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    3 nights on Koh Chang... Photo report.

    Took off to Koh Chang with the gf and 3 year old daughter a couple of weekends ago which was the holiday weekend for the start of the Buddhist Lent (Kao Pansa). The last time we went there was early 2009 when the gf was pregnant so the daughter didn't remember much about it.

    Report from last time: http://teakdoor.com/thailands-travel...ing-large.html (Mad weekend in Koh Chang, Having it large)

    So we found the Tamachart Pier ferry point which has 3 ferries running across to the island and cost about 260 baht for the car and passengers. Had to wait about an hour before we could get on one due to it being the start of the holiday weekend.


    One of the ferries (and a dog)..



    We ended up getting on this one which was the slowest of the 3 (took about 50 minutes)...



    As you reach the island this sign on the hillside greets you:



    The resort I had booked was chosen based on it being rated number 1 on Tripadvisor and Agoda. It is called Gajapuri Resort and is on Kai Bae beach which lies about 10 minutes drive south of the main White Sands Beach.

    Resort link: Gajapuri Resort & Spa

    It was booked through Agoda and was about 3000 baht per night for a 'deluxe jacuzzi' hut.

    Our semi-detached hut and the stilted walkway which leads down to the pool and beach...



    Pool and bar... Although it was overcast on the first day I still managed to get sunburned while messing about in the pool. August is the rainiest month for Koh Chang but we got lucky with the weather and only had to run for shelter once due to a short shower.



    Garden area next to the beach...



    And the beach... More rocky than White Sands but quieter and nicer I think.






    The monkey missus shows me how to collect coconuts:



    Inside the room... also had a smaller bed for the sprog.



    I asked the daughter to finish off getting photos of the room as I relaxed with a beer... The next 3 are hers...









    The resort was well worth the price considering I paid 5000 baht per night 3 years previous for a shabbier hut just up the road.


    We took a trip to the touristy fishing village to the south of the island that is constucted on a long pier (Ao Bae I think it is called). The trip is worth it just to experience driving the steep winding road over the headland areas on the way down there.

    Ao Bae pier full of the usual tourist shops and has a few nice eateries for a coffee and lunch:



    Viewpoint near Kai Bae:




    Next day we drove back up North for an Elephant trek at the Ban Kwan Chang elephant camp. There are a few places offering elephant treks but I had read that this was the best one and also that they treated their elephants better here. A 2 hour trek through the scenic valley and rivers cost 1400 baht for the 3 of us.







    The missus and sprog sat like this for a photo opportunity and for about 1 minute of the trek as I just managed to stop them falling off a couple of times..



    If I had known there was a chance to swim with the elephants at the end I would have taken my speedos and joined in with the bikini clad Skandi backpacker girls...
    But I didn't know so I just took a couple of pervy pics instead...







    Pisspots in the elephant jungle camp...



    The first night we ate out a a place called 'Araya' seafood restaurant which is between Kai Bae and White Sands at the mouth of a river - OK food but the main attraction is that they give you a free boat trip in the dark up the river to go and see the fire flies. Quite impressive as they all flash on and off together like Christmas tree lights... Come to think of it, maybe they were just Christmas tree lights... Anyway we convinced the little one that they were Tinkerbell and her fairy friends.


    The other couple of nights we ate on White Sands beach where you can catch the 'fire show' in front of this restaurant..





    Very impressive show with about 6 guys twirling their fire sticks about for 15 minutes.. But no good for getting a photo of on my phone.

    Next day we were off back home with the rest of the crowd that had been on the island for Kao Pansa.


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    Nice effort and well done, we used stay at Kai Bae as well.

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    Very nice pictorial!

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    Nice report. Classy looking accomodation too. Probably beyond my budget but doesn't hurt to see how the other half lives.

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    Thanks for the comments.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bangyai View Post
    Nice report. Classy looking accomodation too. Probably beyond my budget but doesn't hurt to see how the other half lives.
    You might need to head further south to Lonely Beach then... It is where all the backpackers go and has lots of cheap huts.

