If you want to sunbathe, swim or play volleyball, White Sand Beach is wide enough for such activities, especially when the tide is low. Try to avoid the south end of the beach, though, as it tends to be on a rocky side. Most recommended areas are in the middle and the north end of the beach. Don’t expect parasail, banana boat or jet-ski, though. These are prohibited due to the island’s national park status. White Sand Beach is most beautiful towards the end of the year – from October to around April/May.
There's no shortage of good restaurants in White Sand Beach. The main road is lined by a wide choice of cuisine from Thai to Italian to Indian. As with anywhere else, good value meals can often be found at many roadside restaurants. Don't miss the famous 'kai moon' (rotating grilled chicken) at Som Tam Kai Moon and egg noodle with red BBQ pork at Ba Mee Nong Bua. For a complete Koh Chang experience, seafood dinner on the beach, offered by most hotels and resorts, comes highly recommended (weather permitting).
What to eat in White Sand Beach
Whatever pleases your palate, you’re likely to find it in White Sand Beach - be it wood oven baked pizzas, hamburgers, a variety of Indian curries, seafood or ‘som tam’ (spicy papaya salad). Street food is generally safe to eat and is most recommended for those seeking for true flavours of Thai cuisine. If you want to concoct your own sandwich, plenty of familiar ingredients can be found in most convenient shops and stores.
Where to eat in White Sand Beach
Finding a place to eat in White Sand Beach requires a zero effort as most hotels and resorts offer a wide range of restaurants serving local as well as international fare. For something tasty and cheap, sample delicious local favourites like ‘som tam’ (spicy papaya salad), ‘tom yum goong’ (hot and sour shrimp soup), and ‘pad thai’ (stir-fried noodles with assortments of ingredients such as dried shrimps and tofu) at the bustling food stalls and restaurants, found flanking the beach’s main road.
15 Palms is a beachside bar and restaurant that features a large selection of Thai and Western dishes, all day full English breakfast, children’s menu and free wireless Internet access. A regular free shuttle service to Paddy’s Palms Irish Pub is also available.
Ba Mee Nong Bua
For a quick meal, visit Ba Mee Mong Bua for some delicious egg noodle with BBQ pork. The restaurant also serves seafood noodle, ‘khao mun kai’ (rice and chicken), ‘khao moo dang’ (BBQ pork and rice) as well as a selection of Thai food topped over steamed rice.
Occupying a great beachfront position towards the southern end of White Sand Beach, Ban Thai serves a delicious range of traditional Thai dishes as well as Western favourites in a chic boutique resort environment. Enjoy your meal at either Western tables or in a comfortable Thai-style floor seating area.
Reputably the best Italian restaurant on the island, Invito is located at the southern end of the road, opposite Plaloma Resort. Serving the best in traditional Italian cuisine, the restaurant features charming terrace, candle-lit tables and an extensive wine selection. The menu is selected from all regions in Italy. The restaurant also serves vegetarian dishes as well as cakes and pastries.
Recently opened, Paddy’s Palms is located just up the hill from White Sand Beach. The menu offers a great variety of European and Thai options with classic pub grubs like Irish stews, shepherd’s pie and beef in Guinness.
Pizza Ban Nuna
A tropical garden restaurant with a small bar section, Pizza Ban Nuna is a down to earth pizzeria with a scrumptious selection of BBQ, homemade pizzas, schnitzel, kebabs and much more.
Somtam Kai Moon
Somtam Kai Moon is an excellent roadside restaurant serving up Thai ‘isan’ (northeastern) food. Other than the usual ‘som tam’ (spicy papaya salad) and favourite Thai dishes, the restaurant is also famed for its rotating grilled chicken (‘kai moon’).
The restaurant serves Thai and European menus right on the beach, as well as dishes individually prepared by the chef. In addition to a-la-carte menu, a choice of fresh barbecue seafood can also be had.
The Terrace @Rock Sand Beach Resort
On the northern end of White Sand Beach, The Terrace is set on stilts, right on the sandy beach. Enjoy a range of Thai fare, steaks and homemade pizzas, amidst the ocean backdrop. A wide range of drinks, cocktails, ice creams and wines are also available.