Klong Kloi is a quiet beach that few people even know is there

Looking for a secret, romantic hide-away? for a little-known beach hidden on the far end of an island that is well off the tourist trail? And a comfortable beachfront resort facing a beautiful stretch of coco-fringed sand and water? Klong Kloi Beach is Koh Chang's answer for romantics with the passion to find such a special place.
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This beach – as our Klong Kloi beach map shows – is on the far south of Koh Chang, literally at the end of the road. This differs to most others on this island because it is not a west coast beach, lying in a bay facing south. The view from this beach is pretty, looking out along the two sides of the bay and over islands in the background.
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As the crow flies, the beach is just over a kilometre from one of the island's major attractions, Bang Bao jetty with its tourist shops, restaurants and bars. But hardly any of the visitors from other beaches who come to visit Bang Bao come to Klong Kloi – or even know it is there. While the Bang Bao jetty is visible from the beach, the view from the opposite direction shows only trees and a few umbrellas. No-one would suspect that there are resorts hidden behind the beach.
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Klong Kloi Beach takes its name from the little 'klong,' or canal, that cuts the beach and runs behind it. This is one of two natural, mangrove-lined waterways that meander around the rare bit of flat land between the beach and the mountain.
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At the east end of the beach the mountain again meets the sea, creating a barrier that stops both the beach and the road. Access beyond this is only possible from the other side of the island.
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See some of the many other detailed info pages about Koh Chang and it’s beaches in this site:

Klong Kloi's beach basics: sand, water, forest, canal

Klong Kloi beach is divided into two sections by the estuary of a small mangrove river, with 800 metres to the West where four of the resorts here are located, and 660 metres in the east entirely occupied by the huge, estate-like Koh Chang Boat Chalet.
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sand
The sand on Klong Kloi is surprisingly good in both sectors. Why surprisingly good? This bay is somewhat protected from the monsoon waves, and beaches that are not exposed to rough weather for some part of the year are generally under-developed, or have courser sand. But not here. The sand here is quite fine and soft. The slope on the beach is a little steep, and at high tide the water laps right up to the trees, not leaving much sand exposed along the western half of the beach where most of the resorts are.
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water
The water is here is generally very clear, though the western half has the problem common to all beaches on Koh Chang – it is quite shallow at low tide. The eastern stretch, surprisingly, has the deepest water off any beach in Koh Chang, giving excellent swimming depths at all tides.
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shade
Along the western half of the beach there is a good, thick line of trees above the sand providing shade, though most of the resorts here also provide umbrellas. The forest behind the beach is in relatively good condition – except where it has been removed to make way for coconut plantations – with all four resorts built quite nicely among the trees with minimal destruction.
Koh Chang Boat Chalet, more like an estate on the eastern side than a normal resort, has lost most of the beachfront trees to coconut palms, which don’t give much shade, leaving this part of the beach quite hot.
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density of use
Aside from the guests in the small resorts here, few people venture this far south on Koh Chang to visit this beach. Density of use is thus quite sparse.
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peace & quiet
There are no jet skis, power boats or other noisy machines operating here, so Klong Kloi is a particularly peaceful, relaxing beach. And you certainly won’t have to worry about being disturbed by hawkers patrolling the sand.
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beach bars & restaurants
There are a few independent beach bars and restaurants at the far west of the beach end that add a little interest here. There were five in 2017, but such little beach businesses come and go with each season. Each resort here has its own beachside restaurant.
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beach access
Access to this beach is quite easy for those not staying in one of the resorts. At the far west end – the first part of the beach to be reached – there’s a little bridge over Klong Kloi canal (klong = canal) with signs welcoming visitors to the restaurants and beach bars. The east end of the beach can be reached by taking the road further along and following the signs to Tropical Beach Resort. The beach between this and the upmarket Chivapuri Resort is open to the public road.
The road into this beach is particularly attractive, passing through a lush forest of bamboo and trees that has no development at all – an entirely pleasant entry to this speck of lost paradise.

those strange tides
Everyone holidaying on an island in the Gulf of Thailand should be aware of the strange tidal patterns that can make a significant difference to any beach holiday – especially for those eager to swim. Unlike most places on planet earth that experience 4 tides every 25 hours, this Gulf effectively has only two. It means high or low tide can last all day, and that can alternatively leave you with virtually no dry beach all day, at high tide, or little water to swim in all day, during low tide. Read more about the strange tides, and what causes them, here at the Gulf of Thailand’s strange tides.
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good resorts, bungalows & beach bars among the trees .....

