Koh Klum and Koh Man Nai are perhaps the feature islands off Koh Chang but there are many others scattered in all directions north, east, south and west.
- Koh Klum features on the itinerary of many boat tours and now has a resort.
- You can see Koh Man Nai and its neighbours from the central Koh Chang beaches or the Kai Bae viewpoint.
- In the middle of Salak Phet, Koh Sai Khao is highly prominent in all the views from the road to Long Beach.
- Koh Chang Noi is the island at the tip of Koh Chang as you near Thammachat Pier.
Koh Klum and Other Islands
Located a few kilometres out from Bang Bao on Koh Chang, Koh Klum is the first island seen as you leave the harbour proper.
Nearly all the 3 island boat trips and private speedboat charters pull in at Koh Klum as their first stop, before moving onto Koh Wai or heading across to Koh Laoya. There is some good snorkeling on its north east tip.
In late 2109, a unique resort, Koom NangPhaya was added on the small sandy shingle beach at the southern end.
Koom NangPhaya Resort
Per Night: BB – BBB
Around ten double, triple, deluxe or family bungalows – wooden style with thatch roofs, ensuite bathrooms – are set back under the trees by the sea. Obviously you are out on your own on this deserted island so it’s a quiet retreat but it does have a restaurant, bar and generator electricity. Mobile coverage is good but you need a data package for the internet.
Transfers are at 10.00, speedboat from the mainland at Laem Sok (departure pier for Koh Kood), 550bt per person; Salak Phet (Mangrove Hideaway) 09.00, 350bt; Bang Bao (Bang Bao Boats) 09.30 and 12.00, 400bt. Returns to the mainland at 14.30 daily, 550bt.
Other Islands near Koh Klum
Koh Maisi Yai, a large and imposing island in the south just beyond Koh Ngam also has an abandoned resort, this one last open for business around 1999. It now houses fishermen and their families in a small community, with stilt houses alongside, and has a much smaller sister island, Koh Maisi Lek, close by.
Together with the forested rock of Koh Chan, which is to their south, you are unlikely to pay any of them a visit unless under your own steam, either by private boat or by kayak.
The same remains true of Koh Bai Daeng which lies further south still, though there did used to be an overnight camping trip, sadly wound down due to lack of interest. The east side of Koh Bai Tang, as you may also see it named, like Koh Laoya, has a lovely stretch of beach and the Marine Park authorities have erected a small ranger station, together with a toilet block and washing facilities.
Islands off Kai Bae Beach – West Coast of Koh Chang
Off the middle of the west coast, a whole cluster of islands lie off Kai Bae Beach, with Koh Man Nai and Koh Yuak principal among them.
Koh Man Nai is opposite the southern end of Kai Bae and at low tide, with those in June just perfect, it is possible to wade across, though underfoot is rather rough and jagged. This island has also recently been bought by the same Hong Kong investors as the large Bang Bao project, Aquarius Wellness Resort and Spa. Watch this space for its development.
Kayaking is a much better option and then you can visit the other little isles behind, Koh Man Nok, Koh Pli and Koh Yuak. Koh Yuak has a small beach on its east coast, with excellent shallow water snorkeling just offshore. Sea Adventures, stop here as part of their day along the coast and Nor Nou Kai Bae Huts Speedboat also do half days.
Further north, sits Koh Rom, r(l)om, meaning umbrella or shade with the tree atop providing the name, whilst the rock of Koh Suwan is just next door. This too is an easy kayak from Kai Bae, its nice snorkeling around and about making the effort well rewarded.
All of these islands form a majestic sight from the viewpoint at the start of the hill from Kai Bae Beach to Lonely Beach, a photograph that captures perfectly the beauty of Koh Chang.
The Islands Gallery
Islands in Salak Phet Bay – South East of Koh Chang
In the south of the island, Salak Phet boasts three islands, Koh Prao Nok, Koh Phrao Nai and Koh Mapring. Discounting the latter, nothing more than a tiny rock, the other two are located in the middle of the bay. They can be reached by kayaking across from one of the resorts in Chek Bae or from Baan Rong Than (Salak Phet Seafood).
From this end of Salak Phet, you can easily charter small boats to visit the islands. Alternatively, you could perhaps make a wider tour which might include Long Beach, Koh Ngam and Koh Laoya.
Koh Phrao Nok, also known as Koh Sai Khao (White Sands Island), is home to a unqiue brillinat white sandbar at one end. It has its own resort, pier and restaurant but no occupants beyond a couple of local fishermen.
Forced to close some years ago due to water disputes, the resort was at one time popular with Thai packages. It now sits forlornly empty, crumbling apart and battered by the elements. Parama Resort ferries their customers across to use the beach.
The larger Koh Phrao Nai, meanwhile, which sits further into the bay, has a few stilt houses and the signs of a seawall at one end but nothing more, with no beach or other areas of interest.
Islands off Klong Son – North End of Koh Chang
Up in the north at the top of Klong Son bay, you will find the larger Koh Chang Noi off the tip of the eastern peninsula and the tiny Koh Mapring off the western side.
Both are, in essence, forested rocks, but Koh Chang Noi has a little beach looking across to the mainland and there is some decent snorkeling around Koh Mapring.
You can kayak here from White Sand Beach or head down to Blue Haven, the villas development on Chang Noi beach in Klong Son itself and paddle into the bay from the Beach Club.
Sea Adventures, the cruising catamaran, is the only boat trip that heads up to this area, cost at 1,750bt per person.
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