2012 Posts

December 27th- Read Our New Guides

koh chang guide issue 45 coverkoh chang treasure mapkoh chang treasure mapYou can now access our new issues of The Koh Chang Guide and the Koh Chang Treasure Map online. You can read both guides directly from this page – just scroll down or alternatively you can click here to get a PDF version of the Koh Chang Guide or here for the Koh Chang Treasure Map or here for the detailed beach maps.
The print copies will be arriving on Koh Chang tomorrow (as long as the delivery truck succesfully negotiates steep hills and insane traffic).

December 20th

sun over koh changSorry – we forgot to give you a weather update yesterday. Koh Chang is sunny and very hot. Unseasonably hot. This is usually the coolest time of year – sometimes laughably referred to as “winter”. Not this year though, temperatures are hitting the mid thirties and it is dry. That isn’t a star over a manger in the photo – it’s the sun here this morning.
We’re not sure why it is so hot. Could be just a common seasonal variation, could be the effects of Global Warming, could be the sun starting to expand, as predicted by the Mayans, as it swells into a huge evil fiery ball and consumes the planet. Not very likely though is it?

December 19th

post_office_illuminationsBarring any late and unlikely interventions by the Mayans and their ridiculous end of the world predictions it will be christmas next week. This is Koh Chang’s busiest week of the year so make sure you have a room already booked if you plan to come down here. It is always hard to get that snowy-Santa’s-sleigh kind of festive atmosphere on Koh Chang when it is boiling hot and there are palm trees everywhere but the Post Office have made a good effort with their lights pictured here.

National Park Staff are contributing to the season of goodwill by launching one of their periodic attempts to charge everyone for entering the waters of the Koh Chang Marine National Park. This began a couple of days ago and at the moment if you board a boat trip on Bang Bao Pier they will try and charge you 200 Baht (40 if you are Thai) for the privilige of “entering” the park. Since Koh Chang is in the park and you are on Koh Chang it is a little hard to understand how you can enter something you are already in. Stephen Hawking could probably figure it out but I can’t. Marine Park boats have also boarded a few tour boats and demanded payment from surprised passengers. Some people have paid, some people have refused and escaped punishment. If there was compelling evidence that the money was being to good use to protect Koh Chang’s marine environment then 200 Baht would be a very reasonable charge. As they often say in Thailand; “up to you.”

K.O. Koh Chang

muay thai on koh changIn a change to what was previously announced there will now be just one WBC Muay Thai Title Fight on Koh Chang on the 5th of January. If you want to see some real proper Muay Thai rather than the lame shows that are often rolled out for tourists then this event is well worth checking out. There is a long fight cards that leads up to a world title championship bout. It promises to offer plenty of people battering the bejesus out of one another and should be a lot of fun. The event is taking place at Klong Prao just South of Klong Prao Resort. You can find out more here or buy tickets from Filou Cocktail Lounge in Kai Bae (call 090-739-8133).

December 5th

It is with pleasure – and relief – that we announce that our new issues of the Koh Chang Guide and Koh Chang Treasure map are now out of our hands and with our printers. So now you can expect some more updates and new versions of our maps will go online in the next few days. No rest for the wicked.
And we’ve already set about adding a large backlog of land, houses, resorts and businesses for sale to our property listings. There’s loads of stuff of all descriptions up there with prices ranging from 450,000B to 44 Million.

November 23rd – Shipwreck! (thank god)

koh chang wreck diveFinally Koh Chang has a wreck on which to dive. Yesterday saw the succesful controlled sinking of the HTMS Chang just in time for the tourist high season on Koh Chang. The boat now lies offshore in 32 metres of water waiting for you to go out and explore it. This new dive is sure to attract lots of interest and will be suitable for divers with an advanced certification since the deck of the ship lies at a depth of about 22 metres. And as time passes it will become a better and better dive as the ship is gradually colonised by undersea beasts of all descriptions. Thanks to BB Divers for the photo.

