Category Archives: Travel Asia

The purpose of this travel section of my blog is to incorporate all my travel articles and pictures from the Looking Glass Magazine here.

Koh Chang Katcha Resolution Resorts Good Bad and the Ugly

The Koh Chang Katcha Resolution Resorts reminds me of the good, the bad and the ugly like the movie starring Clint Eastwood.

Map of Koh Chang island showing where Koh Chang Katcha Resolution Resorts are located

But to each his own. But when I think of the reasons I might want to go back to Koh Chang, I think of the good, not the bad.

Which brings us to Koh Chang Katcha Resolution Resorts and how they differ from each other.

Koh Chang Katcha is on Koh Chang’s White Sands Beach. Which has its own little area of bars much like Pattaya has in huge abundance. White Sands Beach is by far Koh Chang’s busiest beach. And for me a beach that is very busy is a bad thing. Because it is polluted with too many people. The good thing about White Sands Beach is it actually has a bar scene where a man can find pretty girls. And it has a fair assortment of shops, restaurants. It’s also not too far from the ferry that connects Koh Chang to the mainland.

But I’ve been living in Naklua right next door to Pattaya. And when it comes to the bar scene Koh Chang doesn’t begin to compare to Pattaya.

Or Pattaya’s shopping or restaurants which rival Bangkok’s. While living in Naklua on Wongamat Beach I have a lot of beaches in my backyard. Granted, Naklua’s beaches are not as clean as Koh Chang,s but they are much more varied and interesting than Koh Chang’s White Sands beach. And I’ve got Koh Larn Island only 5 miles away and only a 30 baht ferry ride that takes me just 40 minutes to get there. Koh Larn’s beaches are clean, and great for swimming but they do not offer the underwater visibility that some other Thai beaches offer. For example off Koh Chang or in the Krabi area.

Which brings up my number one point about Koh Chang Katcha Resolution Resorts good and bad points.

Whenever I’ve gone snorkeling off Koh Chang, I’ve had to take a dive boat out from Bang Bao Beach. Although one can sign up for snorkeling or scuba diving in a number of White Sands beach dive shops. When it comes to getting to your diving or snorkeling destination the shop you are dealing with takes you by bus or taxi all the way down to Bang Bao Beach. The ride to Bang Bao beach takes roughly 45 minutes. And the bus ride back to your White Sands Beach hotel takes another 45 minutes. While in my experience getting to one’s diving or snorkeling destination takes another 45 minutes. That’s 3 hours of travel time. So, for me, Resolution Resort is the perfect place on Koh Chang island.

But if you stay at Bang Bao Beach, you are already there where the dive boats leave the pier. So for beach lovers and diving/snorkeling enthusiasts the Bang Bao area is far superior to White Sands Beach.

In my opinion the White Sands Beach area is for tourists who don’t know better. While the Bang Bao area is for purists. Speaking for myself, my girlfriend and I were so close to the Bang Bao main pier that we didn’t even have to take our car to get there. A ten minute walk did the trick.

Taking a 10 minute walk from Resolution Resort to the Bang Bao pier was a much better experience than taking our car down the heavily rutted dirt road.

Aside from diving or snorkeling excursions the boats that go to Koh Kood and other nearby islands all leave from the Bang Bao pier.

So there you have it. The good, bad and the ugly of the Koh Chang Katcha Resolution Resorts. But again each to his own. Nevertheless you must ask yourself, which of these two resorts would Clint Eastwood give his hard earned money to?

Jack Corbett Asia Travelogue

The Jack Corbett Asia Travelogue  is a completely objective compellation of the writer’s travels in Asia.  Since there’s no monetization involved, you will be getting the truth. 

The reasons for integrating the Looking Glass Magazine with the Jack Corbett Pattaya Expats blog are:

  • I wanted to replace it with the Pattaya Expats blog
  • My focus had completely changed from the American adult entertainment industry to becoming a Thailand Expat.

