We arrived on Koh Chang by ferry and took a songthaew to Lonely Beach, feeling very grateful that we ended up in the cab instead of in the back as the roads were nothing short of a rally track, hairpin bends and near vertical hills some of the poor people were clinging on for dear life. With this week being Chinese New Year we found many of the accommodations either thoroughly over inflated in price or just plan full. After a quick search we ended up settling at The Magic Garden bungalows. Lovely bar and the food was good but the bungalows were awful, ours had red stains up the walls and was filthy, despite changing to a slightly better room i still managed to get glass in my foot from the bathroom (insert many swear words at this point). The music from the bar next door was deafeningly loud until 4am so staying longer that the 3 days we booked wasn't really an option. Being the wise women that we are me and Laura had booked a much nicer place a couple of days ago just up the hill so much quieter with lovely views. Little Eden was run by David (originally English moved to Germany got divorced ran off to Thailand where they are much more appreciative of older divorcees got scammed lost all his money met new Thai wife built Little Eden and got a cat with no name... phew) it was lovely. We split our stay into 2 one night in the very lovely double bungalow which we shared with Laura and Gavin, and the rest in our own little bungalow. In the end we extended our stay twice staying a whole week eating yummy food, i had wine for the first time since NZ and Kev and Gav went off for a fishing trip while me and Laura went on a cooking course. We went to the Blue Lagoon Resort where we cooked Tom Yam and Tom Kah (2 types of spicy soup), Pad Thai, sweet and sour and spent ages grinding our own curry paste. We had a brilliant time learning about about ginger, coconut and spices, but the best thing, ending the day with my favourite mango sticky rice yum. (Written by Kev) We decided that we had to have a trip out while we where here as we were getting bored sitting around in the sun all day. Me and Gav opted for the Mr Khai tour which was a fishing and snorkling trip and Lorna and Laura went on to the blue lagoon cooking course. Me and Gavin were picked up at 8:45am and taken down to Bang Bao pier. This pier went on for a good half mile before we got to our boat. The lady taking us advised that there would be only 14 of us today, and 5 of those were a film crew filming tourism in Koh Chang so look out for my hair face if you ever watch a tourism video about Koh Chang. We had 6 stops planning for the day 3 islands to snorkel, 2 fishing points, and to see the rhesus monkey's. The snorkelling was unbelievable, as soon as you leapt in there were fish swimming up to you to investigate what had just swan into their eyesight. The water was crystal clear up to depths of 20m down and you could easily spot angel fish, parrot fish, barracuda, puffer fish, grouper, and many more that i can't name. The islands didn't seem very big above water but when you went under they came up from the darkness of the sea floor. There was a few times were i though " f*** what was that massive thing underneath me" but it didn't bother me for long as something colourful floated by to distracted me (insert "squirrel!" joke). The fishing wasn't successful. i didn't catch a thing, not one! i think i need more lessons instead of watching Robson Greene!. The day finished after we saw the rhesus monkeys. typical tour this part "hey hey hey monkey! " then the crew flung about 4 kilos of food at them, these were clearly well fed apes, imagine Rab C Nesbitt sat down with his gut out and that's what were taking about. Our cheeky skipper then shouted from the tables "hey hey fresh fried fish for you yummy time!" this was very tasty fresh fried fish served with pineapple and melon yummy. Getting back to the Little Eden we were absolutely shattered, i think i collapsed at 9pm like a tombstone! Apart from liking the place we stayed in i wouldn't rate Koh Chang as a good Thai island. It has been over developed and is very touristy but if you're a Costa Del Sol or Majorca fan this island if you for you! Maybe we will try Koh Mak or Koh Kood next time.