08 March 2017
Here are more nice, good and interesting places I would like to share with you.
Amber Sands Beach Resort is a small romantic resort located on the north east cost of Koh Chang, at about 1km from Centerpoint ferry pier.
Cheryl and Julian, the owners, are lovely, their main goal is to make sure their guests feel comfortable and spend relaxing holidays.
The resort is quite small, there isn’t so much around, except a couple of other small resorts but the area is so calm.
The garden is beautiful, it has been arranged that each bungalow gets its own privacy surrounded by plants, flowers, trees and colourful bushes. Each bungalow has its own type of decoration which looks a bit colonial for some and rustic for others. They are surrounding the nice swimming-pool.
The small beach is extremely quiet. No beach vendors to bother you here. It’s cleaned daily and even several times per day by the staff. Sun loungers, swings, kayaks and a paddle board are also available for the guests.
And if you want to have fun, there is a small floating platform from where you can jump or just lay down.
If you have been on the west coast of Koh Chang, you will find Amber Sands Beach Resort extremely relaxing. The only sound you can listen comes from the birds.
I really love this place and the way the owners are taking care of it.
The restaurant is another hidden gem. I won't describe all the menu because I first haven’t tasted everything and I also prefer you discover it by yourself. But what I ate there was simple but delicious!
If you want to contact Cheryl or Julian, just look at the bottom of this page, there are all the info and links needed.
Another area and another style!
Pajamas Koh Chang Hostel is one of the most famous and maybe the best Hostel you can find on Koh Chang.
If you like to live in a community and share with other people you will love this place.
When you step inside, you immediately realise that you become a new family member. You feel like being home with new friends. You can use the kitchen and cook for yourself or share your cooking with other guests.
The big Ikea style bean bags can make you think the Swedish mafia :) owns the place but it’s just a funny story between Chat, the owner, and some of his Swedish friends.
Anyway they are very comfortable and you can move them wherever as you want.
Chat is sometimes arranging day trips, biking, kayaking,.. with his guests. It’s like a big family.
As Amber Sands Beach Resort, you can find at the bottom of this page all the information needed to get in touch with Pajamas Hostel.
If you sometimes want to eat something small, easy and fast to order, I recommend you the chicken kebabs from Mrs. Wepa.
First of all Wepa is a very nice woman and second her chicken kebabs are very good. Roasted chicken with sliced raw vegetables, sauce of your choice, all rolled in a bread, and all of that for 70 baht.
You can find Wepa almost every day in Chai Chet around noon in front of 7/11 (near Coconut Beach Resort) and after 6.00 pm on the opposite side, in front of the bank.
Tell her you have seen her on the internet or Facebook, she will be happy ;)
22 February 2017
It has been a long time since the last update. So let's make this one a bit longer than usually.
The weather on Koh Chang is very nice. Hot sunny days with most of the time a blue sky. It hasn't been raining for a couple of months and Koh Chang starts to be dry.
Last week there has been small local showers but it wasn't everywhere on the island, just some parts of the west coast. It rained heavily for 15-20 minutes then the sun came back. Nothing dramatic if you have been on Koh Chang or if you are planning to come this week or the following ones.
The morning is a very good time if you want to relax, meditate or jog on the beach, the temperature is not yet very high and it's very quiet. In the afternoon the sun is very strong, remember to protect your skin.
2 weeks ago has been the Ultra-Trail Unseen Koh Chang 2017 which was on the south-east of Koh Chang, in Salak Phet. There has been a lot of contestants like the past years and this time I decided to participate.
I didn't feel trained enough to run the 35, 70 or the 100 km but I did the 13 km. Let's see next year, maybe I will go for a longer distance.
I want to congratulate everybody who passed the finish line as well as the organisation. Even if 13 kilometers sounds to be a short distance compared to 35, 70 or 100, it was tough.
The start of the 13 km was at 6.30 am and I arrived less than 2 hours later. Not that bad for a first trail. The temperature at 8.30 am was already 36C and more than 40C in the afternoon when the other contestants arrived.
