Simply meaning Elephant island, Koh Chang is Thailand’s second biggest island behind Phuket and the biggest in Eastern Thailand. Situated in Trat Province and on the Cambodian Border, Koh Chang is 310km from Thailand’s capital, Bangkok.
Koh Chang is the largest island in the Koh Chang Archipelago and forms part of the protected Mu Ko Chang National Marine Park. It’s name derives from the Elephant shape of it’s headland.
Koh Chang boasts sensational wonders like protected rain forests, stunning waterfalls, world class beaches, pristine coral reefs and a profusion of wild and marine life. The western part of the island forms the most popular part and is where most of the accommodation is located. Koh Chang has rapidly developed over the last 10 to 15 years and many budget backpacker friendly bungalows are being replaced with luxury resorts. Having said that the island still caters for all and still very much has that unspoiled look about it that a lot of over developed islands in Thailand have lost.
Simply unwind by one of it’s many beautiful beaches, enjoy one of it’s mouthwatering seafood restaurants, discover the beautiful marine life around the island or party all through the night. Whatever your preference, your experience of Koh Chang will be truly unforgettable.
Koh Chang like any other place in thailand has two main season's, the wet season which lasts from June through to October and the dry season from November to around May.
The History of Koh Chang
You don’t have to cast your mind that far back into the realms of history, to discover when the now popular Thai island of Koh Chang first started to become the tourist destination it is today. Prior to that the waters surrounding Koh Chang were once ridden with war and conflict as a power struggle began for control of parts of Thailand with the French navy.
Koh Chang’s Beaches
Like the lion share of islands in Thailand, none are complete without there beautiful array of beaches. Ko Chang certainly doesn’t disappoint on this front. With it’s spectacular white sands and clear Blue seas in abundance be sure to find the right atmosphere to match your mood when staying on Koh Chang. The west coast of the island is where most beaches are found so hopping between each paradise front is easily achieved.
Ko Chang Islands & Mu Ko Chang National Marine Park
Spread across the clear blue waters of the gulf of Thailand sits one of Thailand’s most stunning national parks. An array of protected rainforest, white sandy beaches and magnificent coral reef form Mu Ko Chang National Marine Park. Ko Chang is the gateway to Mu Ko Chang National Marine Park and the island offers many opportunities to experience parts or all of the special area.
High and Low Season
Koh Chang’s seasons are comparable with Bangkok’s and can be visited all year round. Whilst each season has it’s positives for visiting Koh Chang, it is important that all eventualities are covered during your stay. Whether you are wanting to be part of the lively peak season or prefer the ambience of the low season it pays to be in the know. Ascertain the extensive differences between high and low seasons and make sure you hit Koh Chang at the time that suits your requirements…