Ko Chang Travel Guide

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    Ban Salak Kok mangrove channel
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Ko Chang Highlights

  • Pro
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     A true break from the night / red light districts scenes 

  • Con
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     Inadequate options for deluxe alternatives 

  • In a nutshell
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     Nice scenery and a quiet place to stay 

Ko Chang Things to Do

  • Rent Motorbike or scooter Koh...

    We are just on Koh Chang right now and we looked around for a Motorbike or scooter to rent. There are many small shops offering scooters. But the only one shop offering also a theft insurance is in V.J. Plaza (Chai Chet) It's a quite big shop and looks very professional. The scooters looking just like brand new and are all in top conditions. They...

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  • Boating in the mangrove tidal canals

    The small settlement of Ban Salak Kok is a great place to visit by itself and for good food and relaxed atmosphere - well worth the outing from the west coast.However, the key thing to do here is to paddle, row, boat among the mangroves. This you can do on the cheap or get the full set with food and drinks served out in the mangroves. If you have...

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  • Thai Massage - Vie

    This is the best Thai massage in Ko Chang !I have tried Thai massage in many places before but this is one is the best.If your used to get Thai massage from a lady that's good but if you want to have the best experience ask for Mr. Saweng.....He's the best. There is no better way to have a massage other than a man with experience and believe me Mr....

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Ko Chang Restaurants

  • A Hidden Surprise

    Just past the entrance to the Centara Tropicana Resort heading south, there is a sign for the Blue Lagoon. You will drive in quite a way past local houses. Don't get discouraged, continue and you will find a very nice restaurant. It is outdoor dining next to a lagoon, and the food is excellent. During the day they also teach Thai cooking.At night...

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  • Wonderful Italian Pizza

    I was in koh chang x two weeks and as i am a pizza lover i found that the best one on the island was the one at "la dolce vita" very nice restaurant in White sand beach. The owner's are Italian and you feel the difference because They are actively involved in the clok ing. Process. Clean and fast the service good variety of plate,pasta ,meats,...

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  • The best at Bang Bao

    Having strolled around Bang bao and the pier for a while, I finally choose Buddha View. Not a bad choice at all - very nice place located on the pier (right hand side as you walk out). Very good place to sit and enjoy life. Sampled several sea food items, all excellent.

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Ko Chang Nightlife

  • Lonely Beach resort restaurant

    Outside the hotel I stayed was a restaurant on the beach that was utterly romantic by fist look, but quickly deteriorated by the kind of service that the place had. Did many attampts at picking in the menu and finding things they could do right, but rarely any luck. it takes a long time for the food to arrive, and while good, it may come with...

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  • Bar and cafes in White beach

    White beach is the longest beach in Koh Chang. It's also the place where most tourists are. Restaurants and bars are alongside the beach. The atmosphere is calm compared with Phuket and Koh Samui.

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  • Beach Bars

    There are a number of very chilled out beach bars further along Whitesand beach pass the 7-11 .You can take your pick!

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Ko Chang Transportation

  • Getting to Koh Chang or Koh Samet

    If you are in Pattaya, just go to soi POSTOFFICE and go to Malibu travel. They have mini vans that will take you direct to the ferries.250 bahts each way and I think 400 bahts RT. they stop along the way with a rest stop, if not there is a public bus that you can take that goes on the BanPhe route to Koh Samet, still 100 bahts. (the mini van will...

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  • Best way to move around: rent a...

    The best way to travel in the island is by renting a motorbike. You can rent it anywhere for 200 baht per day (6USD), no deposit required! They don’t charge you for the mileage either, so is really cheap transportation. We used that bike so much poor little thing! Gas is also cheap, you can buy a bottle by 30 or 40 bahts, depends where you buy it...

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  • Bangkok to Koh Chang

    Before you get on a bus or van or taxi to Koh Chang, please note that the LAST FERRY to Koh Chang leaves at 7pm and it will take you around 5 to 6 hours to get to the ferry from Bangkok, depending on the method and the traffic (I know by experience! we lost the ferry and we had to sleep in Tran... NOT a good idea, LOL, you'd be better in BKK and...

