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Popular hotels in Koh Chang

AWA Koh Chang

6/5/1 Kai Bae Beach, Kai Bae Beach, Koh Chang, Trat, Thailand, 23170

8.9 / 10

Very Good

Ramayana Koh Chang Resort & Spa

19/9 Klong Prao, Koh Chang, Klong Prao Beach, Koh Chang, Trat, Thailand, 23170

8.8 / 10

Very Good

The Dewa Koh Chang

24/1/1 Klong Prao Beach, Koh Chang, Klong Prao Beach, Koh Chang, Trat, Thailand, 23170

8.9 / 10

Very Good

SWIMMING_POOL Kacha Resort & Spa, Koh Chang

Kacha Resort & Spa, Koh Chang

88/1 Moo 4 White Sand Beach Koh Chang Trat, , White Sand Beach, Koh Chang, Trat, Thailand, 23170

8.4 / 10

Very Good

SWIMMING_POOL Sea View Resort and Spa Koh Chang

Sea View Resort and Spa Koh Chang

63 Moo 4 Koh Chang, Trat, Kai Bae Beach, Koh Chang, Trat, Thailand, 23170

9.0 / 10

Excellent

null Siam Bay Resort Koh Chang

Siam Bay Resort Koh Chang

100 Moo 4 Kai Bae Beach, Koh Chang, Trat, Thailand, 23170

8.5 / 10

Very Good

SWIMMING_POOL Siam Beach Resort

Siam Beach Resort

100/1 Moo 4, Lonely Beach, Koh Chang, Lonely Beach, Koh Chang, Trat, Thailand, 23170

8.0 / 10

Very Good

SWIMMING_POOL AANA Resort Koh Chang

AANA Resort Koh Chang

19/2 Moo 4, Klong Praow Beach, Koh Chang, Klong Prao Beach, Koh Chang, Trat, Thailand, 23170

8.7 / 10

Very Good

null The Stage Koh Chang

The Stage Koh Chang

19/19/1 Moo 4 Tumbol Koh Chang, Kai Bae Beach, Koh Chang, Trat, Thailand, 23170

8.6 / 10

Very Good

EXTERIOR_BUILDING Coconut Beach Resort

Coconut Beach Resort

17/2 Moo4, Klong Prao Beach, Koh Chang, Klong Prao Beach, Koh Chang, Trat, Thailand, 23170

8.7 / 10

Very Good

BAR_CAFE_LOUNGE V.J. Searenity Koh Chang

V.J. Searenity Koh Chang

34/2/3 Moo 4 Tambol Koh Chang, Klong Prao Beach, Klong Prao Beach, Koh Chang, Trat, Thailand, 23170

8.0 / 10

Very Good

Others Plaloma Cliff Resort

Plaloma Cliff Resort

11/2 M4 Koh Chang, White Sand Beach, Koh Chang, Trat, Thailand, 23170

7.9 / 10

Good

EXTERIOR_BUILDING Banpu Koh Chang

Banpu Koh Chang

9/11 Moo 4, White Sand Beach, White Sand Beach, Koh Chang, Trat, Thailand, 23170

9.0 / 10

Excellent

SWIMMING_POOL Chang Buri Resort

Chang Buri Resort

99 Moo 4, White Sand Beach, White Sand Beach, Koh Chang, Trat, Thailand, 23170

8.3 / 10

Very Good

Koh Chang Cliff Beach Resort

38/4 Moo 4, Kai Bae Beach, Koh Chang, Kai Bae Beach, Koh Chang, Trat, Thailand, 23170

7.7 / 10

Good

EXTERIOR_BUILDING Koh Chang Grandview Resort

Koh Chang Grandview Resort

9/3 MOO 4 White Sand Beach, Koh Chang, White Sand Beach, Koh Chang, Trat, Thailand, 23170

9.1 / 10

Excellent

BEDROOM Chang Cliff Resort

Chang Cliff Resort

16/14 Moo 4 , White Sand Beach, Koh Chang, White Sand Beach, Koh Chang, Trat, Thailand, 23170

