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Koh Chang Hotel Guide

Resorts, Hotels, Guesthouses, Bungalows and Huts on Koh Chang

Koh Chang – เกาะช้าง – is the largest island in the Koh Chang Marine Park archipelago which comprises 52 islands. Koh Chang was named for the elephant shape of its headland, although elephants are not indigenous to the island. Best visited outside of the monsoon season — which runs from about June to September — the sea is warm and clear, the beaches for the most part white and sandy and the interior is filled with National Park protected forest and craggy, picturesque mountains.

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Most of the beaches are on the western coast, and each has built up with a distinctive atmosphere based on shopping, activities, partying or chilling out. Accommodation offers a style to suit every type of traveller, from independent low budget backpackers to those wanting a touch of luxury. There are plenty of activities to be organised from almost anywhere on the island: snorkelling and diving trips to nearby coral reefs, jungle treks and elephant rides, not to mention various beach sports.

With it’s long stretches of sandy beaches and bay, Koh Chang’s west coast has become the focus of the development boom, and that’s where most foreign travellers stay on the island. Beaches such as Haad Sai Khao ( White Sands Beach ), Klong Prao and Kai Bae have developed more in the past few years than most of Thailand has in the last few decades. If you want to party, swim, dive or do practically anything else you’ll find somewhere that’s perfect for you.

There are three different and definitive vibes from each of the three main west coast areas; White Sand beach, Kai Bae beach, Klong Prao and Lonely beach / Bailan. White Sands is more modern than the others, reminiscent of Kuta in Bali, or indeed its aspired cousin, Phuket. The Kai Bae and Klong Prao strip is gorgeous on the eye with its quaint village appearance, plenty of quirky shops and bars — certainly more of a tropical island vibe. Lonely Beach and Bailan Bay continue on the topical island theme, but are far more traveller orientated; less souvenir shops, more bars playing Bob Marley. No Italian restaurants, but an abundance of affordable Thai fare. Ultimately it’s a backpackers heaven.

The east coast is home to major Thai villages but few beaches and so attracts far fewer foreign travellers. This side of the island is popular with Thais from cities such as BangKohk and Chiang Mai, who might never have seen the ocean before and want to join in traditional Thai seaside life.

Sea Eagles, monkeys, epic views and jungle noises are all around, and if you’re lucky you may spot the majestic Great Hornbill, resident of Koh Chang but rarely seen. Koh Chang is somewhere you can let your hair down a little, where perhaps those who hit the road in years gone by can capture the spirit of this wonder that we call travelling, yet enjoy the facilities that they yearn in today’s society… namely air-con, hot water and a comfortable bed, and all found in abundance in White Sand, Klong Prao and Kai Bae Beaches. At the same time, the old scene still exists at places like Lonely Beach, a reminder of what got the ball rolling in the first place.

A word of warning, the roads on Koh Chang are treacherous. The steep gradient of the hills can be very dangerous, particularly during the rain, and every year there are fatal accidents; during our research through mid 2008, three people died in road accidents in one week — serious statistics. If you’re not an accomplished and experienced driver then this is not the island to start to learn.

Cars and minibuses travel at breakneck speeds around the island and coupled with the hundreds of motorbikes whizzing about it becomes quite hazardous. Particularly bad stretches of road lead from the ferries to White Sand Beach, between Kai Bae and Lonely Beach, and the stretch from Bailan Bay to Bang Bao. With numerous hairpin turns up high on the cliff there is no room for mistakes. Taxis are a far better and safer option for getting about for the inexperienced. Also worth bearing in mind is that the clinic charges a 4,000B fee just to walk through the door for accident victims, even if all you need is a light bandage and some antiseptic.

Through the last decade, a wave of travellers, both international and domestic has washed over Koh Chang in ever increasing numbers, and its popularity will only continue to grow towards its government driven target of becoming the ‘next Phuket’.

That said, Koh Chang has much more of a tropical island feel than its larger cousin Phuket. Phuket Island is a province in itself, with an intricate network of villages and roadways — Koh Chang didn’t even have a main road twenty years ago!

