Koh Chang Longstay Resort
Set at the point where Khlong Prao estuary meets the sea, this nondescript resort enjoys both the tranquility of the mangrove-lined canal and direct access to a phenomenal beach.
The half-dozen or so beach houses are unassuming -- no swimming pool or well groomed tropical gardens here -- and that's exactly how the owner wants to keep it. Along with nearby Klong Prao Seafood Restaurant, he also owns the sprawling coconut grove that stretches to the south, but prefers to retain the area's low-key atmosphere rather than selling the land to a big developer. Outfitted with glossy wood floors, tasteful wood trim, walls full of windows and multiple terraces with canal and sea views, the massive beach villas are excellent family holiday material. With separate living room and bedroom, each is equipped with plush leather sofa (among other furniture), LCD TV, air-con, dining room table, cushy bed, beautiful bathroom with whirlpool tub and kitchen with large fridge, sink, kettle, electric stove and microwave. Not surprising given the name, the villas are generally rented out by the week or month, but shorter stays may also be possible. In any case, you'll want to plan well ahead, as the place is booked out during the busy times of year. The longer you stay, the cheaper it gets.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Standard double room, low season: 3,658 baht, high season 3,658 baht. Notes: (21,950 per week)
8/28 Moo 4, Khlong Prao, Ko Chang
Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B