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Koh Chang
Koh Chang A stretch of long white sandy beach dotted with coconut tree orchards is a common sight on Koh Chang the largest and busiest island in Trat and the second largest island in the country after Phuket.

Covering an area of 429 sq km, Koh Chang, boasts several amazing natural wonders that blend magnificently with the traditional way of life such as 70 percent undisturbed island rainforest, steep hills, cliffs, waterfalls, and notable wildlife, fine beaches, coral reefs and an abundance of marine life. In addition, numerous fruit orchards dot the island.

Most of the scenic beaches and bays are on the west side spreading from the north to the south they include Ao Khlong Son , Hat Sai Khao , Hat Khlong Phrao and Hat Kai Bae. A road cuts through the western shore almost reaching Hat Kai Bae where there is a nature trail passing through Ao Bai Lan and Ao Kruat and meandering through wet forestland to Ban Bang Bao, a fishing community on the foot of the hill in the south.

To the east are Ao Sapparot, where a ferry landing is situated and Ao Salak Khok. In addition, along the eastern shoreline is a road cutting through to Ao Salak Phet, a community with a boat pier to the south of the island. Coral ranges worth visiting are at Ao Khlong Son near Koh Chang Noi and around islands south of Koh Chang.

In addition to sea-based attractions Koh Chang has numerous inland attractions including several waterfalls with reasonable access. They are the Khlong Phlu waterfall, 3 km from Ao Khlong Phrao and a further 20 minutes on foot; Khlong Nonsi waterfall, a 4-km walk from park headquarters; and Khiriphet and Khlong Nung falls, which are about 3 km from Ban Salak Phet.

As well as the obvious activities Koh Chang offers many other attractions including waterfalls, temples, the National Park and Museum or the beautiful scenic lookout points, which are all worth a visit. Divers will find fascinating diving areas off of the shores of Koh Chang and the surrounding islands. Besides the many coral reefs, sunken warships, a reminder of times past, can be visited in the Salak Phet Bay.

Koh Chang National Park
KohChangNationalPark The Koh Chang National Park occupies an area of 650 sq km and is comprised of 47 surrounding islands covering the areas from Amphoe Laem Ngob, Amphoe Mueang and Amphoe Klong Yai. The most popular islands include Koh Chang, Koh Klum, Koh Ngam, Koh Lao Ya and Koh Rung where natural attractions abound. The best season to visit the National Park is from November to March which is not monsoon season. The National Park offices are based at 4 locations which are Tha Than Mayom in the eastside of the island, Ban Khlong Son, the entrance to Khlong Plu Waterfall and Salak Petch village. Tourist information on the National Park can be obtained from here.

For further information on Koh Chang National Park : Koh Chang nationa Park Office at 23/7 M. 3, Koh Chang, Koh Chang, Trat 23170, Tel. 0 3955 5080, Fax. 0 3955 5080

Activities in Koh Chang
Koh Ngam The main thing to do when in Koh Chang is to relax. Other than that, there are numerous activities for visitors such as fishing, snorkeling and visiting nearby islands. In addition, many resorts rent out kayaks and arrange jungle treks as well as provide all day boat tours to the nearby islands. Moreover, scooters can be rented in most places, which make the island easier to explore independently, however the driver should have some two-wheel experience as the roads have a tendency to fade away to nothing more than tracks.

Furthermore, there are diving schools at all of the 4 largest beaches on the west coast, where tours can be booked or various diving licenses can be obtained and sailing-tours can also be booked in many resorts and travel agencies.
Accommodations on Koh Chang
There are many resorts and bungalows on Koh Chang thus visitors purchasing boat/ferry tickets from any of the piers should inform the staff of the desired beach and accommodations reserved to prevent misunderstandings on the destination. Facilities on Koh Chang include mainly bungalow-type accommodations on most beaches which generally rent out bicycles and boats. Budget and high-end accommodations are also available.

Best time to visit Koh Chang and other islands

The season is from October to May as from mid May to mid October most of the resorts are closed, but visitors will still be able to find a few open, as some of the owners actually live there and are open all year round.
Dining delights in Koh Chang
Koh Chang is still virtually an untouched gastronomic paradise as the islanders have made a living fishing in the beautiful blue seas for centuries. There are plenty of seafood restaurants dotted around the island and with the recent addition of a number of resorts, visitors can now enjoy a wide range of local and international cuisines.

As the island only has a single road and most restaurants are located on the road or in resort compounds, they are easy to find. It just takes a little looking around to find a place that suits your fancy. Reservations are not normally required but if you want to dine further up the scale it is best to book in advance.
Attractions on Koh Chang and Surrounding Islands
Than Mayom Waterfall Wat Bang Bao is on the roadside, next to the turn-off to Ban Bang Bao.

