New on Koh Chang for the 2015 Season
As the Koh Chang tourist season sloooowly kicks in we thought we’d give you a bit of a rundown on some of the new places that have opened on Koh Chang since you were last here.
Eating & Drinking
Nong Bua Seafood/Pajamas
The long-established Nong Bua Seafood in White Sand Beach now has an upmarket sibling in the new Nong Bua Seafood in Klong Prao close to Klong Prao Resort. The restaurant is a thoroughly modern-looking brushed concrete building with a large garden seating area. They have a Thai menu specialising in seafood as well as a Barbeque out the front. The food and service is excellent and the prices are good. They also have a new hotel next door called Pajamas. There is a swimming pool and they have luxury eight bed aircon dorm rooms or individual doubles. Dormitary accommodation is taking off in a big way in Bangkok and this is the first in Koh Chang.
Filou Ocean View
The new Filou Ocean View is located in a fantastic position beside the sea at Coral Resort in Kai Bae. There are terrific sea views out over Kai Bae Bay. Their German chef prepares a gourmet European menu that focuses on seafood but includes other options including imported Angus Steak. It is a popular place so we recommend that you either arrive early or make a reservation. They are open for both lunch and dinner daily.
Shambhala Beach Bar is a perfect little place located beside the beach on the Marina side of the Siam Royal View community in Klong Son. It is a garden bar beside a swimming pool that adjoins the bar on two sides. They serve a large variety of cocktails, mocktails and fruit shakes all day. It’s the kind of place where you would expect to pay a lot for the privilege of frequenting but the prices are astonishingly reasonable. This is one the best sunset spots on Koh Chang.
Boom Bar is a recently-opened place in Klong Prao village. It is located just before a bridge where the main road dog-legs opposite to Noren Resort. It is a huge place with a dancefloor and regular DJs. There is also a pool table as well as a large screen so there’s plenty to keep you busy. They specialise in Rhum arranges – which are special macerated rums from the Carribbean but have a widely stocked bar and all kinds of other cocktails and shots as well. They also offer bar snacks and Paninis. And of course they have free WiFi.
The new Serenity Resort is a nice beachfront boutique resort on the east coast of Koh Chang 2km south of the ferry ports. This is by far the quieter side of Koh Chang and the resort is ideal for those of you looking for total peace and relaxation.
There are just seven attractive and luxuriously fitted out bungalows a large sundeck and bar area. They offer free use of canoes and watersports gear to guests and drop in visitors alike.
Sapparot Bar and Bungalows
Located in a great position beside the river looking out to sea the new Sapparot bungalows have a few rooms all kitted out with air-con, TV, fridge and the like. There’s also a friendly bar beside the water.
…and the planning genius award of the year goes to…
Kai Bae By-Pass
If you pass through Kai Bae in the next three weeks you will notice the new village by-pass road. You’ll particularly notice it because you will have to drive on it to get through Kai Bae since the local authorities, in an act of interstellar ineptitude, have decided that the busiest time of year on Koh Chang is the best time to close the main road and repair the road bridge in the middle of Kai Bae village.
The bypass itself is, of course, a great idea and will be very useful… when it’s finished. At the moment it is a hodge-podge of local residential lane and uneven dirt road. There was a big delay when I drove through the other day so during christmas and new year it will be worse – be careful.
Thankfully fibre optic cables have been laid through the most populated parts of the island and internet connections at post industrial revolution speeds are now available. In addition to TOT and CAT, the warring national communications companies you can get broadband through AirNet and AIS. Competition is good.
Koh Chang Maps
We have also just updated all of our detailed Koh Chang Maps so now you can see exactly where all these new places are located.