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Ko Chang Shopping

  • Funky Fashion for ladies in Koh Chang

    The very best shop I found on the entire island. Stunning jewelry, funky beach wear and fashion with a boho feel to "designer style for a night out" chic. What a find, I loved that shop. Very, very different to all the clothes stalls who all sell the typical tourist crap. That shop is a gem, they have a lot of hand made sandals, fashion and silver...

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  • Good snorkelling and diving equipment

    At the southern tip of Koh Chang there is a small town built up on stilts around the pier that serves the neigbouring islands. On the land side part of town along the main road to the pier there is a very good dive shop where you can get real good qaulity things for snorkelling, beach bumming, diving etc. I bought snorkel, mask and fins, imported...

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  • 7/11's

    You can tell when an Island is becoming over developed when the seven elevens are appearing. You can buy all your groceries cameras batteries etc. almost anything you'll need here and they are opening all over. SANGSOM COKE and REDBULL and make a delicious bucket if the bars are closed as it is 24 hour.

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Ko Chang Local Customs

  • Ban Bang Bao, life in the village at...

    Most of the life in the fishing village at poles Ban Bang Bao takes place at the water. When we visited the village we saw the pounding of a paste with fish in a huge wooden pot, we saw the washing of the dishes at the wooden pier and everywhere we saw that dried fish and octopus.The second time we visited the village by boat and we went ashore to...

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  • Building the roof with palmleaves

    At the newly built campement where we stayed when we visited Ko Chang for the first time in the 80s the toilet unit and the open air restaurant were not finished yet. During our stay they were still building. It was very interesting to see how they constructed the roof with palmleaves, using the natural materials of the environment. During breaks...

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  • Don't Get Upset

    When a coconut falls on top of your head, don't get upset. See it as a gift from above, it tastes delicious! Find some locals (anyone) who have a knive for you to split it in two and enjoy!For coconutmilk: scrape the inside of the coconut with the lid of beerbotle, and squeeze the juice out of the shredded coconut. It is delicious to cook some rice...

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Ko Chang Warnings and Dangers

  • Snorkel Trips Can Go Bad

    During the late summer, early fall time period, the monsoon can make Ko Chang a very windy, rainy place. If you expect to go snorkel around the small islands, you may want to reconsider, I decided to try the boat trip to snorkel around the small islands south of Ko Chang. The wind was a little strong and there was a light chop on the water as we...

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  • SLIPPERY SURFACES

    When visiting the waterfalls here on Koh Chang, care must be taken to avoid slipping, either on the trek to/from or while swimming.There are many sections during the hike that are steep, root or rock covered, and moist. While at the falls the rocks leading into the water are very slick, and you need to be cautious when entering or exiting the...

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  • Offshore islands

    Maybe its jsut me but when i'm on a beach and i see a small rock or island just out to sea i have to get to it. On Kaebae beach there are about 3 or 4 out to sea and i chose the nearest one to walk to, however it is a little risky. There is a coral reef out there so its trecherous to walk but also harmful to the coral. You must also be careful...

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Ko Chang Tourist Traps

  • Refuel your motorcycle

    I was refueling my motorcycle at a petrol station near klong prao beach. The staff charge me the price of 1 litre but only pour in around half litre of petrol before i even notice he start pouring the petrol into my motorcyle. Make sure you get what you paid for.

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  • Varying prices for trips!

    Shop around asking at different resorts when booking trips like snorkelling, cambodia, scuba, jungle treks elephant rides. When snorkelling we were offered the same trip with the same boat from 500 baht to 1000 baht at different resorts. Also may be extra costs like paying for flippers or other equipment rental. Shop around!

