I'm going to Koh Chang for 3 nights in January and need accomodation advice. Either recommended places, areas, beaches; or if you can suggest how to choose a nice place to stay? What to avoid? If you've been to Koh Chang recently and have a specific hostel/hotel to suggest, please do.
Good Luck... I have never been to CHANG but I hope to read about your adventures there. I will be in Thailand from 10 Jan - Feb 7..... Let me know If you have any adventures... look forward to hearing from you !!
Best place to help you find what you really want is a site run by a guy who lives on Koh Chang, and it's a scream to read: www.iamkohchang.com . I go there regularly just to get a few chuckles. He has some great "reviews" of local bungalows, resorts, hotels, etc., and it's all arranged by beach.
White Sands Beach is a good time for a party type crowd, although if you want a more relaxed, quiet, but still with a hint of fun, I like Klong Prao.
The Tree House is the legendary classic! It's probably one of the longest running places, too, although they recently relocated into newer facilities (see above website for all the charming details). If you're looking for a nicer place, we stayed at the Koh Chang Tropicana, which was just to die for!
He also has a couple of links to some reservation agencies that were really helpful and actually had incredible deals on some of the hotels. We would not have been able to afford the Tropicana without it.
Depending on how long you are there, maybe take a few days to check out Koh Kood or Koh Mak. We stayed at Aow-Noi Resort on Koh Kood, which has the entire beach all to themselves. They do an outstanding job there.
Let me know if you want/need more help.
Been to Koh Chang recently in December. Depending on what you are looking for, if you are interested in the beach, i think White Sand Beach is a total waste of time. You see alot of middle aged male tourists towing young thai girls in hand which i find to be totally disgusting.
A better beach would be Lonely Beach, nicer white sand and clearer water. It's not too bad at night, there are a couple of places with chill out music for you to sit around, have a drink and chat with your friends.
Younger backpacking crowd at Lonely Beach but not too rowdy.