So overall, Koh Chang didn’t start all that well for me over the 4 days and 4 nights I spent on the island off the coast of north eastern Thailand.
First, I couldn’t find a decent and affordable place to book prior to arrival so I ended up at the ugliest and worst hotel I’ve had the misfortune of stay in (VJ Island View Hotel $13). Luckily, I arrived on the island on the evening of February 12th and spent the late hours drinking beer on Klong Prao beach with friends.
Second, in searching for a new place to stay further down the island, I had the worst bicycle ride of my life. 4 hours that included: A gigantic hill (over and back), a flat tire, a 2km walk in the midday heat, accidentally biking 3kms past my hotel, a sun burn and the runs. I was overheated, sick and exhausted by 2pm. Sadly, most of this was my own fault.
Finally, I checked into a cool Rhagae style hotel for 250 baht/night ($7USD) Thankfully, I was at a beach where I coup recuperate my strength.
In my book, Lonely Beach is described as a cool backpacker spot, but maybe my timing was wrong because the vast majority of tourists were middle aged gluttonous Eastern Europeans, some of whom brought along small children (Not the friendliest people). I did however meet two very kind German students; Lisa and Yana.
The beach itself was just okay. I’m a little biased because I grew up on a beach in Nova Scotia that was clean and had better amenities. Lonely Beach was all about the night life that lasted until 3am every night with live music and clubs, but I was in a mood for none of it.
The water was amazing, the perfect temperature; refreshing but warm without being bath water. The shoreline gradually descended into the sea creating a plain of shallow water for playing Frisbee and other games.
Due to my sunburn, I only went out to the beach in the late afternoon until sunset. I did however muster the strength to practice yoga on the sand. The sunset was really beautiful!
Something about the overpriced food (or ice used in smoothies) in Koh Chang reeked havoc on my bowls. My meals were underwhelming to down right nasty; I almost puked at one place adjacent to the beach as the pad Thai sauce was off or just TERRIBLE. I’m really not one to complain about food so believe me when I say it was bad. A big thank you to German Lisa for recommending a redemption Pad Thai at the restaurant below.
Goodbye Koh Chang, goodbye Lonely beach