About 300 kilometres East of Bangkok and not far from Cambodia, Koh Chang offers white sandy beaches, rainforests, a charming fishing village and the best sunsets I’ve ever seen. Furthermore, the island is still underdeveloped which makes it the perfect place to have a good adventure and/or chillax for a few days sans the craziness of your typical Thai destination. As the locals say, Koh Chang is now what Koh Samui was 30 years ago.
Starting from Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok you have 3 choices:
- By public bus, the cheapest way to get there and highly recommended if you are travelling solo.
- By private taxi, recommended if you travel in a group of 3 or more.
- By plane, there are domestic flights to Trat which is located 15 minutes from Koh Chang’s ferry terminal.
Where to stay:
- White Sand Beach offers plenty of beach hotels, shops, restaurants and travel agents to help you book your next adventure. This is the most developed part of the island but still reasonable.
- Lonely Beach is backpacker’s paradise, with plenty of cheap accommodation available and a lively night scene.
What to see & do:
Spend an afternoon at Bang Bao pier
Located on the southern tip of Koh Chang, Bang Bao used to be a traditional Thai fishing village with the main attraction being a narrow pier of traditional wooden stilt houses. There are some great restaurants, cafes, shops and plenty of photo opportunities to keep you busy for 3 or 4 hours. To get there, jump on one of the shared pickup trucks (taxis) or rent a motorbike.
Book a Jungle Trek
Not my cup of tea but if you feel like going into the deep forest, Koh Chang’s National Park offers breathtaking hikes with all the ingredients you would expect in this part of the world; elephants, waterfalls, zip lines, steep hills, etc. Visit one of the travel shops or ask at your hotel’s reception to join a guided tour or to book a private guide. Stay safe!
Yes, you booked this holiday to relax, chillax and everything in between. Book a hotel room by the beach, enjoy reading a book under a palm tree, take long walks on the endless white sandy beaches, have a coconut every now and then to stay hydrated, enjoy the most spectacular sunsets, book a massage, have dinner by the sea and enjoy some live music at night. That’s my cup of tea.
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