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1. Posted by laspinall6 (Budding Member, 25 posts) 6 Oct '05 12:08

hi
can anybody tell me what ko chang is like,has it got beach huts were i can stay and how is it to get there from bangkok.
cheers

2. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive, 1052 posts) 6 Oct '05 14:30

bus from the ekamai bus terminal in Bangkok to Trat and than local to Laem Ngop than ferry.

or tourist bus directly to laem ngop from khaosan rd

3. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru, 1026 posts) 7 Oct '05 04:59

Koh Chang is a beautiful island. I went 3 years ago and it had nothing but beach bungalows that you could stay in. I have read and heard that since then the developers have got stuck into the place and there are quite a few high priced resorts that have sprung up. I think Lonely beach is where most cheap accommodation is, though you should find the odd bargain on White Sands beach. Might be worth checking what time the last boat leaves. It was 2.30pm 3 years ago, which meant an early departure from Bangkok. Otherwise, you might get stuck in Trat for the night and there is absolutely nothing to do there.

4. Posted by toothache (Full Member, 82 posts) 7 Oct '05 07:12

.... from koh chang.. don't forget to island hopppp!!!

Ko Kham
Ko Wai
Ko Mak
Ko Kud

the smaller islands are sooo beautifullll! don't miss it!

5. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru, 3537 posts) 8 Oct '05 09:50

I did a quick check on Ko Chang and found several places to stay under $15/night. Many were at Klong Prao Beach and a few at Kai Bae Beach. Pull up Koh Chang and look at the map for where you may want to stay. I also encourage you to allow some time for the small islands off shore. Good luck.

6. Posted by redbadger (Budding Member, 4 posts) 31 Oct '05 12:57

Koh Chang is the most amazingly beautiful island, even by Thailand standards! Stay in lonely beach if you can - theres plenty of bungalows starting at around 250 baht or if you have the cash stay at the Burijama? beach hotel which is amazing - I stayed there for one night after beng in the bugalows - its dear but worth it and has a good restaurant - I reccomend the red snapper! Hire motorbikes (although make sure you get twist and go ones rather than geared cos the hills are steep and you can stall the geared ones if you're not experienced on them) and explore the island - theres a few waterfalls and fantastic beaches.

Enjoy!:)

7. Posted by rbyslipahs (Respected Member, 349 posts) 31 Oct '05 23:21

The absolute best place to look for info on Koh Chang without any of the misinformation on most tourist sites is without a doubt a site run by an Australian expat living on Klong Prao Beach. With his help, I had the most amazing honeymoon for a great bargain. His name is Ian, and he's very funny to boot!

Ditto on the island hopping! Koh Kood is amazingly beautiful! And quiet!

If you message me, I'd be glad to send you a link to some photos we took.

Parts of Koh Chang are starting to resemble some of the beaches on the Andaman, but hopefully, it won't be over touristed or over built, although it's getting there...

Still wonderful! And you can find places to stay for any price range. Glad to show you where I got my best deals.

8. Posted by sanquar (Full Member, 63 posts) 5 Nov '05 04:21

Bangkok airlines now fly from BKK to trat for about 2000 baht + ta return. saves a 5 hour minibus ride.

There are two ferries I know of from trat to Koh Chang... I think they now run till 30 min before sunset.(check this)

Don't forget to check out the est side of the island, there is a new road in the south east that has opened up some new beaches and a waterfall...

In low season I just caught a jeep to the first town (white sands) from the ferry, hired a groovy scooter and looked for bungalows...

If board you can try count how many 7-11s there are on the island...
(there's many more than I have fingers and toes ;))

Enjoy.

9. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru, 1696 posts) 5 Nov '05 04:38

Lonely Beach is very friendly, easy to meet people relaxed etc. I loved it. Depending on your budget you can stay in places from 100baht to 2500baht and up.

The cheapest are basic bamboo huts shared (squat) toilet and bucket showers but clean enough. Theres such places just past the beach up a track but its near enough. One called treehouse had lovley atmosphere all cushions on the floor, chilled music if you like that kind of thing.

From Bangkok a VIP tourist bus from Khao San Road including ferry cost only about 350baht but it took all day. Left at 8.30am, they told us we'd get there around 4pm but it was more like 8pm. However, bus back was a different company and quicker.

I didn't want to leave Ko Chang, I hadn't expected much but it had a good feel to it. Oh, and hiring Kayaks is fun and cheap.