Here we go again with our monthly update on what’s happening on Koh Chang – your favourite island paradise.
The visitor high season here is now well under way. Koh Chang was packed as always for the Christmas and new year celebrations and is still pretty busy despite all the stuff going on in parts of Bangkok. This isn’t the place (and life is too short) to go into detail about Thailand’s political situation. What you need to know is that everything in Koh Chang – and in 99.99% of the rest of Thailand is carrying on as normal. Wherever you are reading this is probably more dangerous than here.
So what’s been happening on Koh Chang? Building work – as always. This time large stretches of the island’s main road in Klong Prao village are being widened. No major complaints there – it is relatively undisruptive and will probably be an improvement when they finish.
Also approaching completion is the new Tesco Lotus supermarket in Pearl Beach, just a couple of minutes from our office. Is it bad for small local businesses? Probably. Will it be convenient for people visiting and living on Koh Chang. Hell yes!
The weather is terrific this year. There has been no rain at all for a looong time and the evenings have remained cool and breezy for about two months now. Remember that when we say cool we mean about 24 degrees. The days are hot and sunny – but not as humid as usual. What can we say – it’s almost perfect.
Yesterday saw a party and events based around the Fin Free campaign to cut out the fishing of shark’s for their fins – used in shark’s fin soup. This was held at 15 Palms on White Sand Beach. There was a shark sandcastle competition, an obstacle race and a DJ in the evening. Good fun in a good cause.
Here’s a little transport tip for visitors to Koh Chang. The Centerpoint Ferry service is very good at the moment. The Ferry costs half as much as the competition and since it is less busy you can usually just drive straight onto the boats which leave punctually on the hour from the mainland or the half hour from Koh Chang. The boats now make the crossing faster – forty minutes each way when we travelled two days ago. And the staff smile which certainly doesn’t seem to happen on teh other ferry.
But don’t all start using them at once – especially on the days that we’re travelling.