Ko Chang Ranong: Settling into Island Life

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Ko Chang Ranong: Settling into Island Life

The weeks preceding my arrival in Ko Chang I had been moving pretty quickly and seeing a lot so I was ready to find somewhere to stay for a little longer and just relax. I had heard that Ko Chang Ranong was a little known island with very little development, no resorts and not even any roads. Sounds like just the place to spend a week and slow things down.

Ko Chang Resort

There are two Ko Changs in Thailand. The big one on the gulf coast close to Cambodia is not the one I was looking for. It is very developed and has many big resorts. Of course that comes with lots of tourism and high prices.

Ko Chang Ranong is located on the northern Andaman coast of Thailand right on the border with Myanmar. All ferries depart from Ranong, about a 3 hour bus ride from my last stop, which was Phang Nga. The biggest industry in Ranong is fishing and it seems to be very successful. The harbor was packed with fishing boats.


The ferry stops at many points along the west coast of Ko Chang to drop off guests right where they are staying. Most of the accommodation is on Long Beach. I had no idea where I was going to stay, but the boat captain reccomeded a place which was the last stop the ferry  made around the corner from Long Beach on a smaller bay lined with only a few bungalows. I really lucked out getting, I think, the cheapest bungalow on the island and with a great view for only 200 baht($5.50)


Ko Chang

I learned later that the owner of the bungalow where I was staying was the boat captains mom. It was a nice family run spot called Lae Tawan Bungalows. Most of the guests here were older Germans who come back year after year and spend anywhere from 1 month to 6 months. They were a very friendly and welcoming group and a nice break from all the unfriendly Russians I came across in Phuket.

I stayed here for 6 days and it went way too fast. Honestly I didn’t do much of anything, but time seemed to pass way too quickly. One day I went for a hike through the jungle to a secluded beach to the south of where I was staying. The water around the island is certainly not the clearest water and the beaches have a lot of black sand, but it was still nice to swim in.



I was here for New Years also and the locals put on a party every New Years Eve. It was a really interesting experience with Thai music and fireworks and way more locals than tourists.



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  • Mom

    I actually think the black sand is stunning!!! You’re seeing so many beautiful places on earth. And this very picturesque island is incredible. Ko Chang gives island life a whole new meaning. Your bungalow is adorable. What an authentic, very unique way to ring in the new year!!

    January 18, 2016 at 8:03 pm
  • Cara

    Whoa!! That’s what everyone dreams of when they want to escape the business of life!!! What a dream come true for my day dreams, LOL. Love it!!

    January 19, 2016 at 10:58 am
  • Mrs. Jumper

    Brooks, your journey thus far has been absolutely AMAZING! I am truly enjoying your posts and pictures! Stay safe and carry on! Enjoy every minute!

    January 19, 2016 at 4:55 pm

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