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Koh Chang beaches are, almost exclusively, spread out along the west coast, with two large mountains at either end.

The principal area is White Sand Beach, by far the most developed and touristy, though not on the scale of the main spots in Phuket or indeed Koh Samui.

Lonely Beach has become the main draw for the travellers and party crowd, whilst Klong Prao Beach, the longest stretch of sand, attracts a generally older crowd with its large upscale  resorts and quiet atmosphere. Kai Bae Beach is a little bit of everything – touristy, backpacker and family friendly, a great choice .

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, its neighbour, Bang Bao Beach, and the up and coming spots of  Chai Chet and Pearl Beach.

Or head across the mountain to the more local Klong Son and then down the rural and undeveloped Koh Chang East Coast. The south east corner of the island completes the picture at Salak Phet or the remote and wild Long Beach.

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!


White Sand Beach – Koh Chang Beaches

With its great stretch of sand, White Sand Beach is the most touristy of the Koh Chang beaches.

For accommodation, you have the full range on offer – luxury at KC Grande Resort, 3/4 star resorts including Kacha Resort, Chang Buri and Grand View or small hotels such as The Erawan and The Grande.  There’s plenty of bungalows too as well as a bustling backpacker area at the northern end and some long stay options up the hill in the south or inland.

White Sand Beach restaurants cover everything from cheap Thai to Italian, Turkish, Indian, burgers, beach BBQ’s, coffee shops and a nightly food market.

Nightlife revolves around a couple of nightclubs, live music at Oodies,  a sports pub, a few beach bars and a zoned strip of beer bars at the southern end.

You’ll also find banks, massage, minimarts, 7-11s, Makro Food Centre and tour agents.

Lonely Beach

Lonely Beach, most famous for its nightlife, stands proudly as the party and travellers’ area among the Koh Chang beaches.

It’s split between a small but excellent little beach and the village, about 7 minutes walk away .

On the beach there are just a few resorts, Nature, Siam Beach, Bhumiyama Beach Resort and a couple of bars.

The village, meanwhile has a real Khao san road vibe, with cheap bungalows, guesthouses, a boutique resort (Warapura) alongside the usual range of restaurants (lots of pad thai and banana pancakes), tattoo parlours and a dive shop. At the far southern end,  Nest Sense,  offers more upscale accommodation.

For nightlife, Soi 1 is the main place to hit, where Himmel and Ting Tong play the tunes till late, with other smaller bars squeezed in amongst them. There’s live music too and nearer the beach, Cancun throws parties most weeks.

Klong Prao Beach

Klong Prao Beach, the largest area of the Koh Chang beaches, has a lovely long 3km + stretch of white sand beach, split by two inland rivers or klongs as they are known.

It has the highest concentration of high end resorts and hotels on Koh Chang – The Dewa, Santhiya Tree, Emerald Cove, Centara Tropicana, The Splash, Aana to name a few but with plenty of other cheaper bungalows (Blue Lagoon, Leelawadee), guesthouses, traveller accommodation and long stay choices too.

Among its many restaurantsJE Seafood, Kati Culinary, Baan Ta Klua (in Aana Resort), El Greco, Babylon Pilot, Toscana Pizzeria, Bam Issan, Chef Studio and Iyara Seafood are all recommended.

Klong Prao Beach is not known for its nightlife, so don’t expect beach parties and late nights. Sapparot and Moleys on the canal are nice spots for a sundowner or head to the handful of beer bars at the southern end.

Klong Plu Waterfall is well worth a visit and alongside that, there are plenty of other activities –  4 elephant camps, ATV and cooking schools.

Kai Bae Beach

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 four high end resorts in Awa Resort, The Chill, Gajapuri Resort and Seaview. There’s also an excellent choice of 3 star resorts including KB Resort, Kai Bae Beach Resort, Mam Kai Bae  as well as bungalows, guesthouses and even some traveller 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 – look out for El Barrio, Khao Kwan, Mordi e Fuggi, Tofu Kitchen, Curry Curry Curry. 

It has a decent nightlife too with the bars of Walking Street at the northern end, Filou cocktail bar, Wine Gallery, Cabana for sunset and Morgan for sports.

By following the road inland at Meechai Elephant Camp, you can even hunt down a charming one drop waterfall, hidden away deep in the forest.

Kai Bae Speedboats, the island hoppers, also have their base here.

Chai Chet – Koh Chang Beaches

Chai Chet Beach covers a large area between Pearl Beach and Klong Prao Beach.