And that’s not all. We’ve made some improvements to our property listings and we now feature individual pages for all of the businesses, land and houses that we have for sale. There’s lots more photos and detailed information.
Go on, take a look.
It seems like the island’s most intrusive building projects are now approaching conclusion although whether the work will proceed with quite as much vigour after the local Koh Chang Elections on November the 18th is a matter for debate. Here on Koh Chang the U.S. Presidential campaign is as nothing when compared to the competing motorised loudspeaker roadshows of the two main candidates which crawl tirelessly up and down the island’s roads trying to annoy people so much that they vote for the other side (we assume that’s what they are trying to do anyway). In fact you can draw a lot of parallels between the Koh Chang and U.S. election campaigns; they both cost a lot, involve all kinds of false promises and ultimately come down to the selection of the least worst.

Properties and Businesses for Sale

Our Property page listings are expanding fast and there are plenty of interesting listings for you to browse through. We have a house and also a business property in Koh Mak that are worth a look, Kai Bae’s new Condo development is very competitively priced and there are ready-to-run businesses such as bungalow resorts and restaurants and bars that are ideal if you are in a hurry to get things happening right away. And keep an eye out as we add more stuff as soon as we hear about it.

Now forgive us if there aren’t any updates for a while – we have some magazines to make!

November 9th

Koh Chang’s resorts are filling up and it seems like the season is well and truly underway already. The weather, apart from the occasional naughty little shower, seems to be behaving itself too – which is nice.
bang bao bay viewThis weird plant to the right will probably be as close as you’ll get to seeing a Christmas tree on Koh Chang this year, but that’s not why you come here anyway is it? Please take note of the sunny skies and flat blue ocean in the background. Need we say more?

chok dee resort koh changTentatively good news for those of you eager to hear about progress on the sinking of Koh Chang’s new wreck dive, the HTMS Chang, which still sits at the navy pier in Ao Sapporot waiting patiently for its demise. Apparently the new new official sinking date is, …drum roll, …quiet at the back please, …November 22nd!

Maybe.

It seems like the island’s most intrusive building projects are now approaching conclusion although whether the work will proceed with quite as much vigour after the local Koh Chang Elections on November the 18th is a matter for debate. Here on Koh Chang the U.S. Presidential campaign is as nothing when compared to the competing motorised loudspeaker roadshows of the two main candidates which crawl tirelessly up and down the island’s roads trying to annoy people so much that they vote for the other side (we assume that’s what they are trying to do anyway). In fact you can draw a lot of parallels between the Koh Chang and U.S. election campaigns; they both cost a lot, involve all kinds of false promises and ultimately come down to the selection of the least worst.

November 3rd

It’s official. Rainy season is over. Recent windy nights (meteorological not physiological) mean that the season has changed. Pack your bags and get to Koh Chang!

October 17th

koh chang kai bae bypassOur detailed Koh Chang Map Section has just been updated with everything new that we can think of so if you need to find anything on Koh Chang then this is the place to go.

Not wishing to fill up this site with construction photos but this one is quite interesting since it shows work underway to finally build the long promised Kai Bae Bypass. This road will run round the back of Kai Bae village and hopefully relieve some of the congestion on one of Koh Chang’s most closed in and dangerous sections of road. It seems unlikely that the idea of making the existing road into a pedestrian-only walking street between certain hours will ever work (you try telling the taxis and resorts that they can’t pick up and drop off customers). But that doesn’t really matter since if will still make Kai Bae safer by diverting through traffic. White Sand Beach next please!

Oh and we’ll put some pretty beach pictures in next update OK?

October 9th

white-sand-beach-oct-2012There was much relief on Koh Chang as Tropical Depression Gaemi melted away into Light Drizzle Gaemi yesterday and the much heralded downpour did not in fact take place. And now surely we can’t be far away from the change of wind direction that signals the end of the monsoon-that-never-was. This is the time of year when things gradually begin to get busier and everyone gets ready for the influx of visitors. Business owners are frantically trying to get their builders to finish building stuff – not least K.C. Resort in White Sand Beach whose crane you can see in the photo to the right. Let’s hope that this project is completed soon since it doesn’t quite set the right tone when you the first thing you see on arrival at your paradise beach is a building site.

