Koh Chang is another choice for island-life lovers in Thailand. This travel guide shows you how this island attracts millions of tourist every year.
1. Where is Koh Chang?
Ko Chang is a part of an archipelago of 52 islands. It is about 30 km long & 14 km wide. It is also a part of Mu Ko Chang National Park, covers an area of 650 square kilometers, of which 70 percent is offshore.
The main settlements on the west coast are around Sai Khao, Hat Kai Mook, Hat Kai Bae, Ban Klong Prao and the fishing village of Bang Bao on the south coast. The administrative center of the island is Ban Dan Mai on the east coast.
With an area of 210 km2, Ko Chang is the third largest island in Thailand by region, after Phuket and Ko Samui. The name Ko Chang means ‘Elephant Island’ and comes from the elephant-shape of island.
2. Ideal travel time
From November to May is the best time to go to Koh Chang. This time the beach will be more beautiful with golden sunshine, blue sea and not too hot. June to October is the rainy season so tourism services here are also limited, the sea weather is not favorable, so going to the island is also difficult.
The most popular in Koh Chang are the two beaches, White Sand Beach and Lonely Beach. Both have white sand, long smooth beaches and lots of interesting water games like windsurfing, kayaking and skydiving or simply go for a massage, spa or attend yoga and meditation classes at Lonely Beach.
You can also ride Elephant Trekking or visit, swim at Klong Plu waterfall (Klong Prao), Than Mayom waterfall, Klong Jao Leuam, Klong Nonsi (Dan Mai), Klong Neung.
Another interesting thing is that in Koh Chang you can take part in Thai cooking classes taught by local people. You will be wholeheartedly instructed on how to differentiate ingredients, prepare Thai dishes and at the end of the class, you will be ‘sipping’ your own achievement. The price for a lesson ranges from 1000 to 1500 baht.
One of the interesting experiences in Koh Chang you can not ignore is scuba diving. In general, diving in Koh Chang is not as favorable as Koh Tao, but this is always an activity that many tourists choose and experience.
Visit neighboring islands
If you have come to Koh Chang, one of the things you should not miss is to explore those nearby islands such as Koh Mak, Koh Kood because these are all islands with super clear, super beautiful coastlines, is super long and has not been eroded by the tourism industry. A walk, exploring quiet, calm nature is very suitable for those who have such a flying soul.
Visiting Mu Ko Chang National Park
Mu Ko Chang National Park is a tourist destination not to be missed in Koh Chang. You watch the sunset, you watch the sunrise through the trees on a clear day will definitely be a memorable experience that will never be forgotten. Currently the national park is the place to preserve a multitude of rare animals in Thailand.
Koh Chang cuisine brings boldness of Thai cuisine with dishes that are processed in combination with Coconut to taste like: Steamed shrimp in coconut water, squid in coconut butter sauce, fried seafood coconut rice, Tom yum.
+ Sharky’s Restaurant & Grill
Address: 52/1 Moo 4, Kai Bae | Ban Kae Bae, Koh Chang 23170, Thailand
Hotline: +66 94 985 3354
The restaurant specializes in European and seafood dishes
+ Blue Lagoon Restaurant
Address: 30/5 Moo 4 Klong Prao, Koh Chang 23170, Thailand
Hotline: +66 89 515 4617
Opening hours: 8:00 – 21:30
Specializes in Asian and Thai food
+ Ciao Koh Chang Restaurant
+ Blue Lagoon
+ The Kitchen
+ Q Etery
+ Ido Ido White Restaurant Chillout.
These are Thai restaurants with affordable prices, deliciously processed, and are loved by many international tourists in Koh Chang.
From Bangkok, there are 2 ways to travel to Koh Chang Island: by domestic plane or bus.
If you take the plane, you only take about 1 hour, the fare is about 80 USD for one-way ticket.
From Bangkok to Koh Chang you can catch the Koh Chang Express Bus in about 6 hours with $25.
From the Tha Thammachat and Tha Centrepoint station you can buy a train ticket to Koh Chang in about 30 or 45 minutes, the reference price is about $10.
Besides, the transfer time with boat from Koh Kood to Koh Chang is about 5 hours and from Koh Mak to Koh Chang is about 1 hour.
6. Hotel / homestay
Although it is a new tourist destination in Thailand, Koh Chang still has many luxury resorts for you to choose from. The resort is concentrated in White Sand Beach, Pearl Beach, Chai Chet Beach, Klong Phrao Beach, Kai Bea Beach, Lonely Beach and Bai Lan Beach.
Besides, there are also many budget motels for tourists to choose from dorm and guesthouse at low prices. These motels are usually located in densely populated areas, with many bustling business activities and excellent entertainment and entertainment services such as bars and clubs.
Kong Prao Resort 3
The Dewa Koh Chang 4 *