Koh Chang Island Guide – Resorts, How to Get to, Beaches, Activities

Koh Chang Guide

Koh Chang is Thailand’s second biggest island after Phuket, with a size of 429 square kilometres, 30 kilometres long by 14 kilometres wide and a population touching 10,000. It is located in the far east of the Gulf Of Thailand near to the border with Cambodia.

For many years, as global tourism gripped the rest of the country, Koh Chang remained strangely undiscovered despite the obvious allure of its rugged mountains, an interior of jungle and great waterfalls and its many west coast beaches. A series of government grants, word of mouth and the internet have changed all that, however, and over the last decade, development has exploded, with Koh Chang now attracting western and eastern travellers and tourists, as well as Thais from all over the country.

You can Contact Us with your questions about the island. We are only too happy to help.

We book all the Koh Chang activities, provide private transfers to and from the island and other transport options.

We can also help with your planning as you combine a Koh Chang holiday with a trip to Koh Kood, Koh Mak, Koh Wai or Cambodia.

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Koh Chang Resorts, Hotels and Bungalows

Koh Chang resorts, hotels and bungalows number in the hundreds, with everything from luxury to boutique to simple bamboo huts, located on all of the different beaches across the island.

Luxury hotels and resorts range in price from 3,000bt to 4,000bt per night right up to 15,000bt or more for the deluxe pool villas. There are plenty of smaller mid range bungalow resorts where prices start at 1,000bt and for the backpacker, you can find guesthouse rooms as low as 250bt for shared bathroom, cold shower and fan, with 400bt to 500bt a good price for a basic bungalow.

We cover each beach with our detailed recommendations on where to stay as well as our regular updates here – Best Hotels 2018, 10 Ten Luxury Resort,Top 10 Boutique, Budget Picks and keeping with the new trend, Best Koh Chang Hostels



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How to Get to Koh Chang – Transfers, Fly, Bus, Minibus, Ferry

We cover all the different ways of getting to Koh Chang whether by land, by air or by sea – the complete lowdown on private transfers, hotel to hotel share minibuses, VIP and public buses, flights to Trat Airport, ferries and island hopping.


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All the information on private transfers by car (Sedan or Innova) or minibus, door to door, with ferry tickets. Transfers are available in either direction from Bangkok hotels, Suvarnabhumi Airport, Don Mueang Airport, Trat Airport, Laem Ngop Pier (Koh Mak) and Laem Sok Pier (Koh Kood).

We also specialise in transfers from Siem Reap, Sihanoukville, Phnom Penh and Battambang as well the Cambodian borders.


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Hotel to hotel share minibuses shuttle to and from the island daily. There are also a VIP bus from Khao San Road, direct links from Suvarnabhumi Airport as well as public buses departing regularly from Bangkok at Ekamai Bus Station.


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Bangkok Airways flies 3 times daily (4 from 28/10/18) in each direction between Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) and Trat Airport (TDX) on the mainland. You use either shared minibuses or private transfers between Trat Airport and your resort on Koh Chang.


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Koh Chang is served by two car ferries, the faster one Ferry Koh Chang from Ao Thammachat to Ao Sapparot, which runs from 06.30am to 18.30 and the older Centerpoint Ferry which runs from 06.00am till 19.30. Prices are 80bt for a single adult ticket on both services.


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You can island hop between Koh Chang, Koh Wai, Koh Mak and Koh Kood using either a speedboat, catamaran or a slower wooden boat – 5 times daily in each direction with prices from 300bt to 900bt per adult depending on which island to which island.


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Things to Do in Koh Chang – Boat Trips, Trekking, Diving, Elephants, Cooking School

You won’t be short of things to do on Koh Chang, with a wealth of activities on land and at sea, everything from snorkeling to cooking classes, diving to jungle treks, all at reasonable prices, all available daily.


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Enjoy a day out on the sea snorkeling on a converted wooden fishing boat or speedboat, with trips down to the Marine Park at Koh Rang on a 4 island tour, calling in at Koh Wai and Monkey Rock. Or there are shorter days on the 3 island tour to Koh Wai and Wai Chek Beach.

We specialise in bespoke days on private boats tailor-made for just your group.


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Koh Chang is the place to learn to dive on an Open Water Course or give it your first try with DSD (Discover Scuba Diving). For the qualified, there’s some terrific dive sites offshore at the Marine Park of Koh Rang and at the wrecks to the south of the island. All courses available.


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Jungle trekking is a popular way to spend the day, with daily excursions to the interior of the island, featuring secret waterfalls and the highest peaks at Salak Phet and White Sand Beach. Private treks are also available as well as early morning bird watching in the Klong Prao area.


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With 6 camps on the island, you can enjoy a forest trek with the elephants for 1 hour or stay for longer and get to swim and wash with them – a unique experience. We organise it all for you at Ban Kwan Chang, including transfers to and from your resort.


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Learn to cook Thai food at one of the island’s cooking schools, with detailed instruction on everything from curry pastes to the actual curries (green, red, Massaman, sour), noodle dishes (Pad Thai) and even desserts (sticky rice and mango) – small classes, great locations, eat what you cook.