8.0 / 10

Very Good

Building view Koh Chang Paradise Resort & SPA

Koh Chang Paradise Resort & SPA

39/4 Moo 4, Bann Klong Prao, Koh Chang, Klong Prao Beach, Koh Chang, Trat, Thailand, 23170

9.2 / 10

Excellent

EXTERIOR_BUILDING Nature Beach Resort

Nature Beach Resort

98 Moo 4 Lonely Beach, Lonely Beach, Koh Chang, Trat, Thailand, 23170

8.8 / 10

Very Good

Others Flora I Talay Resort and Restaurant

Flora I Talay Resort and Restaurant

99/999 moo4, Koh Chang, Klong Prao Beach, Koh Chang, Trat, Thailand, 23170

8.9 / 10

Very Good

others

About

Introduction

Koh Chang, also known as the ‘Elephant Island’ named because of its elephant shaped headland, is Thailand’s second largest island after Phuket. It is located around 300 kilometres east of Bangkok in the Gulf of Thailand near the Cambodian border. Koh Chang has experienced a large increase in tourism and development over the past decade; however, many areas have still retained their remote and genuine character. The island is a unique combination of white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, windy hill roads, countless waterfalls and lush rainforests. These unique features provide activities for both young and old; Koh Chang has plenty to offer. This multifaceted island attracts people from all over, from lonesome backpackers heading to Cambodia to families with children. While the beach bars provide entertainment in the evenings, those more adventurous can find plenty of excitement hiking up Khao Salak Phet, the tallest peak, or bathing in the cool jungle waterfalls.

History of Koh Chang

Before World War II, Koh Chang was little known and home to few families who lived off the island growing coconuts and other fruit. It was a truly remote and unoccupied island. In 1941, amidst World War II, the island was occupied by Japanese forces and was scene to the Battle of Koh Chang between the Vichy French naval unit and the Royal Thai Navy. The French won a determined victory. The province of Trat was later regained by King Rama from the French in exchange for the then Thai governed Siem Reap, Sri Sophon and Prataborg. This triumph is still celebrated to this day and the 23rd March is known as Independence day to it’s locals. In the mid 1970’s, the first backpackers appeared on the beaches of Koh Chang and a few years later the island and it’s surrounding area was granted national park status under the name of Mu Koh Chang National Marine Park.

Surrounding areas

Koh Chang is part of an archipelago of 51 islands belonging to the Mu Koh Chang Marine Park. These islands are considered to be some of the most picturesque in Thailand.

Koh Kham

This remote island is a part of the Koh Mak islands and is the perfect destination for a relaxing day trip or romantic evening. The island has only one resort with an open-air restaurant. The peaceful, clear waters are ideal for snorkeling and the unique beach features black volcano rock.

Koh Kood

The island is the farthest from the coast of Trat but well worth visiting. The highlights of Koh Kood are the rolling, green mountains and the many streams, some of which become waterfalls. Nam Tok Klong Chao is the famous 3-tier waterfall ending in a pond. Koh Kood also has an abundance of white sandy beaches and small sand banks for the ideal day spent relaxing in the sun.

Koh Mak

Koh Mak is a larger island located between Koh Chang and Koh Kood. The inland is filled with coconut plantations while the greatest attractions are the long beaches and crystal sea. The most popular activities for tourist include tracking, fishing, kayaking, diving, bicycle or motorcycle riding. Accommodation is available along the beaches and island bays.

Koh Ngam

This island is comprised of two mountains connected by rocks and large sand bar in the middle. The lines of the mountains, combined with the rock and sand bar, create a stunning little bay, which is well worth seeing. The mountains also allow for a stunning viewpoint to the surrounding islands. The structure of this island has earned it the title ‘little koh Phi Phi in the Gulf of Thailand’.

