Change of plans – from floods in Prachuap Kirikahn to sunshine in Koh Chang
Great to see my dad again after 6 months since we last saw each other in Sweden.
After an afternoon together in Bangkok we were planning to go to Prachuap Kirikan on the south east coast, in a non touristy area that my dad had visited before to chill out for a couple of weeks.
On the morning of our train, the news headlines were full of reports from flooded southern Thailand with the expectation of 280 mm rain on the one day we would arrive! Quick change of plans as we were about to leave for the train went to the bus station and got tickets to Koh Chang instead.Great to be able to be so flexible!
Long journey to Koh Chang
Dad took us to a perfect hotel in White Sands beach, Koh Chang where he has stayed before. The only hassle was the length of time it took to get there. Our initial destination was a simple 5 hr train ride away whereas the journey to Koh Chang was much longer. 6 hr bus, 1hr minibus & tuktuk to the ferry, 1 hr waiting about, 1 hr on the ferry then another 30 min to get to the hotel.
We left at 8 in the morning and arrived just before 7 at night. Needless to say we were all tired and grumpy on arrival, but at the same time excited to be with my dad and have 12 days on the beach together here.
A perfect spot for well deserved travel break
Alina Grand Hotel is situated at the southern end of White Sands beach, just above the main road, 1 min walk from the beach. We woke up tired but relaxed in a big double room with a view of the great pool at the back of the hotel. Finally a chance to unpack our bags, something we had not done since Australia back in October.
Just the thought of not going anywhere for almost 2 weeks was enough to get us all in the right mood again after a long day of travelling.
A typical day in Koh Chang White Sands beach
A morning stroll followed by breakfast at Monkeys or milk and cereal on the balcony. The room in Alina had a full size fridge in the room, which we used a lot for our breakfast milk & cereal, drinks and fruits. After breakfast around 9, we had some pool time with Grandpa with swimming, playing on the swings, building lego on the sun beds and reading. 11-13 school time then lunch.
We usually hit the beach in the afternoon around 3 when the temperature started to cool down. You get a lovely sunset here which you can enjoy in the calm and beautiful sea or with and ice coffee or beer in the Reagge bar. We found a couple of favourite restaurants where we went for dinner. Paul and I also had our first sunset and dinner without the kids in 6 months here and enjoyed watching the sunset just the 2 of us with a cocktail at Thors.
Here are some of favourite places to eat and drink in White Sands beach Koh Chang
Best coffee Marin coffee – hot Latte for 70 Thb
Best breakfast in Monkeys, full english for 95 Thb
Beast lunch Sun and Soul Scott loved the satay here for 90 Thb ( very slow service at dinner time unfortunately)
Best Thai food Nong Bua sea food
Best take away lunch Kai Mun Boogie chicken
Best smoothies & waffles at the White Sands beach night market
Best ice cream Sundays Rock & Sand beach resort
Best bear and Ice coffee on the beach Reagge bar
Best Bbq dinner at Sea bar on the beach
The prices of food and drink here was higher than what we had paid anywhere else in Thailand. We typically paid 600-900 Thb for a dinner/lunch for the 4 of us £12-£18, but then again White Sands is a more upmarket area than the places we usually stay. And since the hotel stay was very nice Christmas treat from my dad, we were more than happy to pay slightly more for the food.
Koh Chang activities beyond White Sands beach
We did 1/2 day snorkelling with hunter 3 island in half a day. 700 Thb per adult and 350 for a child.
The trip is good value for a nice day out on a boat but do not expect to see many fish. The price includes, transfer from hotel to Bao Bang, lunch and snorkelling masks. The snorkelling spots are quite far out so half the time between 9 and 2 was spent on the boat going out and between the islands.
Compared to other snorkelling we have done the water was not as clear and there were not many fish about. We still had a lovely day out on the boat and would recommend it for a day trip anyway.
We also took a Songtang trip to Khlong Phlu waterfalls where we had a great time. It is also well worth a visit. We went there on a cloudy morning padi 400 Thb return trip for the 5 of us from our hotel.
Its a 500 m walk to the waterfall which the kids really enjoyed. Once there you can get into the pool at the bottom and swim with the fish who live there. I took the opportunity to get my hands cleaned from climbing skin by the nibbling fish. A bit freaky but a lot of fun.
.After almost 2 weeks here we had totally recharged our batteries and were ready to travel to the other side of the world for more adventures.