    I thought 3000 baht per night was very reasonable for this place. Wouldn't get much in many other countries for 60 per night... I have a mate on the boat here who was looking at 4 nights in a basic apartment at Skegness Butlins during the school half-term break - he was quoted 780 ! 195 per night at a Butlins in Skegness... In October!... He ended up booking a week in Spain for the same price.

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    Thanks Rawlins....I havent stayed there since the late 70,s. I stayed on one of the Islands off Pattaya that I think was Koh Chang where my youngest son was bitten on the arm by a monkey he was harassing and my daughter was bitten on the cheek by a sea wasp on the back of the boat during the return trip. Actually while we were over there I remember a small cordoned off section of the sea for us swimmers whilst the outside of the enclosure was mayhem from those dreadful bloody jetski's that were buzzing about trailing oil behind em and roaring in to scare any swimmer that came close to the enclosure boundary rope. I developed a strong sense of distain towards those annoying pieces of shit they call jetskis.
    Your posted story shows nothing of what I "not so fondly remember" so if it was Koh Chang I visited last time I can see that I need to revisit as your descriptions and recommendations depict a pretty classy joint......cheers mate
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    good stuff
    also like kae bae
    that ruen thai restraunt on the pier is good also

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    ^^ ossierob, I think its possible you are talking about Koh Larn? I don't remember there being a problem with jet skis on Koh Chang.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rawlins View Post

    You might need to head further south to Lonely Beach then... It is where all the backpackers go and has lots of cheap huts.

    The first time I went to Chang I ended up at Lonely beach in a cheap hut.

    Jeez, glad those days are gone. Absolute rubbish it was.

    Great report by the way. Thanks

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    First time for me was 15 years ago. Ended up in a small 40 baht front row beach hut on White Sand Beach.
    Intended to stay for a week, but ended up staying 3 months.
    Loved it, as did my 3 year old son, who quickly became the darling of the locals.
    In those days the locals outnumbered tourists by a large margin.

    Those were the days

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    Quote Originally Posted by ossierob View Post
    Thanks Rawlins....I havent stayed there since the late 70,s. I stayed on one of the Islands off Pattaya that I think was Koh Chang....

    Your posted story shows nothing of what I "not so fondly remember" so if it was Koh Chang I visited last time I can see that I need to revisit as your descriptions and recommendations depict a pretty classy joint......cheers mate
    Koh Chang is about 3 1/2 hour drive down the coast from Pattaya Ossierob... You may have been on the busier beach on Koh Samet but I don't think it would have been as you described in the 70's.... If it is the isalnd you can see from Pattaya then like Satonic says, it would have been Koh Larn. Get yourself down to one of the quieter beaches on Samet or Chang for a more relaxing time.


    Quote Originally Posted by terry57 View Post
    The first time I went to Chang I ended up at Lonely beach in a cheap hut.

    Jeez, glad those days are gone. Absolute rubbish it was.

    Great report by the way. Thanks
    Thanks Terry... Driving through Lonely beach it looked like it would have a good nightlife these days.

    One of the bars there had a 'sleep for free' sign in it. I don't know if that meant you could sleep in the bar when you were drunk or if they gave you a proper bed.

    Doesn't Pickel have a resort down that way?

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    [QUOTE="rawlins"]
    Originally Posted by ossierob
    Thanks Rawlins....I havent stayed there since the late 70,s. I stayed on one of the Islands off Pattaya that I think was Koh Chang....

    Your posted story shows nothing of what I "not so fondly remember" so if it was Koh Chang I visited last time I can see that I need to revisit as your descriptions and recommendations depict a pretty classy joint......cheers mate
    Koh Chang is about 3 1/2 hour drive down the coast from Pattaya Ossierob... You may have been on the busier beach on Koh Samet but I don't think it would have been as you described in the 70's.... If it is the isalnd you can see from Pattaya then like Satonic says, it would have been Koh Larn. Get yourself down to one of the quieter beaches on Samet or Chang for a more relaxing time.
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    Thanks mate ....it is on the list]

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    Quote Originally Posted by rawlins
    We took a trip to the touristy fishing village to the south of the island that is constucted on a long pier (Ao Bae I think it is called).
    It is called Bang Bao.