Its less attractive northern end combines beer bars with a couple of 2 star resorts, a minibus parking lot and hardware store, whilst the central area is home to two shopping plaza areas – VJ and Coconut. Head down to the sea from them though and you reach a stunning beach – blue calm waters and white sands.   

Accommodation is mainly in large resorts by the sea, Koh Chang Paradise Resort, Chai Chet Resort and Flora i Talay but there is an excellent hostel too at Pajamas.

For restaurants, the plazas offer western and Thai in a few very similar spots, but Marco’s Italian and Nong Bua Seafood, both at the southern end, are the stand-outs.

If the beer bars are not your thing, then head to Malibu in Coconut Plaza or try the in-house bar on the beach  at Flora.

You’ll also find a bank, ATMs, a 7-11, Tesco Lotus, Thai Immigration (no  good for extensions though) and the Animal clinic. 

Bang Bao – Koh Chang Beaches

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. You can also pick up island hopping services onto Koh Kood, Koh Mak, Koh Wai.

Accommodation is available in boutique resorts like Bhuvarin, Resolution Resort and Nirvana Resort which lie on the northern side of the bay. Look out too for cheaper rooms and glamping tents in the same area at Cliff Cottages, as well as guesthouses and homestays on and near the pier. Aquarius, the ongoing development at the start of the whole area, will bring in a hotel, deluxe villas and a mall. Tranquillity Bay provides the condos on the southern coast.

Bang Bao is famous for its seafood restaurants but there are other cheap diners too as well as a couple of  coffee shops. 

It’s also one of the best areas on the island for shopping, whether it be clothes, last minute gifts or souvenirs. The pier is lined with similar outlets,  Peace and Moon the best of the bunch. Nightlife, by the way, is non-existent though a sunset drink at Buddha View hits the spot. 

Though there is no beach here, you can easily walk to Hat Sai Noi and Bang Bao Beach, just 2 kms up the road.



Bang Bao Beach

Located at the very end of the south west coast about 2kms past Bang Bao, Bang Bao Beach (Klong Kloi), comprises two areas – a tiny little strand, known as Hat Sai Noi and then the main beach itself.

Hat Sai Noi is home to a handful of restaurants, a hippy bar at Djembe and some guesthouses, with the stylish Indie Beach the most popular.

In the main area, it’s all low key development, with a combination of beach restaurants, simple guesthouse accommodation, the odd bar and small bungalow operations such as Klong Kloi Cottages as you move down the sand.

At the far end, Chivapuri Resort is the premier resort, with the boutique style Tropical next door. Behind the beach dotted around off the dusty tracks, there’s more traveller style spots such as Sea You Place.  

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.

Bailan Beach

Bailan Beach is the the peaceful neighbour to Lonely Beach with local, low key development and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

Accommodation ranges from a good large hotel, Mercure Hideaway at the southern end to boutique at Harley Moon and the hippy chic, The Mangrove. There’s plenty of  2 star bungalow resorts too such as Bailan Beach Resort, Lazy Republique and Green Cottage or traveller rooms at spots like Elephant Bay and Jungle View. 

Its beaches at either end of the village are certainly not award winners but you can always hop over to the terrific sands at Lonely Beach.

There are a few restaurants – Korean at  Koh Chang 7, Italian at Lisca Beach and a few good cheap Thai diners along the road. Nightlife is not really Bailan’s thing but Tarzan does often have live music. 

For activities, it has a small adventure ziplining park in the trees and a sometimes open Muay Thai boxing gym.

Pearl Beach, is located a couple of kilometres past White Sand Beach.

Accommodation combines private villas – Inspiration, Pearl, Elegance and Supphatra House – with 2 star Thai style resorts – Penny’s, Privilege, Khai Mook – and boutique style at the older resort Keereta or Ban Ton Rak. There are also some cheaper bungalows including TP Huts and Macura and even a great camping spot on the seafront . 

By the road, you should try the good cheap Thai food court, but Saffron on the Sea and the vegetarian Everflow are the pick of Pearl Beach’s places to eat. Apart from weekly live music at Ju Ju (Tuesdays normally), you will not find any other nightlife .

Of the Koh Chang beaches, this is perhaps the least impressive – no sand, mainly shingle and rocks  – but it makes up for that with the great snorkeling offshore. You can easily pop to White Sand Beach too, less than 10 minutes in a taxi.

Tesco and Big C have their main island superstores here and the Koh Chang post office is at the southern end.

Heading west, Klong Son is the first town after the ferries.
 
It is a busy local island town, with hardware stores, the PTT gas station, two 7-11s, car repair shops, cement works, a Chinese and a Buddhist temple and a local fishing community.
 
