Fah Thai March 2014 - page 110

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FAHTHAI
1 _
WHAT WE
RECOMMEND
If you’re planning on
exploring the island
archipelago by kayak,
think about signing up
for a professional course
with local outfit Kayak
Chang. You’ll learn proper
paddling technique,
navigation and safety
skills, as well as earning
a recognised certificate.
(
kayakchang.com)
2 _
KNOW THE
NUMBER
9 – the number of villages
on Koh Chang, which
makes it easy to see them
all in one day by scooter.
3 _
PEACE &
MOON
In the heart of the stilt
village of Bangbao lies this
charming little shop that
sells leather and jewellery
handmade by Thai-
Japanese couple Dook and
Ritsuko. If you don’t get
to meet them when you
visit, it’s probably because
they’re at their other store
– in Japan.
(peace-moon.com)
COUNTRY
CODE
+66
EXCHANGE
RATE
THB30 = US$1
FREQUENCY
3 flights per day
from Bangkok
RUSTIC ISLE
Peace and
seclusion are
easily found on
Koh Chang
S E R E N I T Y
Top 3
insider
travel tips
Rest Your Head
PLUBPLA KOH MAK RETREAT
In recent years, tiny Koh Mak
has seen upscale resorts start
to supplant the many beach
bungalows that once dotted its
sandy shores. The best lodgings
are the 18 luxury villas at this
boutique retreat, where staff go
out of their way to make your
stay memorable.
(kohmakplubpla.com)
THE CHILL
Located close to the famous
White Sand beach, this Koh
Chang resort delivers exactly
what it promises on the sign.
We recommend the Splash
rooms that open directly onto
the large infinity pool, while the
sunset views from the Chill Out
Café are spectacular.
(thechillresort.com)
Top Tables
FOOD ART HUT
Thanks to large stencilled letters
spelling out its name, you can’t
miss this German-run bakery
and café on Koh Mak’s main
walking street. Little more than
a thatched roof shack, it serves
a surprising range of pastries
and cakes – the place even
make its own pizza dough.
(kohmakfoodarthut.de.to)
Bottoms Up
STONE FREE
We reckon Hendrix himself
would approve of this lively bar
on Soi 2 in Lonely Beach village.
Musical entertainment comes
courtesy of the Sticky Rice Blues
Band, while the reasonably
priced drinks and food keep
patrons contented.
(Soi 2, Lonely Beach Village)
Treat Yourself
BREEZE SPA
At this smart spa tucked inside
the Amari Emerald Cove resort,
the treatment rooms open up
right onto the beach, meaning
you can inhale ylang ylang and
lavender while enjoying that
fresh seaside air. Try one of
the floral baths or chocolate
body scrubs followed by an
invigorating Thai massage.
(breeze-spa.com)
Koh Chang
TEXT: SIMON OSTHEIMER; IMAGE: TPG
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