Koh Chang Island

Koh Chang, situated in the Gulf of Thailand, just a short hop from Bangkok, is one of the country’s best kept tourism secrets. An island of idyllic beaches, first-rate hotels and typically sumptuous Thai cuisine, Koh Chang is a paradise surrounded by emerald waters and kissed by stunning sunsets.

The largest island in the Koh Chang National Marine Park and unknown to even a lot of Thai nationals, the second largest of the country’s islands after Phuket is the very definition of unspoilt. Koh Chang’s tourism industry is driven by a commitment to conservation of the natural beauty of the surrounding area and visitors can really get a feel for this approach on any of the island’s pristine beaches.

Koh Chang remains a paradise of quiet, clean beaches framed by coconut trees and clear blue waters. The ongoing development of the island as a tourist destination means that building work is present, but not intrusive. Koh Chang’s status as a UNESCO World Heritage site has ensured that commercial growth has not been at the expense of the island’s natural beauty.

The perfect white sand beaches, verdant mountainsides and deep blue sea of Koh Chang provide a stunning backdrop for a holiday, which can be as active or as downright lazy as you like. Koh Chang is home to wonderful water sports, with the emerald waters providing inspirational scuba diving while a fun and different way to see the island is by kayak or canoe.

In addition to the natural beauty of its marine park, Koh Chang offers some fantastic days out and activities which contrast with the peace and quiet of its perfect beaches. Several pretty inland waterfalls are easily accessible while elephant trekking among the island’s central mountains is a fun excursion for all ages. For the gourmet, Koh Chang is also home to two highly-rated Thai cookery schools which offer basic and advanced courses to suit chefs of all abilities.

Access to Koh Chang is by a short ferry ride from nearby Trat on the mainland, home to the province’s airport. The fact that the island can only be reached by sea adds to the feeling of exclusivity and privacy that visitors enjoy on the paradise beaches here. Entry to Thailand is via Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, which serves flights to destinations worldwide.

While Koh Chang’s sights tend to centre around its sublime beaches, spectacular coastline and breathtaking sunsets, there is plenty to occupy those visitors who need a break from relaxing, swimming and sunbathing. The island is home to some of Thailand’s most beautiful waterfalls and also operates as the centre point of the Mu Koh Chang National Marine Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site in its own right.

Koh Chang National Marine Park

One of Thailand’s best-kept secrets and a stunning natural work of art, the islands of the Koh Chang National Marine Park comprise an incredible landscape. Immaculate beaches, exquisite, unspoilt rainforest, high mountain peaks hosting breathtaking waterfalls and magnificent marine life are all present within the island’s scenery. Off the coast, visitors can enjoy the warm emerald waters and colourful coral reefs.

Waterfalls

Koh Chang’s inland mountain and rainforest is home to some splendid examples of the waterfalls Thailand is famous for. A short songthaew (shared taxi) ride inland takes visitors to Klong Plu, the most popular waterfall on the island and the only one on the west coast. On the east side of Koh Chang are Klong Nonsi and Klong Nueng waterfalls, the latter reputed to be the most breathtaking. At Kongoi visitors can experience five beautiful waterfalls for the price of one. Yet another example of natural beauty is the waterfall park at Namtok Khlong Phlu, set over three tiers starting over 200 feet up. Walking shoes are advised for walking up the natural staircases alongside all waterfalls, and don’t forget your camera.

Koh Kood

One of the islands located to the south of Koh Chang, Koh Kood is a short boat ride away and home to some perfect beaches, crystal water and great snorkelling and scuba diving. The largely unexplored reef off the northwest coast boasts some spectacular breeds of coral, while the jungle of the island boasts dozens of untouched coconut and rubber tree plantations.

Koh Maak

Different from the hilly and jungle-covered Koh Chang and Koh Kood, Koh Maak is a pretty island with more coconut and rubber plantations to visit. The flatter terrain makes for a slightly windier coastline so windsurfing excursions departing from the resorts on the west of the island can be enjoyed. Like Koh Chang, the beaches here are also first class.

Koh Wai

A tiny island with two picturesque beaches, Koh Wai offers more beautiful snorkelling and scuba diving among its coral reefs and is reckoned by many to be the most beautiful island of the Koh Chang range. While the island sees a lot of day-trippers, plan for an overnight stay and you will see it at its quietest and nicest.

Baal Dan Kano Village

This is a small, pretty village home to native Koh Chang folk who fish the waters off the island for blue spotted sea bass. The village is a taste of the authentic on Koh Chang as visitors get to watch locals fish with floating baskets then cooking the day’s catch in numerous small restaurants. A visit here is a must for seafood fans.

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