UPDATED for 2018-19 Season
At its southern end, White Sand Beach offers a mixture of mid-range large resorts, a couple of small hotels and other rooms in motels and long stay bungalows.
This end of the town is not on the beach, but it still has a busy way about it, with plenty of shops and some good restaurants. It also plays host to the main beer bar area.
On the Hill, Sea-side – White Sand Beach Hotels, Resorts and Bungalows (South)
At the point where the sand of the northern section gives way to the rocks of this southern section, Koh Chang Grand View Resort is first up. Popular with Thai packages, but also now an understated choice for western tourists, it offers large villas, rooms and a oceanside pool. Prices start at 2,500bt for a standard room rising to 4,800bt for the deluxe villa.
Next along, Chang Buri Resort is undoubtedly the pick of the bunch at this end, with its own combination of villas and pools on one side of the road and hotel style rooms, with a second pool on the other side. Prices start at 2,000bt or so for a hillside deal, 6,500bt for the poolside villa.
Further along as you head out of town, Top Resort and Plaloma Resort, both European owned, sit high up on the cliffs, a mixture of rooms and bungalows in the 1,500bt to 4,000bt range, while Koh Chang Hut Hotel, cheaper accommodation and good as a long stay option, has prices as low as 500bt. All three have great views out to sea which make up for the 10 minute walk down the hill to the beach proper.
Pricing Code/Per night in Baht (B):
B= under 500; BB= 500 to 1,500; BBB= 1,500 to 3,000; BBBB= over 3,000;
Koh Chang Grand View Resort
Per Night: BBB-BBBB+
Poolside suites, cottages and garden rooms. Restaurant and bar. Shingle and rock beach but a small walk puts you on decent sand.
Per Night: BBB-BBBB+
Villas and suites by the pool and on the seafront, with superior rooms in the hillside building opposite. Pool, Spa, restaurant, coffee shops and bar.
On the Hill, Mountain-side – White Sand Beach Hotels, Resorts and Bungalows (South)
This southern end of White Sand Beach also boasts two small hotels, Keere-ele Hotel and Paddy’s Palms Hotel.
Keere-ele Hotel, part of the chain that includes Keereeta Resort in Pearl Beach, has a distinctly Bangkok feel, rooms on three storeys around a central swimming pool, brightly painted and chic, while further along, Paddy’s Palms Hotel, cheaper but again with a pool and true to its name, an Irish pub at the front. Rooms start at 2,000bt at the former and 1,500bt at the latter.
Next door to Paddy’s Palms, The White Elephant, the popular sports pub, also offers deluxe doubles and superior bungalows out the back around a swimming pool, prices from 1,750bt to 3,000bt.
Sea Sun Hotel, on the same side, similar priced accommodation consisting of rooms overlooking the main street and rather cute bungalows behind, gives you one more option.
Keeree ele Hotel
Per Night: BBB
Large boutique hotel with standard and deluxe rooms located on the mountainside of the road. Swimming pool, jacuzzi, restaurant. A few minutes walk to the beach.
Paddy’s Palms Hotel
Per Night: BB
On the mountainside, 32 standard or deluxe a/c rooms in a hotel style block, with a swimming pool, ample car parking and Koh Chang’s Irish pub at the front.
Far End – White Sand Beach Hotels, Resorts and Bungalows (South)
Two or three bungalow operations, nothing too fancy but cheap and possible for long stay, SSP Bungalows, Baan Aunrak (double room at 1,200bt) and probably the nicest one, Para Resort (twin room at 1,300bt), also sit at this far end. With a good 10 minute walk to the beach, their location is not their strong point, but as long as you are aware of this, they may well suit a few needs, especially given their prices.
Giant Bungalows, similarly, is not going to win too many awards, but it is on the sea side and if you can get them, the rooms at the very top of the hill, have ocean views, prices around 750bt upwards.
Completing the picture, Chang Cliff Resort is a long standing 2/3 star resort, built atop the cliffs. It’s a distinctly Thai in style and aimed at that market, so maybe not where you will end up, but it’s worth a look inside just for its terrific cliff walk. Rooms range from 1,500bt to 3,000bt.
Per Night: BB-BBB
Last of the bungalows at this end of the area and on this side of the road, accommodation in two storey motel style block or in large a/c bungalows. Small restaurant, motorbike hire, and special mud mask spa treatments. If you going to end up at this far end, the here is a good bet.
A Selection of Other White Sand Beach Hotels, Resorts and Bungalows (South)
White Sand Beach, north or south, has far too many options to list in full, so here is a selection only to go with our recommendations above.
Plaloma Cliff Resort
Per Night: BB-BBBB
Swiss owned, up on the cliffs, fan and a/c rooms, with pool and seafront bungalows. Swimming pool, restaurant. A few minutes walk down the hill to the beach.
Per Night: BB-BBBB
German owned, on the cliffs, selection of standard or hotel rooms, with garden and seaview bungalows and villas. Swimming pool, international food at Paul’s, the in-house restaurant and the Foodland store downstairs.
Per Night: BB
Across the street on the seaside, fan and a/c bungalows around a simple car parking area and then a few more atop the hill, with grand views out to sea. Long term deals possible, need own transport, but not the worst choice. Wifi.
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