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Hotel Listing by beach

 

Kai Bae Beach

 Klong Phrao Beach

 White Sand Beach

01. Sea View Resort 

& Laem Chaichet

01. Koh Chang Lagoon Resort 
02. Koh Chang Cliff Beach Resort  01. Aana Resort & Spa  02. Koh Chang Kacha Resort & Spa 
03. The Chill Resort & Spa  02. Santhiya Tree Resort 03. Siam Royal View
04. Gajapuri Resort & Spa   03. Koh Chang Thai Garden Hill Resort 04. Mac Resort 
05. Coral Resort   04. Koh Chang Grand Cabana Resort 05. Paddy Palms Resort 
06. Sea Breeze Bungalows 05. Coconut Beach Resort  06. Chang Buri Resort 
07. Chang Park Resort  06. Noren Resort  07. Buffalo Bill 
08. Kai Bae Grand Ville 07. VJ Residence Resort  08. Alina Resort 
09. KB Resort  08. Iyara Resort & Spa  09. Top Resort 
10. Nang Nuan Resort Koh Chang 09. Magic Resort   10. KC Grande Resort 
11. Kai Bae Garden Resort  10. Klong Prao Resort  11. Cookies Hotel 
12. Kai Bae Hut Resort  11. Barali Beach Resort 12. Banthai Resort 
13. Kai Bae Beach Resort  12. Koh Chang Resort & Spa  13. Plaloma Cliff Resort 
14. Mai Pen Rai Guesthouse 13. Krong Tara Bungalows  14. The Isleep Resort 
15. Laluna Guesthouse Koh Chang 14. VJ Koh Chang Hotel & Health Spa 15. Saikhao Inn 
16. Porn’s Bungalows  15. Koh Chang Chaichet Resort 16. Koh Chang Budget Room
17. Mam Kai Bae Resort  16. Kerdmanee Resort  17. Koh Chang Lagoon Resort
18. Casa Marina Koh Chang 17. Remark Cottage Resort 18. Pattama’s Resort 
19. Garden Resort  19. Baan Rim Nam Guesthouse 19. Keeree Ele’ Hotel 
20. La Villa Koh Chang 20. The Dewa Resort 20. White Sand Beach Resort
21. Baan Bo Koh Chang 21. Koh Chang Tropicana Resort  21. Grand View Resort
22. Siam Cottage  22. 3 Seasons Bungalows  22. Giant Bungalows 
23. Mandalay Lodge Hotel  23. Chokdee Resort  23. Haad Ngern Resort 
24. Paradise Bungalows  24. Boutique Resort  24. Chang Cliff Resort 
25. The Stage  25. Baan Lanthai Resort  25. Thor’s Palace 

Bailan Beach & Bay

26. Blue Lagoon Bungalows  26. Sea Sun Bungalows 
01. Dusit Royal Resort  27. KP Bungalows  27. Island Lodge 
02. New Whitehouse  28. Tiger Hut  28. Phupha Resort 
03. Green Cottage Resort  29. Talay Bungalows  29. Sabay Bar 
04. Orchid Resort  30. Sofia Garden Resort  30. Bamboo Bungalows 
05. Bailan Beach Resort  31. Saigars  Bungalows 31. Logan’s Place 
06. Bailan Bay Resort  32. Koh Chang Luxury Guest House 32. Rock Sand Resort 
07. The Mangrove Resort  33. Keereeta Lagoon  33. Paradise Palms 
08. Bailan Family Hut 34. The Royal Coconut Beach Resort 34. Sirin Guesthouse 
09. Gecko Garden  35. Ramayana Koh Chang Resort  35. Baan San Sabay 
10. Bailan Hut  36. Koh Chang Paradise Resort  36. Anuchaba Resort 
11. Jungle Hut Resort  37. Emerald Cove Resort 37. Apple Bungalows 
12. Wanalee Resort 

Ao Salakphet Bay

38. Star Beach 
13. Jungle Garden Resort  01. Koh Chang Marina Resort 39. 15 Palms Beach Resort
14. Baansanook Bungalow  02. Island View Resort  40. Para Resort 
15. Joy Cottage Bar & Restaurant 03. Regent’s Resort  41. Arunee Resort 
16. Vanalee Resort  04. Eco Resort Koh Chang 42. Maylamean Bungalows
17. Happy Turtle Bungalows 05. My House Stay  43. Chang Bar 
18. Kwaimaipar Orchid Resort  06. Witheethai Stay  44. Baan NuNa 
19. Mercure Koh Chang Hideaway  07. Baan Lookchang Resort  45. Sairung Bungalows 

