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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 Treks – Koh Chang Trekking

The trekking guides, Tan, Raht, Toon (and Yam), are both experienced and knowledgeable, with a genuine love and enthusiasm for the island’s ecosytem.

They offer full day and 1/2 treks deep into the interior at Klong Son and Klong Prao Beach and even across the island from Klong Plu Waterfall to Than Mayom Waterfall.

You can also scale the two tallest peaks at Khao Jom Prasat (630m) that overlooks White Sand Beach on the west coast and Salak Phet (744m), also known as Khao Laem, the mountain in the south east of the island.

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 and it is suggested you 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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Tan Trekking – Koh Chang Trekking

Tan, who has been trekking in Koh Chang for over 10 years, offers a selection of programmes on different days of the week.

  • On Mondays and Fridays, he takes groups out in the Klong Son valley, home to Klong Son Elephant Camp and 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 and ending back at the camp, where an hour elephant trek is an added possibility.
    1,000bt trek only or 1,500bt with the elephant ride.
  • On Wednesdays and Sundays, Tan guides the group up Khao Jom Prasat, the 630 metre peak above White Sand Beach. This is a hard day out, once sgain starting in the Klong Son valley, before 2 separate climbs to reach the summit. 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.
    1,100bt per person and 200bt National Park Fee payable on day to Rangers
  • On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, the trek is up Salak Phet (Khao Laem), the highest peak in Koh Chang at 744m. It’s a hard day out with a slow steady climb through the forest to the peak with its breath-taking views of Salak Phet Bay on one side and Bang Bao Bay on the other. The descent allows you to cool off in the upper levels of Kheeri Phet Waterfall.
    1,200bt per person and 200bt National Park Fee payable on day to Rangers

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Raht Trekking – Koh Chang Trekking

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

  • On odd days, Raht takes groups to the south of the island, a sort of trek/tour hybrid including the two mangroves forests in Salak Phet and Salak Khok, Long Beach forest, a waterfall and Long Beach itself.
    850bt per person
  • On even days, Raht leads you up Salak Phet Mountain in the far south east of the island, 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.
    1,100bt per person and 200bt National Park Fee payable on day to Rangers
The National Park authorities have clamped down on treks to Khao Laem in Salak Phet. It may be that the trek is not available or that you need to pay additional fees.

Toon local guide trekking koh chang

Jungle Fever – Koh Chang Trekking

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

  • On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Yam guides you across the island on Koh Chang’s longest trek. Leaving from Than Mayom on the east coast, you walk inland to the upper reaches of Than Mayom Waterfall before striking out towards the west coast, emerging at the top of Klong Plu waterfall in Klong Prao. This trek is around 13km in distance and takes 8 hours+.
    1,300bt per person
  • On Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sunday, Yam guides a nice gentle interior trek in Klong Prao, suitable for all the family – morning and afternoon.
    800bt per person

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 with birds varying from kingfishers to swifts, bulbuls to sunbirds, egrets to herons, shikra, eagle and falcon.

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, with large areas of mangrove, particularly in the bays on the eastern side.

There are a couple of interesting sites to help with classification and identification, 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 born and bred Koh Changer Toon, a passionate ornithologist with a deep knowledge of both local and migratory birds.

The tour starts around 07.00 and returns mid morning when the birds have moved on, with the price at 800bt per person if two or more, 1,300bt per person if just one. Private is also available, do contact us to set this all up for you.

Transfer to and from your resort is included. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Some gallery shots below courtesy of Toon at Jungle Fever .


Canopying

Not Koh Chang trekking as such but adventurous nonetheless, canopying offers you the chance to get a unique aerial view of the flora and fauna.

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Treetops Adventure Park

Per Night: BBBB – BBBB++

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.


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