FULLY UPDATED JUNE 2016
Koh Chang resorts, hotels and bungalows number around 330, so it can be a daunting task to find what you are looking for.
There’s everything from luxury private villas to hotel pool villas, from designer hotels to established chains. You can pick from boutique resorts, family resorts or more standard bungalow resorts. Throw in the flashpacker bungalows, backpacker bungalows, beach huts or dorm rooms and that’s an awful lot of options.
Therefore, to help your task, we have filtered down all those choices to a more manageable list on each beach, with White Sand Beach and Lonely Beach the most popular areas, closely followed by Klong Prao Beach and Kai Bae Beach.
Here, on this page, we kick-start your hunt for that perfect room by picking out some of the most popular Koh Chang resorts in each area on both the west coast and east coast of the island.
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White Sand Beach has two of the best Koh Chang resorts at KC Grande Resort and Kacha Resort. Each offers deluxe rooms, swimming pools and spas from 3,500bt upwards. Look out for the new villas at KC Grande for that extra bit of luxury.
For mid range accommodation, Cookies Hotel, Du Talay, Banpu Resort and Alina Hotel all fit the bill, their rates hovering around 3,000bt. Alongside them, you’ll also find plenty of cheaper resorts and bungalows, where you can secure deals for 1,000bt to 1,500bt.
The main backpacker quarter is found down on the sand at the northern end, with cheap rooms from 500bt at places like Independent Bo.
Head to Klong Prao Beach for some of the most upmarket Koh Chang resorts at The Dewa and The Emerald Cove. Well appointed rooms, slick service, feature swimming pools and spas are of course standard
With plenty of other great places such as Centara Tropicana Resort, Ramayama Resort, Aana Resort and Spa and Santhiya Tree (formerly Panviman Resort), no question, you are spoilt for choice on this beach. Expect rooms to cost 3,000bt upwards.
Up by the road and at the far northern end of the beach, you can still find much cheaper rooms and the odd traveller resort, 500bt to 1,500bt as a guide, with Tiger Huts, Blue Lagoon Bungalows, Boonya Resort just a few of the names to look out for.
Lonely Beach, at the other end of the island, is the backpackers’ centre, with 100’s of suitable rooms for travelers on a budget.
Expect shared bathroom and paper thin walls at the cheap end of the scale, 250bt to 400bt. Or you can stay in some better quality bungalows at smaller resorts like Sea Flower, Oasis, Paradise Cottage and on the sand itself, Nature Beach Resort.
Bhumiyama Beach Resort moves things into more upscale territory with rooms from 3,000bt and recently, there have been two great boutique resorts additions at Warapura Resort and Nest Sense. Accommodation in those two starts at 2,500bt, going right up to 5,000bt or more per night.
Kai Bae Beach has three fabulous top end resorts, the Awa Resort, The Chill and Gajapuri Resort, all in a row on the sea, right in the middle of town. Their rooms come in at 2,500bt at the lower end of the scale, but go a lot higher than that.
At the southern end, Seaview Resort remains very popular after all these years and you’ll not go far wrong at smaller resorts like KB Resort, Kai Bae Beach Resort, The Stage or The Garden Resort. Rooms here once again in that 2,500bt bracket.
For more straightforward bungalow accommodation, try Porn’s Bungalows, Paradise Bungalows and Sea Breeze. For backpackers, Siam Cottages ticks most boxes.
Chai Chet Beach is often overlooked, but its reputation continues to grow with the addition of the terrific Flora i Talay for flashpackers (bungalows from 1,800bt) and Pajamas, next door, for backpackers (500bt).
Both of these are just down the road from the highly recommended Paradise Resort and Spa, one of Koh Chang’s best long-running resorts, where bungalows start at 3,500bt upwards.
Chai Chet Resort over on the cape has accommodation at a similar price and Koh Chang Thai Hill Resort offers good value up near the road at the northern end.
You will also find motels, guesthouses and long stay rooms around the plazas including Luxury Guesthouse at 1,000bt a night.
Chang Buri Resort is the stand-out of the Koh Chang resorts on South White Sand Beach. Its rooms and swimming pools on both sides of the road go from 2,000bt for standard to 8,000bt for the pool villas.
