UPDATED for 2018-19 Season
Beyond those, there are plenty of other spots to explore among the Koh Chang beaches from the quieter Bailan Beach, the fishing village at Bang Bao, the up and coming Chai Chet or over on the more rural and undeveloped Koh Chang East Coast.
We have organised the Koh Chang beaches according to their popularity and when you visit their individual pages, we give at a glance breakdowns for those in a hurry and more leisurely island paced tours for those with time to spare. Happy exploring!
With a great stretch of sand, White Sand Beach is the most touristy of the Koh Chang beaches. Accommodation is in hotels or resorts, with a couple of luxury choices at KC Grande Resort and Kacha Resort. It also has a bustling backpacker area at the northern end and some long stay options up the hill in the south or inland. Restaurants range from Italian to burgers, beach bbq’s to cheap Thai, whilst nightlife revolves around a nightclub, some sports pubs and a zoned strip of beer bars. It’s also the main area among the Koh Chang beaches for banks and tour agents, with Bangkok Airways having an office here too. Explore More!
Lonely Beach, most famous for its nightlife, stands proudly as the backpacker and travellers’ area among the Koh Chang beaches. It has as small but very pleasant beach and accommodation is found mainly in cheap bungalows and guesthouse rooms, though it does offer a few more upscale resorts at Nest Sense, Warapura Resort and Bhumiyama Beach Resort. Lonely Beach has a Khao San road vibe, with the usual range of restaurants, lots of pad thai and banana pancakes, tattoo parlours and some dive shops. For nightlife, there are parties every night of the week taking place at one or more of the many bars in the village or on the beach itself. Explore More!
Klong Prao Beach, the largest area of the Koh Chang beaches, has a lovely long stretch of white sand beach, split by two inland rivers or klongs. It has the highest concentration of large high end resorts on Koh Chang, with The Dewa, Centara Tropicana and Emerald Cove among them, but with plenty of other cheaper bungalows and some backpacker accommodation and long stay choices. Host to four elephant trekking camps, cooking schools and the main Klong Plu waterfall. Among its many restaurants, several at Tonsai, Kati Culinary and Iyara Seafood are of the highest quality, but its nightlife is more low key. Explore More!
Kai Bae Beach is split into two halves by its river, with the beach much better at the southern end. Accommodation is across the board, with three high end resorts, Awa Resort, The Chill and Gajapuri Resort, smaller hotels, plenty of family bungalows and backpacker huts. The narrow main street in Kai Bae Beach is lined with different restaurants, offering everything from Italian to Mexican to bbq’s and cheap Thai. It has a decent nightlife too with cocktail bars and a few beer bars at the northern end. You can even hunt down a waterfall deep in the forest after the elephant camp. Explore More!
At the far end of the west coast, Bang Bao started life as a simple fishing village but it has transformed itself into the main focus for diving and boat trips from Koh Chang out to the Marine Park at Koh Rang or onto Koh Kood, Koh Mak, Koh Wai. Accommodation is available in boutique resorts like Sea Hut or around the bay at mid range resorts, Bhuvarin, Resolution Resort and Nirvana Resort. You will also find backpacker bungalows, guesthouses and homestays. Bang Bao is famous for its seafood restaurants and is also great for shopping, with clothes and souvenir shops lining the pier. It does not have a beach but you can easily use Bang Bao Beach, 2 kms up the road. Explore More!
Heading west, Klong Son is the first town after the ferries. It is a busy island town, with hardware stores, large gas stations, a Chinese and Buddhist temple and a local fishing community, The largest private development on the Koh Chang beaches is housed here, Siam Royal View, along an impressive sweep of white sand, though the sea is very shallow here. The large Aiyapura Resort and a couple of other small guesthouses and motels provide more accommodation. Inland, you will find the best elephant camp on the island, Ban Kwan Chang and a waterfall. Klong Son is not the first area you would choose to stay, but with transport it could make an interesting base. Explore More!
Long Beach, Salak Khok and Chek Bae are located in the south east corner of Koh Chang, an area of local communities fishing and fruit farming. Long Beach is the remotest of the Koh Chang beaches, pretty, undeveloped except for some backpacker bungalows and huts, reached via an infamously bad road. Chek Bae does offer accommodation in homestays, small resorts or some luxury at Parama Resort.. The picturesque Salak Khok is a small fishing village among the mangroves with no tourism. A day trip on a motorbike is the normal way to visit this area. Explore More!
Bailan Beach is the the peaceful neighbour to Lonely Beach with local, low key development. Accommodation ranges from a good large hotel, Mercure Hideaway to decent small bungalow resorts and backpacker hang-outs. Of the Koh Chang beaches, its own small beach at the southern end is very average, but for those not too fussed, it offers a few chill-out bars, good cheap restaurants and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. For activities, it has a small adventure ziplining park in the trees and a Muay Thai boxing gym. Explore More!
Pearl Beach, is located a couple of kilometres past White Sand Beach, offering accommodation in a mixture of mid range resorts, such as Keereta and Ban Ton Rak and cheaper bungalows. Of the Koh Chang beaches, this is one of the poorest, mainly shingle and rocks but it does have great snorkeling offshore. Pearl Beach is also home to Saffron on the Sea, one of the top Koh Chang restaurants. Overall, it is relaxed area that can work as a good base for exploring Koh Chang, especially using White Sand Beach for sand and sea. The Koh Chang post office is at the southern end. Explore More!
Chai Chet Beach covers a large area between White Sand Beach and Klong Prao Beach. Its northern end is a curious mixture of beer bars and hardware stores, with the central area dominated by two shopping plaza areas and the southern end, home to a lovely long beach. Accommodation is mainly in large resorts, Koh Chang Paradise Resort or Chai Chet Resort or in smaller boutique spots like Flora i Talay and backpacker dorms at Pajamas. Chai Chet Beach offers a choice of restaurants, everything from Italian to Thai seafood. Explore More!
Salak Phet is the local area in the south east of the island on the other side of the bay to Chek Bae. A local community, its main interests are fruit farming, rubber tapping and fishing , though it does attract Thai packages for weekends. Accommodation is in homestays with only a couple of other resorts, Salak Phet Seafood and Mangrove Hideaway. Salak Phet also has two waterfalls, a temple and a mangrove forest. It lies at the other end of abandoned back road from the west coast, which gains you access to the last of the untouched Koh Chang beaches, Wai Chek Beach. Explore More!
Koh Chang East Coast, which runs down the seaboard from the ferries does not have any white sand beaches. A few quiet and relaxed resorts are found in Dan Khao (red coarse sand), Amber Sands Resort, Serenity Resort and The Souk and further down at Na Tara Resort. On the 25 kilometres drive to Salak Phet, you will pass Dan Mai, the administrative capital, with its temple, hospital, police station and small waterfall as well as the National Park second waterfall at Than Mayom. Other scattered local communities complete the picture. Explore More!
Bang Bao Beach (Klong Kloi) is located 2kms past Bang Bao, the area comprising first a small beach, known as a Hat Sai Noi, with a handful of restaurants, then the main beach itself. It is all low key development, with beach restaurants offering simple guesthouse accommodation at the bridge end, some cheaper bars and bungalows as you move down. Bang Bao Beach does have have a couple of upmarket resorts, Chivapuri Resort and Chaipura Resort, with boutique style at Tropical. This is one of the busier daytime Koh Chang beaches as people come up from Bang Bao and Bailan, but it is very relaxed and chilled out in the evenings. The abandoned back road to the other side of Koh Chang, Salak Phet, is off the road running behind the beach. Explore More!