Hotels

Accommodations are easy to find in and around Koh Chang, and there are budgets and amenities for all types of travellers. Check out some of our top recommendations:

Pajamas Hostel

Located a few kilometers from the busy beaches, Pajams Hostel is highly recommended for backpackers who are looking for a good balance of fun, relaxation and comfort – all at an affordable price. The hostel offers all amenities including free Wi-Fi, a swimming pool, a restaurant with an all day menu, tours etc.

Kai Bae Beach Resort

Conveniently located close to Lonely Beach and Klong Plu Waterfull. There’s a range of different rooms with a garden view, sea view or beachfront bungalows. All rooms have air conditioning and free Wi-Fi while the resort also offers a swimming pool, beach bar and a restaurant. Kai Bae resort is the ideal place for peaceful relaxation, just a stone-throw away from other resorts and beaches.

The Emerald Cove

Treat yourself to a stay at this magnificent resort that offers everything you need in one place. The Emerald Cove has a stunning outdoor garden area with cabanas and stunning pool long enough for swimming laps. The rooms are stunningly decorated, clean and comfortable with free Wi-Fi and you can enjoy your time at the resorts spa, coffee shop, hair salon or health club.

Nest Sense Resort

At the very north point of Lonely Beach, which means it simultaneously offers peace and quiet and easy access to the local bars and nightlife. The design and architecture of this resort are built for comfort and grandeur. Enjoy the infinity pool, poolside café and dinning and the private bungalows with individual pools, free Wi-Fi and stunning sea view.

Transportation

Koh Chang is accessible via plane, bus and boat. Once you are on the island, transport is fairly easy.

By Plane

There are three flights a day from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport that arrive at the nearest airport of Trat. Flights depart from Bangkok at 8.30, 11.40 and 17.05 and the trip takes one hour. The flights aren’t very cheap (2000 – 3000B) but the trip is convenient and hassle free. Trat Airport is located about a 30-minute drive from the local boat piers and you can easily hop on a minibus that will take you directly from the airport to the boat and then to your accommodation on Koh Chang. You should expect to pay 500B for a ticket that will include your minibus and ferry trip or 900B for a return ticket. The ferry and flight schedule are concurrent, ensuring that each flight has a correlating ferry.

Suvarnabhumi Airport to Koh Chang

if you want to go straight from the airport to Koh Chang, you can catch a minibus in front of Entrance 8 on Level 1 of Suvarnabhumi Airport. Tickets are 800 baht and the minibus leaves at 7:50 am. You can do the same in reverse, catching a bus or minibus directly to the airport from the Centrepoint pier.

Don Mueang Airport to Koh Chang

An A1 shuttle bus leaves the airport every 20 minutes to either Mo Chit bus station or Victory Monument. From these locations you can get a bus or minibus to Koh Chang. Alternatively, you can catch a shuttle to Suvarnabhumi Airport and get a minibus straight to Koh Chang.

By Bus

Public a/c buses leave every few hours from the Ekkamai Bus Station (also known as the Eastern bus terminal). You can catch a bus to either Trat or Laem Ngop; there is no need to buy a ticket in advance. Tickets cost around 300 Baht and once you arrive at Trat bus station, hop on an open back truck or minibus that will take you directly to the pier.

By Mini Bus

A slightly faster way of getting from Bangkok to the pier. The minibuses are parked at the side of the Ekkamai Bus Station and tickets cost 300B. You can also catch a minibus from Victory Monument. Minibuses will also drop you off outside of Trat and there will be open back trucks and/or taxis waiting to take you to the pier.

By Ferries

There are two ferries; the Koh Chang ferry leaving from Ao Tammachat pier and the Centrepoint ferry leaving from the Centrepoint pier. Once you have made it to either pier, ferries leave every 45 minutes to an hour.

