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Bang Bao is the main fishing port near the Southwest corner of Koh Chang. Much of the island's fishing fleet sails from here as well as dive boats and shuttle service to the outer islands such as Koh Mak and Koh Kood. Those, among many others, are much more laid back than the developed beaches of Koh Chang; much like the southern island of Koh Samui was years ago, before its airport. Bang Bao is built over the water and contains numerous seafood restaurants, gift and grocery shops, dive shops, and tour operators. Several guest houses offer rooms or huts built on stilts. The high quality restaurants display the days catch in small tanks and aquariums.
The Y-shaped pier was under construction one year ago and completed when I came through again last March. It was said that cruise ships would eventually make port calls and link Pattaya or Bangkok with Cambodia and Vietnam. Several high dollar resorts have been completed since then along the 6 kilometer hilly stretch between Lonely Beach and Bang Bao. I don't know if the one named Dusit Princess is related to the cruise ship company but its luxurious style looks as though it could very well be. I was pleased to find that Bang Bao had not really changed and maintained its small port activity.