    Quote Originally Posted by ossierob
    I stayed on one of the Islands off Pattaya that I think was Koh Chang
    That was most likely Koh Si Chang.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pickel View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by rawlins
    We took a trip to the touristy fishing village to the south of the island that is constucted on a long pier (Ao Bae I think it is called).
    It is called Bang Bao.
    Wasn't even close with my guess then (and was too lazy to google it)... Thanks for the correction.

    Do you have a place at Lonely Beach?... Get many families stay down that way or is it mostly backpackers?

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    I think the place is great but very expensive.

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    Great pictures, never been to Koh Chang... Thanks for posting them up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rawlins
    Do you have a place at Lonely Beach?... Get many families stay down that way or is it mostly backpackers?
    Yes. Lonely Beach is mostly backpackers, and loud parties at night. There are a few resorts that are higher end and family friendly though. Siam Beach Resort and Warapura come to mind.

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    Great little photo thread and report Rawlins well done mate ,, glad to see your missus has settled down again .

    That pic of the bedroom ,, has the bog got no doors on it ? looks a bit Issan

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    ^ Thanks Nigel.

    The bog area had a big sliding door on it that is fully open on that pic. Was a nice big bog area - jacuzzi bath, walk-in shower and shitter tucked away round the corner... and the wardrobe space was part of that bit as well...

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    Was at Kho Chang about 3 years ago with wife and her cousin and friends. Don't thing we spent 3000 baht per night as we got discount packages while at the tourist show up in Bangkok a month or so before going. Looks like you had nice accommodations and a good time.
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    Still wondering why people like to drive 5 hours to an island where beaches are not even nice when it only takes 1 hour to see some of the nicest beaches in the world in the south of Thailand...

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    ^ it took me about 3 1/2 hours in my car to get to the ferry point from where I live. I can't drive to the South of Thailand in that time. So what is there to wonder about?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stickmansucks View Post
    Still wondering why people like to drive 5 hours to an island where beaches are not even nice when it only takes 1 hour to see some of the nicest beaches in the world in the south of Thailand...
    your talking 1 hour flying time I would imagine. on top of that your talking about the drive to the airport from residence and then the taxi ride from the airport to beach hotel in the South of Thailand where if your talking Phuket, the taxi ride is a big rip off, and then one has the same on the way back.

    Besides, the ride to Kho Chang is a nice drive with nice scenery after one gets out of BKK. Kho Chang is a change of pace. In Phuket you still have the hustle and bustle of a big time tourist location. Kho Chang seems to be layed back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SEA Traveler View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by stickmansucks View Post
    Still wondering why people like to drive 5 hours to an island where beaches are not even nice when it only takes 1 hour to see some of the nicest beaches in the world in the south of Thailand...
    your talking 1 hour flying time I would imagine. on top of that your talking about the drive to the airport from residence and then the taxi ride from the airport to beach hotel in the South of Thailand where if your talking Phuket, the taxi ride is a big rip off, and then one has the same on the way back.

    Besides, the ride to Kho Chang is a nice drive with nice scenery after one gets out of BKK. Kho Chang is a change of pace. In Phuket you still have the hustle and bustle of a big time tourist location. Kho Chang seems to be layed back.


    Not Phuket of course who still goes to Phuket except stupid Russia in 2012 ?

    But KOH PHANGAN with which KOH CHANG beaches cannot compare.

    Ok you are right about the time to go if you need only 4 hours, it's quite the same as flying to SAMUI (including going to BKK) but cheaper. I am thinking about BKK people who can really be at KOH PHANGAN faster than you at KOH CHANG.

    The main differences are how much more risky it is to drive in Thailand than taking a plane and then the quality of beach in the south.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stickmansucks
    Still wondering why people like to drive 5 hours to an island where beaches are not even nice when it only takes 1 hour to see some of the nicest beaches in the world in the south of Thailand...
    where are you talking about?

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