road repairs on ko changOf slightly more concern is the work taking place on the mountain between Klong Son and White Sand Beach to shore up and support the road. Starting the project during the monsoon was an interesting choice to say the least and since work has stopped altogether at the moment the engineers involved must be more confident than the rest of us that there won’t be any more heavy rain. Anyway the sign next to project tells us that they have been allocated 8,059,000 Baht of our tax money for the work. fatalii chilliThis is equivalent to $263,000 U.S. Dollars. Given such a huge allocation of funds we look forward to seeing a fantastic professional job that doesn’t cut any corners and is built to last for decades.
This evil thing pictured right is a Fatalii Chilli which we can claim with some confidence to be the hottest chilli ever grown on Koh Chang. Prepared by the evil gardening geniuses at Elephant and Castle this yellow devil is native to Africa and is up to seven times hotter than the hottest native Thai Chilli. We haven’t figured out what to do with it yet.

Lonely Beach Resort & Restaurant- 18M Baht

This is a popular resort and restaurant situated in the busiest part of Lonely Beach village. It is a well know business that has been established for ten years and has a well-established internet presence. The resort has seventeen aircon bungalows situated on 1.5 Rai of land. The business is registered under a Thai company with work permits for foreign staff and is ready to run so it would suit a buyer who wants to go straight into operating a resort without the hassle of starting from scratch.

More information and pictures here…

September 24th- New Guides Available

cover of issue 44 of the koh chang guidecover of issue 13 of koh chang restaurants and barsThe new issues of The Koh Chang Guide and Koh Chang Restaurants, Bars & Spas have just arrived and so we’re giving paper copies out all over Koh Chang and you can get your electronic copies right here.

You can read both guides directly from this page – just scroll down. Alternatively you can click here to get a PDF version of the Koh Chang Guide or here for Koh Chang Restaurants, Bars & Spas

HTMS Chang Update

In unfortunate news for potential wreck divers it seems that the HTMS Chang will not now be sunk this Thursday as was originally re-planned. It will probably be of little consolation to you to learn that you can still attend the ceremony to celebrate the sinking of the boat. This is being held at the navy pier at 9am this Wednesday. The gravitas and atmosphere of this event will be somewhat diminished by the fact that the boat will actually now be sunk in October. Or November. Or December. Maybe. We’ll keep you posted. It is being suggested that the sinking of the Titanic showed better planning.

September

Bad news for all you rain lovers out there. Apart from a couple of grey and rainy days last week it is just the occasional heavy storm and mainly sunny and fiercely hot in between. Monsoon? Not here. Not yet anyway.
UPDATE 23rd September: Whilst the above was true when it was written (clearly tempting fate) on the 14th we should just point out that since then it has poured, drilled and lashed down on Koh Chang and further rain is forecast up until at least the 24th.

sunset at chai chet koh changSun + Scattered Clouds = Nice Sunsets. (See right)

A meeting takes place today (September 14th) to decide on the arrangements for sinking the HTMS Chang to make a new dive site for Koh Chang (see earlier posts). The meeting is being held at the main office of the government organisation DASTA which just happens to be in a little village in the middle of nowhere on the mainland. Anyway the plan at the moment is to have a ceremony on the 26th of this month and then the Chang will sink below the surface for ever and ever on Thursday the 27th. It will be interesting to see where this will be.
koh chang branch cuttingIt was most pleasing to see this happening yesterday and well worth the 10 minute wait. The hill out of White Sand Beach has become dangerously overgrown and what you see here is a collaboration between local government workers, Koh Chang Police and members of the Royal Thai Navy to help clear things up. Everyone was working together, things were getting done and traffic was being well directed. It was, bringing into play a word that I use more sparingly than is the North American norm, awesome!
It also looks like work is about to begin to sort out the make-do-and-mend multi-lane madness that is the road at the top of this hill.

welu wetlands chantaburiWe went and had a look around the Welu Wetlands a couple if weeks ago. This is a little park on the mainland about 25km from the Koh Chang ferries. Basically it is an area of mangrove forest that lies just over the big bridge that you cross on highway three as you start to head towards Bangkok. Whilst there is less going on here than the Serengiti it’s still quite a nice place. There are signs in Thai and English letting you know the interesting local wildlife species that you should be looking out for. We were particularly disappointed not to spot Felis Viverrina Bennet which is a wild cat that survives by catching fish. From the picture it they provided it looked like a cross-eyed and slightly confused house cat – probably wondering what it’s doing in the midst of a mangrove swamp.
There is a walking trail that takes you through the some of the wetland and it is serene, peaceful and natural.