Keeree ele Hotel offers a distinctly boutique Bangkok style at 2,000bt a night, with Paddy’s Palms, another excellent small hotel choice, immediately next door. Other mid-range resorts include Plaloma Resort, the German owned Tops Resort and at the far end, Para Resort.
For backpackers, try Koh Chang Hut Hotel, where you can pick up rooms from as low as 400bt a night.
Please note that all of the hotels and resorts are a 10 minute walk down the hill to the beach proper.
Up at Bailan Beach, the Mercure Hideway has emerged as one of the most reliable Koh Chang resorts. Offering rooms from 3,000bt a night, it makes for a very solid choice despite its less than wonderful beach.
Bailan Beach Resort is the pick of the other 2/3 star resorts, its bungalows from 1,500bt upwards. Kamrai Resort is another 1,000bt under the radar spot, with its own small swimming pool.
Backpackers can find beach cabanas at Elephant Bay for 600bt a night, complete with a swimming pool. Lisca Beach also now offers glamping on the southern headland, prices from 1,200bt upwards for a night under the canvas.
Despite its lack of a sandy beach, Koh Chang resorts on Pearl Beach have become a quietly popular choice. The resorts owners are friendly, you can easily hop over to White Sand Beach for more action and its prices are very keen.
Penny’s Bungalows, Remark Cottages, located at either end by the sea, have prices in the 1,500bt to 2,500bt a night range.
Elephant and Castle is the pick of the cheaper rooms, just 6 bungalows up on the hillside at around 500bt, but look out too for the great value rooms at Macura Resort and TP Huts inland at the start of the village.
Bang Bao Beach also throws a few great choices into the mix via its peaceful resorts and its backpacker accommodation.
At the far southern end of the beach, the small but luxurious Chivapuri Resort has large villas starting at 3,500bt, whereas next door, the stylish Tropical Beach Resort has rates as low as 1,500bt for its circular brushed concrete villas.
In contrast, heading back up the sand, Klong Kloi Cottage offers simple beach bungalows from 400bt, whilst its neighbour Bang Bao Beach Resort is more pricey at 2,000bt a night.
Backpackers now have lots of choices too behind the beach, with the opening of Treehouse Cottages on the creek. Santisook and T-Garden are further back along the sandy access road. You should be able to get a room with shared bathroom at 300bt, 500bt for bathroom inside.
Bang Bao provides some great Koh Chang resorts in the mid range, with you able to pick up boutique style accommodation either on the pier, Koh Chang Sea Hut or on the bay itself, Nirvana Resort, from just 2,500bt for a standard room. Also on the bay, Resolution Resort and Bhuvarin Resort, both with good views back across the water, start at 2,000bt per night.
At the other end of the scale, glamping style tents for travellers to go all summer festival are now available at Cliff Cottage and backpacker thatch huts can be hunted down at Remark Puzi, both at 600bt.
Guesthouses on the pier itself include El Greco, Buddha View and Ocean Blue in the region of 1,000bt a night.
There are a handful other Koh Chang resorts, mostly for Thai weekenders nearby, so prices tend to be part of a package. On the remote Long Beach, Treehouse Bungalows sits at the opposite end of the scales, with shared bathroom fan huts at 300bt.
Salak Phet, over on the other side of the bay, has mainly Thai homestays, but the highly rated boutique hotel, Mangrove Hideaway offers great value with rooms from 1,500bt a night looking out over the mangroves.
East Coast Koh Chang resorts and villas are concentrated at Dan Khao, a few kilometres down from the two ferry piers at Ao Sapparot and Centrepoint.
Amber Sands, The Souk and Serenity Resort sit side by side on a narrow patch of red sand overlooking the mainland. If you are looking to do get away from it all, here’s a great place to start with prices from 1,500bt a night, though having a motorbike to go to and fro during the day is a good idea.
Klong Son, nearest town to the ferries, is home to the largest private housing development on the island at Siam Royal View. You can rent villas, sleeping from 6 to 12 people and new studio or 1 bedroom condos, with prices for the condos starting at 4,000bt a night, while the villas are 7,500bt upwards.
Aiyapura Resort and Spa, a stalwart among the Koh Chang resorts, overlooks the southern side of the bay, rooms from 4,000bt a night.
Scattered about the town and down near the sea, you will find other small motels and guesthouses such as Manee Guesthouse, Banphu, Klong Son Hotel and Garden Lodge with rates from as low as 350bt.