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Klong Prao Beach Koh Chang

At a Glance

  • Likely to meet: Tourists, backpackers, solo travellers, families and flashpackers.
  • The Beach: Split by the two canals into three parts, mighty impressive from start to finish, nice laid back atmosphere.
  • Accommodation: High end resorts, hotels, bungalows, guesthouses and huts
    From 500bt fan rooms up to 17,500bt for the deluxe villas (listed below north to south)
    • 4 Star Resorts/Hotels: Aana, Santhiya Tree, Dewa, Emerald Cove
    • 3/4 Star Resorts: Klong Prao Resort, Ramayana, Centara Tropicana, Barali Beach, Vayna Boutique, The Splash
    • 2/3 Star Resorts: Bhu Tarn, Iyara Boty, Boonya
    • Small Hotels: The Gallery, Kachapol
    • Villas, Long Stay: Baan Suan, Long Stay Resort, Elegance Pool Villas, Maddekehaoo, Baan Zen
    • Bungalows: Leelawadee, Krongtarra, P & Pu House, Sabaidee, Papaya Cottage, The Forest, Jungle View, Choc Dee
    • Guesthouses: Myristica, Moleys, Sapparot, Baan Rim Nam, Watercolours
    • Hostels: Riverview (currently closed)
  • Restaurants: Huge choice from cheap Thai, fusion to western, on the beach, by the street, some real crackers
    • Thai:  JE Seafood, Jae Mam, Phu Talay, Iyara (all seafood), Kati, Bam Issan, Zhong Zi Pad Pad, Baan Ta Klua (both eastern Thai), Chef Studio (fusion), Raang Gaeng Som (southern)
    • Other Cuisines: Babylon, Spaghetteria Toscana, Sale e Pepe (all Italian), Annie P (American), El Greco, Alchemy (currently closed)
    • Bakeries: Crust, Bread Box
    • Coffee Shops: Marin, Waree, Mochaccino, Pawina’s (Kombucha), Amazon @ PTT
  • Nightlife: Low Key, Beach bars, beer bars
    • Bars: Sapparot, Lek’s, Suzy’s, Lion Bar
  • Other: Minimarts, Pharmacies, ATMs, Banks, Ticket agents, Tattoo, Motorbike Rental, Massage, Temple, Dentist
  • Activities: Klong Plu Waterfall, cooking school, elephant camps, trekking, ATV
  • Highlights: Waterfall, the choice of restaurants and high end resorts, the beach
  • Lowlights: Very spread out along a long dusty road – not so easy to walk from place to place
  • Thai Name: Klong Prao (klong is canal)

Klong Prao Beach Koh Chang Map

At an Island Pace – Klong Prao Beach

Klong Prao Beach is the name given to the central area of the west coast, a very popular part of the island, offering everyone from lone travelers to couples to families, something that suits.

The beach, split into two sections by inland waterways, the klongs, is a long sweep of fine sand and calm waters, with tracks and better paved streets linking from it back to the road. That main road itself is lined with shops, good restaurants and bars along the whole stretch.

There is a great choice of high end luxury resorts by the sea, with some backpacker bungalows and guesthouses thrown in, as well as mid range resorts or small hotels at the southern end or inland.

On the downside perhaps, the area is quite spread out but songthaew taxis are very regular around here, so you can hop from one end to the other without needing to get too hot and bothered.

Northern End | Waterfall | Central to South Along the Beach | Central to South Along the Street


The Northern End

Coming from Chai Chet, the area of Klong Prao is held to start with the turning to Klong Prao Resort, a vast complex spread out around a small reservoir and along the seafront. Waree Coffee sits next door.

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Northern end of the beach

It’s possible, though not encouraged, to drive straight through the resort to get to the beach, where you’ll find an abandoned restaurant under the Casuarina trees and Aana Resort’s beach bar area. Koh Chang Seafood (The Cape) sits on the bank of another little waterway that runs behind it.

A short walk to the very end brings you to the mouth of the main klong, where it meets the sea. Looking inland, it’s a majestic sight with places to stay, restaurants and homes dotted along both banks, small boats, SUPs and kayaks plying back and forth and the whole picture framed by the mountains behind.

The klong continues upstream a good distance before reaching a lagoon with two small mangrove rivers, the one on the right often teeming with evening fireflies.

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Northern Canal

Except for certain times of year when the tides are at their very lowest, it’s not possible to wade across the canal here and continue along the beach. Instead, you must retrace your steps back to the road proper. As an alternative jaunt now you’re here, you could also walk the whole way back along the sand to Chai Chet, reaching the resort, Flora i Talay in about 10 minutes.

Street Area

After this turning to Klong Prao Resort, the main road enters an avenue of shop units, with DD Mhuek, the Cambodian border minibus company and Koh Chang Gym in the first section. Paddy’s Irish Restaurant and Annie P American Diner are in and among the massage and government units across the road.

