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Chai Chet Beach Koh Chang

At a Glance

  • Likely to meet: Tourists, especially from Eastern Europe (northern end), families and flashpackers (southern end).
  • The Beach: Excellent all the way along to northern Klong Prao.
  • Accommodation: Resorts and hotels, with some long stay rooms also available
    500bt to 16,700bt for beachfront pool villas
    • Resorts: Koh Chang Paradise, Paradise Hill, Flora i Talay, Chai Chet Resort, Coconut Beach, Thai Garden Hill
    • Small Motels: Luxury Guesthouse, Sony, VJ Island View, PP Guesthouse
    • Bungalows/Guesthouses: Baan Fine Times, OYO Blue Resort, Kerdmanee Resort
    • Backpacker: Pajamas, Habitat Hostel (renovations in progress)
  • Restaurants: Cheap Thai, choices in the plazas, western, seafood
    • Signature, Nhong BBQ, Gloy, U Turn
    • Western: Marco, Abella
    • Coffee Shops: Marin (Coconut Plaza), Alam (at Signature)
  • Nightlife: Beer Bars, Thai karaoke mainly
    • Bars: Summer Breeze, Dodo Bar, Malibu Bar, Flora i Talay
    • Beer Bars: Nanas, Trust Me, Apollo, Honey Bunnies, Cat and Get Lucky…et al
    • Sports: Franky’s Road House
  • Other: Plazas, ATMs, Immigration Office, Koh Chang Rescue, Koh Chang Animal Project, Minimarts, Pharmacies, Massage, Ticket Agencies.
  • Highlights: The beach
  • Lowlights: The plazas, the beer bars area.

Chai Chet Beach Koh Chang Map

At an Island Pace – Chai Chet Beach

Chai Chet Beach has always been a curious mix, with a concentration of ramshackle beer bars at its northern end and ugly concrete shopping plazas in the centre, both contrasting sharply with its excellent peaceful beach in the south.

Not as popular as as other areas on Koh Chang, it tended to be somewhere you sped through en route to somewhere else and to be truthful, it felt rather soulless. Over the last few years, however, that atmosphere has changed as resorts have been added or upgraded and whilst the bars and plazas are still there, Chai Chet is definitely now well worth a visit.

Chai Chet accommodation ranges from large resorts on the sand to standard bungalow operations up by the road, practical guesthouses to backpacker hostels. Alongside them, there are some decent restaurants at the northern and southern ends, as well as a couple of other nightlife options outside of the beer bar variety. Throw in the shopping and overall, you’ll find Chai Chet Beach has plenty on offer for everybody.

Northern End | Plazas | Beach (North) | Beach (South)

The Northern End

Coming out from Pearl Beach, after passing Summer Breeze Bar (and Vintage Clothing) up the little slope on the right, you reach the base for Koh Chang Rescue. This is the invaluable island service that is always first on the scene at road accidents and on beaches when swimmers get into difficulties. There’s a good cheap Thai restaurant next door too.

Big Tree Residences and Grand Tree Bungalows are just around the next corner and then you arrive at The Koh Chang Entertainment Complex. This largely unoccupied hangar-like building was intended as zoning for the beer bars but occupancy never took off due to rents being too high in comparison with the unoccupied land opposite. So, the zoning worked as a concept just not where it was intended and instead, these bars – Nanas, Trust Me, Apollo, Honey Bunnies, Cat and Get Lucky to name just a few – nowadays line the street opposite for the next couple of kilometres. In amongst them, you’ll also find the highly rated King Pizza, takeaway only, the island’s main minibus parking area and a hardware store.

Opposite the bars, Kerdmanee Resort, with its bungalows lined up the hillside and the bar Franky’s Roadhouse out front, have the excellent cheap Thai diner, Gloy and the 259bt Nhong Korean BBQ as company. Another resort, Thai Garden Hill Resort, huge Lanna style villas around a central swimming pool, sits next door. The expanded and very popular U Turn restaurant, a few more small bars, a petrol station and a three storey worker accommodation block, complete the row.

By The Sea

If you whip in by the hardware store, a narrow street leads past Baan Fine Times, bungalows and long stay houses for rent, before winding its way through the forest all the way down to the sea. This back area, once used by Koh Chang Offroad ATV Vehicles, gives you terrific views down the coastline back towards White Sand Beach. Sadly, though, the land on the hill has recently been cleared so we will watch what happens next …another new development? Incidentally, if you walked parallel to the sea here, you would link up to Chai Chet Resort below.