Kai Bae Italian Restaurant For Sale

This newest addition to our property pages is an excellent opportunity for someone who wants to walk into a successful ready-to-run business. This restaurant is in a great location in Kai Bae village and has been running successfully for over five years. It is now for sale lock, stock and barrel with all equipment, fixtures and fittings so all you need to do is walk in and turn the oven on.
It represents a good deal at 1.5 Million Baht so feel free to have a look in more detail and let us know if you are interested.

August

OK, we know it’s been a while since the last update. Thanks to those of you have sent us reminders. We’ve been completing the new issues of our Koh Chang Guide and Koh Chang Restaurants, Bars and Spas. This takes time, lots of it, but now thankfully they have gone off to our printer so we can update this site.

So what’s been happening on Koh Chang during our silence? Perhaps the most significant thing to note is that there has hardly been any rain at all. This should be the wettest time of the year as Koh Chang drips under the tropical monsoon – but not this year. Apart from the odd brief shower it’s been sunshine all the way – great if you’re here on holiday but it might cause water supply problems over the coming months. Anyway enjoy it whilst it lasts – we are.

The wreck (see below) hasn’t been sunk yet. There is apparently some disagreement over where it should go. The original spot got vetoed (possibly, if you believe the rumours, because it would have made it more difficult to illegally drag fish some good sites off Koh Chang) and a new one is being sought. You wouldn’t think that would be too hard since there is an awful lot of sea out there but remember where you are. We’ll keep you posted.

Our new Treasure Map is out now – with a great new Bang Bao cover drawn as ever by La Cabra. Pick up copies all over the island or simply click here for the front and here for the back.

July

Koh Chang now has a wreck! Or at least it will do when this boat is sunk in 30 metres of water on the 16th of August. Over the last few months the HTMS Chang, formerly the US Tank Landing Ship LST-542 was decommissioned by the Thai navy and it will be sunk off the South of Koh Chang to provide a new diving and snorkelling site.
For the ship it is the end of a long life of service that started with its construction in Pittsburg, and included World War 2 service in the Asia Pacific Theatre, notably involvement in the occupation of Okinawa 1945. Then 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.
Since The Chang is 100 metres long you will find plenty of ship to explore under the waters. You’ll be able to book a trip to the wreck through any of the dive shops on the island.

An apology to any of you who have tried to e-mail us over the last month or so – we’ve had some problems with our mail server so your message might not have got through to us. But we’re happy to say that this has now been sorted out so if you’d like to get in touch we’ll be very happy to hear from you.

And that’s not all. We’ve made some improvements to our property listings and we now feature individual pages for all of the businesses, land and houses that we have for sale. There’s lots more photos and detailed information.
Go on, take a look.

tesco koh changThe first of several Tesco Express stores opened its doors last weekend. Given the crowds that turned out you would have thought it was being opened by Nelson Mandela, Lady Gaga and Tom Cruise. But it wasn’t. There isn’t actually a great deal on sale there that you can’t buy in one of the island’s legion of 7-Elevens or the local supermarkets but it is open 24 hours, the prices are extremely competitive and competition can only help Koh Chang consumers. But if your picture of a perfect tropical island doesn’t include supermarkets from back home then I guess you won’t celebrate this further evidence of the dreaded “D” that is development on Koh Chang.

weird-clouds-salak-khokAn altogether more worthy organisation is the Cambodian Kid’s School in Klong Prao. This place provides daytime care and education for the children of Cambodian workers on Koh Chang. They are in a bit of difficulty at the moment since one of their main sources of funds has dried up. We spoke to Mr. Uan who runs the place the other day and he appealed for anybody who wanted to donate to provide simple meals for the kids such as packs of dried noodles and fresh eggs. They also need fuel for the car that picks up and drops off the children.
So if you want to help out then you can contact Mr. Uan on 087-833-9419 or leave donations at the school about 500 metres up the small road opposite Ramayana Resort (beware the poor state of the road though). Or just drop any donations into us at our office in the bookshop next to the main Koh Chang Post Office and we’ll send them on.

