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Paradise Divers Koh Kood

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Paradise Divers Koh Kood

Paradise Divers has operated for 20 Years in the Koh Chang Archipelago. The founder Mr. Siggi Schalinski is one of the pioneers in the history of scuba diving, with previous dive centers in the Maldives, Australia and still in Germany. He discover more than 20 years ago the idyllic tropical paradise island Koh Mak & Koh Kood for us. The German Manager Mr. Michael Misic joined Paradise Divers 9 Years ago as CMAS Instructor runs the Divecenter at Koh Kood. Together with the Paradise Divers he gives the costumers an enjoyable and safe time.

The cozy dive centre on Koh Kood, located at the entrance of Koh Kood Beach Bungalow, has been operating since 2004 and offers new and well maintained equipment for a maximum 15 scuba divers. A friendly Multi-Langual Team teach scuba diving by following the regulations of CMAS/Barakuda/TDA/SSI/PADI. Dive Courses are taught in German, English, French, and Thai. They show you the most beautiful dive sites around Koh Kood and futher and provide you with excellent training and teach you the safely the first steps into the fascinating underwater world of Thailand, to start one of the last sport adventures in our high technological world. The boat trips & dive courses are always in small groups. The maximum depth is 30 meters and the water temperature is 30 C the whole year. The shallow reefs show their beauty with colorful corals and nice fish swarmsa nd a lot of these reefs are still not overrun by tourism and give scuba diver and adventurer some more options. They also offer free introductory dives in the swimming pool.

The owners of Paradise Divers also operate a guesthouse called Happy Days that is located close to their office. They offer excellent value diving and accommodation packages.

 

Paradise Divers Koh Kood

www.kohkood-paradisedivers.com
www.kohkood-happydays.com
www.facebook.com/pg/kohkoodparadisedivers
Tel: 08-9172-9688, 09-4195-9154

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Koh Kood Divers

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Koh Kood Divers

Koh Kood Divers is a fantastic choice for your marine adventures. They offer our their guests a relaxed and hassle-free atmosphere for fantastic diving and heaps of fun.
Whether you are experienced fun divers, beginners or just curious as to what diving is all about, they can cater to your every need.

Set on the beautiful shores of Bang Bao Beach, Koh Kood Divers was founded by Bob and his son Jessie, who have both lived in Thailand and worked in the diving industry for many years. Together they have built Koh Kood Divers up from scratch. It had long been their dream to set up a small dive school dedicated to good customer service, with a friendly and relaxed approach to learning. Koh Kood Divers is the realization of this dream. They strive to make our customers as happy and comfortable as possible during their time with Koh Kood Divers. Flexibility is key, and Koh Kood Divers understand that as well as diving, you are also here on holiday. Courses can be tailored to fit around your schedule, so there is no stress if you would like to take a little longer to complete your training. They can even come to your resort or accommodation for theory lessons if it suits you better.

 

Koh Kood Divers

Tel: +66 (0) 8-5698-4122
Offices: Bang Bao Bay, Klong Chao, Suan Ya
info@kohkooddivers.com
Facebook: Koh Kood Divers
www.kohkooddivers.com

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New Boss Royal Tailor

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New Boss Royal Tailor / Fashion Way

Two of Koh Chang’s best tailor shops are New Boss Royal Tailor in Lonely Beach and Fashion Way in Kai Bae village.

They both have many years experience of preparing quality bespoke suits, shirts and dresses for their customers. All of their clothing is custom-made to measure using quality materials such as Thai silk, cashmere and wool as well as shirting fabrics such as cotton, Oxford cotton, and many colours of silks.

They keep records of all their customer’s measurements so that they can prepare orders by mail and ship as required. And they can make clothes to fit tight time-frames so that you can order your suits and shirts safe in the knowledge that they will be ready before you leave Koh Chang.

