Koh Chang is located in the Eastern portion of the Gulf of Thailand about four hours from Pattaya (which includes a boat ride from Trat). Koh Chang is in the process of being developed into an island that can accommodate many more vacationers than it has in the past. For a couple of years in a row it seems like the amount of resorts and shops has doubled annually. I love the island and I think it has a lot going for itself.
The water is gorgeous and unique. I can’t say it’s as beautiful as say Koh Lanta or Phi Phi; it’s not. But its close enough to Bankok and Pattaya, and it’s certainly the most beautiful place you’ll find that is not in the Southern leg of Thailand.
Koh Chang has cheap bungalows and some cheap hotels, but there are expensive resorts that have popped up as well that charge 8,000 baht per night. You can do well in the 1,000 to 1,500-baht-per-night range if you look, but you probably won’t have any English channels on your TV, so load up your laptop with some movies. You can find some bungalows pretty much for half of that on the beach, but they won’t have AC or TV.
It’s a big island and there are many towns along the tourist side of the island. From the ferry station, you’ll be on the northern tip and you’ll soon get to “White Sand Beach”, which is a little pricey but has great restaurants and a good night life with some live music and a section of lady bars called, “Little Pattaya.” My recommendation is to take a lady with you to any island, but you can actually get away with coming to Koh Chang alone. Heading south you’ll find a lot of great towns that get more and more beautiful, private, and expensive for transportation.
Koh Chang has great snorkelling, diving, hiking, and boating activities. Compared to other islands, the prices are cheap, but it’s still an island, so the average meal will cost more than in Pattaya. Koh Chang is ideal for a long weekend if you’re bringing a girl you’re crazy about. I’d also go alone for two nights if I really wanted to relax; I’d be able to find company without a problem, but also without a terrific selection.
Consider bringing a perfect 10 with you! Check out bangkokescort.com for a selection of beautiful Thai girls willing to go with you on your island getaway. They’ll even meet you at the airport in Bangkok and stay with you for as long as you’d like (and are willing to pay)! Yes Chiang Mai has a few bars with ladies to choose from but I promise you that not a single one will look anything close to the ladies that are available on the website link just above. Accompanied by a beautiful woman, keep heading further from the pier and way past white Sand Beach to find beaches and hotels that are just about empty.