The sun has just come out after a day and a half of pretty solid rain. Perhaps the most frequent query that we receive at this time of year is to ask what kind of weather to expect on Koh Chang. Sadly the answer is that it’s a lottery. You’ll be lucky not to get any rain, you’ll be unlucky not to see any sun. But you just can’t predict exactly how much of each you’ll get. Remember though that it is nice and quiet on Koh Chang right now and room prices are cheap. Here at the Koh Chang Guide it is our favourite time of year, but what do we know?

New Guide and Map Available

cover of koh chang guide issue 43Our new guides and maps have arrived and so we’re giving paper copies out all over Koh Chang and you can get your electronic copies right here.
You can read the guide directly by scrolling down the page or click here to get a PDF version.
Our Treasure Map has also been updated with all the latest stuff. The island’s new Tesco stores are on, and they haven’t even opened yet! You can get the Front and Back here. In fact just click anywhere, you’re bound to get something.

Property

Klong Son European-Style House For Sale
This property is located on one Rai (1,600 sqm.) of Chanote land on the quiet road that leads down to the Siam Royal View village. It’s just a ten minute stroll from the beach.
The bungalow itself has two bedrooms, both ensuite, as well as a seperate bathroom, lounge, kitchen and a large balcony all set in a nice garden in a green and leafy valley.
The asking price is 7 million baht so if you are interested then Contact us to find out more.

Kai Bae Bar For Sale

Nice tidy bar for sale in Kai Bae village on Koh Chang. It’s close to Hotels and Resorts and has a regular clientele, pool table, furniture, fridge, chairs etc.., and a separate house with two rooms at the back (3 metres x 5 metres). The bar is 4m x 10m on the inside with an outside area of 5m x 6m. Good view of the jungle over the road. Asking price 500,000 baht or nearest offer. The price includes everything, fridge, pool table, furniture etc.. and is ready to go. Rent is 4,000 baht per month. Contact us to find out more.

June – New Beaches Guide

kai_bae_is_pearl_beachThe first thing is to draw your attention to a new section of our website which offers a guide to all of Koh Chang’s Beaches. One of the most regular questions that we are asked is what are the different beaches on Koh Chang like. So we thought we’d tell you. Each beach is covered in detail on a separate page and hopefully we give you enough information to help you to decide which one you’d like to stay at.
To accompany all this new information we thought you’d like to see this postcard we bought the other day. It is a nice aerial photo – it just isn’t where it says. Despite being labelled “Kai Bae Beach” the view turns out to be one of Pearl Beach.

Apart from that Koh Chang is quiet at the moment. June and September are typically the months with fewest visitors and that pattern doesn’t seem to be changing this year. The weather’s great at the moment too but that can change in a minute at this time of year. However we’re enjoying the tranquil sunny beaches while we can.
The sea has been pretty rough again too and a couple of people have drowned recently. So, one more time, IF THE SEA LOOKS ROUGH THEN DON’T GO OUT IN IT!!!
Koh Chang Rescue now have a jet-ski and if you see someone in trouble then you can call their emergency number 039-551-688 for assistance – Thai language signs only though. This is a step in the right direction but until there are trained lifeguards on all the beaches it is perhaps better to assume that if you get into trouble out there you’re on your own.

laem_ngop_naval_memorialThe other day we paid a visit to the Laem Ngop memorial of the Trat Naval Battle. An interesting building with lots of old pictures, maps and information about the naval battle between Thailand and Vichy France in 1941. Unfortunately it is all in Thai. In fact that’s not quite true, we found one display case with what were the only English words to be found in the whole building. “Don’t Touch”.

But let’s finish on a positive note with a pat on the back for two excellent local government offices that are providing extremely efficient and friendly service. Firstly our recent trip to Laem Ngop Immigration Office was handled quickly and courteously. That was followed by a driving license renewal in Trat that took a mere 15 minutes including an eyesight and reaction test, form filling, photo-taking and license card printing. This used to talk at least half a day. Congratulations to the staff of both offices!

