Koh Chang, Where you’ll never be alone on Lonely Beach – Thailand.
Ko Chang, located in the East of Thailand, used to be a jewel of a place. Close enough to a border crossing for Cambodia to make it a good resting point before taking on the challenging behaviour of the Cambodian ‘rip off merchants that call themselves guards. White sands, blue seas, a jungle interior, quiet bungalows amid palm trees, good food and entertainment, provided by some of the more vibrant locals, made it a tempting place to linger. One of the highlights of a trip to the island, for me, was to revisit the local celebrity restaurateur , Thor at Thor’s Palace, and his famous tricked out toilet – probably the best toilet in Thailand! http://www.koh-chang-guide.com/people/characters.html#thor The food is delicious and spicy hot as is the man himself!
Unfortunately, commerce has come to the island big time and concrete hotels, music and girlie bars now front the main beach trying to outdo each other in the loud music stakes. Sadly Lonely Beach (the backpackers haven) seethes with people and the beach is lined with sun-baking bodies. White sanded beaches have been eroded by the sea and the vast concrete hotels, that have replaced many of the simple huts, have eaten up what remaining sand there might have been. The girlie bar and night life scene now dominate what used to be a quiet town road. The last time I visited, White Sands the last bastion to modernisation (a walk away from the main drag) was still in tatty tact, fronted by pristine white sand – although I fear that too has probably suffered from the greed of the developers. Lovers of the laid back holiday probably will not like the all night partying, drinking and flashy neon dance floors that front the beach as the Island now has large party emphasis. If you want to chill, sleep and generally forget the world you would be better heading off Ko Kud or one of the other nearby islands —— unless they have succumbed as well!