So last week to escape the chaos of Songkran in Bangkok we escaped for a few days to the beautiful island of Koh Chang. If you missed the weekend post on how to get there you can read it here. We stayed at the Chai Chet Resort on the west of the island, on Chai Chet beach just north of Klong Prao beach.
Our hotel was on a peninsula covered in jungle and we stayed in a standard hillside room. The rooms are clean and tidy, the bathrooms could do with some updating but for £35 a night it was great. I’ll be honest we did panic slightly when we arrived on the Monday having sold my parents 5 days in paradise; the resort was chaotic, filled with Thai children on holiday, swimming in the pool in all their clothes, not to mention the drive to the hotel where our mini van passed all the revellers partying in the streets spraying any passerby with water! The beach was still quiet however and come midday on Wednesday we practically had the place to ourselves as Songkran came to an end.
An inlet ran through the resort allowing a fascinating insight into the workings of the fishermen. A stroll down the beach when we arrived on Monday, appreciating the slightly cooler temperatures than in Bangkok….still in the 30’s!
That evening we headed down the beach to Paradise restaurant at Koh Chang Paradise Resort. I was delighted to see they did BBQ so I enjoyed a chicken kebab, baked potato and corn on the cob!
The next day we walked the length of our beach and waded/canoed across to the next beach. We swam in the sea which was as warm as a bath, drank the most delicious banana milkshakes and enjoyed the glorious weather!
Unfortunately the canoe had gone so wading was the only way back!
I couldn’t resist BBQ again but branched out into some delicious huge tiger prawns!
Wednesday was designated ‘relaxing’ day (…not that the day before had been stressful!) so we sat on the beach with our books and kindles in the morning then went wild and headed for the pool in the afternoon!
We ate down on the beach again, enjoying a delicious Pad Thai Gai and taking in the customary Thai island beach entertainment, a fire show. So that was our first few days on Koh Chang, tomorrow I’ll fill you in on our last day on the island!