Photo: The view out and over Bang Bao.

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Some very good small places to stay are built right over the water along Bang Bao pier; in some cases you can jump straight from your balcony into the sea! Those who prefer the beach-bum lifestyle should check out the growing Klong Kloi beach, which is an easy bicycle ride from the pier. On the other side of the bay, the secluded southwestern peninsula is recommended for couples and families seeking peace and quiet.

Bang Bao pier

Along with souvenir shops, travel offices and seafood restaurants, the boat pier and tiny village where it begins are home to some interesting budget to midrange choices. While it's a decent hike to the nearest beach, staying at any of these is certain to be a memorable experience.

Koh Chang Sea Hut
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
53 Moo 1, Bang Bao, Ko Chang
T: (081) 285 0570

One of Ko Chang's more memorable places to stay, Koh Chang Sea Hut's string of blue octagon-shaped rooms perched directly over the sea are more cottage or villa than hut. Each is very spacious, with wood floors and walls to go with high ceilings that feature a neat tangle of wood rafters at the top. Many mod-cons include TV and fridge, and large windows afford great views over the west side of Ao... Read our full review of Koh Chang Sea Hut .

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Bang Bao Paradise Homestay
Backpacker - Under 600B
Bang Bao Pier, Ko Chang
T: (088) 838 0040

With its thatched roofing over old teak wood walls painted aqua-blue, the Paradise Homestay captures the laid back feel of what Bang Bao was like before tourism replaced fishing as the village's main industry. Though small and basic, the rooms are clean and very pleasant, with multi-coloured bedspreads on firm beds, wood-panelled walls painted flush white, and old-fashioned washboard style... Read our full review of Bang Bao Paradise Homestay.

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Buddha View Guesthouse
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Bang Bao Pier, Ko Chang
T: (039) 558 157

Occupying an old fisherman's home that sits on stilts off the pier, the best part about this well-done seven-room guesthouse is its stylish restaurant, bar and lounge set on a spacious wooden deck with sofas and floor cushions overlooking the bay. The rooms aren't too shabby either -- they're large, spotless and come with choice of shared or ensuite bathroom, both of which have hot water and rain... Read our full review of Buddha View Guesthouse.

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Bang Bao, southwestern peninsula

The following places are located on the rugged peninsula that forms the western side of Bang Bao Bay. Thin slices of sand that periodically emerge from the mangroves are the only semblances of beach here, but all of the places to stay afford tremendous views over the bay or to the wide western gulf. It's a romantic setting that's also great for anyone seeking peace and quiet.

Bhuvarin Resort
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Bang Bao, Ko Chang
T: (087) 828 4411

With an elegant Thai theme and great views over the bay, Bhuvarin offers a romantic setting and great service at prices that will make flashpackers happy. The receptionist spoke perfect English and was one of the most polite and positive people we met on Ko Chang. The cosy resort is built into a steep hillside, and roofed salas offer respite to guests walking down the long staircases from the... Read our full review of Bhuvarin Resort.

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Nirvana Resort Koh Chang
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
12/4-5 Moo 1, Bang Bao, Ko Chang
T: (039) 558 061-3

This small but well-appointed resort is a good choice for anyone looking to splash out -- but not on your average beach resort. It struck us as a luxury resort for grown-ups who are still backpackers at heart. Along with a rocky private beach, Nirvana boasts a long, winding walkway perched over the dark volcanic rocks that form the peninsula's west side; head here for spectacular sunsets and... Read our full review of Nirvana Resort Koh Chang.

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Cliff Cottage
Backpacker - Under 600B
Bang Bao, Ko Chang
T: (085) 904 6706

Occupying a thin stretch of land that fronts a secluded cove where the peninsula first begins to stretch southwards, the bungalows at this long-running backpacker favourite enjoy one of the best locations on all of Ko Chang. They're set at the top of a forested hill where a constant sea breeze rattles the leaves on towering trees. The bungalows themselves, however, are little more than run-down... Read our full review of Cliff Cottage.

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Kho Nok Homestay
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Bang Bao, Ko Chang
T: (080) 640 3295

The last trace of civilisation on the bumpy dirt road that skirts the peninsula's east coast, this charming homestay is run by a family that have been on Ko Chang for generations. They cater mainly to Thai weekenders, but one of the family members speaks a little English and it's such a beautiful spot that we had to include it. Relying on simple shared bathroom facilities, simple white cottages... Read our full review of Kho Nok Homestay.

Remark Pu-Zi Hut
Backpacker - Under 600B
11/1 Moo 1, Bang Bao, Ko Chang
T: (081) 802 7714

Set on a seaside plot of land with abundant palms just north of the pier, Remark Pu-Zi's bungalows have fully thatched exterior walls and roofs that will satisfy those seeking an exotic island hut experience. Inside, they have woven bamboo walls, firm beds with mosquito nets on raised wood platforms, a little wood bench and hot water in simple bathrooms. The one we checked out had a single,... Read our full review of Remark Pu-Zi Hut .

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Khlong Kloi beach and surrounds

On the eastern side of Bang Bao Bay, the nearly-white sand of Khlong Kloi Beach draws a mix of hippies and sun-worshipers who often stick around for weeks on end. A couple of kilometres further east lies Ko Chang's quirkiest resort, Aunchaleena (formerly Grand Lagoona), and its lovely private beach.

Klong Kloi Cottage
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
131 Moo 1, Khlong Kloi Beach, Bang Bao, Ko Chang
T: (039) 558 169

This ultra-laid back beach bum joint offers pleasantly simple cottages a stone's throw from the sea. All well-kept rooms have basic ensuite bathrooms, comfortable beds with mosquito nets, screened windows and porches. The cheapest have cold-water showers and are set furthest from the sand, though they're still close enough to enjoy a sea breeze. Air-con rooms are larger and enjoy the best views.... Read our full review of Klong Kloi Cottage .

Aunchaleena Beach Front Koh Chang
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
58 Moo 1, Bang Bao, Ko Chang
T: (039) 619 713

Formerly known as Grand Lagoona, Ko Chang's quirkiest high-end resort was originally the work of a Thai businessman who apparently had a thing for boats. Much of the accommodation is set in some sort of boat, and even the swimming pool floats on a lagoon. If you can look past the strangeness of it all -- and the fact that the grounds and accommodation haven't aged all that gracefully --... Read our full review of Aunchaleena Beach Front Koh Chang.

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Hippy Hut
Backpacker - Under 600B
Bang Bao, Ko Chang
T: (087) 742 4718

This genuine reggae-inspired bungalow spot has a good location about halfway between Khlong Kloi Beach and Bang Bao Pier. We're talking seriously rudimentary accommodation here -- choose between a crumbling concrete hovel or faded stilted bamboo bungalow, both with firm mattress, mosquito net and porch with hammock. BYOF (bring your own fan). On the plus side (we guess?), the concrete rooms have... Read our full review of Hippy Hut.

Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Bang Bao? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

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