UPDATED for 2019-20 Season
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.
The 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, Klong Prao Beach, Kai Bae and even across the island from Klong Plu Waterfall to Than Mayom Waterfall. You can also scale one of the tallest peaks at Khao Jom Prasat (630m) that overlooks White Sand Beach on the west coast. Salak Phet (744m), the mountain in the south east of the island has been closed off to group treks by the National Park authorities.
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 also organise private one person, 2 person and group treks.
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, he takes groups out in the Klong Son valley, home to Ban Kwan Chang 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 Tuesdays and Saturdays, the trek is a longer and harder 7 to 8 hour day in the central Klong Prao area. Starting at the back of another elephant camp, you head inland and up to 2 separate viewpoints looking down on the west coast beaches before seeking out the secret waterfall for a refreshing dip.
1,000bt per person
- 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
- On Thursdays, 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.
Currently suspended by National Park authorities but alternatives perhaps possible – please ask.
1,200bt per person
- On Fridays, the trek is in the Klong Prao area. This is a 1/2 day suitable for families, with an easy 3 hours walk through the jungle and plantations to an inland pool, ideal for swimming.
600bt per person, kids 1/2 price
Raht Trekking – Koh Chang Trekking
The highly expreienced Raht, a Koh Chang local, offers three trekking programmes.
- On every day except Fridays, Raht guides trekking groups inland in the Kai Bae Beach area of the island. The trek takes in lots of jungle and rivers with just one climb up to 250m near Lonely Beach, but set over 5 to 6 hours and covering 7km, it’s still a hard day. This trek can be extended further on certain days.
800bt per person
- On Fridays, Raht leads you up Salak Phet Mountain in the far south east of the island. 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 Klong Nonsi waterfall along the way.Currently suspended by National Park authorities but alternatives perhaps possible – please ask
1,200bt per person
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.
700bt per person
Salak Khok Kayak Station can also organise tours up Salak Phet and there are other guides on the eastern side who can be booked via the resorts around the bay – please ask for details, maybe possible with 200bt per person fee.
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.
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. Transfer to and from your resort is included.
Some gallery shots courtesy of Toon below.
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.
Treetops Adventure ParkBailan 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.|
Per Person: 950bt (pick-up round trip 150bt)