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  • Check it before you ride it

    Like any other low key, down to earth places on this planet....Vehicle / motorcylce/bike rentals can proove to be a good tourist trap. The renters will often make you feel very accommodated and welcomed during the intial phases of the rental. but to be in serious dilemma upon finding damages to the rented commodities upon returning. Or finding...

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Ko Chang What to Pack

  • TRAVEL GEAR FOR CHANG

    Strong and secure luggage or backpack would be a wise choice. Light and comfortable clothing is a must, good shoes for hiking in the jungle would also be good. The usual bathroom gear and maybe even a small medical kit, just in case. A good quality camera to capture the wonderful sites. Sunglasses and good sunscreen

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  • For Lazy Days (of which there are plenty...

    It is a perfect idea to bring your hammock to the island, you can rest at anyplace with trees. And since there are plenty of trees on the island, you can rest and relax almost anywhere. At the weekendmarket in Bangkok you can buy a hammock for only a few dollars. Sometimes you can also find a mosquitonet especially for hammock which will be...

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Ko Chang Off The Beaten Path

  • Want to get a Tattoo,,Why Not you're in...

    Okay so I came in mind that i would get one, but was unsure to do it here or in bangkok. I knew that I would probably have to do it towards the end of my vacation since there is the whole no beach, no sand, keep it covered after getting it done. Well, that was until I met "one" ( that is his name) from Bamboo Tattoo. He does his tattoos free hand...

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  • The West Coast of Koh Chang

    There are few decent beaches and settlements on the east coast, som few tourists come here. However, there are some nice places to visit and a few gems as well. The two main ones are Salakphet Seafood fish farm and restaurant, the other Ban Salak Kok, a fisheing settlement on stilts in a mangrove tidal area. There are some hotels and resorts at...

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  • Hiking & Exploring

    Walk to the end of Whitesand Beach and go around the rocks to try to get to the next beach.We tried to go as far as we could passing a couple of guys trying to get an "all over "tan (not really allowed in Thailand ). Well ...we didn't make it because as it became too difficult to walk.However ,at least we got a nice view of Whitesand beach... that...

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Ko Chang Sports & Outdoors

  • Fun Dive at Koh Chang

    I visit two popular dive sites for fun dive. - 'Hin Luk Bat' rock pinnacle - 'Hin Rab' rock pinnaclePrice 2,200bht for 2 day dives included all gear dive, lunch, and transportation from/to the accommodation. Not much expensive.

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  • Snorkeling package at Ban Bang Bao

    Try to get a snorkeling package from Ban Bang Pao. More choices there and the price might cheaper.I get a package at 450 baht which include snorkeling at 4 places, lunch and fruit along the trip.

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  • Snorkelling

    Should be able to book a trip snorkelling from most places in Ko Chang and most are selling the same trip at different prices, we paid 500 baht per person while most others were charging 700+.Will be picked up from your resort (or where ever u say) in the morning and brought to Bang Bao the village port on stilts. This is where the boats leave...

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Ko Chang Favorites

  • Unsteady weather during the monsoon...

    Koh Chang is a national park with mountains and rainforrest. The mountains makes the weather unsteady and very rainy during the monsoon months. I was there in July 2007 and have never seen so much rain before. The road beside White beach was loaded with 10-15 cm water, and the shops around were flooded.

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  • The home of Peace and Quiet

    Shopping for better quality clothing in the markets was fun, but our favourite spot on the island was a restaurant situated a few meters from the sea on Dan Kao Beach. A meal, or simply a pot of delicious coffee enjoyed at Funky Hut - the most mellow of settings - was perhaps the most romantic experience we'd ever enjoyed in public. That's easy,...

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  • Handy info magazine, maps, all-in-one

    I spent 10 days on Koh Chang in November and found this magazine both extensive in its coverage and handy in terms of size: Koh Chang, Trat & the Eastern Islands, published quarterly by White Sand Publications Company Limited. Free of cost at major hotels and tourist info stands.Their web site is useful for planning: www.whitesandsthailand.com ....

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