Before heading off to Malaysia, we decided to have an eight-day beach holiday and chose Koh Chang, as the destination to celebrate our thirtieth wedding anniversary. Koh Chang is Thailand‘s second largest island after Phuket.
Our hotel in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, provided us a free transfer to the airport and we took an Air Asia flight to Bangkok, changed airports (also free of charge on the shuttle) and then took the Bangkok Airways flight to Trat, the nearest airport to Koh Chang. The plane’s descent into Trat airport was a bit hairy as the plane was one of the old turbo prop and was quite small. Trat airport is tiny but also quite beautiful and charming – one is greeted with dozens of trees shaped as elephants. Our hotel’s mini-bus driver welcomed us and we left the airport for Trat’s port, where we took the short ferry to Koh Chang (elephant island). Once we left the ferry in Koh Chang, we rejoined our mini-bus for the half hour drive to our hotel. Koh Chang essentially has one very twisty road around the island, with many steep ascents/descents to negotiate the mountainous terrain. It is very much a tropical island with the interior being largely un-populated except for wildlife and beautiful birds.
We had chosen a comfortable hotel on a lovely beach. Upon arrival we were warmly greeted as is the custom in Thailand. We had booked via Bookings.Com but at check-in were given a free upgrade to a large room overlooking the sea.
Once the hotel manager knew that it was our thirtieth wedding anniversary, he insisted on providing us a very special candle-lit dinner on the beach – the celebratary dinner was complementary but we contributed to a nice bottle of wine and had a wonderful evening listening to the birds singing their evening songs and the waves rolling in, and, of course, reminiscing the thirty splendid years together.
We had a truly memorable eight days in Koh Chang. It is a simple but very beautiful tropical island with some spectacular beaches. We spent many hours walking on the beach. Koh Chang is one of the places to which we would like to return one day.
Our next destination was Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia but that’s another blog.