UPDATED for 2019-20 Season
Best known of all these islands is Koh Rang, about an hour out from Bang Bao, with Koh Mak lying to its west. This is the centre of the Marine Park with three distinct sets of its own tiny isles off its shores, a snorkeling and diving paradise.
Koh Ngam and Koh Laoya, near to the south east corner of Koh Chang have very pretty beaches and a resort each, though Koh Ngam’s is on a permanent temporary closure. Both can be visited on boat trips.
Off Koh Chang’s north west and west coast, as well as in Salak Phet bay in the south, there are other clusters of tiny uninhabited islands, great for visiting in a kayak.
As to how many islands make up the Koh Chang Islands, 52 to 54 is the figure that the various surveys settle on, with other scattered rocks and pinnacles, such as the dive sites at Hin Rap and Hin Luk Bat, not included in that total. 43 of this figure are given Marine Park designation, principally all those around Koh Chang, Koh Wai and Koh Rang, with the islands off Koh Mak and Koh Kood not falling into that classification.
If you leave from Koh Chang on a boat trip, it is very likely you will head to Koh Rang as part of your day.
It’s the centre of the Marine Park with tiny offshore islands all around, coral reefs, a rangers’ station, bungalows and camping. It costs 200bt to snorkel there, 400bt to dive, so remember to always add this to your day trip prices.
A tiny island off the south east corner of Koh Chang, Koh Ngam can be reached by boat trips or by kayaking past Long Beach in Salak Phet Bay.
It has just one resort which is currently closed but its caretaker staff run a small refreshment stall for any visitors who come ashore.
Off the south east of Koh Chang, Koh Laoya is a cluster of 3 islands comprising the main one, with its stunning beach and 2 satellite islands alongside. There is a solitary resort, Laoya Coco Resort, which was previously only used by Thai package weekenders but is now available to book by anyone.
You can also visit the main island on a private boat trip but need to pay an island fee, 200bt per person. The smaller 2 islands are visited by many boat trips as part of their 3 island snorkeling tours.
Head here for a complete round up of all the tiny islands and rocks visible from Koh Chang, whether near Klong Son, off Kai Bae Beach or in Salak Phet bay.
Most can be visited on day trips or boat tours or by kayaking. Details too on the uninhabited islands further out to sea.