As we had only a limited time in Thailand together, we headed straight from Don Muang airport to the closest island, Koh Sichang, just off the coast from Sriracha, even negotiating the Bangkok public bus services for the first time. We caught a sputtery wooden boat across from the pier (after a mile walk in the sun with packs on!) and found ourselves on a sunny paradise island!
This little island is a popular Thai holiday weekend resort, with few westerners. Brilliant! We rocked up at a little bungalow and sorted a room, which even had a nice little outside seating area for our evening beers from the 7/11 (another relief of being in Thailand again!), then set out to do what we came here to do: (a) eat our own weight in Thai seafood and (b) get back the suntan that the weather in North Vietnam ruined!
So, with these aims in mind, we spent our days in deckchairs on the only beach and our evenings in seafood restaurants, eating crab fried rice, whole grilled sea bass, garlic shrimp, lemongrass prawns, seafood soups, papaya salad and enough fresh fruit to cure a ships worth of scurvy.
While its not a big destination, Koh Sichang proved to be a beautiful little place to spend a couple of days of relaxation and, let’s be honest, how can you dislike anywhere when a whole sea bass is £7?
Rooms between 400-700 THB. Perfectly serviceable although a little tired. Cheaper rooms have cold water and fan, while you can pay more for hot water, air con etc. Ideal on a budget. Good location halfway between restaurants and dock. On site restaurant was good for breakfast and reasonably priced.
A1 Shuttle bus from Don Muang airport to Mo Chit bus terminal (30THB), then caught local bus to Sriracha (92THB). These buses go every half hour.
In Sriracha, take a half hour walk or a tuk tuk (50-70THB) to ferry pier. Ferry to Koh Sichang (50THB) leaves about every hour and takes 45 mins.
Most guest houses, bungalows, hotels etc are walkable from the ferry dock on Koh Sichang.