Wat Khlong Prao is located in Baan Khlong Prao, also right off the main road.

Wat Khlong Son is approximately 500 metres from the intersection in Ban Khlong Son, in the direction of the bay.
At the top of the hill after Sapparot Bay towards Ban Khlong Son there is a Chinese temple.

Wat Khlong Nonsi is situated just before the Dan-May Pier in Baan Khlong Nonsi. Turn towards the sea at the intersection on the main road. Proper clothes should be worn during temple visits.

Koh Chang Naval Battle Area This area is located to the south of Koh Chang close to Salak Petch Bay. It is the area where the battle between the Thai and French Naval forces was fought over the eastern border conflict. The Thai Navy holds an annual event to commemorate the combat victory and make merit for the dead naval forces on 17 January.

Namtok Than Mayom (Than Mayom Waterfall) A 3-tiered medium-sized waterfall located behind the parks office. There is a trail situated 500 meters from a durian orchard that leads to the site where King Rama V and VI had visited and signed their royal names on the highest cliff of the cascade.

Namtok Kiri Phet (Kiri Phet Waterfall) Located to the south of Koh Chang, approximately 3 km from Ban Salak Petch.

Namtok Khlong Nonsi (Khlong Nonsi Waterfall) This is a little waterfall in the northeast zone of the island. The path to the area lies 3 km from Baan Daan Mai or 3 km from the national park office.

Namtok Khlong Nueng This is a small 120 metre high waterfall situated in a remote area from Salak Petch Community near Salak Petch Waterfall is an ideal place for relaxation.

Ban Salak Petch and Ban Rong Than These are the largest fishing villages on the island and are ideal venues for visitors wishing to experience or observe their lifestyle. Bungalows and food shops are available.

Bang Bao Fishing Village Another ideal spot to learn more about the lifestyle of fishermen where residents build up their houses with poles pitched into the sea and the community is linked together via a bridge that reaches every house. In addition, Bang Bao is one of the zones rich in corals.

White Sand Beach Hat Sai Khao (White Sand Beach) One of the longest beaches on Koh Chang, is this beach provides the most magnificent seascape. The beach, which is 2 km long, is dotted with reasonably priced bungalows and resorts. Embracing the beach to the rear are orchards of coconut trees and forests.

Khlong Son Bay Rich in coral lines, the bay is located on the western coast of Koh Chang where Klong Son Community is situated.

Namtok Khlong Plu (Khlong Plu Waterfall) A large 3-tiered waterfall situated 3 km or a walking distance of approximately 20 minutes away from Khlong Prao Bay that is a rewarding experience.

Tri Petch Waterfall (Tri Petch Waterfall) This single level waterfall is situated 3 km from Salak Petch Community along an orchard of rubber trees.

Hat Khlong Phrao (Klong Phrao Beach) and Laem Chat Chet Laem Chai Chet is along the sea adjacent to Kai Bae Beach, which is rather steep but offers possibilities for swimming. Standard bungalows with facilities are available. The northernmost area of Klong Phrao Beach is adjacent to Chai Chet Bay and Beach where visitors can take in the beautiful landscape while enjoying the superb relaxation and tranquil retreat.

Kai Bae Beach This beach is close to Khlong Phrao Beach and is similar to Khlong Phrao in that the beach is steep but safe for swimming with quite a few inexpensively priced bungalows in the area.

Ao Bai Lan This small bay with its long sandy beach where visitors can enjoy the spectacular view in serene ambience is situated close to Kai Bae beach.

Hat Khlong Kloi This shady beach with coconut trees located next to Bang Bao Village is a perfect place for relaxation.

Koh Chang Noi and Laem Chang Noi lie to the north of Koh Chang. The sea between Koh Chang Noi and Laem Chang Noi is abundant with corals.

Klong Phrao Beach Long Sand Beach is next to Sa Lak Kok Bay. The area is covered with forest and orchards of coconut trees

Koh Lao Ya This wonderful island which is less than 1 km long and 300 metres wide with beautiful beaches, crystal-clear water and colorful corals lies about 3 km west of the southeastern end of Koh Chang. Koh Laoya forms an island group with Koh Laoya Klang and Koh Laoya Nok and is connected to Koh Laoya Klang by a wooden bridge. Travel time from Laem Ngob to the island takes about 2.5 hours and only chartered boats can reach the island. Accommodation is available but must be reserved well in advance.

Koh Wai This big island, which a part of Koh Chang National Park and is situated next to Koh Lao Ya, has stone laden beaches. However, Koh Wai is famous for its coral and is also the best place for fishing and swimming. As for accommodations, Koh Wai Pakarung Resort is ready to serve tourists.

