First, let me clearly state that I did not stay there. I just paid an entrance fee and then toured the grounds on my scooter, paid a visit to the lobby, and snooped around as much as I could without being rude.
Apparantly a fleet of some kind was anchored in this large natural lagoon. There are old wooden hulks from several small ships scattered around...I'm guessing an abandoned fishing boat of some kind.
Someone got the bright idea of turning this amazing little natural jewel into a resort, and incorporating the old wrecks into a theme. This was done by building new structures over the old ships, and additionaly by building fake ships from the bottom up. Thus guests get a unique experience and plenty of space from each other. So far so good.
But then, a hideous 'cruise ship' hotel facility was built on the grounds as well. It will never float away unfortunately, and the metal skin is mouldering, skylights yellowing, and it looks generally in a state of decay.
What was actually a pretty cool idea is foundering for lack of vision, maintainence, funding perhaps, and, well, just a cohesive plan.
When I was there it felt like a ghost resort as the place seemed empty. From other reviews it is apparant that it's either packed with groups, or abandoned.
It's at the very end of the road, and has a one of the best beaches on Koh Chang all to itself. I can truly say I have never seen anything like it. I'd love to stay there just to have that perfect beach to myself and maybe figure out where all those old shipwrecks came from, but I don't think I could convince my family to stay there.
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