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Kai Bae Beach has become one of Ko Chang's better areas for a good mix of beach-lounging, nightlife, great food and easy access to travel services. Though it's unabashedly touristic, it lacks (for the most part) the raunchy bars of Haad Sai Khao and Khlong Prao, and as such it's a favourite for families and older couples -- especially mainland Europeans, Scandinavians and Russians. A handful of quality budget spots welcome a trickle of backpackers as well.

Kai Bae's beach is narrow but fine, with powdery light khaki sand and clear water set to a backdrop of coconut palms and jungle-clad mountains that rise dramatically in the distance. While Khlong Prao and Haad Sai Khao have longer, wider stretches of sand, Kai Bae arguably boasts the island's best tropical seafront scenery.

If you came for a taste of the exotic, you'll find it at Porn's treehouse-style restaurant and thatched bungalows on an idyllic southern slice of the beach. Keep in mind however that a rocky seawall replaces the beach on the northern side of the estuary that runs through the heart of Kai Bae.

The main street is busy with bars, restaurants and shops, and much of Ko Chang's best international food can be enjoyed here. The road's northern section is where you'll find Kai Bae's few girlie bars, while the south is mainly home to stylish cafes, motorbike rental shops, travel offices and souvenir stands.

Head inland at the southernmost of Kai Bae's two 7-elevens to enjoy a scenic hike past fruit orchards that eventually morphs into a rugged trail and culminates at a so-called secret waterfall. Though you won't find Kai Bae Waterfall on the maps, it's well worth the walk.

With a narrow main drag that has few footpaths, and square concrete shops practically built on top of one another, Kai Bae's main road is a densely developed area -- use caution when walking, cycling or motorbiking. Several ATMs and a few currency exchange booths are found along the main drag, and there's even a Tesco Express mini supermarket here.

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Text and/or map last updated on 23rd December, 2013.

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Usually found exploring Bangkok's side streets or south Thailand's islands, David Luekens is an American freelance writer & photographer who finds everyday life in Asia to be extraordinary. You can follow his travails here.

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