The remoteness of Klong Kloi Beach has not hindered the development of the resorts here. Koh Chang's largest and most ambitious beachfront resort is located here, sprawling over an unusual area of flat land and lagoon. Our map shows the huge area that Koh Chang Boat Chalet occupies. The other four include a mix of high, middle and budget accommodations that can meet all needs.

The luxury end is filled by the elegant Chivapuri Beach Resort. This has single and two-storey Thai-style chalets blended into a mixed forest of coconut palms and new-growth forest. Chivapuri has a wide, sandy beachfront that is open in the middle while both sides have thick shade trees, with massage beds below. It is the only resort on this stretch of beach with a swimming pool, which is reasonably large. It has a shallow end separated for children. Chivapuri has kayaks available.

Considering it's remote geographic location and the manner in which it is hidden in the forest, Chivapuri is certainly one of the best hideaway, natural resorts on this island

The nearby Tropical Beach Resort has nice bungalow accommodations built well into the forest, giving it a very natural feel, and the beach is nice. But it has no swimming pool and few other services, save a large restaurant. The beach becomes a little rocky towards this middle sector where an estuary empties out to the sea. But it's definitely a tranquil beach escape in a natural environment.

The two establishments to the west of Chivapuri are small establishments offering budget bungalows. Bang Bao Beach Resort has simple but comfortable bungalows, and a small restaurant. Klong Kloi Cottage is the more basic of these two, with small, simple bungalows. Both of these two small establishments are in need of more trees.

As of 2017 couple more small bungalow resorts, restaurants and beach bars had joined the collection at the far west end of the beach, making this the relatively 'active' part of the beach.
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Koh Chang’s ‘almost’ circular road around the island

At the time of writing in early 2017, it was not possible to drive right around this island. You can drive down both east and west coasts with both roads coming very close at the extreme south end. But here the big steep mountain backbone of the island drops directly into the sea, throwing up a barrier, and the roads cannot link up. It’s a problem for many people, and for the overall development of the island.

Both the surveying and planning to build the final sector that will link the two coasts has been in place for some years, and action is now waiting only on political will and budgeting. Local talk suggests it will happen very soon – but that has been heard before, of course. The obstructive mountain can be seen in the map here, separating our Klong Kloi and Ao Salak Phet beach maps.

When the road is finally cut through the steep mountain – following a small track already in place – it will change the bottom end of Koh Chang quite dramatically, and in a manner that the locals long for. Anyone who has swung and swayed their way down the winding roads of Koh Chang’s entire west coast will understand why.

The east coast is flat and fast. When there is a choice of east or west coast roads, everyone on the bottom end of the island will go east, to avoid the narrow, convoluted west coast road, its steep, winding hills and the congested tourist villages. In contrast, the existing flat, straight road on the east coast is a super highway. When the east coast becomes accessible as locals have long waited for, everyone in Klong Kloi and the tourist communities will go east when they need to bring guests and supplies to and from the mainland. And that’s often.
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Koh Chang Boat Chalet – something from the past, something for the future .....

NOTE: AT THE TIME OF WRITING – 2017 – this old resort was closed and awaiting renovation. When it is finally refurbished and reopened it will add something quite special to the mix of resorts on this island, for Boat Chalet enjoys the most beautiful location and beach on the island.
Klong Kloi's big surprise is indeed very large; the vast, sprawling Koh Chang Boa Chalet Resort which occupies one of the few pieces of flat land on the island. This resort is the product of one man's vast passion, and not simply a hotel in the normal sense. Its vast area is a kind of private park. This is an attraction in itself, and the hotel charges spectators 50 Baht entry fee and gives them a bicycle to get around and see the entire estate.
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The large lagoon in the middle has a number of attractive wooden barges from old Bangkok that hold larger rooms. A building shaped like a big ship sits in another part of the lagoon and holds the majority of rooms. Such a strange structure is evidence of the unusual passion that drove the founding of this resort. The beachfront of the hotel runs a full 600 metres. The beach here is both quite private and nice, with good sand – if a little coarse – and water the is deeper than that off all other beaches on the island.
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by John Everingham