Further on, Bhu Tarn Resort is set back with its minimart out front, with Scandinavian Chang Divers and an open air 259bt BBQ at your table (Ka Ta) restaurant alongside. Opposite, lots of places are currently unoccupied due to the Covid-19 downturn but you will find some small cheap diners and more massage. At the far end, the curious set of steps leading up the hillside bring you out at Myristica, a set of bungalows with, you’ve guessed it, fabulous views out to sea.

Continuing south, look out for the area of undeveloped land often used for large weekend markets and festivals. The eastern Thai food restaurant, Zhang Zi Pad Pad sits at one end and another small track heads down to Koh Chang Seafood.

The North Bank of the Canal

After a few hundred metres, you reach Ramayana Resort, which sits on the corner of the street leading down to the north bank of the canal (klong). About half way along this, its buildings give way to the upmarket Aana Resort, with its own Eastern Thai restaurant, Baan Ta Klua, sitting on the bend at the bottom.

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On the northern canal – Aana Resort

The cute Phu Talay seafood restaurant, guesthouse and ornamental windmill hugs the riverbank together with Riverview Hostel (currently closed), Sapparot Bar, Moleys Guesthouse and at the end, Iyara Seafood, all with their terraces built out over the water. Both Iyara and Phu Talay conduct evening dinner tours up the klong to see the fireflies. If you want to try SUP (Stand-up Paddling), then you’re in luck too, as Iyara has a rental centre (with or without instructor) here.

Klong Plu Waterfall

Opposite Ramayana Resort, a track inland leads to a shanty town, which houses the many Cambodian workers on the island. There’s also a school for their children, The Cambodian Kids Centre – if you would like to help at the school or donate, see Volunteering for more details.

Way beyond them down the rutted track, the bohemian KangPlaeng Art Garden, a bar come homestay with 3 rooms, has the jungle all to themselves.

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Klong Plu Waterfalll

In the next section, passing on you left, Baan Suan, long term bungalows for rent, you reach the turning for Klong Plu waterfall.

This drive though the forest is a world away from the dusty and noisy main street, with the river, small shops and local houses spaced out under the shade of the trees along the length of its gently winding course. Look out for Ban Kon Elephant Camp and the German restaurant Metzgerei Baum.

The waterfall is at the very end with an entrance fee of 200bt, parking at 20bt. There are a couple of somtam, sticky rice and chicken stalls here but the ramshackle looking One Million Somtams, a few hundred metres before, makes for a decent lunch above the water.

Roadside from The Waterfall to the Central Area

Back again at the main road, several more shop units are located opposite the turning to the waterfall but heading south, you next come to Jae Eew Seafood, rated now as the island’s best seafood diner. Despite the less than glamorous location by the bridge, it’s packed to the gills on public holidays and indeed many weekends when the Thais descend en masse on Koh Chang.

A little further along on the mountain side, Ban Chang Thai, the elephant camp has now closed, but down the track, Koh Chang ATV still has its base. Monster ATV, which runs on an almost identical course in the jungle but using more powerful vehicles, is around the next corner. Incidentally, opposite the turning into the ATV, the large unoccupied patch of land was once an airstrip, from where 2 seater planes conducted tours over the island.

After the bend by the bridge, Leelawadee Bungalows and Krongtarra Resort, complete with its smart coffee shop out front, provide understated rooms on the inland side. The local school is perched high on the hillside above them. Baanta (owned by Santhiya Tree) is a decent enough Thai restaurant here too.

On the other side, food stalls and fruit stands line the street, serving up cheap and cheerful one dish over rice dishes to order or spicy Issan style food (somtam, sticky rice, grilled chicken, laab).

Down on the Beach

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The northern end of the beach outside Santhiya Tree

Midway along the stalls, a speed-bumped street leads off down to the sea. There’s a Muay Thai gym on the left and a few metres further down, Elegance Pool Villas hasi its small office and bar, with their actual accommodation down the adjoining track.

Head right to the end of the street and you’ll find the abandoned KP Huts, Tiger Huts (open…just) and Santhiya Tree all on the beach. Santhiya Tree has a huge hotel block on the canal too.

Past Santhiya Tree, the track arrives at the back entrances to two guesthouses, Baan Rim Nam and Watercolours, both on the bank of the northern canal and at the very end, Longstay Resort straddles the same canal, beach and outlet to the sea. Just before them all, another small sandy trail leads down to a tiny beach restaurant.

Back along the Beach to the Southern End

From that little beach restaurant, you can walk along the sand back past the resorts of Santhiya Tree, Tiger Huts and abandoned huts of KP Huts and onto the resorts of Barali and Centara Tropicana Beach. After them, you hit the second klong, difficult to walk over unless at the lowest tide, though there is also a makeshift pontoon bridge. Blue Lagoon Bungalows, and the cookery school have all closed down, but a new vegetarian restaurant will open for 22/23 season (new owners).

