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Ko Chang in High Season

Posted by oweka540 on 18/10/2008 at 14:52

We are thinking about going to Ko Chang for 3-4 days while in Thailand in late November. Normally we wouldn't make reservations in advance, but would this be a good idea because of November being 'high season'?

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Posted by tezza on 19/10/2008 at 17:46

Late November is more shoulder season than high season. Unless you are after a specific property I reckon you will not have to book.

Funny things happen though - last early Feb, which is high season but not peak-peak, I hit Bai Lan, not a real busy place on the west coast, but the bungalow joint which got a real good write-up here in TRAVELFISH was booked out, as were 2 adjacent places. Took a bit of wandering to find a bungalow.
On the same visit, there were vacancies at super popular White Sand Beach and Lonely Beach at all 5 places I asked.

I have visited Chang once in November - but this was in 98, so things were a bit different. Actually accommodation was way more limited and Chang was becoming the IN place. At the same time, the southern Gulf around Samui etc was having one of its periodic shocker Novembers weather wise - so there was a stream of refugees from that area. The result was a stream of people wandering the beach off the afternoon ferry looking for a place.
But I actually visited the island 3 times that Nov in between trips to the island to the south of Chang and had no problems finding a place at White Sand.

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Posted by khunwilko on 19/10/2008 at 19:29

My advice with KC is usually to book for your first night at least as looking for rooms can be an arduous task there. However you are only going for a short period,

Although I agree with Tezza that it SHOULDN'T be a problem in relation to numbers, your problems can start if you arrive late afternoon with no idea of which hotel you are heading for, if you don't have your own transport, you will have to negotiate with song taews to take you around the place, this can be expensive and you could end up taking something you don't really like just to get your head down

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