Shortly after arriving in Koh Chang, an island in Thailand, we dug deep online to find some unique locations. We heard about an abandoned cruise ship, turned into a hotel and then abandoned again. We thought it would be a perfect place to take some photos and explore. Information on it was vague and old, we still weren't sure if it still existed. None of the locals seemed to know it. Slightly off the beaten path, but nothing is too far on an island that takes an hour to cross, so we headed towards it's direction.
What to bring:
- Mosquito spray (apply generously, mosquitoes are my nemesis)
- Bring water. Its warm in Koh Chang. 28°C (82°F) is the average temperature during the hot months.
- A flashlight (many creepy rooms inside)
- Cat food and dog treats for stray animals
We rented a motor scooter from our Airbnb and it felt like we could go anywhere. After a few wrong turns we found the spot. A big piece of land with a single road leading up to a hut where a lonely guard charges you a fee to enter. For a little extra we could've rented bicycle's, too.
Once inside its impossible to miss "The Galaxy" a giant abandoned cruise ship. I believe there are still hotels and other areas (ships converted into hotels) functioning so we avoided the front desk area. We found and entrance in the back of the ship even with the front of the ship closed off and there are plenty of open windows to climb through.
Happy to find it still exists it was such an interesting site to see. A cruise ship cemented to the land and slowly decaying away by a beautiful beach. Nobody seemed to care and we shamelessly took our time to explore.
A friendly cat was the only living contact we came to encounter. It was eerie and would not not like to be alone exploring through there.
I wouldn't have wanted to be there at night, it was quite spooky inside even during the day. It confuses your brain in a way, when a place so large that would usually be filled with people is empty. Especially decorations and daily items still about. It feels like someone could walk into you at any second. Exciting to go and explore for some of the same reasons.
We were surprised to find a gorgeous beach right next to the ship. Sun was already set and we played on the swings. Nobody else around we felt like it be worth to visit just for that.
Here is the location to the Aunchaleena Beach Front Resort, Koh Chang (The Galaxy) permanently closed. Enjoy the exploration.