Koh Klum Like Koh Chang, this is an island of historical significance during the Thai-French Naval Battle in 1941. Attractions on the island include the stone yard landscape and fishing activities.

Koh Rang This small island at the west of Koh Mak does not have enough flat area suitable for setting up of any resorts and bungalows. However, Koh Rung is well known as the location for its birds nest concessions, sea turtle eggs and bat's dung. The main attractions at the island are the stone knolls and the magnificent deep-sea corals.

Koh Phrao is in front of Salakpetch Bay. This island situated in front of Salak Petch Bay has clean and calm seas, and is cool and shady with coconut trees. Travel time from Laem Ngob is two hours. Accommodations are available on the island.

Ferry to Koh Chang Koh Ngam This island is situated southeast of Koh Chang and is comprised of twin mountains linked by huge rocks with a huge sand knoll at the middle. The little bay formed by the lines of the mountain stretching into the sea makes the island a splendid and serene site worth visiting. Accommodations are available.
Getting to Koh Chang
A 5 hours bus trip from the Eastern Bus Terminal will take visitors to the Trat Bus Terminal (departures between 06.00 am. - 12.00 pm.) From the bus terminal, take song taew (mini bus) to Laem Ngop Pier, which is 17 km from town.

or the ferry landings at Ao Thammachat and Koh Chang Centre Point where services are operated all day.

Passenger boats usually leave from Laem Ngop to Ao Sapparot on Koh Chang every hour from 08.00 am. - 05.00 pm. The trip takes 45 minutes and the fare is 50 baht per person. Visitors can continue to Hat Sai Khao, Hat Khlong Phrao and Hat Kai Bae by local bus which charges 30 baht per person. The schedules and fares are subject to change without notice due to climate condition.

For current information, please contact TAT Trat office, Tel: 0 3959 7255, 0 3959 7259-60 Fax: 0 3959 7255.
Ferry Services
Koh Chang Ferries depart either from Ao Thammachat or Koh Chang Center Point Landings between 07.30 am. - 04.30 pm. with a traveling time of 30 minutes. Private vehicles can be loaded onto the ferry. Please note that vehicles used on the island should be the 4-wheel drive types as road conditions are bumpy and there are steep slopes to be negotiated. From the landing on Koh Chang are song taew services to various points. Fares should be settled beforehand.
Center Point Pier
Ferries leave hourly from 06.00 am. - 07.00 pm. Call 039 538196 for more information.

Rates for round trip:
- 4 wheel vehicles, 60 baht/passenger
- 6 wheel vehicles, 250 baht, no charge for driver and one passenger
- 10 wheel vehicles, 500 baht, no charge for driver and one passenger

Ao Thammachat Pier
Ferries leave every hour from 06.30 am. - 07.15 pm. Contact 0 3952 8288-9 for more details.

Rates for round trip:
- 4 wheel vehicle, 60 baht/passenger, no charge for driver
- 6 wheel vehicle, 500 baht, no charge for driver but 60 baht fee is applied for any passenger
- 10 wheel vehicle, 1,000 baht, no charge for driver and one passenger

Koh Chang Ferry
Ferries depart every 45 minutes from 06.30 am. - 07.15 pm. For more information call tel. 0 3959 7143.

Rates for round trip:
- 4 wheel vehicle 150 baht, no charge for driver, but a fee of 60 baht/passenger is applied
- 6 wheel vehicle, 500 baht, no charge for driver but 60 baht fee is applied for any passenger
- 10 wheel vehicle, 1,000 baht, no charge for driver and one passenger

For visitors planning to stay at Koh Wai there is a ferry service from Laem Ngob to Koh Wai at around 03:00 pm. with a fare of 120 baht/person/one way.

For visitors planning to stay at Koh Kham there is a ferry service from Laem Ngob to Koh Kham at around 03:00 pm. with a fare of 170 baht/person/one way.

For visitors planning to stay at Koh Mak there is a ferry service from Laem Ngob to Koh Mak at around 03:00 pm. with a fare of 150 baht/person/one way.

Facilities on Koh Chang include mainly bungalow-type accommodations on most beaches and rental services for bicycles and boats.

Several smaller isles south of Koh Chang include Koh Wai, Koh Lao Ya and Koh Kradat. Noted for both deep-water and shallow-water corals are the Koh Kra group and Koh Rang which are to the west of Koh Mak.
Travel to other Islands
Most visitors come to Amphoe Laem Ngob where there are 2 piers namely Laem Ngob and Koh Chang Centre Point, offering daily boat services to islands such as Koh Mak, Koh Wai, and Koh Kham. Tourist spots in Koh Chang and other groups of islands