Koh Chang means elephant (chang) island (koh), but this is because of its shape and size rather than wild herds living in the jungle. Nonetheless, there are now 6 elephant camps where you can ride on them, swim with them and feed them and it is a fun way to spend a morning or an afternoon, with children especially well looked after by the mahouts. Cost is standard at 850bt for 1 hour and 1,500bt for the two hour trek which includes the swimming. Transfer, water, fruit and a drink afterwards are included. Children under 10 are 500bt and 800bt respectively, under 3 are free.
Koh Chang Elephant Trekking Companies
Ban Kwan Chang
Klong Son near the waterfall
Located just before the end of the inland road, a very natural feeling camp with 10 elephants – former workers and entertainers, now retired. Treks are into the nearby forest, with about 45 minutes aboard, 30 minutes for the bathing if you take the 2 hour option. Associated with the Asian Elephant Foundation.
Inland in Klong Prao,Big Elk
Down a long, muddy track deep into the valley at Klong Prao, another nice natural and isolated camp. Friends of the Asian Elephant Foundation (FAE), with treks through the fields, orchards and rubber trees and swimming in the river. Cafe on site.
Ban Camp Chang
Klong Prao, southern end opp. Tropicana Resort
Located just back from the road with treks into the interior area behind the camp and swimming in the river along the way. Long established, with elephants visible from the road.
Ban Chang Thai
Klong Prao, northern end
Large, well-run outfit with treks into the fields behind the camp. Does include some time walking near to the road itself. Coffee shop.