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Koh Chang - Island Paradise

A stunning destination in Thailand, you can't go wrong with Koh Chang. It's an island paradise with gorgeous beaches, lush forests, and amazing wildlife. You Know Thailand is your ultimate guide to Koh Chang, We help you find where to stay and activities for your budget, relax, adventure, or explore in Koh Chang

30 minute car ferry to Koh Chang from Tret Centre Point Pier

If you're looking for a peaceful, yet exciting destination, Koh Chang is a gem of an island located in the Gulf of Thailand that offers a diverse range of activities that cater to everyone's interests. The name Koh Chang translates to "Elephant Island" because of its distinctive elephant-shaped mountains, but the elephants on this island are not native, however, you can still see them in sanctuaries.  Not all of these are ethical so choose wisely. ‘Klong Son Elephant Camp' is meant to be a more ethical one.

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Escape the crowds and enjoy some tranquillity. This island has some of the most stunning beaches in Thailand, each with its own personality. You can chill out on the soft white sand of White Sand Beach, party with the backpackers on Lonely Beach, or explore the nature and wildlife on Kai Bae Beach. There's something for everyone on Koh Chang, and you'll love the laid-back vibe of this island paradise.

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For nature lovers. There are so many waterfalls to check out, like Klong Plu, Than Mayom, and Klong Nonsi. They are all gorgeous and refreshing, and you can jump in the water, chill under the trees, and enjoy the scenery. You can also go hiking in the green jungles and see all kinds of plants and animals, like monkeys, deer, and birds. Koh Chang is a paradise for nature lovers.


Fun and excitement. You can explore the island's natural beauty by hiking, rock climbing, or even zip-lining through the jungle. Or, if you prefer the water, you can dive and kayak in the turquoise sea and discover the amazing marine life.


You can find nightlife spots in different parts of the island, but the most popular ones are Lonely Beach, White Sand Beach, and Kai Bae Beach. If you like to party on the beach or feel the music in your bones, you should check out Lonely Beach.

There are many beer bars in White Sand Beach, or try Chai Chet and Kai Bae (Walking Street). You can also enjoy live music everywhere on the island - from Thai artists to open mic nights.

If you want to chill with some Thai hippies, you can go to the south end of the island, to Hat Sai Noi and Bang Bao Beach. During the season, there are also some cool festivals happening - with DJs and late-night parties at different places, and famous Thai singers and bands performing.


Please wear some beach shoes or sandals. You might think it's more fun to feel the sand between your toes but trust me, it's not worth the risk. There's a lot of broken glass on the beach, and it can cut your feet badly. I know this because my wife was one victim of this in Koh Chang. She stepped on a sharp piece of glass and had to go to the hospital for stitches. So please, don't make the same mistake we did. Wear beach shoes on the beach and protect your feet from harm.

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Koh Chang is a dream destination for anyone who loves nature, culture and fun. You can hike through the jungle, swim in the sea, visit temples and markets, or party all night long. Koh Chang has something for every taste and mood, but the best part is just relaxing and enjoying the amazing views of this beautiful island.


Getting to Koh Chang is easy via the mainland in Trat Province. Options include:


- By Plane: Fly to Trat Airport and take a shared minivan or taxi to the ferry terminal. Book flights and ferries below.


- By Bus: Take a bus from Bangkok to Trat and then a shared minivan or taxi to the ferry terminal. Bookable with Asian Public transport.


- By Ferry: Take a ferry from the terminal to Koh Chang. Choose between shared ferries or private speedboats. Bookable with Asian Public transport.


- By Private Transfer: Book a private transfer from Bangkok to Koh Chang. Available by car or minivan, with pick-up and drop-off at your hotel.


Plan your trip, enjoy the island's natural beauty and activities.

- By Private Transfer: Book a private transfer from Bangkok to Koh Chang. Available by car or minivan, with pick-up and drop-off at your hotel.


Plan your trip, and enjoy the island's natural beauty and activities.

Above the Clouds

By Car: You can drive to Koh Chang from Bangkok, which takes approximately 5 hours. The drive is partly scenic, and you can stop along the way to take in the stunning views. You will need to park your car at the ferry terminal and take a ferry to Koh Chang.

I have created a customizable trip to Koh Chang, with options to rent a car or use public transport. Click here to view.

