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Bang Bao Village

Put Some Perspective to Your Own Life

 

A visit to this part of the Koh Chang Island will undoubtedly have you look at your life with a little bit more of an educated perspective, spurring on some analysis of exactly how complicated we can make our lives out to be, taking a lot of ridiculous pleasantries for granted.

 

The very simple way of life, of the people of the Bang Bao Village, is a far cry from the excessively abundant living of a lot of westerners and dwellers of the so-called new world, with a demonstration of just how effectively people can get by with a minimalist approach.

 

The Bang Bao villagers won’t be heard complaining however, as this is all they know but, one does get the sense that that’s exactly how they prefer it and this will be a sentiment echoed through a conversation with one or two of the elderly locals of the place.

 

While the sea definitely has two sides to it, with tsunamis and very rough tides experienced in other parts of the world, this part of Thailand perpetuates the calmer side of the sea, so much so that the Bang Bao Village extends out onto the sea.

 

Yes, the Bang Bao Village is built over the sea, with their house supported by stilts that extend into the floor of the sea, making for the 24/7 accessibility of the fishing aspect of their lives, around which their primary existence revolves.

 

Coastal fishing is the way of life here, as is probably the case with the entire island of Koh Chang, but more of a subsistence level prevails in the Village of Bang Bao, so you might have to make your way further into drier land to experience the subsequent seafood dining experience that may be induced by your witnessing of the freshness of the catch of the day.

 

Klong Son Beach is good for:

peace and quiet

sandy beach

fishing

 

Short description:

Klong Son beach (or Had Klong Son) is located on the north of Koh Chang. Nice bay at the very top of the island. Pure white sand stretch of beach, shaded with coconut trees. Klong Son gets very low numbers of visitors with the bulk of the backpackers and tourists alike speeding south enroute to Koh Chang's finer and more popular stretches of sand.

White Sand Beach is good for:

night live

sandy beach

variety of restaurants

shopping

Short description:

Koh Chang's most famous stretch of sand, at over 2km long there's certainly room for everyone! Lined with bungalows, food stalls and shops this is one of the best beaches in all of Thailand.

Klong Phrao Beach is good for:

tranquil surroundings

gorgeous rocky landscape

all sorts of activities

quiet and peaceful

Short description:

Situated on the somewhat less glamorous, northern side of the Koh Chang Island, Klong Prao isn’t all that much of tourist destination, especially for those who are in need of a true holiday experience of the exotic kind.

Lonely Beach is good for:

great sunset

cheap and peaceful retreat

all sorts of beach activities

perfect for family

Short description:

Also known as Kai Bae Beach, this is the spot to catch a great sunset! A few small shops and food stalls are along the beach, a good spot to chill out away from the crowds at White Sands Beach.

Bangbao Bay is good for:

fishing

seafood restaurants

shopping

nightlife

Short description:

A well-sheltered bay with a small and quiet beach. It is a fishing community where residents still live in houses built on stilts and are connected by wooden bridges. There are a growing number of tourist shops, scuba dive outlets and seafood restaurants offering a good selection of seafood.

Salak Khok Bay is good for:

pretty, unspoiled area

traditional Thai community

kayaking

quiet and peaceful

Short description:

There aren’t so much attraction in Salak Kok, but tourists can Kayak among the mangroves. Salak Kok Bay still has a fishing community that doesn’t change so much in many years, a great place to see the real traditional Thai community.

 

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