Blue Haven Bay (formerly Siam Royal View), the largest private development on the Koh Chang beaches, is based at the northern end. It comprises around 90 villas, condo block, 2 beach clubs, marina, 9 hole pitch and putt gold course, 2 boutique resorts and a small hotel – all set on an impressive long sweep of white sand in  a lovely bay.
 
The large Aiyapura Resort looks down on the same bay from the southern end and you’ll find other small guesthouses, motels and 2 star resorts around and about the temple, the entrance to Blue Haven and inland.
 
Also inland, the best elephant camp on the island, Ban Kwan Chang sits deep in the forest, with the waterfall beyond that.
 
Restaurants tend to be roadside cheap Thai diners, but look out too for the excellent Blues Blues Arts Cafe on the same inland road – a real gem.
 

Salak Phet – Koh Chang Beaches

Salak Phet is way down in the south east of the island about 25km from the ferries – on the other side of the bay to Chek Bae. A local community, its main interests are fruit farming (durian), rubber tapping and fishing, though it does also attract a good deal of Thai tourism on weekends and public holidays.

Accommodation comprises Thai homestays, a couple of other resorts – Salak Phet Resort and Mangrove Hideaway – and some traveller spots at Sleepover! and Baan Yemaya.

Salak Phet boasts two waterfalls, Klong Neung and Kheeri Phet, a temple and a mangrove forest, easy to explore via the newly restored walkway. You can also head up to the twin peaks of Salak Phet and Khao Laem mountain which tower over the area.

Though there are no beaches in the immediate area, Salak Phet does lie at the other end of the abandoned back road to Bang Bao Beach on the west coast and this gains you access to the last of the untouched Koh Chang beaches, Wai Chek.

As for restaurants, Salak Phet Seafood, found in the far corner of the bay, is a Trat Province institution, so certainly worth a visit but you’ll also find plenty of tasty and cheap diners, roadside.

Koh Chang East Coast

Koh Chang East Coast, which runs down the seaboard from the ferries is not a ‘white sand beaches’ part of the island but it still has plenty to offer.

Dan Khao,  a couple of kilometres on from Centerpoint Ferry, plays host to an excellent selection of  boutique resorts –  Amber Sands Resort, Serenity Resort and Sunrise Beach – which sit along the gritty red sand beach so typical of this coast. Past them, Baan Talay Thai is another of Koh Chang’s private villa developments, whilst Blessed is an esoteric B & B nearby.

Dan Mai is next along. It’s the administrative capital, with its temple, hospital, police station and small waterfall. Crown View Beachfront is a recent addition on the way in and Villas Wave A, B and C offer high end luxury as you leave.

Passing another waterfall at Than Mayom, you ultimately reach the outskirts of  Salak Khok,  where the wonderfully peaceful boutique retreat, Spa Koh Chang, provides detox programmes. 

Dining wise, there are cheap spots here and there all the way down the east coast, but look out for The Souk in Dan Khao, Dan Mai Somtam (with the chickens on the spit out front) and coffee at Baan Kafee or Ronnie Organic opposite.

Other scattered local communities complete the picture.

Long Beach, Salak Khok and Chek Bae – Koh Chang Beaches

Chek Bae, Long Beach and Salak Khok are located in the south east corner of Koh Chang. It’s another of the island’s most rural and local areas, with self-contained communities working in fishing, fruit farming and to a lesser extent, Thai tourism.

The widely spaced out village of Chek Bae lies on the opposite side of the bay to Salak Phet, with the offshore islands of Koh Pkrao Nok and Nai sitting in the middle. It has accommodation in homestays, small resorts or some luxury at Parama Resort.

From Chek Bae (Jek Bae), you can pick up the wonderfully scenic road to Long Beach, perhaps the remotest of the Koh Chang beaches. You can stay here at the old style beach huts at Treehouse or the sometimes open Thai resort, Tantawan. Moving beyond the beach, Koh Chang has its naval memorial and at the every tip, the island of Koh Ngam lies just offshore.

Completing the picture, Salak Khok is a small fishing village hidden amongst the mangroves in a bay which opens out onto the east coast. There is nowhere to stay here but you can explore the mangroves either using the old walkway or by renting a gondola with its own friendly gondolier.

You can eat at Salak Koh Seafood or in Chek Bae, Rommai Talay, a very understated diner with superb views. Once you get to Long Beach, Treehouse’s simple restaurant always hits the spot.

Most visitors rent a car or a motorbike to visit this part of Koh Chang – it makes for a terrfic day trip.


UPDATED July 2021

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