May

Phliu-Waterfall-ChantaburiWe took a look around next-door Chantaburi province this week and found a few interesting spots. The waterfall pictured left is called Phliu. It’s a short drive off highway 3 fourteen kilometres from Chantaburi on the Koh Chang side. The waterfall isn’t the world’s biggest but the river is packed full of fish that you can feed with long green beans of all things. It’s all well organised and laid out (take note Koh Chang National Park people) and worth a visit.

Laem-Sing-BridgeChantaburi province has a few beaches of its own, the best known of which are Laem Sing and Chao Lao. The water isn’t the clearest, probably due to the large numbers of prawn farms that are dotted all over the place. But they are nevertheless quite pretty spots and there are some interesting little restaurants, hotels and guest houses. The impressive bridge here is just around the corner from Laem Sing and is the start of quite an interesting coastal “scenic route”.
If you’re staying in Chantaburi town we can recommend the Gems Club as a cheap and central base.

In what is quite an exclusive for Koh Chang we are pleased to learn that Akil the MC will be performing at One Nightclub in White Sand Beach on Saturday the 19th of May. If the name doesn’t ring a bell then you might recognise his former band Jurassic 5 – one of the very best hip-hop acts of the last decade – in our humble opinion. He’s appearing with DJ Tech 12 and MC Hydrophonics as part of their “Revenge of the Boombox” tour. You can buy tickets in advance for 150 Baht or it’s 200 Baht at the door (with a free tequila for ladies). Excellent.
boats at chai chet koh changHere’s Chai Chet this morning. It’s sunny and fiercely hot again (40 degrees!) after a couple of overcast days and a shower or two had lowered temperatures down to slightly below the boiling point of lead. Use factor 100 if you’re out in the sun or risk getting burnt to a cinder.

Koh_Chang_Angkor_WatWe’ve been waiting for the tours to begin to this ancient lost temple complex that has been discovered up the Klong Son valley. Before you get your hat and whip out and start planning a raid on Koh Chang’s lost ark it is probably worth mentioning that this is the just the gatehouse to a large and pleasingly eccentric private residence. It might not be to everyone’s taste but it’s pretty good fun and it is a damn sight more original than the hideous faux-Doric column and extra shiny tile combinations that adorn many of Thailand’s more luxurious residences.

koh chang car crashOne thing to take note of is that if you’re the road on Koh Chang can get very greasy just when it begins to rain after a long hot spell. If you find yourself on the road when this happens then just go slow and don’t hit the brakes too hard. The unfortunate/ fortunate vehicle pictured had a real near miss. They were unlucky to slip off the road but given that this is just a few metres past the viewpoint on the hill over White Sand Beach they were incredibly lucky not to roll a couple of metres further and go over the cliff.

Koh-Chang-Driving-RangeWe visited the golf driving range up the Klong Son valley again the other day. It’s still a pretty entertaining way to pass an hour. You can’t fault the location, the equipment or especially the price (200 baht for a couple of hundred balls). You can use it in preparation for a foray onto the new pitch and putt course down at Siam Royal View if you like.
Or if you aren’t an expert golfer then it is still quite a nice stress relief to hit some small white spheres as hard as you can with a big metal stick and watch the often very peculiar results.

April

Songkran-on-Koh-ChangThis picture was taken during the parade that marks the end of Koh Chang’s second songkran which this year took place between the 22nd and 28th of April. Some effort was made this year and a host of fairly big Thai bands played each night at a stage erected in Klong Prao. One idea for the future would be to give people a little more advance notice of what is happening, and when. This is especially the case for the closing parade which very few people on the island knew about, Thai or foreign. If it were advertised with some detailed signs in Thai and English it could prove to be a popular and successful tourist attraction.

Pure as the driven snow… you’ll notice that we have some new white lines on the road through White Sand Beach. The road surface has been relaid as well. This is a good thing.

So now we have a real road with real road markings.

Wouldn’t it be marvellous if we could now have some real pedestrians who realise that meandering down the middle of the road is not a smart idea? And whilst we’re dreaming how about some real drivers who drive normally and sensibly from A to B?

