21 November 2016
White Sand Beach is maybe the most popular beach of Koh Chang and also the most visited. It has been the first area developed for tourism and the name is quiet attracting, "White Sand" sounds better than "Black Sand", "Rocky Beach" or even "Amber Sand". But in fact the sand is not whiter than the other beaches from the west coast. It's just a name, like Lonely Beach which is not lonely or Long Beach which is not very long ;)
White Sand has the biggest activity of the island, you can find all what you need, there are of course lots of clothes and souvenir shops but also supermarkets, drugstores, travelling agencies, hairdressers, massage studios, tattooists, restaurants, pubs, guesthouses, hotels and resorts. And for all budgets!
17 November 2016
Last Monday we celebrated Loy Krathong which takes place every year on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar.
Loy means "to float" and Krathong is a small container made of a slice of the trunk of a banana tree or a spider lily plant decorated with banana leaves, incense sticks and a candle. A small coin is sometimes added as an offering to the river spirits.
Everybody has been celebrating Loy Krathong and lots of places were proposing people to realise their own krathong.
In the evening, you could see lots of candles floating on the sea or rivers. There were lots of happenings in the resorts to celebrate it and different atmospheres all around the island.
And on top of that it was the Super Moon.
Some of you know or have heard about the Traditional Thai Bamboo Tattooing. If you don't know what it is, it's an ancient technique which was used by the monks for protection.
After all these years the technique is still practised and lots of people coming to Thailand and looking to get tattooed prefer the old method than the modern noisy machine.
King, there are several tattooists named "King", the one located on the south of the island, in the village of Klong Kloi, in Bang Bao, is an expert in bamboo tattooing. If you are looking for an original or unique tattoo with a touch of Thailand, he is the person you need to meet.
11 November 2016
For the fitness addicts, the gymaholics, the weight lifters or just for you who like to practice indoor exercises even during your holidays, Koh Chang Paradise resort & Spa which is located in Chai Chet and on the north part of Klong Prao beach, has just opened their brand new Fitness Center.
It's opened only to their guests from 6.00 am to 8.00 pm and free of charge.
06 November 2016
Yesterday a whale shark has been seen off the coasts of Koh Chang.
Don't worry, this kind of shark is harmless to human, it's moving slowly, mouth wide opened to filter the water and to feed exclusively of plankton. They are scary by their size but if you would have the chance to meet one of them during your dive you will realise how majestic they are.
Unfortunately if you are going to the different snorkelling spots you will not be able to see a whale shark, they normally don't swim in shallow waters and close to the coasts.
(Pictures copyright: แหลมนี้ มีกระทือ)
Do you know what is a Khanom Krok or have you ever tasted it?
A Khanom Krok is a Thai coconut pudding which is sweet and which can be eaten like that as a snack or as a dessert and it's delicious.
There are different variations but it's mainly made of rice flour, coconut, sugar, steamed rice and green onion. They are often prepared on the street side. They are quite cheap, around 20 baht the punnet of 5 and it's better to eat them warm.
The first rice flour mix is cooked followed by the sweet coconut milk topping. You should try them.
(Pictures copyright: Thomas Koch Travel & Adventure)
And finally Thaifun is back!
After a low season to rest, and to take care of the boat they are operating again. The boat has been cleaned, checked, serviced and repainted and the famous Noknoi, Wat, Yeng, Prom, the lovely Captain and the rest of the crew are now ready to welcome you everyday and to entertain you.
In the program, fun, fun, fun, snorkelling, eating and more fun ;)
30 October 2016
This week the weather in Koh Chang has been similar to a woman's mood :)
One day it was raining, the other day sunny and blue sky. But anyway the temperature is still very warm and rain or not it feels always good in a swimming-pool. The sea is still a bit dangerous and better to avoid it when there are red flags.
Tomorrow school will start again on Koh Chang and kids are enjoying their last day of holidays. And the high season will also start with higher rates in all resorts, hotels and B&B and of course more visitors. You can always find the best rates here!
And finally if you are panning to come to Koh Chang and still don't know how to get there, why not to travel with a private driver? I really recommend you Ing Taxi, he is very serious, safe and not expensive at all. Only 3500 bath for 4 persons (+ ferry tickets) from anywhere in Bangkok to anywhere on Koh Chang.
Don't wait the last moment to contact him, Ing and his teammates have already a lot of bookings for the end of this year and beginning of 2017.
25 October 2016
T.P. Hut Bungalows in Pearl beach is now ready for the high season.
They have spent the last months to renovate and upgrade all their bungalows. Last year the new owners already replaced all the mattresses by new ones. This year the roofs and ceilings have been replaced.
If you are looking for a quiet resort, away from the busy main road and not so far from the beach, then have a look at T.P. Hut Bungalows.
23 October 2016
The "high season" has started for the resorts which means more tourists then higher rates but the weather hasn't been very good. It has been raining and very cloudy.
And when it's raining, roads are slippery and more dangerous. It's better to not use motorbikes if you don't want to end at the Koh Chang clinic like it has happened to few people this week.
Every year during October, thousands of jellyfishes go along the coast of Trat. Then they will all disappear until next year.
There are small boats going to those jellyfishes swarms if you are interested. Against few hundreds of bath a guide will bring you there.
Don't worry, those swarms don't go to Koh Chang but there has been few jellyfishes seen in the sea on different beaches. Some are harmless, others can sting. It's better to avoid them all and stay on the sand.
Next month there shouldn't be anymore.
I will end with a nice story.
One year ago a poor stray dog was found in Klong Son, at the Chinese temple.
With the help and love of Tina from Happy Dogs, Christine from Boonya Resort and Lea, this dog has been cured and it's now a loved and lovely pet.
Tina is the person on Koh Chang who has devoted her life to save the dogs. It's more than a passion, she really loves animals and dogs especially. Tina spends her life, energy, time and money to feed, rescue and cured all the dogs. If you want to help her, just send her a message from her Facebook page or contact me and I will forward her your message.
All kind of help is welcome, money, medicine, food, anything to help "her" dogs.
17 October 2016
A new place where to stay has been added to the recommendation list!
Sea You Place is a small, cheap and comfortable resort located in Bang Bao, nearby Klong Kloi beach. With only a few bungalows, a very nice owner, not so far from the beach, close to Klong Kloi village and close to the nature, this place is perfect if you want to be away from the busy west coast.
14 October 2016
If you haven't already read it on the different social media or see it in the News, our beloved King has passed away yesterday morning at the Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok at the age of 88.
We are all very sad and the whole country is in mourning.
His Majesty the King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej has been the world's longest-serving monarch and the most loved by his nation. We will all miss him :(
Yesterday evening streets were very calm, no music in the bars or restaurants. Today and for few days a lot of Thai businesses will be remain closed.
The King's body will be moved tomorrow afternoon from the hospital to the Grand Palace.
12 October 2016
Crust Bakery is my favourite bakery on Koh Chang. It's located in Klong Prao village, just next to 7-11 supermarket and in front of Wat Kong Prao, the temple.
They have the widest selection of breads but also cakes and pastries. Naming them will be too long but believe me, they are delicious.
Without forgetting their ice creams, coffees, sandwiches, salads and breakfast.