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The southern Klong

Using the pontoon bridge, you emerge at Lin’s Bungalows, before continuing along past the remnants of the now derelict beach restaurants, Pilot Bar (moved to the temple area), Mandalay and Family and then reaching the seaside entrances to The Dewa, Vayna Boutique and Emerald Cove.

The final three resorts of Klong Prao are, in sand order, The Splash, Magic Resort and Choc Dee Resort, the latter sitting on the southern headland and cliff. Magic Resort has a good well-priced seafood restaurant built out on stilts over the water. From Choc Dee all the way back to Longstay Resort is a nice 10 to 15 minute stroll.


The Roadside Central Area – Klong Prao Beach

Returning to the route by road, shortly after the turning down to Santhiya Tree, a 7-11 marks the start of the old village, with hawkers offering grilled insects and bugs, crepes and lottery tickets all usually set up outside. Next door, Crust Bakery has been a fixture for many a year, whilst across the road, the Tourist Police has now vacated its premises. Klong Prao Temple, which holds various festivals during the course of the year is the bulwark of the old times sandwiched in amongst the development.

Continuing on, a gas station with a vast array of motorbikes for hire, a phone shop (repairs too) and the plastic shop (household items and much more besides) can all come in handy as indeed as does the small Tesco Lotus across the way.

Restaurants along the road include the excellent Issan style Bam, Spaghetteria Toscana, El Greco, Babylon (formerly Pilot from the beach), Kohchang 7 Korean BBQ, Izakaya and Kati Culinary. Raan Gaeng Som is the southern Thai curry and rice shop, with the trays in the cabinet – always packed with the island’s workers. You can also grab a coffee at Moccaccino and Marin.

Sois inland and sois towards the sea

Various little streets head towards the interior, one to the local clinic, one to Iyara Resort with the recommended restaurant Chef Studio facing you as you drive in and one to the single court tennis club (currently closed). Also down this one, you’ll find a very useful copy, scan and passport photo shop, Baansin 8. Beyond it, other local basic houses, are scattered about among the trees.

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Klong Prao Temple

Meanwhile, down the streets towards the sea, you’ll find VJ B & B, Barali Resort, long term rent bungalows at P & Pu House, Thai Dutch restaurant, Centara Tropicana, Ban Klong Gog, Sabaidee and the remnants of Blue Lagoon Bungalows. Opposite those last two streets, another elephant trekking operation, Ban Camp Chang, has its base as well as Sima Massage, long established and deservedly popular.

Far end of the Central Area

At the far end, just before the bend the bridge, you pass a mix of massage shops (Coco, Wassana) and cheap Thai restaurants, including Naga with has a good vegetarian section, before hitting The Koh Chang Gallery, a the budget hotel. Iyara Boty is immediately next door. Look out too for the small fishing tackle shop across the road, Blue Lagoon (not connected to the bungalows).

Incidentally, the track behind Koh Chang Gallery takes you down to the ocean, with the bungalows of Papaya Cottage down the left turning at its start. The Forest, rooms and modern houses, is further round to Papaya, whilst straight on brings you to Maddekehaoo, a set of villas and pool by the canal. You can also link back to the old Blue Lagoon area here via the house for rent, Baan Moon (Zen).

Towards the Southern End

Back on the main road, the bungalows of Big Elk are shortly after the bridge on the opposite corner and inland from them, a good couple of kilometres into the forest, you arrive at Chang Chutiman, the third elephant camp in Klong Prao.

Continuing on, there’s Jae Mam Seafood, restaurant and wholesalers, a large vegetable shop and Sing Thong store, a good source for western products at this end of the island. Bread Box, its offshoot bakey and coffee shop is on the left hand side. Across from them, you can fill up cheaply at the second of island’s PTT petrol stations, which has its own franchise Amazon cafe.

In and around here, the resorts, Boonya and Sofia Resort are found in secluded spots off small turnings towards the sea. Shortly after Sofia, the hipster bistro Alchemy (currently closed) sits in amongst a scattering of bars, including Lek’s, a Koh Chang stalwart.

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On the beach at the far southern end

Southern End

Further south still, the road takes you past the soi leading down to The Dewa, Vayna Boutique and Emerald Cove, with Sale e Pepe, the Italian restaurant on the corner and KT Optic in the shop units in front. Next door to them, The Splash, with its huge feature swimming pool and multiple water slides, is hard to miss.

Magic Resort and the street side motel, Golden House lead onto Choc Dee Resort on the final curve as Klong Prao Beach morphs into Kai Bae Beach. Opposite them, Hua Pla Mor Fai is another good seafood diner and KDC (Koh Chang Dental Clinic) has its new home. Kachapol Hotel, Jungle View Bungalows and a couple of beer bars, Suzy and Lion, complete the set.


UPDATED SEPTEMBER 22 for 22/23 Season

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