Category Archives: Koh Chang

Paradise, Koh Wai, Thailand (Febrauary 27, 2007)

I am just back from paradise! last few days we spent in Ko Wai a tropical island 3km long by 1.5 km wide, no roads, electricity on occasion and only 2 resorts we stayed beside ‘paradise resort’ in ‘Coral’ the slightly posher one at 14euro per night for the ensuite room.

Our bungalow a few paces from the pristine golden shore and sparkling clear sea. There is so little on the island you cannot be but relaxed. Your day is broken up by snorkelling in the sea (amazing kaleidoscope of colour and shapes of coral and fish just a few meters from the shore), lounging over lunch, reading in the sun and maybe an afternoon snooze. There are numerous small idyllic beaches here and you can go exploring by trekking a few minutes along the dirt path through the coconut trees or by sea kayak to find your own deserted beach, pure bliss. Ko Wai is probably the most amazing place I have visited so far for pure beach heaven.

An hour boat trip back to the fishing village of Bangbao and we were back on Ko Chang soil again. It was, to say the least, ‘interesting’ to get off the boat; first I climbed from our boat to another boat then as the pier was too high there was no plank across, so I had to climb up 2 giant tyres, that were dangling on a piece of string and helped by 2 boatmen to reach the pier, it was not a glamorous exit, to say the least! Coming from the quiet tiny island this seemed like a bustling New York and took a few moments to readjust before hopping in the back of a pickup to the largest town on the Island ‘White Sands’ where we are now.

The next few days doing our preparations for departure to Cambodia, the joy of getting extra malaria tablets, negotiation dollar rates and getting funny passport photos. But why not do these mundane things from the comfort of ‘White Sands’ where our bungalow is only a few meters away from the golden shoreline which stretches over 3.5km! Lovely listening to the waves at night and watching sundown from the balcony.

Well, will update you again soon before travels to Cambodia bye for now. PS hope the weather isn’t too bad!! its only 30 degrees here ; )

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Boat trippin’ and sea kayaking, Koh Chang, White Sands (February 20, 2007)

The last couple of days have involved some serious drinking and I have to admit it’s hard to keep up! So we have decided on a detox to another tiny tropical island of Ko Wai for some rest and recuperation for the next few days.

Onboard the ‘magic garden’ boat trip, which basically an excuse for a booze cruise. There were 10 crates of beer, cocktails served in enormous buckets, music, warm sea, beaches, sun and 24 thirsty travellers mixing it all together you get one hell of a party, and one hell of a hangover to match!

So yesterday we decided that we would have to take it easy but that never seemed to happen either. We now, of course, know all the locals and are practically part of the furniture at the ‘nature rocks’ bar sipping jungle juice with the Swedes. Anyway, for our last night, some of the staff had a fire show of twirling firesticks on beach really amazing display not sure how they didn’t burn themselves and very glad I didn’t try.

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Still lazing in Koh Chang, Lonely Beach ( FEBRUARY 16, 2007)

Koh Chang, Lonely Beach 2007

So we’re still lazing in the sunshine on Lonely Beach, Ko Chang. Yesterday we rented a Sea Kayak for the day and paddled out across to the tiny island ‘Ko Man Nai’ where there was a small stretch of sand dotted with shells and 1 or 2 other Scandinavians for good measure. The Sweeds being the dominant tourist in Ko Chang. The landscape straight from a Japanese watercolour painting. We explored the warm bath-like shallow waters for shells before paddling across to another long sandy beach for a refreshing drink then back to base for dinner.

Have started to meet a few ‘local’ ex-pat barmen ‘Steve’ the burly barman from OZ , serving up buckets of cocktails, the friendly guy from Hong Kong and the Cheeky Thai skater dudes, who have been plying us with drinks and trying to get us both to go on there boat trip. So after seeing the people staggering back from the boat trip ranting and raving about how great it was, we have decided to take the plunge so tomorrow we head out to a couple of the islands (there are around 50 islands in the area) for snorkelling swimming and I maybe persuaded to have one or two drinks!!

You can feel the Irish have been here before us even the barman from Hong Kong has a few words of Irish – ‘Slainte’, ‘Conas ata tu?’. We were also introduced to ‘Jungle Juice’ which is Thai Vodka (cheaper and nastier than Samsung rum) with leaves of some sort left to marinade overnight before being served in shots to unsuspecting Sweeds.

Then we plan to head out to Ko Wai which is another island to the south of Ko Chang it only has 3 places to stay and electricity only runs for a couple of hours in the evening so that should be interesting! But the postcards perfect blue waters are apparently perfect for snorkelling and swimming so am really looking forward to that.





We were watching the sunset earlier sink into the sea, over dinner and a few beers….what can I say but life is really sweet.

Cheers for now

Landed in Ko Chang Island, Lonely Beach ( FEBRUARY 12, 2007)

Hello/ Sawadee kah!

Well after an early rise a 5-hour minibus ride, 45 min ferry and 30 min ride in a pick up we finally arrived at Lonely Beach, Ko Chang only to find all accommodation was full! So the only option was to stay a luxury resort right on the sea, with a pool that melts into the horizon and gently shaded by coconut palms, oh well it’s a hard life! And it set us back a whole 20 euro including a full breakfast!!

I must say it’s a bit of a struggle getting used to the island life waking up having tasty food served to you. then strolling along a golden sandy beach with the warm waves lapping at your feet, anyway I could continue to torture you all but must resist.

Ko Chang is quite a mountainous island and has jungle interior so great sounds at night. There is only one road looping the circumference of the island and to get around we have been using ‘taxis’ which are really pickups which drive at angles you think are not humanly possible and with an open back to them, it can get a bit hairy at times so it’s wise to hold on tight!! It is quite developed as Thais are taking advantage of the tourist boom but still nothing as bad as some places have been to and the island is big enough to find a quiet or more chilled spot. Lonely Beach where we have based ourselves is a commercialized hippy village with some really funky bars and cafés. The Treehouse is the main spot which is built on wooden stilts right next to the rocky shoreline, you sit on low chairs and cushions while sipping the local ‘Singha’ beer and eating your favourite dish from home (whether it is a lasagna or toasted cheese they will cater to your craving ) and watching the sun go down.

Last night we ate at a wonderful Italian restaurant in white sands beach but it was right next to a bar full of Thai ‘girls’ calling after every boy who passed, I think Alex quite enjoyed the experience. The waiters all dressed in white suits and black bow tie and looking after your every need, an ice-cold flannel on arrival etc. We had a mouth-watering pasta with a creamy mushroom sauce washed down with a nice red and finished off with an Illy Cappuccino! Sometimes it is difficult to realize you’re in Thailand.

I was eaten alive by mosquitos as usual ( Alex has not been bitten once!!) I now look like a leper with all the red spots on my legs so I have found a new religion it is called “mosquit” and I now worship repellent and all things that stop mosquitoes biting me and the mozzie net is my temple!

We will be based here for a couple of weeks exploring the island and will be in touch with the next update soon. Hoping to do a bit of sea kayaking and maybe elephant trekking or perhaps sailing around the islands we’ll see. That’s all for now folks!

Originally posted on -our first travel blog on Feb 12th 2007