They offer great deals such as the following (current at October 2017):

Special Offer!
1 Jacket and
1 Trouser / 1 Skirt and
1 Shirt or 1 Blouse/Pant and
1 Tie 
Only 4,800B!

 

New Boss Royal Tailor and Fashion Way Koh Chang

Lonely Beach and Kai Bae, Koh Chang
email: vidurpyn@gmail.com
Call Mr Raj: 086-915-7544

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SUP Adventure Asia

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SUP Adventure Asia

Stand Up Paddling is one of the fastest growing watersports in the world. Why? Firstly because it’s a lot of fun and secondly because it’s insanely good exercise. Basically what you do is take a long board and stand on it with a paddle. Start paddling and off you go!

Now there’s a great place to try SUP in Koh Chang. SUP Adventure Asia are based down at the lovely Klong Kloi Beach which is just after Bang Bao Village on the South Coast of Koh Chang. There they will teach you how to stand-up paddle. They also do organised trips and will rent you a board if you prefer to go off on your own and explore.

 

SUP Adventure Asia Koh Chang

28/2 Moo 1, Klong Kloi Beach
Amphoe Ko Chang
Call: 063 131 7302
Email: tommysupasia@gmail.com
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Koh Mak Disk Golf

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Koh Mak Disk Golf

koh-mak-disc-golf-24If you find yourself on Koh Mak, koh Chang’s smaller neighbour, then we can strongly recommend a round or two of disc or frisbee golf at the new Koh Mak Disc Golf. If you haven’t come across this sport before then imagine a round of golf, played with frisbees, where you’re aiming at a raised metal basket which is the ‘hole’.

It’s good fun and well worth a try. The course is a large and attractive grassy area shaded by large trees and consists of nine holes of about 80 metres each. Players are given three different frisbees, a ‘driver’ an ‘iron’ and a ‘putter’ equivalent, each has different characteristics and the sport turns out to be fun but also challenging.

If you’d like a game then contact the owner Pom at Holiday Beach Resort or at the number listed below.

Koh Mak Disk Golf
Contact Pom on 086-751-7668
www.facebook.com/KohmakDiscgolf-by-Pom

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Treetop Adventure Park

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logo of treetop adventure park koh changThe Koh Chang Treetop Adventure Park is a great way to get a close up view of the island’s rain forest whilst having a little adventure at the same time. It is located on a jungle hillside with great sea views at Bailan Beach. To get there just follow the signs down the side road next to the Mercure Resort.

They have two different courses of bridges, tightropes, rope walks, tarzan swings, flying skateboards and slides that wind in and amongst the trees of the jungle. There is a relatively straightforward course for beginners and a more challenging advanced course that finishes up in a long and thrilling zip-line slide. All participants are protected by safety ropes and assisted throughout by staff.

New! Now there is also a special rope course trip available especially for children so all the family can now take part.

If you are going to be climbing round amongst the trees then you’ll probably want to know how safe it is. You’ll be pleased to learn then that Treetop Adventure Park Koh Chang has been officially inspected and certified by France’s authorized certification bodies (SEREC) and adhere to Syndicat National des Exploitants de Parcours Aventure. The training of their staff is also based on Operateur de Parc Acrobatique En Hauteur (OPAH) standards.

Treetop Adventure Park has been running very successfully for over 14 years now and is one of Koh Chang’s most popular and recognised holiday activities. If you fancy something a little more exciting than a day on the beach then we suggest you give it a try.

Treetop Adventure Park Koh Chang: Details

Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:00 Daily
115 Moo 1, Bailan Beach, T. Koh Chang Tai, A. Koh Chang, Trat, 23170
Tel: 084-310-7600
Email: info@treetopadventurepark.com
www.treetopadventurepark.com
Facebook: treetopadventureparkthailand

 

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El Greco Greek Restaurant

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El Greco Greek Restaurant and Guest House

This beautiful and cosy place is the original Greek restaurant in Koh Chang. From their lovely location above the water, Kostas and Wi serve
great cocktails and delicious authentic Greek meals well prepared with ingredients imported from Greece.
They also have well-priced and comfortable fan and air-con guesthouse rooms so you are invited to enjoy their warm welcome over the water in Bang Bao Bay.
El Greco now offer a free transport service for diners from and back to all
the major beaches – call for details.