Getting around Koh Chang

The cheapest and most available form of transport are motorbike rentals. You can rent a motorbike from 200 baht a day, depending on the bike. Always make sure to check the bike for scratches and dents before taking it. Keep in mind that Koh Chang is well known for steep, winding roads that are not always easy to navigate so if you are not an experienced motorbike driver, you might want to opt for the local open back trucks that run up and down the main road every few minutes. Hail a truck and tell him where to take you. Agree on a price with the driver.

Main areas

The main beaches of Koh Chang are spread out along the west side of the island and you can find everything you need along this shore. Each beach has a few different things to offer.

  • White Sand Beach is the most developed; here you will find many hotels and restaurants but also more tourists.
  • Lonely Beach is best known for its relaxed atmosphere and backpacker community. The accommodation here is mainly bungalows.
  • Klong Prao Beach has the longest sandy beach and has more of a resort feel to it, thus attracting an older crowd and families
  • Kai Bae beach is a good mix of nightlife and relaxation.
  • Bailan beach - the quietest beach on this stretch is perfect for an afternoon in the sun.
  • Bang Bao – started out as a local fishing village and over time developed into the main pier for diving and snorkeling trips. There are a few boutique hotels and resorts. There isn’t a beach here but there are plenty of restaurants and lovely market to explore.

Attractions

Koh Chang Waterfalls

The main waterfall us Klong Plu, north of Klong Prao Beach. This waterfall is easy to get to and it’s perfectly safe to swim in it or jump of the rocks. Plus the views once you reach the top are absolutely breathtaking

Opening hours: sunrise to sunset, daily

Entrance fee: 200 THB for adults and 100 THB for children.

Trekking

Probably the most active thing to do on the island is trekking through the jungle.  The difficulty of the trek is up to you; an easy trek to some waterfalls or climbing the island’s two tallest peaks – 644 meters and 730 meters. You can hire a guide privately or join a group.

Opening hours: sunrise to sunset

Entrance fee: free, unless you hire at guide, which starts at 600 THB

Activities

Elephant Trekking

There are several different companies that offer elephant trekking, most are located in and around Klong Phrao Beach.

Opening hours: most companies open at 9am, and close around 5pm

Entrance fee: The trips are offered every few hours and you can choose a 1-hour trek (starting at 850 baht) or a 2-hour trek (1500 baht). This includes riding an elephant, feeding and bathing.

Diving

The diving around Koh Chang is known to be excellent due to the crystal waters, gorgeous coral reefs and wrecks. There are many dive schools to choose from

Opening hours: most dive schools are open from 10am to 7pm, although dives start as early as 7am and as late as 7pm for night dives

Entrance Fees: 2900 THB for 2 fun dives, 14500 THB  for an open water course and 4500 THB for a beginners course.

Snorkeling and Boat Trips

These boat trips are very popular as they allow you to explore all of the small island around Koh Chang and enjoy a day on the water, snorkeling, swimming, fishing and relaxing. You can join a boat trip for half a day, whole day, or charter a private boat if you have a group.

Opening hours: Most day trips start around 8 or 9am and end around sunset.

Entrance Fees: 600THB for a half day, 1200 for a full day

Travel Tips

  • Wear a helmet – if you decide to rent a motorbike, make sure you always wear a helmet. The roads are not easy to navigate and accidents often happen. Keep your head safe!
  • Drink water – Thailand is always hot and humid; sometimes we don’t realize we are dehydrated. Make sure you always carry a bottle of water with you and drink often throughout the day.
  • Negotiate – especially if you are using the local trucks as a form of transport. The drivers will always name a price that is much too high so use your best bartering skills to get the price down each time. If you’re only going from once beach to the next one, you shouldn’t be paying more than 50 baht.
  • Be kind to the environment – Koh Chang is full of amazing flora and fauna and the more tourist arrive, the less the beauty of the island is preserved. Be kind to the jungle, pick up after yourself and be kind to the animals who you interact with.
  • Watch out for the monkeys – there are many monkeys roaming around the roads and some beaches. They can’t be aggressive and they are very strong. Don’t feed them or agitate them. If they get in your path, walk away or keep your head down and keep going.