic Italian food and Thai fusion cuisine. Their large and elegantly decorated restaurant is located about half a kilometre from the beach up the hill to the south of White Sand Beach. In addition to a large and airy restaurant […]
Buffalo Bills Koh Chang Rooms Restaurant Contact/Bookings Rooms There are 12 large hotel rooms at Bills located on the second and third floors above the restaurant. The rooms are reasonably priced mid-range air-con hotel rooms and one of the best value options in White Sands that puts you just 30 seconds away from the beachfront. […]
Comfortable beach restaurant/bar. Good extensive European menu. Free WiFi, pool table and live sports. They have a new coffee and ice cream shop.
White Sand Beach Photos
Here’s some photos of White Sand Beach in all its glory to give you an idea of what to expect.