The island of Koh Chang is a 5-6 hour drive from Bangkok. If that is too much for you, you can also fly from Bangkok to Trat in an hour and take local transportation to the ferry from there. Minibuses run from Khao San Road and the prices were saw were around 300 – 600 baht one-way. We took a regular bus from the Ekkamai Bus Station in Bangkok to Trat and paid 220 baht each. From Trat, we took a songthaew (pickup truck taxi) to the ferry. Ferry tickets were 80 baht each. The iamKohChang website has a great list of timetables and schedules.
A six hour drive sounds like a lot but it was okay. I had my ipod loaded with podcasts and Micheal can sleep anywhere so he slept through most of it.
The going rate for a songthaew from Dan Kao Pier to Lonely Beach is supposed to be 100 baht but after sundown the drivers get a bit cheeky and start to ask for much more. Our driver started by asking for 300 baht each but eventually relented to take us for 150 baht each if the songthaew was full. The roads are quite steep and winding when you get closer to Lonely Beach and I found myself closing my eyes and holding on for dear life as the driver whipped around the sharp turns.
It was fully dark by the time he dropped us off at Lonely Beach and we had not yet booked accommodation. This didn’t matter because there were multiple individuals from the various beach huts waiting for new arrivals. One of them said the magic words of “air conditioning” and “wifi” and after a quick price negotiation, we found ourselves being led to the Seaflower Resort.
After seeing the inside of these newly built bungalows we tried to negotiate for a weeks stay at the same price but it was impossible because he said that prices were going up that week as peak season was starting and they were almost fully booked so we only got two nights at the discounted price. If you are not on a strict budget, I would recommend Seaflower as I think the peak season price was only around 15 euro a night and they are really lovely little bungalows. Our bungalow had a sunbathing roof which is not my thing but the shaded front porch was nice and we were only steps from the water (a rocky part of the beach, not the swimming area).
Today we will have to go in search of new accommodation. I will post more photos after we get settled in to the new place.
Where we stayed: Sea Flower Resort