Category: News, Festivals and Events


In this section of Features, we bring you a selections of topical news from the Koh Chang Islands.

We cover in text and pictures the annual festival of Songkran  - that's the mad water throwing one which Thais celebrate to bring in their New Year.  We explain the Loy Kratong festival, a home tambun (blessing) and Chinese New Year.

Organised events include Ultra Trails , which brings over a 1,000 participants to the island every year for gruelling runs through the forests of Salak Phet and over to Wai Chek Beach . Distances range from 13km to an overnight endurance race at 100km.


Thailand Opens Up for Double Vaccinated Tourists – Entry Criteria Relaxed

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After nearly 20 months of closed borders and a stalled tourist industry, Thailand is finally relaxing its strict entry requirements for double vaccinated holidaymakers, long term visa holders and indeed its own returning citizens.

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Samui Plus Sandbox – No Covid 19 Quarantine Entry to Thailand – July 2021

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Following the start of the Covid-19 Phuket Sandbox on 1st July, Koh Samui is now launching a similar scheme, Samui Plus, from 15th July. This will allow for double vaccinated foreigners to travel to the island without quarantine.

In essence, you need to stay in a designated hotel for 14 days, of which the …

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STV- Special Tourist Visa – Covid 19

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Guide to the Thailand entry criteria during the Covid 19 pandemic, including details on the new STV (Special Tourist Visa). There is a mandatory 14 day hotel quarantine at your expense.

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Songkran 2017 in Koh Chang

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Out and about in Koh Chang for the Thai New Year Festival, Songkran 2017, with all the images from around the island as the water festivities kicked off.

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Ultra Trail Unseen Koh Chang 2017

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Ultra Trail Koh Chang 2017 returned to the island, with hundreds of runners taking part in 13km, 35km, 70km and 100km races around the wild forests of Salak Phet.

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German Tourist Rescued from Koh Chang Jungle

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A German tourist has been rescued from the Koh Chang jungle near Klong Plu Waterfall, after a huge search by over by 50 police officers, soldiers and National Park rangers.

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