Koh Chang, Eastern Thailand’s largest islands has long, white sandy beaches, a wide range of wildlife, including 61 species of birds, snakes, deer and some elephants. Located close to it’s to sister islands Koh Mak and Koh Kood, Koh Chang is an excellent beach holiday and the perfect place to spend a holiday exploring the island. There are many resorts to choose and depending on your budget, you may go for high end or laid back-beach bungalows.
A long stretch of white sand beach dotted with coconut tree orchards is a common sight on the island of Koh Chang in Trat and the second largest island in the country after Phuket.
With an area of 429 square kilometers, Ko Chang, has several natural wonders that are beautifully mixed with the traditional way of life, such as 70 percent island virgin forest, steep hills, cliffs, waterfalls, and wildlife notables , excellent beaches, coral reefs and an abundance of marine life. in addition, numerous fruit orchards dot the island.
Popular for snorkeling and diving, the surrounding waters include a marine conservation zone. Less developed than islands like Koh Samui and Phuket, Koh Chang is one-hour flight from Bangkok. About 85% of the island is part of the Ko Chang Marine National Park, including the rainforests of the interior of the island. Nearby coral reefs are also protected.
Because Koh Chang is a very popular destination, you should book well ahead for peak and high season accommodation bookings and for all reservations on Thai public holidays. Listed here are some good suggestions.
Hiking is popular, with some beautiful waterfalls to visit, and mountain bikes are available to rent at Hat Sai Khao and Hat Kaibae. Elephant Trekking, organised by the Asian Elephant Foundation, is available at the Ban Kwan Chang Elephant Camp at Klong Son. Canoeing the mangrove forests of the waterways is also available as an option.
Ko Chang has plenty of spas offering massage, herbal scrubs, aromatherapy, and reflexology.
The island eateries offer a variety of local seafood, abundant tropical fruits, including: rambutan, durian and pineapples, and a variety of fresh vegetables. You will find restaurant menus similar to the rest of Thailand, and they open both daytime and evenings on most parts of the island. Be sure to try fruity local wines made from mangosteens, pineapples and grapes. At Rock Sand Resort you can dine on a terrace over the sea with fantastic sunset views. The Koh Chang nightlife and bar scene is not as vibrant as some Thai resorts, but you can always find somewhere to be entertained at nights.
Most of the hotels are located on the west side of the island, with many resorts and guest houses all along the road that leads down the coast. Generally speaking, prices drop off the further away from the port you get. Supply far out-strips demand, so finding a place to stay should never be hard, though the best or cheapest places may fill up at weekends and Thai national holidays.
Most beaches and scenic bays are on the west side stretches from the north to the south include Ao Khlong Son, Hat Sai Khao, Hat Khlong Phrao and Red Kai Bae. One is internal road on the western shore almost reaching Hat Kai Bae where there is a path passing through Ao Bai Lan and Ao Kruat and meandering through rainforest to Ban Bang Bao, a fishing community at the foot of the hill in the south.
Eastward Ao Sapparot, where there is a pier and Ao Salak Khok. In addition, along the east coast is a road through to Ao Salak Phet, a community with a pier south of the island. Coral ranges worth visiting are at Ao Khlong Son , near Koh Chang Noi , and around the islands south of Ko Chang.
In addition to the attractions based on the sea-Ko Chang has many attractions as via several waterfalls with reasonable access. They are Khlong Phlu waterfall, 3 kilometers from Ao Khlong Phrao and another 20 – minute walk; Khlong Nonsi waterfall, a walk 4 kilometers from the park headquarters, and Khiriphet and Khlong Nung falls, which are about 3 kilometers from Ban Salak Phet . Besides the obvious activities Ko Chang offers many other attractions including waterfalls, temples, National Park and Museum or the beautiful scenic elements viewpoints, which are all worth a visit. Divers will find fascinating diving areas off the coast of Ko Chang and the surrounding islands. Besides the many coral reefs, sunken ships of war, a reminder of times past, can be visited in the Salak Phet Bay.
National Park Ko Chang covers an area of 650 square kilometers and is composed of 47 islets, which spread from Laem Ngob to Klong Yai Districts. . The most popular islands include Ko Chang, Klum Ko, Ko Ngam, Ko Ko Lao Ya and Escalon, where natural wonders await travelers. the most popular time to travel to the National park is from November to March. the park headquarters are divided into 4 units namely Tha Mayom Ban Khlong Son, Tha Khlong and Ban Plu Salak offering tourist information.