House Specialities
Appetizers from 120B
■ Dolmades
■ Tzatziki with home made pita bread
■ Melitzanosalata (aubergine salad)
■ Saganaki cheese
■ Grilled feta cheese
■ Greek salad
■ Ouzo meze
Main Dishes from 200B
■ Moussakas
■ Stifado beef or pork
■ Lamb Kleftiko
■ Pita Gyros pork/chicken/lamb/
vegetarian
■ Souvlaki plate
■ Gyros Plate
■ Soutzoukakia (meatballs)
■ Mix Grill for 2 or 4 persons
■ Kalamari Gemisto

PRIVATE BOAT TRIPS
El Greco Boat Trips are available every day departing from Bang Bao at 09:45 am and going to Koh Wai Paradise for 2 hours of swimming,snorkeling and exploring the beautifull island.
Then it’s off to Koh Klum and a private beach for delicious Greek traditional B.B.Q with Souvlaki,home made pita bread,salads,Tzatziki,fried rice and shrimps,fruit salads,beers and soft drinks.
Then back to Bang Bao Pier at around 16:30. It’s a great day out.

El Greco Koh Chang: Details

Location: Bang Bao Pier (half way down on the left side)
Opening Hours: Everyday 08:00 – 22:00
House Wine Glass: 140 baht
Credit Cards Accepted
Vegetarian Dishes
Reservations Recommended
Telephone: 086-843-8417, 087-145-6267
www.facebook.com/BangBaoKohChang/
Tripadvisor: El Greco Koh Chang
Transport: YES! Call to arrange.
Free WiFi

 

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Elephant Trekking Koh Chang

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Elephant Trekking on Koh Chang

The word ‘Chang’ means elephant in Thai, so what could be more appropriate than going elephant trekking on Koh Chang, which translates as Elephant Island. The treks are a good opportunity to sample some of the beautiful scenery of inland Koh Chang. You can go direct to the elephant camps yourselves but since the best ones are hidden away in the jungle it might be easier to call them directly or book at a tour agency to arrange a pick up from your hotel. There are around six elephant trekking businesses on the island but the ones listed below are the ones that we have been sending our friends to for many years now and they always come back having had a great experience.

Chang Chutiman Koh Chang

Chang Chutiman operate economical and popular elephant trekking to the interior of the island from their new jungle elephant camp about 500M from the main road in Klong Prao village. To get there you need to follow the signs from the main road just after a bridge over a stream next to Big Elk Resort. It is definitely worth the journey because the fact that they are deep in the jungle means that your jungle trek will be through a beautiful and natural jungle setting.

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Contact

Chang Chutiman Elephant Trekking, Klong Prao, Koh Chang
Tel: 089-939-6676, 087-135-7424

Baan Kwan Chang Koh Chang

Baan Kwan Chang offer elephant treks that take place in another beautiful inland valley to the North of the island. To get there turn inland at Klong Son village – about 1km west of the ferries to the mainland and proceed for about 3km. The elephant camp is located in a lovely stretch of jungle and you can take a short or long trek and even bathe with the elephants in a cool jungle stream.

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Contact

Ban Kwan  Chang Koh Chang Elephant Camp, Klong Son, Koh Chang
Tel: 081-919-3995

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Koh Chang Diving & Snorkelling

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Koh Chang Diving, Koh Mak Diving and Koh Kood Diving

There are some excellent diving and snorkelling opportunities around Koh Chang and the region is rapidly developing into a major centre of diving in Thailand. Diving Koh Chang is mainly at reasonably shallow depths with good reefs located at 5 to 25 metres. Visibility can reach 30m but is variable. You can dive year round but the best time is between October and the end of May since rougher seas during the rainy season can reduce visibility or make it difficult to reach the dive sites. However there are calmer periods in the rainy season when diving conditions are OK.

