UPDATED for 2019-20 Season
Klong Son, the nearest Koh Chang town to the ferry piers, offers a curious mix of motel style rooms, some of best villas on the island, a few guesthouses and two or three resorts.
It is a very local area, so there is not too much for the tourist outside of where they stay, a few cheap eats, Thai style and a couple of 7/11’s but it continues to grow in popularity, as more visitors to the island look for a private villa as their accommodation choice.
Though Klong Son is separated from the rest of the west coast by the mountain and its switchback curves, taxis do still run back and forth very regularly. Renting a motorbike or car for a few days is also a good way to get about.
Villas and Resorts – Northern End (Siam Royal View) – Klong Son Resorts, Villas and Bungalows
At the northern end of the Klong Son about 5 minutes from the main Ao Sapparot ferry pier and almost immediately after the Chinese temple, you’ll find the street leading down to Siam Royal View. Follow this to the end and it opens out onto the largest private villas development on Koh Chang.
The Siam Royal View complex is split into two areas. The principal and original one has its villas laid out in three rows by the seafront, with The Beach Club and Peninsula Resort alongside and the 9 hole pitch and putt golf course behind. There are also smaller bays and little beaches with their own sets of villas.
Connected by a 500 metre track, the newer secondary area has a single row of villas on the sea, 2 condo blocks, Shambala Beach Club and behind it, Marina Sands Resort and the marina. The actual entrance to this part is via a small street opposite the PTT Garage at the start of Klong Son.
A lovely beach runs across the front of the whole complex, but do note that the sea does retreat a long way at low tide.
Though the properties are privately owned, several villas are available for short term rents and weekly rates. Expect to pay prices from around 55,000bt for 7 days (two to three bedrooms) to 60,000bt for the addition of a small private pool. You can also rent a condo from around 35,000bt upwards, again for a week. All villas and condos can use the Siam Royal View swimming pools.
Within the complex, you’ll also find the following 3 resorts, which all follow the same building style.
The excellent boutique resort, Little Sunshine, sits on the seafront in the principal area, with double rooms from 4,000bt, its suite with private pool from 8,000bt and its pool villa at just under 15,000bt.
Peninsula Resort, near the main swimming pool and The Beach Club, is at present just a few deluxe beachfront rooms, 5,000bt a night in high season but it is eyeing a major expansion.
Located in the secondary section next door to the marina, the aptly named Marina Sands Resort is a four storey hotel in 2 blocks. Its rooms start at 800bt for a mixed dorm through 1,900bt for standard double and 6,900bt for a 2 bedroom suite.
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;
Per Night: BBBB-BBBB+++
Boutique resort set in the Siam Royal View private villa development on Chang Noi beach at the southern end. 2 deluxe rooms and a house, spa and full use of the facilities with infinity pool, beach club, kayaks, golf.
Peninsula Beach Resort
Per Night: BBBB
Also Located in Siam Royal View and managed by Emerald Cove, this small row of luxury junior suites has direct access onto the beach. Free use of The Beach Club, with pool and restaurant. Free Parking.
Marina Sands Resort
Per Night: B-BBBB
By the marina in the southern part of Siam Royal View, 4 storey hotel with roof top swimming pool. Standard doubles, junior and 2 bedroom suites, mixed dorm, breakfast. Shuttle available for other areas in the complex. Quiet, 5 to 7 minutes walk to beach. Free use of The Beach Club, with pool and restaurant. Free Parking.
Sunrise Beach Villa
Per Night: 8,500bt+
Part of Siam Royal View, this self catering a/c villa sleeps 8, in four bedrooms with double beds. Other amenities include a fully-equipped kitchen, a dining area, lounge with satellite TV and DVD player, patio and bbq, wifi. Free use of The Beach Club, with pool and restaurant. Free Parking. Just metres from the sea.
Siam Royal View Condominium Appartment
Per Night: 4,000bt to 5,000bt
Newest addition to the Siam Royal View development, a modern 3 storey appartment block within metres of the sea. Studio or 1 bedroom accommodation, kitchen areas and bathrooms, fully a/c, TV, DVD. Full use of the Shamabala Beach Club with pool and restaurant, all activities easily arranged.
Siam Royal View Condominium Villa 41D
Per Night: 7,500bt
Sleeping 6, this a/c condo villa has a fully equipped kitchen, separate seating area for relaxing with TV and DVD, outdoor terrace and bbq. Guests are allowed to use all the facilities at The Beach Club including the outdoor pool and restaurant, pitch and putt golf.
Per Night: 8,000bt (booked by 5 days)
Sleeping 8, this a/c contemporary villa has a three bedrooms with double beds, fully equipped kitchen, separate seating area for relaxing with TV and DVD, outdoor patio and bbq. Guests are allowed to use all the facilities at The Beach Club including the outdoor pool and restaurant, pitch and putt golf. Car Hire and laundry.
