Koh Chang

Naturally Appealing

Untill quite recently, Koh Chang couldn't even offer a road, electricity or telephone connection, let alone infrastructure for tourism. Times have changed however, and while Koh Chang still offers the charm that more established islands, such as Koh Samui offered 20 years ago, the island is now well-equipped and ready to welcome you.

Koh Chang's location, just 225 kilometres south-east of Bangkok city, close to the Cambodia border, means it is the ideal quick city escape for both international and local tourists alike. The island is the second-largest island in Thailand after Phuket and offers a good range of accommodation for its guest.

Koh Chang will keep you busy with a range of water activities, such as fishing, snorkelling, kayaking and excellent scuba diving, with dive schools abundant. Inland adventures include elephant trekking and hikes to spectacular waterfalls and secluded beach hamlets with up to 70 percent of the island being virgin rainforest.

Insiders' Tips

  • Bike it or Hike it: Experience living like a local and go on foot as you hike the streets or venture into the mystical virgin rainforests.
  • The Art of Fishing: Take the seas with some of Koh Chang's most experienced fishermen and learn the art of fishing. Night tours, day tours or extended overnight stays can be arranged.
  • Diving and Snorkelling: the best dive sites are off the southern coast to the island of Ko Kood, the best site being Ko Wai where there are intensely colourful coral reefs. Look out for the Christmas Tree Worms.
  • Hiking: As the island is made up of 70 percent virgin rainforest, hiking is a popular pastime. Keep your eyes peeled for diverse local wildlife, including Macaque, Javan Mongoose, Burmese Pythons, Barking Deer, Monitor Lizards and a range of beautiful birds.

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