Koh Chang Weather

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Saturday
08/18
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Tomorrow
08/19
Thunderstorm
High 29° / Low 24°
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Monday
08/20
Chance of a Thunderstorm
High 31° / Low 24°
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Tuesday
08/21
Chance of a Thunderstorm
High 32° / Low 25°
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Wednesday
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High 32° / Low 25°
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Thursday
08/23
Chance of a Thunderstorm
High 31° / Low 25°
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Friday
08/24
Chance of a Thunderstorm
High 31° / Low 25°

For the full guide to the climate and seasons on Koh Chang, please head here.


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Koh Chang Beaches

We take you round all the Koh Chang beaches including White Sand Beach, Lonely Beach, Klong Prao Beach and Kai Bae Beach. Our snippets give at a glance information on what to expect in each area, while out detailed guides help you explore more fully. Recommended tips for places to stay, restaurants and bars.


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A tour around Koh Chang’s busiest beach, with at a glance details on what to expect and a more leisurely walk around the beach helping you find what’s where from the northern end to the southern end. We cover all the resorts and bungalows, such as KC Grande and Kacha. as well as restaurants, bars and shops.


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Koh Chang’s longest beach fully covered for you with at a glance details on what to expect. We follow this with a more leisurely walk from area to area, passing the waterfall, the temple, the large resorts down on the sand, such as The Dewa, Centara Tropicana, Santhiya Tree and Emerald Cove. as well as elephant camps, all the restaurants and the odd bar along the way.


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Koh Chang’s backpacker and party beach up close with at a glance details on what to expect followed by a more leisurely walk around the beach and village, helping you find out what’s where. Everything from bungalows to resorts, such as Warapura and Nest Sense as well as restaurants and of course those bars.


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Perhaps Koh Chang’s most popular beaches for all the family, we give you at a glance details on what to expect, together with a more leisurely walk around the beach and the main street, helping you find out what’s where. We cover everything from the large resorts in the centre such as Awa, The Chill and Gajapuri to bungalows, restaurants and bars, not forgetting a delightful waterfall too.


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Koh Chang Restaurants

Our restaurant guide goes around Koh Chang beach by beach, picking out the best spots. We cover everything from seafood to coffee shops and even the East Coast.



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Koh Chang Nightlife, Bars and Party

Our complete guide to Koh Chang nightlife, beach by beach. We highlight the best bars, pubs and party venues in each area, so you can hit the right spots during your holiday.


Latest Koh Chang Hotels and Resorts Recommendations

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Best Hotels, Resorts and Bungalows on Koh Chang 2018

Our picks and recommendations for the best hotels, resorts and bungalows on Koh Chang in the luxury, mid range and budget categories for 2018

Read the full blog here, Best Hotels, Resorts and Bungalows on Koh Chang 2018

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Top Ten Koh Chang Boutique Resorts for 2017-18

Our new list of the top ten Koh Chang boutique resorts for 2017-18 with resorts on west coast and east coast. Snippet reviews, photo, chance to book.

Read the full blog here, Top Ten Koh Chang Boutique Resorts for 2017-18

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Trat Hotels and Guesthouses

Our guide to Trat Hotels and guesthouses with snippet information, prices and chance to book. Also where to stay at Laem Sok Pier and Laem Ngop Pier.

Read the full blog here, Trat Hotels and Guesthouses


Koh Chang Transfer Updates

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Suvarnabhumi Airport to Koh Chang – Private Transfers, Flights and Bus

All the information needed on getting from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Koh Chang. Details, prices and chance to book private transfers as well as flight numbers, times to Trat Airport, bus/share minibus with Suvarnabhhumi Bupara Co or 999 Bus or our own share minibus.

Read the full article here, Suvarnabhumi Airport to Koh Chang – Private Transfers, Flights and Bus

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Siem Reap to Koh Kood, Koh Kood to Siem Reap – Private Transfer

Our guide to getting from Siem Reap to Koh Kood or Koh Kood to Siem Reap within a day with a private transfer via Aranya Prathet/Poipet border and Laem Sok Pier. Prices, chance to book.

Read the full article here, Siem Reap to Koh Kood, Koh Kood to Siem Reap – Private Transfer


Koh Chang Blogs

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Yacht Charter – Sailing around the Koh Chang Islands

Our guide to yacht charter and sailing in the Koh Chang islands, with snippet information on vessels, prices and chance to book.

Read the full blog here, Yacht Charter – Sailing around the Koh Chang Islands

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Private Speedboat Trips off Koh Chang

A brief guide to private speedboat trips off Koh Chang. Visits to Koh Laoya, Koh Wai, Koh Klum and snorkeling at Koh Rang. Prices and itinerary suggestions.

Read the full blog here, Private Speedboat Trips off Koh Chang


Koh Chang Property

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Bungalows Resort for Sale – West Coast

In an ever popular quiet, local area on the west coast of the island, this charming bungalow resort comprises 11 individual bungalows, bar area, owner accommodation and separate shop. Turnkey and available immediately. Cheap annual lease, can be registered.

Get the full information here, Bungalows Resort for Sale – West Coast

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Guesthouse for Sale – 6 Rooms, Restaurant, Shop – West Coast

Street side in one of Koh Chang’s busiest areas, this well established guesthouse comprises 6 rooms, an appartment, 50 seat restaurant and separate shop. Turnkey and available immediately. Good value annual lease.

Get the full information here, Guesthouse for Sale – 6 Rooms, Restaurant, Shop – West Coast


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