Note the seasong for visiting Koh Chang
Koh Chang has two basic seasons: monsoon and hot. The monsoon season starts in early June and works its way into October. For the rest of the time, visiting Koh Chang will be blue skies and hot, not that it will not be hot during the monsoon season. If you plan on visiting Koh Chang during the monsoon season GO! Mansoon doesn't mean that it will pour rain all day. For the most part it won't even rain during the day, maybe an hour so so in the afternoon. However, it normally rains at night, and rains hard at night. I was there in July and the begining of August and it was a great trip.
In search of new sights
Jumping on a songtow taxi from the only main road at Whitesand beach going towards the ferry pier.If you're feelin' adventurous, you can get off along the way and check out the way some of the locals live.There's a little fishing village at the next bay with a little temple.You may see durian trees along the way too.This fruit is considered the 'king' of fruits by Thais
Thai cookery by the sea
this is the resturant for western palate hungry eaters. owned by a german, this restaurant serves both local and western dishes, but more focused on the western dishes such as pizzas, pastas, even western cocktails.
the ambiance is an old large hut with low key light bulbs ornamented over the ceilings and bali hand paintings on every direction. bamboo tables and chairs.
lower chairs and triangle pillow seatings are also available on the upper loft.
from the exterior of this restaurant / hotel, the complex is a thai sala adorned with art pieces from the sukothai era with a minor flair of the cambodian touch. (Koh Chang is only hours away to the Cambodian border).
2 stone lions greet the travelers at their gates. as one walks down the narrow alley, gush of sea breeze calls you closer only to find yourself upon an open hall over looking the ocean!
one can choose to dine seated on homemade wooden furnitures by theedge of the waters or in the hall with low dinning tables and traingluar pillows.
i choosed the pillows! i had already envisioned myself after a big good thai meal, i'd sprawl myself on that pillow.....oh yes, like the majesties did back in the days! BAAN NUNA:
I ordered a few dishes: the salami pizza and pasta alforno which was pretty good. i'd say that it is pretty good since I was looking to fulfill my western palate, the italian dishes did the job! (the orders come in western sizes)
But the anecdote to all was the Coconut and Pineapple shake! For 40 Baht (about US$1), that thing will have you craving with intense addiction for more! Try it and you'll realize that Culinary World Magazine coverage isn't global, they missed this spot!
again, several dishes were ordered. most were the regular thai dishes....but 2 dishes that really blew me away, other than just the ambiance and dining steps away from the ocean....was:
Sea Food Garlic over Rice...... ummmmm... forget the bad breath...the aroma of the garlic mixed with fresh squid, shrimp, clams, and chunks of garlic in peppery sauce.
Steamed Cotton Fish with lemon. I instantly fell back into my reclining triangular pillow with a big smile on my face. As i looked up to the ceiling, i could see fish swimming above my head! hahah...
Succently, steamed with garlic, ginger, slices of more garlic, thai herbs....and the fish was soft and tender....served on charcoal steamed iron pan!
The serenity of the lagoon
Our hide-away at Ko Chang has a very special location at a strip of land between the sea at the southside and a lagoon at the north side. The view at the lagoon was stunning. The lagoon was surrounded by palmtrees and mangrove with mountains at the background.
The difference between the moving water of the sea and the tranquility and serenity of the lagoon with its reflections was fascinating.
not only beaches of course :)
This is one of the reasons that will invite you to Koh Chang....
Please don't take corals from here.
...but there are more:
like these beautiful mangrove forests where you can walk through...
... and riding a bike throughout the island
... crazy windy nights upon your roof
... delicious food to try
Didn't go to waterfalls here so I cannot comment that. I spent only 3 nights, did mostly cycling and little bit of swimming. For this there are plenty of beaches.