 Klong Son Bay

08. Mam Baan Chaitalay  46. Yakah Bungalows 
01. Koh Chang Grand Orchid Resort  09. Koh Chang Salakphet Resort  47. Independent Bo 
02. Koh Chang Riverside Resort  10. Natural Homestay  48. The Fisherman Hill 
03. Premvadee Resort  11. Porn Pol Homestay Koh Chang 49. Sang Arun Bungalows 
04. Jungle Way  12. Salakphet Guesthouse  50. Banana Hut
05. Thamma Sukjai Resort  13. Sang Arun Guesthouse  51. Jinda Resort 
06. Aiyapura Resort & Spa  14. Takkatan Homestay  52. Koh Chang Ploy Talay
07. Baan Mayuree Resort  15. Wajee Homestay  53. BanPu Resort 
08. Image Home  16. Lung Top Homestay  54. Tranquility Bay Residence 
09. Five Star Resort  17. Sawang Homestay  55. Keereeta Resort 
10. Banphu Resort  18. Chiva House & Chiva Kacha 56. Aunluk Koh Chang Resort

Pearl Beach

19. Naphalai Homestay  57. Tantawan Bungalows 
01. Koh Chang Privilege Resort 20. Pahtaew Homestay  58. SSP Bungalows 
02. Penny’s Bungalows  21. Sommai Salakphet Homestay 59. Pump’s House 
03. Koh Chang Resortel Book Online 22. Jane-anan Homestay Koh Chang 60. First Beach Resort 
04. Jane Chalet Resort  23. Sombat Khongple Homestay 61. Baan Saikao Plaza Hotel 
05. Siam Bay Resort 

 Ao Bangbao Beach

Baan Jekbae

06. Saffron On The Sea  01. Nisa Cabana  01. Judo Resort
07. Northern Light Koh Chang 02. Buddha View Resort  02. Baanmae Resort 
08. Enjoy Resort Koh Chang 03. Koh Chang Hill Resort 03. Koh Chang Karang Resort
09. Buddy House Koh Chang 04. Bang Bao Fishing Village Koh Chang 04. Suan Ngachang Koh Chang
10. Peace Hut Koh Chang 05. Ocean Blue  05. Rommai Chailay 
11. Island Koh Chang Villas 06. Bang Bao Cliff Hill Koh Chang 06. Klong Good Resort 
12. Baan Ton Rak Resort  07. Homestay Bungalows  07. Long Beach Bungalows 

 Dankao – Danmai –

08. Nirvana Resort

Lonely Beach

 Klongnonsri – Saidaeng

09. Bang Bao Sea Hut  01. Pool Villas Koh Chang
01. Amber Sands Beach  10. Remark Puzi Hut  02. Siam Beach Resort
02. Sunset Beach Resort  11. Hippy Hut  03. Bhumiyama Koh Chang Resort Book Online
03. Serenity Resort 12. Bang Bao Blue Wave  04. Kachapura Resort & Spa 
05. Chanarkarn Resort  13. Paradise Bang Bao  05. P & Nico Budget 
06. Lung Chalerm  14. Bang Bao Cliff Cottage  06. The Sunflower 
07. Graceville Resort  15. Koh Chang Sea Hut Resort  07. Nature Beach Resort 
09. Baanmai Rimfangnaam  16. Why Not Guesthouse 08. Magic Garden Resort 
10. Suansamchan Resort  17. The Blue Cafe  09. Oasis Bungalows 

Koh Laoya Island

18. Khao Nok Homestay  10. Paradise Cottage 
01. Laoya Paradise Island Resort 19. Elephant Garden Resort  11. Sunset Hut 
02. Koh Laoya Resort 20. D Jambe House Koh Chang 12. Lemon Resort Koh Chang

Other

21. Cliff Cottage  13. Siam Hut Bungalows 
01. Koh Chang Tara Resort 22. Chivapuri Beach Resort  14. Tree House Lodge 
02. Kooncharaburi Resort  23. Baan Preeda Bungalows 

Koh Wai Island

03. Chao Koh Homestay  24. Koh Chang Grand Lagoona Resort  01. Koh Wai Pakarang Resort Book Online
04. Tropical Beach Resort  25. Aunchaleena Beachfront Resort  02. Koh Wai (Island) Beach Resort
05. The Spa Koh Chang  26. Resolution Resort  03. Koh Wai Paradise Resort

Ao Sapporot Bay

04. Grand Ma Hut Resort
01. Baan Fah Sai 
02. Baan Rak Bungalow