hotel overviewStarbeach Bungalows /beach-hotel/asia/thailand/koh-chang/sai-khao-beach-north/starbeach-bungalows/
|swimming suitability||yes, but seasonal|
If you're up for high class bungalows, this might not be the place for you. Although they have bungalows in different shapes, styles and classes, I only tried out their cheapest option myself, and can only speak for that.
When you get to the end of White Sand beach, you're at Star Beach. The reception is outdoors, just covered by a roof. The cheaper options are bungalows reminding a bit of tree-huts, where you have to climb wooden stairs up the hillside to get there. The bungalows are not in any way extraordinary, and no matter how well they are cleaned, there will always be sand inside...
There's a bathroom with cold shower and one of those toilets where you have to use a bucket of water to flush. If you're not to picky, this works very well!
Our bungalow was quite high up, so we had a fantastic view over the sea. A little drawback was that climbing the stairs in the middle of the night, after a very fin party, might not be totally safe. But no injuries here :)
wine & dinerestaurants
services & facilitiesThe location is perfect, you're at the beach, but a little bit away from all the party places, so you could get a good nights sleep if you'd like. Still there's a walking distance to everything.
So, Star Beach bungalows might not be the clanest, most comfortable, but you get privacy if you want, superb location and very friendly staff! The atmosphere is perfect! This is probably one of the cheapest places left on White Sand, where the prices are getting less and less friendly.
For the high-class traveller, Koh Chang has better places to offer, but you'll have to pay for it.
With double rooms with private bathroom and fan from 300 Bath low season, this is a good option for the budget backpacker.
on the beach
is the most popular beach located at the northern end of Koh Chang's west coast. It's over 2 kms long and lined by rocks, over-hanging palms and broad-leaved trees. The southern part is the busiest of the island with numerous shops, resorts and restaurants. While the northern part, probably the most well-known and longest visited beach on Koh Chang, is today still rather quiet, despite the surge in tourism. At both ends of the beach are rather steep mountains covered with dense rain forest, which almost reach the beach. The beach is rather flat, similarly to almost everywhere on the west coast and therefore very suitable for swimming at either high or low tide.
- Wining & dining
- Adventure & explore
- Scuba Diving
|address||Star Beach Bungalows : White Sand beach , Koh Chang , Trat 23170 Thailand.|
|phone number||+66 (0)87 142 8534, 66 81 940 2195|
|phone number for bookings||+66 (0)87 142 8534, 66 81 940 2195|
location and attractions
Both air and non-air-conditioned (orange ones) buses depart from Ekkamai Bus Terminal for Trat many times a day. The trip takes five to six hours by air-conditioned bus or about eight hours by regular bus. Time Tables : http://www.sawadee.com/transfer/bus-central-east.htm
Two ways from Bangkok
Bangna-Trat (Highway No.34) which passing Chon Buri, Rayong and Chanta Buri. The distance is 385 kms long.
Bangna-Chonburi-Klaeng-Chanta Buri (Highway No. 344). The distance is 315 kms in length.
Getting to Islands
Ferries depart either from Ao Thammachat Pier, or Koh Chang Centre Point Landings between 07.30 a.m. - 4.30 p.m., with a travel time of 30 minutes. Private vehicles can be loaded onto the ferry. Please note that vehicles used on the island should be 4 wheel drive vehicles as road conditions are bumpy and there are steep slopes to be negotiated. From the landing on Koh Chang there are song taew services to various points. Fares should be settled beforehand.