This place has over 50 bungalows lined up in the first and farest spot on the North West of the White Sand Beach. Its secluded from the rest of the guesthouses and hotels. The bungalows are either fanned or air-conditoned with a hundred or two different (THB). I would say that a fanned one is good enough. There is no hot water but you would not need it anyway.
Since its secluded from the hangout spots and other guesthouses, you will get more serene and the great view to yourself. Not many people around so its pretty nice and quiet.
Check out the picture, its taken in the area of this bungalow.
One bad thing is that its far from all other restaurants and bars. And when you want to go to those places, then you have to walk almost a mile...
In 1987 we chartered a boat at the harbour in Trat to go to the south coast of Ko Chang near the fishing village Ao Bang Bao. After a boatride of more than one hour we reached a white beach edged by palmtrees. Under the palmtrees were 7 newly built huts on stilts, situated at a small strip of land between the bay and lagoon.
I suppose we were the first guests. Not all the facilities were ready yet. They were still building the toilet-unit and the open-air restaurant. In front of our hut we had a huge pot filled with fresh water for bathing. We brought our own food and kitchen-utensiles.
I wonder if the huts are still there. I suppose that the surrounding must have changed dramatically after 'the Grand Lagoon' resort is built.
It was paradise..... From our hut we could walk to the beach in a few steps. The view at the bay was wonderful. Especially the time of sunrise was like magic with the changing of the light.
This place is perfect for backpackers or single travellers. Very cool place for people to chill out. Right next to lonely beach. About 200 bhat per night bungalow, public bathroom, no hot water. The resturant there is very good and the owner is very friendly.
Aiyapura R&S is the newest and most luxurious accommodation available on Koh Chang.
The decor is post colonial design with nautural teak and wooden furnitures and plushed with thai silk bed covers.
The hotel offers 7 different room types for best picks try = mountain top villa (#201 best view) and suite (#408 waterfront).
The hotel is more than generous in is space of all room types, however would sugest staying in deluxe rooms and above.
The toilet is usually almost half the size of the bedroom! This is something i admire in hotels for the space and the amenities in the toilet. Not that anyone spends alot of time there, but as a hotel inspector, i tend to find that bathroom is the second place for relaxation and having excellent marbled tiles, open air showers, large tubs for bath is an plus for a star.
The Spa .... i won't tell you about it... your experience is ultimatley yours.
The down side of the hotel, though it does not affect my visit too much is the beach quality. The beach is a little rocky along the shores and is muddy around the shallow areas of the waters.
But....life can't be forever perfect right? That's why other coastal beach towns offer the nice beach for you to quest.
At Koh Chang we spent our days in a very basic, simple cottage. The place is called Jungle Huts, and it is just after Lonely Beach. If you get dropped off there it will be walkable.
This place has no luxery at all, so don't go there if you need anything more than a matras, mosquito-net and blanket in your hut. I was there in October [high season didn't start yet] and there was nobody but me and my partner. It was so relaxing!
When we walked up to the road we had our breakfast place right there along the street and on the opposite of the street we ate our dinner on evenings on which we didn't barbecue.
I don't know what the owners are like, since they had their parents (a lovely old couple) still look after the place. But that couple was very sweet, and they let us borrow a canoe to get around on the water each day. The place does not have a sand beach. You'll have to walk a little bit to get to the Lonely Beach for that, but I think that was the charm, because that makes it such a nice and quiet place to stay.
Shambala Resort on Koh Kood gives you the choices: either live with the nature in a bungalow with a fan or upgrade to a mosquito proof aircon room. Prices from 1100 BATH to 3550 BATH. The resort also has rooms for up to eight people at 6900 BATH. All prices including breakfast.
Like most resorts on Koh Kood you can buy a package (three days/two night all inclusive), but if these packages are mostly for those who need to know how much they have to pay. We did the package independently and ended up paying 1500 BATH less (maybe because we dropped out of the snorkling trip). Anyway my point is that don't get blinded by these packages. It gives you more freedom to have your own timetable and programme, and the cost will be about the same in the end. You can still get massage (ordered from the nearby hospital) or go to the waterfalls.
Shambala has no beach, but you can lend a canon and take a few strokes across the canal, where crystal clearn water and paradise is waiting. There is nothing much to do on Koh Kood, so bring some books!
The resort can arrange snorkling trips and transportation to/from mainland. We also booked a taxi through the resort directly to the border of Cambodia.
Familyfriendly and great kitchen.
There are two speedboats leaving to/from the resort every day. I can't remember the times TO the island, but boats leave for Trat/mainland at 9am and 1pm. It's best and most convenient to deal directly with the resort. The price is 550 BATH one way. Less than with travel agents.
Like most resorts on Koh Kood also this one shuts down in low season. Best time to travel is November till April.
Beautifully situated resort on Koh Kood. Prices vary from 1200 BATH to 1800 BATH depending on the season. This price is exclusive of breakfast.
Nice bungalows. Try to get one close to the small beach/waterfront.
You have a bay where you can snorkle (not too much to see though) or go for some canooing. It's called resort and spa, but there is no spa except for massage, which is provided by the local hospital.
There are two other resorts in the bay and a third under construction.
The speedboat connects to and from the mainland once a day. It leaves Laem Sok pier (mainland/Trat) at 1pm and it returns from Koh Kood to Laem Sok at 10am every day. Sometimes there a groups coming over at other times, so check directly with the resort. We got a speedboat directly from Koh Chang, but I'm not sure if this is a scheduled one. The resort arranged it.
