Kai Bae Beach actually consists of two sandy beaches divided by a pier. The shorter beach to the north is occupied by a couple of four star resorts and the longer beach extending south of the pier is home to eight or ten resorts that range from cheaper beach bungalows to the ever-expanding high-end Seaview Resort – complete with a cable car and a restaurant at the top of a precarious-looking tower.
The village which surrounds the beach has many more places to stay and a large number of bars, restaurants and shops of all kinds. The beach itself is notable for its very shallow shelve. This means that you can wade out a long way before the water gets deep, making it an ideal place for kids and non-swimmers to play in the sea.
As the longest beach on Koh Chang, Klong Prao has a bevy of accommodation choices for all budgets. Most of the hotels here are high-end offerings but the area is still not over-developed.
Restaurants & Bars
Kai Bae Beach boasts the usual array of tourist-orientated eateries that offer Thai staples and a few Western dishes, but there are also high quality eateries here as well.
Spa & Massage
Kai Bae is a great place to get pampered on Koh Chang as there is a good range of spas and beauty centres for all budgets. Relax after a hard day sunbathing and feel like a new person.
Kai Bae Beach has a range of tourist services and amenities on offer including scuba diving schools, shops and spas. There are free-standing studios and others within the resorts.
Kai Bae Guide – Pretty Beach with Offshore Islands
There are also several islands that lie close offshore. At low tide you can easily walk out to the nearest Koh Man Nai. This has its own sheltered little beach and is perfect if you fancy yourself as a modern day Robinson Crusoe.
You should keep an eye on the tide though in case you have to swim some of the 100 metres or so back to shore. Another good way to appreciate the bay is to hire a canoe and have a paddle around all of the islands.
Just 500 metres up the steep hill out of Kai Bae is one of the island’s best views. You can stop here and look down from a clifftop overlooking the beach and islands, and it’s guaranteed that you won’t be able to resist snapping off a few photos.
One safety point to note regarding the road through Kai Bae village is that it is narrower than the rest of the island so be sure to take extra care when driving through or when walking down the side of the road (no pavements either unfortunately). There has been talk for years of building a bypass through flat land at the back of the village, but until this happens be on your guard.