But there’s a lot of Asian travel  content in the Looking Glass Magazine.  I took hundreds of pictures of my Asian travels.  Most of them are in the Looking Glass.  And I spent a lot of time writing travel articles in the Looking Glass.

There are over 50 issues of the Looking Glass Magazine.  The Jack Corbett Funhouse blog is the Looking Glass Magazine’s replacement.  But there’s still one more reason for integrating the Looking Glass with the Jack Corbett Fun House blog.   Although I no longer have much interest in American strip clubs, many issues of the Looking Glass were all about American strippers, topless clubs, and major adult entertainment events I participated in as a professional photographer and writer.  For those who would like to enjoy all that adult content of the Looking Glass and my alphapro.com web site, this travel section of the Funhouse blog is perhaps the bridge that many of you have been waiting for.

Thailand section Jack Corbett Asia Travelogue

Poda Island Krabi
Krabi is my favorite beach destination in Thailand

The Man Tour of Thailand

Plumeria Serviced apartments on Wongamat Beach

Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens

Movie Time at Pattaya Long Beach Hotel

Beachs of  Krabi and  the Phi Phi Islands

North Pattaya’s Garden Cliff Resort

Dirt bike riding on Koh Samet’s rutted trails

Jack Corbett’s Twelve Wonders of Pattaya

Thailand’s best beaches, Krabi, Phi Phi Islands, and Railey

Driving motorbikes on Pattaya Koh Larn Island

Koh Chang Resorts 1 gets an A, the other an F–

Koh Chang’s  hidden jewel–Resolution Resort 

In Search of Thailand’s Perfect Beach

Koh Larn Island Motorbike Video

Vietnam section Jack Corbett Asia Travelogue

Halong Bay in the Jack Corbett Asia Travelogue
On a Vietnamese Junk on Ha Long Bay

Late Date in Vietnam

Return to Hanoi

Places in  Ho Chi Minh City you must Experience

Malaysia  section

Mysterious disappearance of Jim Thompson
I spent 2 days looking for the place Jim Thompson was last seen

1967 disappearance of Jim Thompson, Thailand’s Silk King

Hong Kong Macau section

The Casinos of Macau

Five Days in Hong Kong Macau

Agoda.com

Booking.com

Tripadvisor

Taking Full Advantage of the Alpha Productions Web Site

If you enjoyed the slide show on this blog’s homepage, you should take advantage of the Google Search Box at the bottom of the Alpha Productions front page.

You might have to wait for a few seconds for it to load but it will appear at the very bottom.   This google search window is geared to my web site although it will also take you to some sites outside of Alpha Productions.

Alpha Productions Search Engine
This is what the Alpha Productions Search Engine looks like when you go to the Alpha Productions main page. This custom search box also appears on many of the other Alpha Productions pages

I will do almost anything to get the best pictures with my cameras. Take this one. My girlfriend (I can’t remember which one) snorkeling. Had to wade out in the water to get this shot.

This custom Alpha Productions search engine takes you to a lot more than strip club pages.  Use it.  And you will find a lot more at Alpha Productions.

Interested in traveling to Vietnam?

There’s a number of articles on both Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi at Alpha Pro.  As well as  Halong Bay and there’s a lot of great pictures to enjoy that I took in Vietnam.   But this custom Alpha Pro search engine also brings you to a unique Alpha Pro travel page.

Are interested in terrific beaches in Thailand?

Railey Beach (it’s just 15 minutes from Ao Nang Beach by boat) is oftentimes extolled as Thailand’s best beach.

You can use that the custom Alpha Pro Google Search engine to look up Krabi, or Ao Nang Beach, Railey, Koh Larne Island, Koh Chang, Koh Samet, etc.  Just keep in mind that although there’s a fair amount of Southeast Asian travel info there,   Alpha Pro has never has been a travel web site per se.  But…..you will find a lot of good stuff there about guns, and small motorbikes suitable for Thailand use.  And although I’ve now been away from the American adult entertainment scene for nearly 10 years, there’s still a lot on Alpha Productions about strip clubs and topless dancers.

Jack Corbett