There is not much to do on Koh Kood except for massage, snorkling trip, waterfalls, visiting local fisherman's village and reading books. Great for some days to relax!
Like most resorts on Koh Kood also this one shuts down in low season. Best time to travel is November till April.
'Life is just waiting' were the words of the lady who runs Blue Lagoon.We arrived very early ,so we had to wait until someone checked out.
Our hut was a simple wooden hut with an open air bathroom and a cool balcony facing a lagoon behind a beach.It was kind of like a 'mini' Thai style house, very natural and open.Also the green mosquito netting over the bed added to the exotic touch.
The atmosphere here is very relax and friendly.Good Thai food and cold beers at the restaurant.They also have private cooking classes.
Khlong Prao beach is pretty but extreamly rocky at low tide,so it wasn't so good for swimming.However you can book a boat tour that takes you to three Islands for 450 baht per person,lunch included.Which is good value.
Very natural peaceful environment .It's close to the beach with a lagoon.The huts are clean and the staff are friendly
Ko Chang is very touristy, so we were thrilled with the quiet, beach front. laid back Mangrove Resort.
The attractive huts are very natural opening on 4 sides to the breezes and high on stilts to get the lovely beach and jungle view. The en-suite bathroom was very artistic. The food was good, the kitchens commercial quality and they gave you what you asked for. It was very easy to get a song thiew taxi to anywhere on the island, by standing on the main road, so the quiet location of the resort was not a problem at all.
It was really more like being in someones home than a hotel. A bit ramshackle, but very clean.
Lovely beach, good walks. Fun owner who speaks English.
The further you walk along the beach the cheaper huts are gonna be and also more basic. the 1 i show was 200 baht a night for a nice but basic hut with basic bathroom fan on the wall and bed with mosquito net. Not direct on the beach but real close. Free dogs!
We stayed in one of their hillside bungalows...they have a very nice hotel part, we didnt come all the way to Koh Chang to stay in Typical hotel! And they had some older beach huts, they looked better than most I saw, very Basic....But the Hillside Bungalows...WOW! The view is to die for....ask for a bungalow 11 and above, 16-18 being the best views. The bungalows are very basic, but they do have air-con and an en-suite bathroom, cold water only which is fine, you will only want the hot water in the early morning if you get up to shower! We had a big huge deck, and I bought a hammock on the beach for $6 and strung it up and never wanted to leave! our bungalow was 800 baht, about $23 . It is a small hike to get to the bungalows, but not a big deal. The restaurant was fine, nothing exciting, but we walked down to our favorite restaurant , Nature Rocks and had great meals there.
The staff is very nice and helpful too. Highly recommend! Cant wait to go back!!
The views from the bungalow are amazing!!
If you are a no-nonsense person and just want to be out in the wild or in the sea for as long as the day last, and to come back, shower and sleep - this is the place for you. It isn't that fantastic but it meets your most basic needs for having a roof over your head (not the worst i have seen though).
The friendly owner welcomes you and her children are always happy to play with you.
Being it low season when i came, it costs only 350Baht per night. What more can you ask for? WHat's more, 7-eleven is just across the street :)
But be forewarned that prices will hike up during high season. (November - Feb)
Pretty decent bungalows that can accomodate up to two persons. There's hot shower, mirror, and a proper toilet. One exception is that there are quite large holes (for ventilation) and you wouldn't know if people from outside are peeping in. The owner claims no ones lives or passes that stretch behind but still, it pays to be alert.
There is a mosquito net to prevent you from any wierd insects disturbing your slumber.
Of course, you have to bring your own toiletries etc.
Outisde you can hang your towels or clothes to dry (no pegs given but you may ask from the friendly owner).
Internet connection is provided and located in the living room with aircon.
The owner (name's Dave) comes from London and settled here with his Thai girlfriend and sets ups rooms facing the sea. I thought I had the best of everything for the same price which i stayed at Arunee (350 Baht) BUT i was wrong! There was no hot shower despite having a western toilet! Nevertheless the friendliness of the staff aroud and the wonderful view with sounds of waves gently slapping the sand compromised everything i had lost.
Even the room was quite prettily decorated. ANd there is a balcony which you can enjoy the sunset.
Warning (it's high tide in the morning, so be prepared to get wet at knee level when heading for breakfast.
Likewise, price hikes up during high season. Be prepared to book in advance if you are coming during the high season. OTherwise youc an simply walk in and definitely guaranteed a place to stay for the night.
Grand Koh Chang - if thats what its called - is an amazing place to stay. you basically stay in huts on the beach - but with a bit of electricity and overlooking the sea. There are rooms with toilets and airconditioning - and thats great too - but I love the feeling of practically sleeping on the beach. I loved it - and i generally really crave private bathrooms... but I guess im used to this from the sinai and was looking for a somewhat similar experience. (which it isnt really...)
they built a pool while we were there so they must have one by now. Stunning view. Great location - convenient to everything in town but you are on the beach.
On our last visit to Koh Chang we took a motorbikeride to the 'other' side of the island, where it is more quiet and where you can find some more secluded resorts. Most of them looked upscale, but we found one budget resort, it was just build recently and it is owned by a very young couple. The man's name is Joe, he and his wife do everything themselves, including the cooking.
I took lots of pictures of the place, so if you would like more information with pictures send me a mail, and I will forward them to you.
The beach is almost like a private beach with a view on some of the other islands around. The place has hammocks and a swing tied on the coconuttrees to relax in, and to watch the sunset.
The price is budget, only 150 baht per bungalow, and less in low season.
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