Klong Prao Beach
What is Klong Prao Beach Like
Klong Prao Beach is a wide expanse of fine sand that is home to a few higher end resorts like the well-known Amari Emerald Cove and also to a handful of the more traditional bamboo hut bungalows. Thankfully tasteful resort design and undeveloped stretches of jungle still allow the beach to retain a spacious and natural atmosphere.
Just before you reach Klong Prao village a riverside road leads a couple of kilometres inland to the picturesque Klong Plu waterfall which is well worth a visit and a swim in the natural pool below is a great way to cool down.
Klong Prao village lies on one of the few flat areas of land on the West Coast and so the village extends quite a way inland and the road veers further from the sea here than at the other beaches. A walk of a few minutes from the beach to the village brings you access to a bank and a couple of supermarkets as well as plenty of roadside bars and restaurants. There are fewer gift shops around here but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. In and around the village there are also quite a few little resorts and places to stay.
Klong Prao Temple is in the centre of the village and is occasionally host to local fairs and festivals. Just down the road from here is a regular little local market that sells clothes, household wares and has a few food stalls that bridge the tasty/scary divide. Other businesses of note here include an excellent dental studio, a shooting range and a tiny tennis court.
Several elephant trekking businesses are based in Klong Prao and long-nosed grey giants pacing through the trees are a regular sight. The West coast’s main school perches on top a small hill near the village and on schooldays an eruption of kids flows down to all but close the road at the end of class.
Places to Stay in klong Prao
Here are some of the best places to stay in Klong Prao.
4 Star and above
Amari Emerald Cove. The attractive and efficiently-managed Emerald Cove Resort serves as something of benchmark for Koh Chang Hotel standards. They have all the facilities that you’d expect – including a larger than olympic sized pool – right next to the sand of Klong Prao Beach.
The Dewa is a modern-looking place that is all brushed concrete and clean lines. It looks good, it’s different and it’s on the beach.
Centara Koh Chang Tropicana Resort & Spa is another good top-end option beside the beach. Their rooms are all bungalows and they include a Japanese restaurant as well as the almost obligatory Spa amongst their facilities.
3 Star & Below
V.J. Hotel & Health Spa is located next to Amari Emerald Cove. It offers good standard of room with pool and all the facilities you’d expect at an affordable price.
Iyara Resort & Spa has good value bungalows just across from the temple in Klong Prao village. It is a few minutes walk from the sand but on the other hand you are in a quiet but central close to all kinds of restaurants and bars.
Sofia Garden Resort is a Finnish-run place with good value rooms beside the river. They have a large pool and, of course, a sauna.
Klong Prao Map
Eating and Drinking in Klong Prao
Riverview Hostel Riverview Hostel couldn’t be in a better location, right beside the Klong Plu River just at the entrance to the sea. The views from their waterfront bar/terrace and upstairs private double room are phenomenal. All round, this is a modern and friendly hostel with mixed and female only dorms at very reasonable rates. […]
Pizzeria Spaghetteria Toscana To find out what kind of food you can expect from Pizzeria Trattoria Toscana in the middle of bustling Klong Prao village all that you need to do is take a look at their traditional but ultra-stylish outdoor pizza oven. It’s a lovely gleaming thing and serves delicious hot traditional pizzas to discerning […]
Alchemy Alchemy is a stylish new restaurant, bar and bungalow resort towards the South end of Klong Prao village. They offer some innovative cuisine that stands out from teh Koh Chang crowd including good breakfasts, healthy smoothies, cold pressed juices, Thai craft beer, fancy cocktails and lunches. There are also some clean, modern and good value guest rooms […]
Streetlife Bar and Restaurant Klong Prao village has a nice new place to drink and dine in the form of Street Life Bar and Restaurant. It is located in an attractive open-fronted wooden building with a raised seating area, a long bar, a lounge area and garden patio dining. They also show live sports and […]
Baan Ta Restaurant Klong Prao Baan Ta is a large and attractive new dining spot that is located at the northern end of Klong Prao village about 200 metres from the 7-eleven store. Their menu offers a large and interesting selection of delicious Thai food and fresh seafood as well as European dishes. The menu […]
Nong Bua Seafood / Pajamas Hostel Koh Chang A nice and modern combination of Thai restaurant and luxury hostel just a few metres from Klong Prao beach. Rooms Restaurant Contact/Bookings Rooms Thailand and particularly Bangkok has seen a rapid growth in modern luxury hostels in recent years. Pajamas is a great example of the concept […]
Boom Bar 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 […]
Basically The Burger Station does what it says. They produce and sell top quality home-made burgers. They are located at the south end of Klong Prao just before Kai Bae village and so are easy to reach from both locations. They will also deliver for free in the Kai Bae/Klong Prao area. Their burgers range […]
Thai/ Western Restaurant and bar beside the sea at this new hotel on Klong Prao beach.
This Italian restaurant is on the second floor of Amari Emerald Cove Koh Chang. It serves the best in classic Italian cuisine.
Moleys Guest House and Restaurant sits in a terrific location in Klong Prao overlooking a river as it opens to the beach. There are beautiful mountain, river & beach views. They have large, modern, new air-con rooms with wi-fi, from 850 Baht per/night. The restaurant and bar offers good home-made ‘farang food’ featuring: full English […]
Thai/Western The restaurant at this popular beachfront resort has a full Thai and International menu as well as a nightly seafood barbeque.
Ka-Ti Culinary is a Thai restaurant and cooking school in Klong Prao village on Koh Chang that enjoys a deserved reputation as one of the island’s very best places to eat. It is a popular choice for both visitors and locals – and if the locals eat there then you know that you are on […]
Iyara Seafood and Resort Koh Chang Seafood restaurant in a picturesque setting on the lagoon with terrific views of the beach and the mountain. Restaurant Rooms Contact/Bookings Restaurant Iyara Seafood must occupy one of the best positions for a restaurant on the whole island situated at the mouth a mangrove fringed river where it […]
Crust Bakery This popular Bakery/Deli is located in the centre of Klong Prao village next to the 7-Eleven store. They Bake a large range of breads, pastries and cakes fresh every day as well as a European deli with all kinds of hard to find treats like cured meats, imported chesses and pate. They have […]
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