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“Fantastic place - but a bit far from most things.” 4 of 5 stars
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Elephant and Castle Bungalows
13/13 1 moo4, Pearl Beach, Ko Chang, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #5 of 93 Ko Chang B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Washington, DC
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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“Fantastic place - but a bit far from most things.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

I really enjoyed staying at the Elephant and Castle. It was a very relaxing time. John is great conversation and the dogs all have their own personalities. The accommodations are well maintained, comfortable and clean. The only downside is that it is a bit far from most places - be prepared to spend on taxis or rent a motorbike.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2012

Well I arrived in Koh Chang with the wife and kids in tow and wondering where I could possibly stay that a) wasn't going to rip me off, b) provide safe clean lodging for said family and c) tolerate my kids!

Fortunately help was at hand. After consulting Trip Advisor we decided to chance a visit to the Elephant and Castle.
The rest as they say is history. John the guy who runs the place is quite simply a top bloke and nothing was too much trouble for him. He really looked after us well, cooked superb breakfasts and dinners and provided a real home from home experience.

The bungalows are spacious and clean with hot water and ample terrace space and very comfortable. John seems to know everything about the island and was very helpful when it came to planning the rest of our trip.

We passed a very memorable stay there including celebrating Johns birthday, together with the other guests all of whom were really fantastic people.

If and when I come back to Koh Chang, I will definitely make a bee line for John's place, I know there will be a warm welcome waiting and a cold beer in the fridge!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2012

I never tought I would say this but this place really is a home away from home. The bungalows are set in a very quiet jungle garden about 100 m away from the road. The place has an overall very relaxed atmosphere. John is a great guy and is always there to greet you, be it morning, noon or night. He always finds time for a quick chat and also prepares the best fried eggs in SEA.

The only advice we would have would be to rent a scooter. That way you are not stuck in one place but have the freedom to move around the island at your own pace. We rented a bike beside the nearest petrol station. To get there turn left when you get to the main road and head down for about 20 minutes until you get to the petrol station. There's a guy just beside it who rents bikes for about 200B a day.

I'm pearsonally not a dog lover but his four adorable dogs are just as quirky as he is. He also has two fluffy cats and a family of geckos on each bungalow. All the animals give the place a really homely feel.

We came to Koh Chang to stay for 3-4 nights but spent 10 days in John's Elephant and Castle.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2012

Fantastic bungalows and John the owner is very helpful and a real character makes you feel like your one of the family, best bacon and eggs ever !!!!! Very central and beaches all within walking distance but he can arrange for bike hire,travel tickets basically he is the local oracle !!!!! So thanks John and hope to see you again very soon.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sihanoukville, Cambodia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2012

Just spent 2 nights with john at the elephant and castle bungalows and thoroughly recommend it to anyone.John is a character and really makes you feel at home with a relaxed atmosphere and cold beer !!!! Thanks for all your help !

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2012

John the owner was great very helpful and always had some useful advice for the area. The bungalows are very clean, new, and a great price. The place has a very relaxed and nice atmosphere. Overall 5 out of 5 great place to stay
Thanks for everything John
J&L

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2012

Pros: 6 new and fairly spacious bungalows with fan and hot water. Great price for what you get. Friendly, welcoming hosts. Just 100 meters or so off the main beach road.
Cons: Really need your own transportation to be really mobile (rent a motorcycle at bottom of their hill). Restaurants are a bit of a hike unless you decide to eat on premises or at the few restaurants that are nearby. Best beaches are also a ways away.
Must like dogs since there are several pretty much under foot all the time.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Elephant and Castle Bungalows

Address: 13/13 1 moo4, Pearl Beach, Ko Chang, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Trat Province > Ko Chang
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 93 B&Bs / Inns in Ko Chang
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set on a peaceful hillside, in beautiful gardens,backing onto the jungle with sea views.5 bungalows have air con, 1 is fan only. All have king size double bed, separate shower/WC, free WiFi,TV & balcony. The bungalows are kept spotlessly clean. ... more   less 
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