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On the hidden coast behind Baan Fine Times

The Shopping Plazas

Just before the two Chai Chet shopping plazas, VJ Plaza and Coconut Plaza, Blue Resort is set back from the road on a curious inland reservoir, with Dodo Bar and another couple of small restaurants just after the turning. OYO Luxury Guesthouse, certainly not luxury but more than passable, is found down an alleyway near the plaza with Sony Guesthouse as its neigbour and the tour office, Coco Dee Bo, at the front.

VJ Plaza is principally known for the large supermarket, which stocks a whole host of western foods and wines, but behind it, a concrete avenue of buildings lead up to VJ Island View, home to island workers and long stay guests. The traveller style Habitat Hostel (currently under renovation) occupies its ground floor with its dorms and private rooms.

Before the pandemic, this area was also home to a slew of identikit bland Thai restaurants catering principally to the tourists staying at Coconut Resort. Obviously, with those visitors non existent for the last couple of years, business collapsed and so one by one, they have all now shut down. In truth, nobody will mourn their passing, though the noodle soup restaurant which catered to a more local clientele is sorely missed. The area has now been gutted so time will tell what springs up in their place.

main street
VJ Plaza

Next door to VJ Plaza is Coconut Plaza, which offers further restaurants including the Italian Abella, a long running old school bar in Malibu and other travel and massage shops. Tesco Lotus and a large Marin coffee shop stand either side of the entrance.

Down To The Northern End of the Beach

Opposite the two plazas, needless to say, there’s yet another 7-11, with a small street leading down to the sea on which Coconut Beach Resort is spread out on either side.

fishing village area boats
The bridge over the sea inlet by Chai Chet Resort

Follow this street to the very end and you reach Chai Chet Resort, which sits on the headland, with some lovely views out over the sea and down the island. The resort is accessed by crossing over the small bridge spanning the inlet, where small tour boats and other local fishing boats are moored up.

At the rear of the resort on the hill, you can pick-up a signed jungle path around the shoreline, well worth a few minutes of your time, not least to see the 300 year old Tabor tree hidden away in the forest.

The Southern End – Chai Chet Beach

Back up on the road, Koh Chang Paradise Hill, with its gleaming new water park, is the 96 room sister resort to Koh Chang Paradise Resort across the road on the beach. The older Koh Chang Resort neighbours that with their conference buildings and car parks, the main resort being by the sea opposite. Next to Koh Chang Resort the stylish ochre coloured bungalows of boutique resort, Flora i Talay, then dominates the final stretch at this southern end.

Southern end of the beach (at end of the public access walkway)

Located in the buildings opposite to Flora I Talay, Trat Immigation is open every week day and is good for questions as well as 90 day reporting and residence registration. It does not issue any visas, any tourist or non-O extensions or re-entry stamps – basically anything that involves taking money across the counter. For those, you need to trek across to Laem Ngop over on the mainland (and complain vociferously about how it wastes a 1/2 day for something that in most cases, takes 10 minutes).

Koh Chang Animal Rescue, PP Guesthouse and the highly rated Italian restaurant, Marco’s, are in the same strip as the Immigration, with Krua Palm Beach, a decent somtam diner standing all on its own at the end.

Also at this far end – look our for the little thatch sala with the steps behind – Mother Earth is perched up on the top of the hill. It’s an environmentally sustainable project where you can also stay and apparently will be open for 22/23 season.

Far End

Next door to Flora i Talay, the excellent Pajamas Hostel offers dorms, private rooms and a swimming pool. Finishing the row, Signature (formerly Nong Bua Seafood), ranks as perhaps the best restaurant in Chai Chet. It also has an upstairs bar and coffee shop, Alam and a chic area of thatch roofed salas at the rear.

Looking north towards Klong Prao

Last but not least, there is also a public beach access, from where a very pleasant stroll down the sand takes you past the fronts of all the resorts mentioned above ending at the little bridge to Chai Chet Resort.

Going the other direction too is well worth a wander, with the beach continuing on past an undeveloped section until the coffee shop at Waree and then the sprawling 3 star Klong Prao Resort. Past them, you ultimately reach Aana Resort’s beach bar area, with you separated by the too-deep-to-cross river (klong) from the rest of Klong Prao Beach, which stretches majestically into the distance.

UPDATED NOVEMBER 22 for 22/23 Season

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