Banks & Foreign Exchange
Koh Chang now has ATMs all over the place so withdrawing cash is no problem. There are also lots of banks and foreign exchange offices at the main beaches. These days some of them, notably Bangkok Bank and Krung Thai bank, are also open on weekends. Various hotels and guesthouses will change both traveller’s cheques and cash but the rates offered are lower than the banks. Many resorts and restaurants also accept credit card payments but the often charge an extra few percent.
Internet & WiFi
Most places to stay on Koh Chang offer free WiFi and if you are in one of the few that doesn’t then a large number of shops and cafes do. Connection speeds aren’t amazingly quick by international standards but they aren’t too bad either.
If you do need them then you’ll find that Koh Chang has several internet cafes offering net access from 1-2 B per minute via reasonably quick connections connections. See the maps for locations.
The island’s main Post Office is at Pearl Beach. There is also smaller post office at the beginning of the pier in Bang Bao.
Postage rates are reasonable. A small postcard to any country is 12B and large postcards are 15B. Air-mail letters start at 14 Baht and increase depending on destination and size. The post office will not send letters with stamps of insufficient value so it is best to get them weighed and stamped in the post office to be sure that they will be delivered.
NB: If you are receiving mail on Koh Chang or giving somebody a postal address on Koh Chang then please note that there is real confusion over the house and business numbering system on the island. House number 222 might many kilometres away from house number 223 since numbers are given out in date order. To give your post a better chance of reaching its intended address then the post office have asked us to stress that you should include the beach or village name of the place you are sending mail to. Thus our address is White Sand Publications, 222/12 Moo 4, Pearl Beach, Koh Chang, Trat, 23170.
Local and national phone calls can be made at several of the resorts and businesses on the island (10B/min local or 40B/min international are typical prices). There are international phone terminals on most of the main beaches. You can use Skype at some of the internet cafes.
Koh Chang Weather Information What is the weather on Koh Chang like? This is by far the most common question that we are asked at the Koh Chang Guide. It makes sense really – of course you want to know what kind of weather to expect on the dates that you are thinking of coming […]
Health on Koh Chang A visit to Koh Chang does not present any major health risks as long as you take some basic precautions. The first advice is to make sure that you travel with health insurance. Standards of health care in Thailand are generally very good but costs in private hospitals can be high. […]
Tourist Visas Passport holders from 42 countries are not required to obtain a visa to enter Thailand for tourism purposes and will be permitted to stay in the Kingdom for a period of not exceeding 30 days. Visitors entering the Kingdom at land border immigration checkpoints will be allowed to stay for only 15 days. […]
Banks & Foreign Exchange Koh Chang now has ATMs all over the place so withdrawing cash is no problem. There are also lots of banks and foreign exchange offices at the main beaches. These days some of them, notably Bangkok Bank and Krung Thai bank, are also open on weekends. Various hotels and guesthouses will […]
Thai Language Most of the Thai people that you meet in Koh Chang will be able to speak at least a little English. However they will be happy if you make an effort to talk to them in their own tongue. This can be tricky: Thai has sounds you probably haven’t heard before and is […]
Useful Koh Chang Numbers and Websites Directory Enquiries (Thai/English) 1133 Health & Medical Bangkok Clinic – Ko Chang 1719 / 039-5511-51/2 Bangkok Hospital – Trat 039-532-735 Klong Prao Clinic 039-557-070 Koh Chang Hospital 039-586-131/160 Koh Chang Dental Clinic 039-557-235 Trat Hospital 039-511-040/1 Koh Chang Animal Project 089-042-2347 Police Immigration- Laem Ngop 039-597-261/5 Koh Chang Police […]
Thai Festivals & Holidays 2016/2017 Thailand celebrates a whole host of different celebrations, festivals and public holidays. On Thai public holidays banks, post offices etc. are closed but all transport and most tourism-related businesses still operate as normal. Below is a guide to the Thailand Public Holidays in 2016. October 2016 23rd Sunday – […]
Introducing The Koh Chang Newsletter We’re here to give you information about Koh Chang right? We do this here at this site, also at our Facebook page and of course in our printed guides. But it would be nice and easy to get all the news sent to you by email wouldn’t it? So now […]
Book Transfers to Koh Chang Now you can book your transfers to Koh Chang through the Koh Chang Guide. We’re working in partnership with one of the most reputable local transport services to offer transfers to and from Koh Chang and a variety of different locations in good quaility cars and minibuses at very reasonable […]