March

arrival at koh changRegular visitors will have noticed that we haven’t posted on here for a while since we’ve been off Koh Chang on various entertaining little trips and missions. This is what we have learned: Phnom Penh is buzzing, Kanchanaburi is sleepy, Bang Sen is OK, Pattaya isn’t and if you can’t have fun in Bangkok then you might as well give up.

But now we’re back on the rock and we have today loaded all of our new guides onto the site. So just scroll down to read them online or if that’s too demanding then here is the April issue of The Koh Chang Guide, the Koh Chang Restaurants and Bars Guide and the Front and Back of our latest Koh Chang Treasure Map. Hope that you find them useful, enlightening and moderately entertaining.
We have also just taken delivery of the printed guides so paper copies will be distributed all over the place over the next few days.

Klong Son European-Style House For Sale

This property is located on one Rai (1,600 sqm.) of Chanote land on the quiet road that leads down to the Siam Royal View village. It’s just a ten minute stroll from the beach.
The bungalow itself has two bedrooms, both ensuite, as well as a seperate bathroom, lounge, kitchen and a large balcony all set in a nice garden in a green and leafy valley.
The asking price is 7 million baht so if you are interested then Contact us to find out more.

February – Prize Winners!

The drum rolls, the crowd falls silent.. And we announce the winners of our Readers prize draw.

1st Prize – Toshiba Netbook: Yves Michallet
2nd Prize – Samsung Galaxy Y Mini: Hans Larsson
3rd Prize – Nikon Coolpix Camera: Zhang Difan

Congratulations to the winners, commiserations to those who didn’t win and thanks to everyone who took part. Keep an eye on this page and the website for the next competition.

Weather Update

The weather on Koh Chang has been pretty weird recently. Don’t worry, there is plenty of sun still but this is accompanied by the odd greyer day and the occassional quite heavy raincloud. This is not typical of this time of year when it is usually dry and this has of course prompted lots of alarmist talk of global warming and climate change. Here’s a theory: weather is changeable, not every year is the same, sometimes it’s just like this. Anyway there are still plenty of hot beach days for you to toast yourselves under waving palm fronds beside the limpid sea.

Road Rash

hole in the road at koh changAnyone staying in or passing through White Sand Beach will have noticed the huge open ditch running all the way along one side of the road. This is part of work being done to put new drains in. The work needed to be done no question but the logic of digging a massive hole at the busiest time of year and then doing nothing and just leaving it there for two months is, to say the least, questionable.
The main drawback to this plan is displayed by the sorely chafed leg of our friend Matty who was unfortunate enough to fall into this hole. Anywhere else in the world he’d be able to sue the council – good luck with that here.
And we shouldn’t complain too much since there is finally some progress. At the south end of White Sands they have started to build a metal frame for the hole which at the moment involves a load of vertical metal spikes so you can now fall in the hole at the same time as impaling yourself. Bravo!

7-Day Festival

The party animals amongst you will be pleased to know that One Nightclub in White Sand Beach is in the midst of a seven day party extravaganza from Feb 1st to 7th with a different themed night each night. Featuring Coyotes (not the ones that howl at the moon), swimming costumes and several tonnes of sand it sounds like the place to be. More information here at their Facebook Page.

Kai Bae Bungalow Resort For Sale

bungalows in kai bae koh changQuite a nice little resort in Kai Bae has come onto the market. It’s in a grand setting beside the river and the bungalows sit in attractive gardens. There is a large riverside restaurant and bar (pictured).

A long lease is available and it could be taken on to run as is or there is plenty of scope for further development.

Contact us to find out more.

January 21st

Skoh goi beach koh changorry – we forgot to give you a weather update yesterday. Koh Chang is sunny and very hot. Unseasonably hot. This is usually the coolest time of year – sometimes laughably referred to as “winter”. Not this year though, temperatures are hitting the mid thirties and it is dry. That isn’t a star over a manger in the photo – it’s the sun here this morning.
We’re not sure why it is so hot. Could be just a common seasonal variation, could be the effects of Global Warming, could be the sun starting to expand, as predicted by the Mayans, as it swells into a huge evil fiery ball and consumes the planet. Not very likely though is it?

 

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