Pearl Beach at a Glance
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Pearl Beach at an Island Pace
Pearl Beach (Hat Kai Mook) is the first area you hit having left the last vestiges of White Sand Beach. It is very easy to pass through it without noticing its presence, yet Pearl Beach does have much to offer in a quiet understated way.
The beach is small rounded pebbles but what it lacks in sand, it makes up for in snorkeling, with some of the best spots along the whole of the west coast, just offshore. The resorts are generally small and there is a friendly, keen to please nature about them, with some great deals on offer.
From a culinary stance, Pearl Beach is also home to one of the best restaurants on the island, Saffron on the Sea.
Overall, with your own transport, it can make a very good base, laid back and away from it all, with no need to venture out, but close enough to White Sand Beach, should something a bit more touristy be desired.
Pearl Beach at the northern end
Pearl Beach is held to start at the bend by the little inland street, leading up to Buddy House, TP Huts and the recently renovated Macura Resort, three cosy budget resorts, clustered together in quiet gardens. Ban Hea, a restaurant and bar with big screen and gym, sits on the crest of the hill at the turning.
Dropping down from them, the entrance to the charming Remark Cottages is on the sea side of the road, with a large grassy area, surprisingly as yet undeveloped, alongside giving great access to the water. It even has a couple of bungalows for rent.
Baan Ton Rak, a small German owned guesthouse, sits opposite, just back from the road behind the wall. Rose Garden Resort, another collection of bungalows and cheap rooms, is next door and continuing along, the well-established Sanaes restaurant serves good food and provides useful information.
Up on the hillside you’ll find the long-stay bungalows of Elephant and Castle, complete with their great views out over the bay and popular Brit host.
Pearl Beach at the southern end
Koh Chang’s very own superstore Tesco Lotus, dominates the middle of Pearl Beach, with more tracks towards the sea leading to the private Inspiration Villa, Koh Chang Resortel, uniquely boasting an Olympic sized swimming pool but usually deserted and to Koh Chang Privilege, a older Thai resort. Amongst them, a small food court sits by the road offering noodle soup, chicken over rice and other cheap dishes.
On the opposite side, Big C Superstore opened in 2016 to compete with Tesco’s over the road and Makro in White Sand Beach.
Another small boutique resort, Keereeta, is found on the corner of Kai Mook 1, a narrow speed-bumped street which runs past the motel of Koh Chang Budget Rooms to Saffron on the Sea, with both its bungalows and its highly praised restaurant.
There is no shortage of other choices along this small stretch of shoreline with Khai Mook Resort, a bigger operation next door, Paradise Palms, a bed and breakfast, the well reviewed Pennys Resort and at the very end of the track, Jane Chalet Resort and its own live music Ju Ju Bar.
When the tide is out, you can walk back straight along the rocks and pebbles across the resorts’ fronts to re-emerge at Remark Cottages.
A second small soi, Kai Mook 2 runs from the back of Khai Mook Resort back up to the main road, passing more accommodation, TOT head office and ending on the corner of Books Thailand, a good second hand bookstore.
Koh Chang’s main post office is in this stretch of buildings together with Dive Supply, an excellent equipment source for underwater exploits. As you head out of Pearl Beach, there are newly built houses for long stay rent tiered up the slope at the far end.