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“After the meal we checked into our very quaint and simple hut set up on the cliff tops with a hammock on the porch and nothing to obstruct our view from the never-ending openness of the sea.”

Even though I have spent much of my life in and around NYC and now Bangkok and love big cities in general, there is a definite need to get out of Dodge and grab a bit of solitude. An easy trip by sky train (15 min), a bus (4 hours), and then a boat (45 min) puts you on one of Thailand's largest islands, Koh Chang. The island definitely has a busy western coast which is the only side I have seen, but way down at the very tip outside of the port town of Bang Bao is the Cliff Cottage Bungalows.
Upon arrival you enter the main hangout area equipped with lounges, hammocks, big cushions and hanging swing chairs. All you can see from here is sea and sky. We dropped our bags, ordered a few local beers and kicked off the flip flops, ready to settle in for a few days.
Cliff cottage is run and owned by a very friendly Brit and his Thai wife but the good vibes really came from the fun staff which seemed to be lead by a witty katoy (ladyboy) who was always around for a chat or to assist us with food and refreshments. Our first meal of various curries to share gave us a good taste of what the kitchen had to offer and we were quite pleased.
After the meal we checked into our very quaint and simple hut set up on the cliff tops with a hammock on the porch and nothing to obstruct our view toward the never-ending openness of the sea. At $4.40 a night you can't expect much but the rustic cottage was all we needed when not hanging out on the communal verandah.

What’s great about this location is that you feel like you are on your own private island but if you walk 10 minutes you are in a  small port town where you can get any necessities you might not have brought with you. Take a local pick up truck-taxi or rent a motorbike and head north over the hill and in fifteen minutes your at the very laid back but festive Lonely Beach. Here there are plenty of restaurants, bars and large expanses of sandy beach to spend your day being social if you so choose or just taking it all in. The beach bars stay open all night serving cocktails, snacks and happy treats but transportation will not be available in the late night so bring your own or plan accordingly.
All in all this makes a great destination for a long weekend (if you’re in South East Asia) or longer as there are plenty of jungle trails to explore and no shortage of water sports like snorkeling, diving and kayaking to keep you busy when you’re not kicking back island style.

http://www.cliff-cottage.com/

 

 

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