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Published: April 26th 2014
A 3 days trip worth 2 keep memories of
Befor sharing my experience, let’s just discuss a little tips on a trip : Points to remember :
1.When you go for a trip, leave all your worries behind and just think of great fun that is awaiting you.
2.If you don’t belong to any Tatas or Ambanis, the most important thing to decide over before starting your beautiful trip is to decide onto its budget( which should be made keeping a broad mind 😉 ), be it a small or some extravagant trip. I bet, at the end of the journey this always helps you in keeping good memories.
3. Google a hell about the place as much as to have a virtual tour itself, its attractions, things to do there, local transportation and not to forget to inquire about the weather.
4. Keep your baggage as less as possible. Don’t forget to pack the necessities, identity cards, camera and a first aid box. A printed map of the place marking out the attractions. About Koh chang :
A second largest island of Thailand after Phuket. The name means Elephant Island, and comes from
the elephant shape of its headland. The island is known for several waterfalls, thriving coral reefs and rainforests. It is a district (amphoe) in the province of Trat. Ko Chang has no airport, with the nearest airport being in Trat on the mainland. About 310 km journey to Bangkok takes 5 hours by bus.
Popular activities include hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, elephant trekking, diving & snorkeling. The island also has a number of spas offering various forms of massage, aromatherapy, and reflexology. Ko Chang is also home to a number of cookery schools. My experience of the island :
An island apt for relaxation and its lush green view. As we have had trips to many islands in Thailand, this was just another island with beaches for us, but yet it stands out for its own serenity and tranquility. We visited the island in its green season, when the whole of Thailand drains in rain, especially on the bay area.
One of the most fun parts of our trip always remains is Resort Hopping. You must be wondering now what is with resort hopping. Well, I would say I believe in selecting our own resort based
on its prices, facilities and other preferences. The rooms and the surroundings of the resort definitely play an important part when you are on a relaxing trip.
It was a 3 days trip. We left home at 7 am with a destination to cover about 550 kms by road. The expected time to reach was around 11:30 am but due to rain and little traffic, we were 1 hour behind schedule to the Ao Thammachart pier, Trad. The ferry from there takes to you the Koh chang island in just half an hour with 5.5 Km to cover between two lands.
After checking about 5-6 resorts, we finally checked in Chang Buri Resort. A resort located in the central area of white sand beach, with a beautiful swimming pool located just on the beach area of Koh Chang (as you drop out of the water of the pool you can drop into the water of the ocean 😉 ), good rooms with necessary amenities. We chose for a Jacuzzi room. The resort has a beautiful landscape view.
The first thing that we did after we freshened up was to go out and rent ourselves a bike for
the time of our stay on the island. A rental bike is definitely best and the cheapest mode of transportation in the islands of Thailand. And you can explore to the corners of the island.
Water sports is not exactly what you do on this island, the most you can do is kayaking. What we could find out was renting a kayak on the Aana resort’s restaurant, on the riverside as it was only place at that time where we could find still water best for kayak.
Waterfalls are one of the main attractions of this place and you will find quite a number of waterfalls located in different parts of it. We visited to the Klong ploe waterfall (nearest to our resort location), recommended best for swimming and bathing. To non-swimmers, do not worry because there they also provide you with the life jackets.
A Spa is always an experience. The royal spa in Paradise Resort & Spa is the place. Well, we were lucky to have green season discounts.
Thailand is a heaven for food lovers (non-vegetarians). But for poor strict vegetarians, like me, you better learn some thai words so to make them
understand the specific ingredients in your dish or rely on fruits for your living. However, it is even not that difficult to get an Indian restaurant in any tourism part of Thailand. Even we got an Indian restaurant just next to our resort with an average taste. A vegetariana Italian pizza in any of the pizza outlets however is also an option that doesn’t let your taste bud feel upset.
The island has got very little to contribute to night life as when compared with other places of Thailand. A popular and most crowded place that we came across in those 3 days was Sabay Bar in the white sand beach central. Good location, yummilecious (I suppose 😉 ) local thai sea food in an open air, live band and a perfect sea side makes it a must place to visit in the island. And not to forget to mention it has a mini disc too with DJ playing english and thai songs.
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