Do you head East or West on this gorgeous Thai island?
Ko Chang is often referred to as one of Thailand’s least touristy islands. You mustn’t believe any of it of course. It may not see the masses that the islands further south do, but the whole western coast of the island is resortmania. Some places are low key and in touch with the elements, others a display of the type of tourism that hits a place with colonial supremacy.
Below are two examples of the low key places found at the northern part of White Sand beach:
The East coast of Ko Chang on the other hand, still remains relatively unspoilt. In the far South East of the island you’ll find yourself immersed in paradisical surroundings. Yes. I used the Paradise comparison. The one you’re only allowed to use when all the elements fall in to place.
At the East side of the island we stayed at the idyllic Island View Resort, which is a haven for people who like an active holiday. Friendly owner Dieter will arrange sailing trips in the virtually untouched archipelago south of Ko Chang. He will also lend you his motor boat for a small fee (approx 500 Bahts per day = £ 10). Pottering about in the boat for half an hour takes you here:
After a few hours here, we got a sudden craving for Bounty! It was as if the coconuts were whispering to us...
You have to be pretty messed up not to enjoy the spectacular setting of this beach… We fell in love with the place, and except from a handful of tourists arriving by moped, we had it all to ourselves!
Don't know the name of this beach, but Dieter at Island View Resort will point you in the right direction.
Other things to do on the Eastern side of the island is to discover the mangrove forest, the fishing villages which are still authentic places where people live off the sea, the waterfalls and of course – the beaches! It has to be said that Island View Resort doesn’t have its own beach, nor is it located within walking distance to one. This was a downfall for us, as it would’ve been great to have a beach where the kids could play around without having to go by boat or moped. However, they DO have a very nice infinity pool, and the kids ended up loving the boat rides to the beaches. Where exactly is Island View Resort?
Another BIG bonus at Island View Resort is its restaurant. Philip from Austria is on the ball, and tuned in to what people like to eat. Nothing throws him off balance – not even our little ones, who by now had had enough of strange vegetables (as they called it) and Asian noodle soup. They fancied plain ol’burgers, chips and the stuff they’re used to from home, and that’s what they got. We enjoyed their famous fried sea bass with cashews in the sweetest, most delicious mango sauce.
Why didn’t we photograph this place? Browsing through our holiday images, I realise that we don’t have a single picture from Island View Resort. Not of our apartment, which was one of the nicest places we stayed in the whole of Thailand. Not of the wonderful food. Not of the pier leading out into the sea upon which the restaurant sits nicely. Not of the pool. What were we thinking?
I can only put it down to the fact that we were so busy with our adventures by boat that bringing out the camera when we could finally sit down and chill with a Chang (local beer) simply didn’t appeal. Even photographers need a holiday every now and again. In return we do have photos of our excursions:
Going to Thailand yourself? Chances are you’ll be stopping by Bangkok.
Find out why the city of sin didn’t do it for us here.