Congratulations to Mr. Soonseng Ong from Malaysia and to Mr. Wataru Iino from Japan who ran the 100k in 15 hours and 8 minutes! They can't be human ;)
Every morning you can see Thaifun crew picking-up their guests from the different beaches. The weather is now perfect to do this type of day-trip. If there is one attraction you have to do in Koh Chang, this is the one I strongly recommend. Believe me, you won't be disappointed!
If you are following me on Facebook, you have already seen some of my posts about Blue Lagoon Resort. Since few months they have a new Chef, Séverine Mayer, candidate of the French TV show Master Chef, season 4 (2013).
Séverine has created a new menu and revisited the traditional Thai cuisine that she has now named "Thai Fusion Cuisine". I really recommend you Blue Lagoon restaurant. First, the place and the atmosphere are very calm and unique. The dishes are as beautiful as tasty. On each bite you get an explosion of flavours in your mouth.
Malee from Boonya Resort in Klong Prao is proud to show her new award. Congratulation to Christine and to all her staff!
Boonya Resort is a small resort with rooms, bungalows and a nice swimming-pool. Inside the resort is like a family atmosphere. Each guest is treated as a part of a family member.
A new bakery has opened in Klong Prao. Bread Box Bakery Shop is located nearby Klong Prao resort, almost on the opposite side of Koh Chang Gym. Andy who had a bakery in New York is already supplying few resorts and restaurants on Koh Chang. His breads and buns are very good, you should give him a try!
Are you planning to get tattooed during your holidays on Koh Chang? Real or fake tattoos, machine or traditional bamboo tattoos, I can recommend you those tattooists who are very good, professional and very friendly:
Naka Tattoo Studio in White Sand Beach, King Tattoo in Klong Prao, Danny Tattoo in Lonely Beach and Traditional bamboo tattoo by King in Klong Kloi (Bang Bao).
Before ending this news, here is a picture taken a couple of days ago from Koh Chang Resort's restaurant. Yes, it's Christmas all the year on Koh Chang :)
Everything is better in Koh Chang, we have the best beaches, the best sunsets, the best food, the best drinks, the best atmosphere and of course The Best Medicine :)
14 February 2017
Last week has been very busy to reply to all your emails and messages, but it's all the time a pleasure to help you.
I just want to remind you that I still cannot predict the weather which will be in few months. For the best place where to stay in Koh Chang, I would say that there isn't any best place, they are just all different. Some of you will like White Sand beach while others will prefer Kai Bae. It's just a question of taste.
If you don't know in which hotel, resort or guesthouse to stay, have a look at the list of places I have reviewed. There are all the information you need, the location, what kind of accommodations, the different activities proposed, everything is there as well as a lot of pictures to illustrate.
I also want to thank you all for your nice messages and comments but also for the pictures you have sent me. Thank you to Christine, Janis, Monika, Jesper and to all the others!
And finally I want to wish a happy Valentine's Day to everybody!
Tonight, lots of bars, restaurants and resorts will have a special dinner or happening for all the lovers. Like at Koh Chang Paradise Resort & Spa for example with a special buffet, traditional Thai dances, gifts and a fire show.
06 February 2017
How to explain to your guests without making them mad that your Wi-Fi has a technical problem?
I think they have found a funny and nice way to do it at Blue Lagoon Resort. After reading this message you don't feel the need to complain anymore.
05 February 2017
2 days ago there has been a fishing and snorkelling trip in Klong Son bay organised by Eat Here Restaurant and one of their guests has done a video. You can see that you don't need to go very far if you want to snorkel and see corals, fishes and other creatures.
About fishes, yesterday Watchara from Thaifun got a nice one when they were travelling from Koh Chang to Koh Wai (outside the National Park of course, where it's allowed to fish). Their guests had the opportunity to show to their friends that in Thailand there are big ones ;)
03 February 2017
Yesterday Eat Here restaurant located in Klong Son has organised a fishing and snorkelling tour in the bay of Klong Son. Tickets were sold out, the host doesn't want to take more than 15-16 people on the boat for safety reasons.
In the program there has been fishing of course, grilling, eating, drinking and snorkelling in a very friendly atmosphere. Don't expect to catch enormous fish, but for sure you will spend a nice time on the boat.
Next fishing tour will be next Sunday night. The atmosphere will be different and people will experience night fishing until the sunrise. Unfortunately it's already sold out. For more information, please contact Eat Here Restaurant, the information are on this page.
