Koh Chang is the largest
island on Thailand’s eastern seaboard, and Thailand’s second largest island,
only Phuket is bigger. Of the three main islands on Thailand’s eastern
seaboard, Koh Chang has the most to offer. There are more activities and things
to do on Koh Chang than there are on Koh Samet and Koh Lahn.
If you are looking only for a beach holiday Koh Samet and Koh Lahn are a good
choice, but if you want a little variety, adventure and more things to do
rather than just sit on the beach all day, then you must choose Koh Chang.
Accommodation on Koh Chang is diverse, there are cheap backpacker huts, luxury
spas and resorts, and best of all there are some fantastic hotels and resorts
right on the beach front. The beaches are also diverse, White Sands Beach is
the most popular beach on Koh Chang, hence it can get quite congested, but you
can still find relatively secluded beaches around the island.
I would say the beast beach on Koh Chang is Klong Prao Beach, it’s big, safe,
and surprisingly it never gets overcrowded.
Be you a party animal, a backpacker, a beach potato, an adrenaline junkie or a
solitude hunter you will be perfectly happy on Koh Chang. The Kayak Station at
Salakkok Bay offers kayaks or you can simply enjoy the ride as you are rowed
around on a gondola style boat, the mangrove swamp is a beautiful place to
explore, as you paddle down river from the kayak station you enter a large bay
which flows out to sea, there are small channels and little detours you can
take through the mangroves.Be careful not to get lost, and be careful of the
current as the water funnels out to sea. You can also take a tour of the
mangroves on foot, concrete walkways have been built over the mangrove swamp,
at the right time of year you might even see fireflies. There is also an
excellent restaurant on the jetty.
Salakkok Bay is a working fishing village, here you can see a traditional way
of life and traditional Thai architecture in unspoilt natural surroundings.
Bangbao Pier is a great place to shop for souvenirs, to dine or just take a
walk, along the pier there are restaurants, accommodation, scuba diving shops
and tour operators. Take a night time stroll on the beach, as the sun starts to
set, many of the beaches become desolate, White Sands Beach is transformed as a
myriad of resorts set tables on the beach, complete with candles and fairy
lights, most offer barbecued seafood or food off the standard menu.Koh Chang
has some breathtaking scenery, the photo above is an overview of White Sands.
The photo was taken from the steep twisting road which takes you from the ferry
terminal to White. One of the best ways to admire the beautiful scenery of Koh
Chang is to hire a motorcycle, but be warned, you need nerves of steel and a
high level of competence to negotiate the steep twisting roads.I can’t say that
elephant trekking is one of my favourite pastimes but many people have it on
their bucket list. I’ve done it and I won’t be doing it again for these
reasons, if you are going to go elephant trekking just take the 1 hour ride, 2
hours starts to get pretty uncomfortable.
You can get almost anything on the beach, including massage, beer and food, I
don’t know why so many women like to get their hair braided on the beach, my
own theory is that it’s a souvenir to take home. Due to Koh Chang’s
geographical nature there are lots of waterfalls on the island, most of them
are national parks so there is an entrance fee. The most popular waterfall on
Koh Chang is Klong Plu Waterfall, a great place to go for a refreshing swim or
impress the masses with your daring acrobatic dives into the pool.
Without doubt, if you visit Koh Chang you will spend most of your time on the
beach, with or without your bucket and spade.You don’t need a bucket and spade
to have fun on the beach, you don’t even need a chair, all you need is a green
bottle and a little bit of solitude. Have the ride of a lifetime at Flight of
If the “Treetops Adventure”, is half as good as The Flight of The Gibbon in
Chonburi, I will highly recommend it, I can safely say that was one of the best
thrills I had in my life.