Dragon Sea View
Per Night: 12,000bt (booked by 5 days)
Located on its own private beachfront and sleeping 9, this a/c villa offers its own pool, fully equipped kitchen with washing machine, separate sitting room with TV, Blu-Ray player, outdoor terrace with sun loungers. Guests are allowed to use all the facilities at The Beach Club including the outdoor pool and restaurant, pitch and putt golf. Car Hire and laundry.
Pool Villa Chang
Per Night: 9,000bt (booked by 5 days)
Located just metres from the beach and private pool, this stylish a/c villa sleeps 6 in 3 three double bedrooms. It has its own fully equipped kitchen, seating area with TV, outdoor patio with bbq. Guests are allowed to use all the facilities at The Beach Club including the outdoor pool and restaurant, pitch and putt golf. Pets welcome on request.
Siam Royal Villas
Per Night: 8,000bt (booked by 5 days)
Located along the beachfront with its own private pool, this stylish a/c villa sleeps 6 in 3 three double bedrooms.The villa features a fully-equipped kitchen, dining area with a patio, TV, a DVD player and a sofa seating area. Bathrooms offers either bath or shower. Guests are allowed to use all the facilities at The Beach Club including the outdoor pool and restaurant, pitch and putt golf.
White Swan Villa
Per Night: 3,500bt (booked by 5 days)
Located on the street leading down to Siam Royal View, nice straightforward villa sleeping up to 6. One double room, one with two single beds, kitchen, sitting area with divan for further 2 guests. Garden and terrace. Guests are allowed to use all the facilities at The Beach Club including the outdoor pool and restaurant, pitch and putt golf.
Resorts – Southern end – Klong Son Resorts, Villas and Bungalows
Aiyapura Resort on the southern headland is a Koh Chang veteran with magnificent views out over the bay. Reflecting its status as one of Koh Chang’s high end resorts, prices start at 4,500bt.
Up by the road, Orchid Resort is an interesting snug resort normally booked out by Thai packages but it has some cheap rooms from 1,400bt.
Per Night: BBBB+
Large and luxurious resort set on the southern headland. Villas, bungalows and rooms, restaurants, spa, piers, swimming pool and private beach. All activities arranged.
Per Night: BB-BBBB
At the southern end, large resort set just back from the road, with bungalows and cabins in well-maintained tropical gardens. Restaurant and swimming pool. Popular with Thai packages.
Smaller Resorts and Bungalows – Klong Son Resorts, Villas and Bungalows
Back at the northern end, heading towards Siam Royal View, you will find some other standard bungalows such as Pukdee Bungalows, Villa Blue Sapphir and the much older, 5 Star Resort. All offer excellent long term rental prices.
Heading inland towards at the central 7/11 Ban Kwan Chang Elephant Camp and the waterfall, Phet Luran has a decent selection of bungalows, prices from 800bt upwards, good for long stay. Further on, Evergreen Koh Chang Resort has bungalows, doubles and family and a swimming pool – booked for 2 nights as packages at 3,000bt.
At the same crossroads, but heading on the other direction towards the sea, Feel@Chill sits on the bend before the temple, bungalows from 1,800bt upwards. It too has a small swimming pool.
On the road leading to Aiyapura Resort, Banphu Resort, not to be confused with its namesake in White Sand Beach, has simple rooms from 750bt but you will need your own transport.
Evergreen Koh Chang Resort
Per Night: BB-BBB
On the inland road in pretty garden setting, new resort of bungalows, doubles, family with more rooms in 2 storey motel block at rear. Swimming pool. WifI. In-house restaurant. Activities, rentals. Very peaceful.
Per Night: BB
On the road leading from the central crossroads to the temple, new resort with quirky selection of a/c rooms in a small garden. Swimming pool, coffee shop and gym. Free bicycles, motorbikes for rent.
Phet Luran Bungalows
Per Night: B-BB
On the inland road shortly after the school, 20 or so wooden a/c bungalows well spaced out in a simple garden area. Restaurant on site. Long term rents, quiet and away from it all.
Villa Blue Sapphir
Per Night: BB-BBBB (monthly)
Northern end on the road to Siam Royal View, bungalows and rooms, a/c, with a swimming pool on site. Available for monthly deals and need your own transport.
Guesthouses and Motels – Klong Son Resorts, Villas and Bungalows
Riverside Resort is located by the bridge in the centre of Klong Son, motel style accommodation from 750bt a night and at the 7/11 crossroads, Klong Son Hotel has now closed.
The German and Thai owned Garden Lodge Guesthouse is on the road leading to the temple and Family Guesthouse is right down at the end by the fishing community at the end. These have a loyal following and cheap prices starting from around 400bt.
Other Klong Son Hotels, Resorts and Bungalows
Per Night: BB
Roadside by the bridge as you come towards the centre, standard a/c rooms in a two storey building with courtyard. Restaurant and parking.
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