The Dive Sites

There are impressive reefs in the area with a variety of soft and hard corals including Massive, Columnar and Stagshorn Corals. These support a range of tropical reef life including Blue Tipped Rays, Moray Eels, Trigger Fish, Grouper and Batfish. Turtles can be spotted and Whale Sharks are also seen in the area from time to time.

There are a series of dive sites offering good diving at 5-18m around the seamounts and small islands to the West of Koh Chang. These include Koh Man Nok and Hin Sam Sao. The deeper dive sites are located off some of the islands and seamounts to the South of the Archipelago. Hin Luk Bat has a lot of good coral and some good swim-throughs. Hin Raap is a deeper rocky site with good soft corals.There are also some good dive sites around Koh Rang Island. This is slightly further away from Koh Chang but well worth the journey to dive some interesting pinnacles and see some of the best coral reef in the region.

Wreck Diving

Koh Chang has two excellent wreck dives.

The first is the HTMS Chang, formerly the US Tank Landing Ship LST-542 was decommissioned by the Thai navy, stripped and sunk on November 22nd 2012 in 33 metres of water off the South-East coast of Koh Chang.
The Chang is 100 metres long and is Thailand’s longest wreck dive so you will find plenty of ship to explore under the waters. and it is an interesting and challenging dive site for divers with advanced qualification. The undersea flora and fauna has now had time to develop and you can expect to see all kinds of larger pelagic fish in and around the wreck.

For the ship it is the end of a long life of service that started with its construction in Pittsburgh USA, and included World War 2 service in the Asia Pacific Theatre, with notable involvement in the occupation of Okinawa 1945. Subsequently it was put into use as a sea transport by the US Navy and saw extensive service during the Korean War including involvement in the Inchon Landing of 1950.
The ship must have performed well since in 1955 it was finally given a name rather than a number and continued to serve as the USS Lincoln County until it was decommissioned and transferred to the Royal Thai Navy in 1962.

And now there is a second wreck to visit. The Thai Navy sank another decommissioned vessel off the island in December 2013. The whole process happened very quickly and with little of the fanfare and long delays that accompanied the sinking of the first wreck. The boat was the USS PGM-71, renamed the T11 by Thailand’s Navy. It is a 30 metre long gunboat and has been sunk in shallower waters than the first wreck so it can be dived by divers with just an open water diving certificate. You can expect to see a good range and variety of undersea plants and animals that now call the wreck home. It’s another great reason to come and dive Koh Chang.

All of the dive shops listed on this page will be happy to give you further information about diving the wrecks.

Dive Trips

You can book your diving by visiting the offices of the dive shops or from resorts and travel agencies on the island. You can find more about some of the dive businesses by going to the pages listed below.

The price for a two-day Discover Scuba course is around 4,500B whilst full PADI certification costs around 14,500B. RAID offer dive certification for 12,500 and Try Diving for 3,900 through Scubadawgs. Pleasure dives cost in the region of 2,700-3,000B, depending on site, for two dives with lunch. All other PADI dive courses are also available at the various dive shops.

Koh Chang Dive Supply is a large retailer of all kinds of Diving equipment. They also offer a full repair and servicing workshop for all sorts of Scuba equipment. Their office is located between White Sand Beach and Chai Chet.

Snorkelling

Whilst the beaches of Koh Chang themselves offer little opportunity for snorkelling other islands in the chain can be reached by boat trips and there is some excellent shallow reef for snorkelling at these sites. On Koh Chang the rocky shorelines at Hat Kai Mook and and the small private bay of Cliff Cottage Resort in Bang Bao offer some good snorkelling.

Additionally most of the dive shops will take snorkellers on their boats. Contact them for prices and details.

Koh Chang Dive Businesses

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