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Koh Chang Trekking, Bird Watching and Canopying

Koh Chang trekking is yet another great thing to do on the island, with three excellent guides conducting English speaking tours into the forest.

The beauty and delight of Koh Chang’s flora and fauna is its wildness, so whilst there are paths and the routes have been followed many times, it is still raw jungle, so expect a hard but very rewarding trekking day – hot and sticky, scrambling up rocky inclines, vegetation that fights back, water crossings, vines and more.

Guides and Routes | Flora and Fauna | Bird Watching | Canopying


The Guides and Routes – Koh Chang Trekking

The trekking and tour guides – Toon (and Yam), Raht, Tan and Thomas – all hugely experienced and knowledgeable, with a genuine love and enthusiasm for the island’s ecosytem.

Between them , they lead treks into the rainforest interior at Klong Prao Beach or the valley in Klong Son or up the two mountains on Koh Chang – Khao Laem (Salak Phet 744m) located in the south east of the island or Khao Jom Prasat (630m, White Sand Beach). There are also more tour orientated options in the local and villages on the south east of the island at Salak Khok, Long Beach and Salak Phet.

The shorter treks over 1/2 days are suitable for children and more senior visitors.

Transfer, lunch, water, snacks, backpack and mosquito repellent are included in the trekking price. You should wear good footwear, non-brightly coloured clothing and bring swimming gear with a towel. We would also advise bringing extra water bottles and light snacks.


We can organise any of the treks below for you or also as private treks – one person, 2 person and group. Please do Contact Us – nothing for you do other than exchange a few emails, so we know exactly the date, time, numbers and so on. We normally take a small deposit and you pay the balance in THB cash on the day.


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Jungle Fever – Koh Chang Trekking

Toon, Koh Chang local with a huge knowledge of the islands, offers two trekking programmes along with his colleague Yam.

  • Half Day – a nice gentle interior trek in Klong Prao, suitable for all the family. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (afternoon), 850bt per peerson with an additional 100bt for collection from resorts in Lonely Beach, Bailan and Klong Son, 200bt for Bang Bao area.
  • All treks are a minimum of 2 persons, private trekking available (please contact us).

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Raht Trekking – Koh Chang Trekking

The highly experienced Raht, a Koh Chang local, offers three trekking programmes.

  • Khao Laem Mountain – approaching from the Bang Bao side, this is a gruelling day, trekking at its best, taking 5 hours to the top, but affording you absolutely fabulous views once there. The descent takes 3 hours with a swim in a small secret waterfall along the way. 1,850bt per person which includes insurance and National Park Fee
  • Klong Prao and Kai Bae – an all day trek in the central forest on the west coast including a little known waterfall. 950bt per person
  • Half Day – a gentle trek suitable for all the family in the Klong Prao area. Price on request if available
  • All treks are a minimum of 2 persons, which trek and on what day all dependent on customer demand.

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Tan Trekking – Koh Chang Trekking

Tan, who has been trekking in Koh Chang for over 10 years, offers a selection of programmes according to demand.

  • Klong Prao Trek – heading into the interior from the central area of the west coast, this is a full day’s trek taking in the forest and the unseen waterfall. 1,200bt per person
  • Khao Jom Prasat Mountain – a hard day out starting in the Klong Son valley, before 2 separate climbs to reach the summit of the 630 metre peak above White Sand Beach. Your reward for getting to the top are breathtaking views out to sea and of the coast beneath, followed by a chance for a swim in the waterfall on your back home. 1,200bt per person
  • Klong Son valley – Home to Klong Jao Leuam Waterfall, it’s a gentle 4 to 5 hour day, with a small peak of 500 metres, a swim in the river. 1,000bt per person
  • All treks are a minimum of 2 persons, which trek and on what day all dependent on customer demand.

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Thomas Koch – Koh Chang Trekking

Leading member of the Koh Chang local community offering tours and treks on demand.

Each day is tailor made but can include a combination of the following:-

  • An introduction to local life in Salak Khok with a walk around the fishing village and kayaking or a gondola tour in the mangroves.
  • A visit to Salak Phet with its Buddhist temple and mangrove walkway as well as orchards and waterfalls (rainy season).
  • 3 hours trek in the Klong Son valley followed by a visit to the elephant camp.
  • Lunch and dinner at local restaurants. Coffee at Baan Kafee, with its locally grown beans
  • Private or join treks up Khao Laem in Salak Phet – Prices start from 2,150bt per person if 2 or 3 only on the trek day (seen as private) or 1,850bt per person if 4 or more on the trek day (seen as join tour).
  • Khao Jom Prasat on request

All tours and treks are a minimum of 2 persons, which trek and on what day all dependent on customer demand. Private boat trips also possible to Koh Wai and Koh Laoya or to Koh Chang Noi off Klong Son.


Salak Khok Kayak Station can also organise tours up Khao Laem and Salak Phet using local guides on the east side. If staying there, ask in your resort or contact us otherwise – please note that you may have to pay additional park fees, a ranger extra guide fee and a local trekking club a fee as part of the price.


Species, Fauna – Koh Chang Trekking

For reference, mammals recorded on the island include macaques and langurs, loris and pangolin, muntjac, wild boar and civet. Bird vary from kingfishers to swifts, bulbuls to sunbirds, egrets to herons, shikra, hornbills, eagles and falcons.

Python and King Cobra amongst other snake species are resident on the island, with monitor lizards and the Koh Chang Rana Frog also part of a rich amphibian and reptile population.

Dipterocarps, Gum, Fishtail and Rattan Palm are part of the tropical rainforest that covers approximately 75% of the island. There are two large mangrove forests (with walkways) in Salak Khok and Salak Phet. Klong Prao too has an inland forest teeming with fireflies

To help with classification and identification, visit Koh Chang Nature and an active Facebook Group page, here, the latter great for snakes.


Koh Chang Bird Watching

Bird watching is one of Koh Chang’s lesser known activities but an absolute must for the enthusiast. October to April are the best months, with birds stopping off at Koh Chang on their way to Siberia.

The early morning tours into the forest near Klong Plu are led by Toon, a passionate ornithologist with a deep knowledge of both local and migratory birds.

Available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the birding tour starts around 07.00, lasting just a couple of hours until the birds move on. The price is 800bt per person if two persons or more, 1,300bt per person if just one. Transfer to and from your resort is included, with an additional 100bt for resorts beyond Kai Bae. Toon also takes out private tours on demand. Do contact us to set this all up for you.

An excellent resource for identification including both visuals and bird song audio recordings, you can also download a free Android App made by Toon here.

Hornbill Camp, a camping site hidden away down the back lane, Klong Sip-Et, in Salak Phet, gives you a prime spot to view the hornbills as they go about their business early morning. It’s 200bt per person to pitch the tent or you can rent one for 100bt. Contact them on 084 148 1093 (Kop) for more information.

Some gallery shots below courtesy of Toon at Jungle Fever .


Canopying

This has now shut down, a victim of the financial downturn caused by the pandemic.

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Treetops Adventure Park

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Bailan Beach,southern end

Canopying through the trees from one high platform to another. Tarzan swings, zip lines, rope bridges, flying bikes. Full safety training and procedures including double slings, properly maintained equipment and insurance. Energetic, fun, no kids under 12 unaccompanied. Two daily pick-ups from your resort starting in Klong Son at 8.00am or 13.00pm. Kids are not half-price.


UPDATED NOVEMBER 22 for 22/23 Season

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