Islands near Koh Chang come in all shapes and sizes, sitting either just off the coast or further out to sea in the archipelago.
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.
Also located a little way out from Bang Bao, Koh Klum features in various boat tour itineraries – the so- called 3 island trip. It now boasts a small resort now too.
Finally, 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 archipelago, 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 those off Koh Mak and Koh Kood not falling into that classification.