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“stay here if you want seclusion” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Tropical Beach Koh Chang
Ranked #24 of 72 Hotels in Ko Chang
Chiang Mai, Thailand
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12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“stay here if you want seclusion”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2013

I travelled with a few friends -- we had two "garden view" (standard/superior) bungalows.

We found this to be a great place, and only want to say this, in case you're expecting 5* resort (there's a posh facility next door):

Driving from the ferry pier seems to take you to the furthest end of the island -- which is true! Management lost our reservation details but shuffled things around for us, added the extra bed that we had emailed about. The transfer service from the pier dropped us off at the end of the road... and the resort was about 500m further down the beach (or more, down a winding and uneven backroad). Resort staff are unobtrusive, the restaurant seems to operate at a slow&sleepy pace. There was a garbage bin in front of the next bungalow, and I don't know how its occupants dealt with the foul smells! The beachfront is rocky and unsuitable for bathing, although great for anyone who wants to explore the seafloor at low-tide.

We walked about 400m west (to the right) for a bathing-beach, borrowing the chairs from another resort (buy a snack or a drink). There are quite a few dining options along the BangBao beach; for more choices, the village at Lonely Beach is only a 60-70B taxi ride away. We had stuff for the mosquitoes, which took care of the critters. Staff helped call a taxi for us, if the driver has a card and you have a mobile number, you can book your own rides into the village or over to busier beaches. There is a tour service, offering all the things that others on the island advertise; nothing special. You can pay in cash, or with a foreign-issued credit card.

Room Tip: Garden view (standard) bungalows are fine... I wouldn't pay extra for the superior/beach-view...
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Miss_Leeding
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Trondheim, Norway
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2012

I travelled with my daughters, 25 and 13. We had two bungalows. Seaview, but not worth it. What was ok with the resort was that the people working there was very kind.
But the bungalows was not clean and it was a lot of insects there.
The beach was not for bathing. The beach at the left side, Grand Lagoona, was great. By climbing a little we could go there by following the sealine. But otherwise, the staff told us it would take about 20 min walk and costed 50 TBH. No beds there. The other hotels beaches on the right side was also better.
The resort offer transport, but it is overprised!
It's a place with free internet, but mostly it did't work.
The restaurant closed after 8:30 PM. After that it was no staff at the resort.
After a short time we left the resort and went to Amari Emerald Cove, and it was like going from hell to heaven:)

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2012

nice hotel with good facility . hotel people are nice , room ( pool access) are nice . only one problem is hotel is far from pier .

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2012

We knew little about the layout of Ko Chang so it was not the fault of the hotel that we felt a bit isolated. The hotel pool more than made up for the lack of a nice hotel beach but not being able to walk to other beaches was a disappointment. The hotel management was helpful with suggestions for getting around although the options were limited to taxis and motorscooters and as the roads are steep and narrow the latter was not an attractive option. We had a superior room looking out towards the ocean. The room was beautifully clean and the bed comfortable for us although quite firm. The only negative was being woken a couple of times during storms when for some reason the room's vestibule light went on. The breakfast buffet was very good with lots of options. Definitely a good value hotel that provided a pleasant and peaceful environment .

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Amsterdam
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486 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2012

More or less on the end of the road (and beyond!) lies this wonderful Tropical Beach resort where I stayed 2 weeks. I had a very nice time there but for other travellers it is worth knowing a few facts:

The road ends about 1.5 km before the resort and after that, you have to go on a bumpy dirtroad to get to the resort. You could however walk along the beach to and from the main road which is only about 600 meter. I had a motorbike and I quite liked it but other people felt a bit trapped there.

The beach in front of the resort is very rocky and not so nice for swimming but if you walk about 300 meter towards the main road, there are lots of nice places to swim and relax, with free comfortable beds to lie upon all day as long as you have something to eat or drink there. I found it to be the best beach on the island to read and relax and where beds are free.

Now the bugalows are detached and therefore much more quiet than in other resorts where neighbours can be noisy. There is a neighbouring resort that sometimes has Karaoke evening that can be noisy but usually they stop earlyish (10 PM).