25 January 2017
Another resort has been added to my recommended list!
The Emerald Cove Koh Chang Resort is a 5-star hotel and one of the nicest and biggest resorts on Koh Chang with a direct access to the south part of Klong Prao beach. In this resort there are no more than 165 rooms and suites, 5 restaurants and bars, a spa, a fitness center, a diving center, a sailing center, a luxurious yacht charter, 4 banquet/meeting/conference rooms, a big swimming-pool area and lots of facilities for children.
With a babysitting service, a kids pool, a recreation center and a kid's club, this resort is more oriented for families. But couples will also enjoy this place with the delicious pool bar cocktails, the fine dining, the romantic sunsets and why not getting married on the beach.
Have a look at the live camera installed on top of the rooms building. You can see the swimming-pools area witht the kids pool, the Jacuzzi, the 50 meters long swimming-pool, on the background behind the palm trees is the beach and maybe the most important for you, you can check the live weather!
22 January 2017
There has been more than a week since the last update. I've been replying to a lot of emails and Facebook messages and the main questions have been about the weather, the best way to go to Koh Chang and finally where is the best place to stay on Koh Chang?
Maybe you are interested by some of the answers?
What's the weather like in Koh Chang?
You have maybe read or seen or listened the News about the heavy rain and flooding which has been in the south of Thailand. Don't worry, Koh Chang is on the opposite side and it's dry here. There has been cloudy days but most of the time it's sun and blue sky.
The Koh Chang Rescue has been organising a big collect, food, water, medicines and donations to help people from the south touched by the fllooding.
About the weather in Koh Chang, I think pictures are better than a long text.
The second most asked question is how to go to Koh Chang when you arrive in Bangkok?
You have several options, by plane then taxi, by bus, shared minibus or with a private driver. It depends of your budget and time you are ready to spend for the trip.
All is explained here!
Personally I would prefer a private transfer and I really recommend Ing Taxi. In some cases it can be faster than the plane if you calculate the time to re-check your luggage, pass the security, wait for the plane, go to the plane by bus, fly, arrive in Trat airport, wait for your luggage, then take a taxi to Koh Chang. With a private transfer, you will have less stress, he will pick you up from anywhere and bring you directly to your hotel or resort. And if you are travelling with your family or friends, it will be cheaper than the plane.
More information here!
And finally where is the best place in Koh Chang?
This is maybe the second most difficult question to reply after the weather. It depends of your taste and budget. You may not like what I like and vice versa. For me there isn't any good or bad place in Koh Chang. Each area is different and has its pros and cons.
To help you you can have a look at the different areas which are explained and illustrated with a lot of pictures. And if you are looking for a hotel, resort or guesthouse, here are my reviews. There is everything you need to know and of course lots of pictures to give you a first idea. The places I'm recommending have been chosen carefully, I want to be sure you will be satisfied by the quality, the atmosphere and the services proposed.
12 January 2017
If you still don't know in which hotel, resort or guesthouse to stay during your stay in Koh Chang, have a look at my reviews. The list is growing, slowly but growing. I just take time to select the places I can recommend to be sure you won't be disappointed.
You can find the complete list in the "WHERE TO STAY" menu or by checking the map below.
The Gallery at Koh Chang is a recent and stylish hotel located in Klong Prao village. The rooms are spacious and their Suites are well furnished. Swimming-pool, Fitness Center and Spa, everything for you to relax and enjoy your holidays.
The only Sky Lounge of the island is a nice place to chill in the evening. I recommend you The Cube Restaurant which is specialised in Japanese Cuisine but also serving Thai and European food. And the best part for people who like to sleep late and hate to find an empty breakfast buffet, their "à la carte" breakfast menu is served all day long!
06 January 2017
Cambodian Kids Care Center is working hard to help and give a good education to the Cambodian kids whose parents are working in Koh Chang.
They don't get any help for the Thai authorities or government, they are financed only by donations.
They need your help, you can donate what you want, even your own time.
Like every children, they are playing, running, jumping and sometimes hurting themselves. For now the center would need first aid kits.
You are welcome to visit them in Klong Prao and remember that a child smile is one of the most beautiful thing in the world!