09 October 2016
The Koh Chang Rescue Team is composed of voluntaries who are ready to risk their lives to save yours, 24 hours a day and 365 days per year, no matter what time it is and how is the weather.
Drowning, road accidents, fallen trees on the road, fire, animal rescue, ... they are all the time present. Even to catch snakes when they are too close or inside habitations or like today, repairing the roads by filling those big potholes.
They are Koh Chang heroes.
To be more efficient they are now building a radio station in Chai Chet, nearby the Crocodile and Snake show.
All donations are welcome to achieve this project.
If you are in Koh Chang and if you are willing to help them, stop by at the Crocodile and Snake Show (in Chai Chet, not the one near Klong Plu waterfall which is now closed) and give them what you can. Even the smallest donations are welcome.
05 October 2016
Kai Bae is a small quiet village located on the west coast between Klong Prao and Lonely Beach. There are a lot of shops, restaurants, pubs,.... anything you need to spend nice and safe holidays in Koh Chang as well as nice resorts, hotels and guesthouses. The small beach is lovely and also quiet. Kai Bae could compared to White Sand Beach but smaller and quieter.
30 September 2016
You have maybe heard about Panviman Resort which located on the south part of Klong Prao beach. The resort has a new management and a new name which is now Santhiya Tree Koh Chang Resort.
Some of you who have visited Panviman in the past may be a bit confused like it's still named Panviman Resort on some booking websites.
29 September 2016
Lonely Beach is located on the west coast between Kai Bae and Bang Bao. It's the backpackers favourite place, there are lots of pubs, restaurants, tattooists, small shops and a busy night life, especially during the high season. And of course lots of cheap places to stay, huts, bungalows and guesthouses.
26 September 2016
A new place has been added to my "where to stay" list. Margaritaville is located in Lonely Beach and it's not only a pub and a restaurant but it's also a very nice guesthouse where you will feel like being in your own home. The owners and staff are very friendly and really taking care of their guests.
The pub and the restaurant are serving delicious cocktails and food. There is a very friendly atmosphere and I recommend to stop-by.
16 September 2016
What's new in Koh Chang?
It's still very quiet which is normal for the "low" season. And who says low season says rainy season!
September is normally the month of the year which gets the highest precipitations. This week we got a small storm. Heavy rain and wind for a full day and a full night then it started to be sunny again. There has been few fallen trees and electricity breakdowns which is normal here, but no big damages. This is how the weather can be, it can change very fast.
In my opinion this new inflatable sofa, Bubble sofa or whatever it's called will be the next high season hot sale. I started to see some of them on the beach and to be honest I also bought one :)
It's very easy to carry, it has its own bag, easy to inflate, you don't need any tool, just the wind and it's very comfortable. For now only Coffee from Naka Tattoo Studio in the north of White Sand beach is selling them and it's from where I got mine.
11 September 2016
Nothing special right now in Koh Chang, it's still very quiet and the weather isn't so bad for a rainy season. It's mainly cloudy with sometimes rain which doesn't really last but we have anyway beautiful sunny days.
Some of you have been asking me to review other hotels or resorts from other cities. This is what I will do and I started with Suvarnabhumi International Airport's Hotels where I have stayed several times.
It can happen that your plane will leave from Bangkok early in the morning and then you don't have other choice than leaving Koh Chang the day before. Some other people will prefer to not stress for the departure and still enjoy one or 2 days in Thailand, not so far from the airport.
Those 2 hotels I have added to my list are very nice, with big and comfortable rooms, beautiful swimming-pool, spa, fitness centre, restaurants and free airport shuttles.
05 September 2016
I have added in my recommendation list a new place where to stay in Koh Chang. For me it's the best hostel you can find on the island and it's very well ranked on the different booking websites as well as TripAdvisor.
Pajamas Koh Chang Hostel is located in Klong Prao, at less than 2 minutes walk from the north part of Klong Prao beach. They have Dormitory and Double Deluxe rooms, a beautiful swimming-pool but what characterises Pajamas from other hostels is the family atmosphere.
02 September 2016
Yesterday I was writing about the registrations of the Ultra-Trail Unseen Koh Chang 2017 which will start today.
Here is the map of the 70 km route. Total accumulated elevation: 2,800 meters. Good luck!
Amber Sands Beach Resort is now closed until mid October and they are also taking advantage of the rainy season to replace thatch grass on the bungalow roofs, to paint, fix, sand down wood and reseal, to regrout the swimming pool tiles and make sure the resort will be in good shape for when they will re-open.
There will be 2 events this weekend.
- Tomorrow Saturday, there will be a big birthday party at SALT Beach Bistro in Kai Bae. You are all invited!
- On Sunday, Hiking adventure and explorer trip (cycle trail) to "Khao Laem" in Salak Phet, the 5th highest mountain of Koh Chang (649 mts.). For more information please contact Thomas Koch Travel & Adventure.
Have also a look at Ian's review who did this trek a couple of weeks ago: