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Thailand is one of the most visited countries in the world. While some visitors flock to the major cities such as Bangkok and Chiang Mai, others prefer to visit the many islands in the Gulf of Thailand and Andaman Sea.
There are hundreds of islands in Thailand, some of the most famous including Phuket, Koh Phangan, and Koh Samui. For those travelers who want to experience something different and get away from the crowds, the island of Koh Chang is one not to be missed.
Koh Chang is actually Thailand’s third largest island with an estimated population of about 10,000. It is located near the border of Cambodia and lies only 310 kilometers from Bangkok. To get to Koh Chang, fly into Trat, which has the nearest airport. From there, you can take a minibus which will transport you to Koh Chang.
This guide to Koh Chang provides detailed information to help you plan your trip, but in the meantime, let’s take an overview of this paradise. This island has it all.
One can choose from beach huts to luxurious resorts – it all depends on what you want. You can find hotels at the 3,000bt price or splurge for a villa with a deluxe pool for 15,000bt. Getting around is best by scooter, bike, or by songtaew taxi if you don’t feel like doing the driving.
On the island, you can choose your own adventure. This includes trekking among the rugged mountains, to hiking into the jungle, to chasing waterfalls, or kicking back and enjoying the beach life. There are a few companies which run nature tours, which include bird watching and elephant trekking. Other retreats are available such as yoga and meditation groups.
Koh Chang is a great place to learn scuba diving and explore its many reefs. Besides the marine environment and seafood, you will never leave hungry. Restaurants are abundant and if you find a few dishes you really enjoy, sign up for a cooking class to learn how to make it on your own.
The most developed beach towns include White Sand Beach, Lonely Beach, and Klong Prao Beach. Lonely Beach is a great place to start if one is coming as a backpacker. In either of the beaches, and the many more that line the coast, there is never a shortage of things to do. Restaurants, bars, and nightclubs can be found easily.
Have you been to Koh Chang yet?
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