Jessica's first trip to Thailand was during October 2007 when she was only 7 months old. Her Grandmother and Aunty who live in Chiang Mai in the north of the country, wanted to see her, as you can imagine, as did the rest of the family.
Anyway during this trip we had planned to have a few days in Koh Chang, which is a small island, famous for it pristine white beaches, clear blue sea and unspoilt coastline.
As eight of us were travelling we decided the best course of action was to hire a minibus and travel through the night to avoid most of the traffic, which can be a nightmare in Thailand.
We left at 6pm in the evening. The driver stopped at various points of the journey to stretch his legs, grab a bite to eat and drink and to freshen up. It also gave us a chance to take a break from the boredom of the journey (well those of us who couldn't sleep) like me.
|A fishing boat catching the evening meal|
After a short drive over some hilly terrain (with great views of the sea) we finally reached the hotel, the KC Grande Hotel and Resort. We booked the beach huts or bungalows which are only a few metres from the sea. The resort is located on White Sand Beach (Haad Sai Khao) which is lined with palm trees and is one of the most popular beaches on the island.
Having visited Phuket and Pattaya it was clear that Koh Chang was much more tranquill and lacked the hustle and bustle of the other two. However this was OK with us as we only planned on some gentle relaxation as my wife wanted to spend time catching up with her family, and they of course wanted to spend time with Jessica.
Koh Chang did offer some excursions, especially over the border into Cambodia. For those who like a little bit of adventure there are places that cater for scuba diving, speed boating and elephant trekking too. Information on these activities is available from the tourist kiosk in town or from the hotel reception.
|This was the view of the coastline just a few paces from|
our beach hut
There was a beach restauarant close to the hotel, which we used most of the time. The menu included many Thai dishes plus a range of continental dishes so there was something for everyone. As you can imagine seafood was very popular here.
|The restaurants where we went for our evening meal|
|The view from the ferry as we left Koh Chang|