The bay’s original
The family behind Koh Chang Bailan Beach Resort has roots in the area, explaining how their comfortable midrange digs face the longest seafront of any place on the bay.
While the design is on the generic side, this is the only classic midrange beach resort in Bailan apart from Mercure Hideaway, making it unusual when compared to the area’s mostly small resorts. We’re not fans of the concrete plastered along the rocky coast, but you will find a narrow stretch of the bay’s only natural beach stretching near mangroves just north of the restaurant.
Surprisingly located closer to the sea than pricier rooms, the smallest bungalows come with sea-view porches and are made of concrete and wood with metal roofs. Inside you get woven bamboo walls, hardwood floors, TV, WiFi, safe and “stars” built into walls of hot-water wet bathrooms. On the walls, brightly painted Chinese fans distract from the well-worn surfaces.
We also checked out a superior concrete bungalow and found it clean and comfortable, with a lot more space than the cheaper rooms. These come with fridges, newer TVs, daybeds and larger bathrooms, but lack the sea views. Set at the back of the property in a two-floor concrete room block, the most recently added rooms have a modern look that includes glass windows between beds and bathtubs—a feature that always strikes us as strange.
These “junior” rooms, as the resort calls them, are at the top of the resort’s price scale excluding a few family rooms, but we reckon the bungalows offer a better deal.
At the centre of the property, just beyond a wide seafront lawn dotted with lounge chairs and hammocks, a medium-size infinity pool sports elephant fountains and sea views. You’ll also find a Thai massage sala and included breakfast served in the seaside restaurant, but no other extras. Staff at reception has been polite and helpful when we’ve inquired.
If seeking a proper beach resort in Bailan, the only other option is the Mercure Hideaway, which overlooks an artificial beach at the far northern end of the bay. If you’re willing to go cheaper and more basic while keeping the seafront and a pool, Elephant Bay Resort is a solid option starting at around 800 baht in high season. Otherwise there’s Bailan Bay Resort, another old midranger with octagonal air-con cottages on a secluded stretch of coastline—prepare for a long and hilly walk to Bailan village if staying there.
Address: Ao Bailan, Ko Chang
T: (039) 619 505 ; (086) 559 7954;
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º17'55.17" E, 11º59'32.15" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom|
Add 200 baht for a sea view
|1,100 baht||1,790 baht|
|Superior double room||1,350 baht||1,990 baht|
|Deluxe double room||1,440 baht||2,200 baht|
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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