to a place like Koh Chang and you find that the cost of staying there is extremely low, it makes it even that much more relaxing.
Below are a list of the costs for my 5-day, 4-night trip to Koh Chang in Ranong Province:
24-seat VIP Bus to Ranong - 775 baht
36-seat VIP Bus to Bangkok - 600 baht
Truck from the bus station to the pier - 50 baht
Truck from the pier to the bus station - 70 baht
Slow boat to Koh Chang (90 minutes) - 200 baht
Slow boat from Koh Chang (90 minutes) - 200 baht
Bungalow - 1600 baht (4 nights)
Food - 1110 baht
Miscellaneous - 200 baht
Total = 4805 baht ($155)
If you're planning a trip to Koh Chang, keep in mind this island is in Ranong and is nowhere near as developed as the Koh Chang near Trat in the East. There are no automobiles on the island, there are only a few motorcycles, there are no taxis, electricity is used sporadically, and very few places have air-conditioning. If you're the type who likes to be spoiled, you can get a massage but unless you bring a willing partner, this is where the pampering ends. As I said in one of the videos, when you arrive and depart, you'll need to wade to and from the boat. There is no pier so plan on getting wet.
Most of the island's bungalows close down during the rainy season and are only open from October to March depending on the flooding and the weather.
There are several bungalows on Koh Chang to choose from but I stayed at the Cashew Resort. The 400-baht per night rate is set at the island norm and the resort is situated smack dab in the middle of Ao Yai Beach. Although this beach is the most popular on the island, there are rarely more than a handful of people on it at any one time.
The restaurant is a family affair and the food excellent. The one dish I highly recommend is the Masaman Chicken Curry. For 80 baht you get a huge bowl of Masaman that is as good as anywhere in the world. Although the bungalows are spartan, you come to Koh Chang for the vibe and to be at one with nature. If you're expecting to find the Hilton, or even the Motel 6, travel elsewhere.
WIFI is available at the restaurant although if the electricity is off you may not be able to use it. Also, AIS One-Two-Call is the only cell phone service with service on the island.
If you would like to stay somewhere slightly more quiet, I would recommend:
Rattana's Resort - The Cashew Resort is quiet but Rattana's is less busy. After traveling to the Moken Village, I stopped at Rattana's restaurant for a drink. Located towards one end of the island, Rattana's Resort is located in a peaceful area of the forest atop a hill, affording the guests and excellent view of the ocean.
If you're a diver, there is a dive shop on the island. Although I did not go diving, I heard many good things about the place.
Aladdin Dive Safari