On the other hand, the lights stay on all night in the park and the curtains are very thin, so I felt like it was day i.s.o. night every time I woke up in the middle of the night. I decided to use my blankets and towels as curtains to dim the lights, very annoying.

The people in the resort are very friendly but asking for a thinner pillow never resulted in actually getting one.

Overal it was a very relaxed stay, with friendly smiles everytime I saw one of the staffmembers. The rooms were spacious and clean (but why not paint the walls i.s.o. the prison-look raw concrete?) and eventhough all the minor negative points, I would still recommend it to any body who just want to enjoy the sunset, the beautiful views of the mountains and the fishermen looking for shellfish. They might even find this resort to be perfect!

Room Tip: I don't think it is worth paying more for the front bungalows.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Miami, Florida
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72 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2012

This hotel is on the opposite side of the ferry, passing Bang Bao Bay Village. It’s hard to get there because the last km to get there is not paved, and the last few kilometers before getting there are full with steep hills and curves; so taxis will charge you more to get there... THEREFORE: it’s ISOLATED! Which is AWESOME if you are looking for peace and tranquility.

We absolutely loved the location. You have the best views from here, since you can see all the big islands that you can not see from any other part of Koh Chang. The breathtaking views and the tranquility makes this hotel extremely romantic... no loud groups here!

Really good swimming beach, great snorkeling (they also provide snorkeling gear for FREE!) Free kayaks and PLENTY of places to go in them! You have a refrigerator in your room, AC and a patio with 2 chairs and a table (plus a hanger to dry your clothes! great idea for the swimsuits...) Oh! and there is a TV with a DVD player and they have movies and books that you can use for free (we didn't)

The hotel is very cheap, and don’t expect any luxury here... just come for the location, I think it’s a good value. They have a free breakfast (not very good, but oh well! Not a big deal, at least you can get your morning java). Food is not their forte, but you can walk to the hotel next door that has amazing food, there are several other small places you can go walking on the beach within 1km. OR you can get some amazing fresh fish in Bang Bao Bay Village, wich is just 4 km from the hotel.

The last day, we found out that they rent bikes for the day (for $6!!!) Next time, we'll rent one!

In a few words: great beach, big size rooms, Free Internet (good speed!), good water pressure, very friendly staff, very peaceful.... and...

GREAT value, you can not beat the price for the place!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank morochaargentina
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Leeds, West Yorkshire
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2012

Stayed here recently with a friend for about 5 nights - 2 or 3 would have been better.

The bungalows are modern, with mozzie nets, fridges and inside showers - all the normal things you would expect - quite nice. The beach is very small, with only a handful of sun beds, which are mostly in the shade. The breakfast is a standard buffet, nothing special, with a couple of choices only, and if you are really good you may get a fried bug in there as I did! :-)

Didn't try their lunch or evening menu - walked further down the beach every evening to the other resorts. In fact spent the days at the resort next door (began with a C cannot remember the name) as they had a much wider beach, less coral, more sunbeds and a swimming pool (residents only).

The resort is at the far end of the island, in fact at the very end of the road! So its remote and although there are resorts to walk to on the beach (about 6 or so) there is nothing else to do here really and you cant walk to the road to get a taxi as the taxis dont come to the end of the road. So you will need to hire a bike (no insurance - standard at 250bt a day) and explore that way.

To be honest its a fine resort, I would say couples only and the bungalows are modern and clean but the beach isnt good and next time I would just go straight to Koh Mak and by pass Koh Chang altogether ....

Room Tip: Ps, it doesnt matter whether you get a sea view or not as the bungalows are rarely more than 50 yard...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Tiger_Totty
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Property: Tropical Beach Koh Chang
Address: 42/1 Moo 2, Koh Chang Tai, Ko Chang 23170, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Trat Province > Ko Chang
Amenities:
Beach Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa
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Ranked #24 of 72 Hotels in Ko Chang
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Hotel Class:3 star — Tropical Beach Koh Chang 3*
Number of rooms: 27
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