Cars are allowed on the ferry so if you fancy driving, take a look at renting a car

Hotels and Accommodation

Koh Chang has a range of accommodation options to suit different budgets and preferences, with several areas to choose from depending on your needs. Here are some of the best areas to stay on Koh Chang:

White Sand Beach: White Sand Beach is one of the most popular areas on Koh Chang, with a long stretch of soft white sand and crystal-clear water. There are plenty of restaurants, bars, and shops in the area, making it a great place to stay for those who want to be close to the action.

Klong Prao Beach: Klong Prao Beach is another popular area on Koh Chang, with a long and wide sandy beach that is perfect for swimming and sunbathing. The area is quieter than White Sand Beach, with fewer crowds and a more laid-back atmosphere. There are several restaurants, bars, and shops in the area, as well as a few high-end resorts.

Kai Bae Beach: Kai Bae Beach is a quieter area on Koh Chang, with a beautiful sandy beach that is perfect for swimming and sunbathing. The area is more laid-back than White Sand Beach and Klong Prao Beach, with a few restaurants and bars scattered along the beach.


Lonely Beach: Lonely Beach is a backpacker's paradise, with plenty of budget accommodation options and a lively party scene. The area is popular with younger travellers who want to experience the island's nightlife, with plenty of bars, clubs, and restaurants in the area.

Bang Bao: Bang Bao is a picturesque fishing village located on the southern end of Koh Chang. The area has a range of accommodation options, from budget guesthouses to luxury resorts, and is a great place to stay for those who want to experience traditional Thai village life.

No matter where you choose to stay in Koh Chang, you will be surrounded by beautiful beaches, lush jungles, and plenty of activities to keep you busy. So, choose an area that suits your preferences and enjoy all that this stunning island has to offer.

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If you're interested in short-term rentals, you should use the form below to look at the ones that are offered in Koh Chang. many awesome options are available!

It'll be a great decision.


Snorkelling and Diving: Koh Chang is surrounded by crystal-clear waters that are teeming with marine life, making it a popular destination for snorkelling and diving. There are several snorkelling and diving tours available on the island, where visitors can explore the colourful coral reefs and swim alongside tropical fish and other sea creatures.

Kayaking: Kayaking is a great way to explore the island's coastline and nearby islands at a slower pace. Visitors can rent kayaks on the island.

Elephant Sanctuary: Koh Chang is home to several elephant sanctuaries, where visitors can interact with these gentle giants in a responsible and ethical way. Visitors can feed, bathe, and walk alongside the elephants while learning about their behaviour and history.


Pattaya - Koh Larn

Rayong - Koh Samet

Chao Lao Beach


Koh Chang

Escape to the tropical paradise of Thailand's eastern seaboard on this incredible tour. Start in Pattaya, a vibrant city known for its stunning beaches and vibrant nightlife. Take a ferry to Koh Larn, an idyllic island with crystal-clear waters and pristine beaches, perfect for swimming, snorkelling, and sunbathing.

From Pattaya, travel to Rayong and visit Koh Samet, a stunning island known for its lush jungle, pristine beaches, and stunning coral reefs. Take a scenic hike to admire the breath-taking views, or simply relax on the beach and soak up the sun.

Next, visit Chao Lao Beach, a quiet and serene stretch of sand surrounded by lush vegetation and crystal-clear waters. Sample delicious seafood caught fresh from the sea.

Continue your tour to Chanthaburi, a charming town known for its beautiful waterfalls and vibrant local markets. Explore the town's vibrant street life and sample delicious Thai cuisine at one of the many local street stalls.

Finally, head to Koh Chang, the largest island in the Koh Chang Marine National Park. With its stunning beaches, lush jungle, and diverse wildlife, this island is the perfect place to relax and soak up the beauty of Thailand's tropical coast. Whether you're lounging on the beach, hiking through the jungle, or exploring the island's rich marine life, Koh Chang is sure to provide a memorable experience.

This tour offers a unique opportunity to experience the beauty and diversity of Thailand's eastern seaboard, from bustling cities and idyllic islands to serene beaches and lush jungles. With its stunning scenery, vibrant local culture, and endless opportunities for adventure, this tour is a must-see for any traveller.

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