Named Elephant island and at 154.8km² the second largest in Thailand Koh Chang has everything to offer a visiting tourist. From zip lining in the tree tops, to massages on the beach you can easily fill your days with many activities. You will find here numerous Elephant camps that offer elephant riding along the streams and into the jungles. All amenities such as ATMs and 7/11s along the Western Side are within easy reach from every location. The Eastern coast has been left relatively undeveloped as the road has not been connected in the south, this allows relaxing trips to see the mango swamp, trekking in the untouched jungle and delicious traditional cuisine at the local fish restaurants. Koh Chang is the only island in the area that has its own beach dedicated to nightlife, this is in between two big hills so if you wish to party a taxi is always recommended and if not you will be left unawares if you simply don’t visit this area.
Take a private tour around the island at your own pace with your own personal guide, choose from East or West below or contact us to combine the two.
Discover the Eastern undeveloped side of Koh Chang on a tour taking you from your hotel to heart of the original local people living in Koh Chang. Your first stop off at the view point allowing magnificent views across the sea, marvel at the stretching mangrove forest in all its glory and take in the traditional lifestyles and foods at the fisherman village. Inside the mangrove forest you can enjoy a tranquil ride by traditional wooden boat – (this optional ride is 200 baht per person). After this you will visit the Salakphet temple to take in the heart of Thai Buddist culture and observe the beauty of its hand sculpted statues and architecture.
Discover the Western side of Koh Chang on a tour taking you through its lively character and natural gems. From your hotel you will visit the nature of the Klong Plu with its remarkable waterfall a short trek up into the jungle (entrance here for the National Park is 200baht per person). After this you will frequent the Klong Prao temple- the most popular temple on the island, visited daily by many of the Thai locals. Next on the mountain past Kai Bae you stop at the official Kai Bae Viewpoint and look out upon the surrounding small islands dotted across the calm ocean. Further down the East of the island is the lively Bang Bao Fisherman Village, the market along this pier is well famed and full of traditional Thai hustle and bustle, bring some small money and have fun haggling at the local stalls. As the furthest point your last stop will be the Klong Koy beach where you can take in the natural beauty and spend some time relaxing on the beach, this is the deepest beach on the island so perfect if you want to take a swim.
If you cannot decide between the East and West tours simply contact us to combine the two, let us know where you would like to start your tour and we can put all the rest in place for you.
PADI 5 Star Green Dive Center Scandinavian Chang Diving can offer you day trips for the whole family. The center itself has been running for over 9 years with the most comfortable and favoured boat on the island. Its bright Nemo colours are always easy to spot and it can hold up to 45people, however the maximum is always kept well below to ensure more enjoyment and space. Groups are small and the equipment well maintained. Whether snorkeling, boat joining or diving you will be taken on a relaxed trip to the diverse local reefs just 50 mins away with daily departures from Klong Prao beach daily during high season.
Ban Kwan Chang was one of the first elephants camps built to be on the island. This sanctuary is supported by the Asian Elephant Foundation, who work hard to care for the Asian elephant population that has been in rapid decline over the recent years. Set deep in the rain forest in Klong Son in the North West of the island it is well worth making the effort to visit and see the elephants in a natural camp, surrounded by fruit farms and jungle clad hillside. On your trek you will be guided to a platform where you can board the elephant onto a cushioned seat that is securely strapped onto the elephants back. During your ride your mahout (elephant keeper) will be either leading you on or sitting upon the neck of the elephant. Ask your mahout any questions and you will see the deep devotion and care they have for their elephant, being able to tell you things like their elephant’s weight, age, likes, favourite food and various personalities between the elephant’s and their social groups. As your trek through the jungle continues you will see how the elephants enjoy the access to food among the ample foliage along the pathways. At many points you may stop to take in the scenery and allow them to enjoy these treats. Any time during your trek you can ask your mahout for a photo, which he would be more than happy to take for you. If you choose the 2 hour trek on the second ride you can observe how the elephants bathe in the cool waters in the forest and even join them with cooling off!
With limited coral reef around the island of Koh Chang itself the best way to see the diverse marine life that the emerald seas have to offer is take our guided snorkeling trip. Choose for yourself if you would like the luxury and ease of a speedboat trip or the laid back traditional Thai feeling of a large slow boat. Our 5 island tour will take you to the islands of the National Marine Park south of Koh Chang. These include Koh Rang, Koh Thang Lang, Koh Yak, Koh Nok and Koh Wai. Here you will find the best snorkeling with the abundance of colouful reef fish, shallow reefs allowing you to spot the hiding stingrays and a guide to take you around the area and take care of you. All trips include lunch and on boat drinks (entrance to the National Marine Park is 200 baht per person). If you opt for the full day tour you will be allowed plenty of time at each location to awe at the underwater beauty and lunch on a luscious white sandy beach allowing a true taste of the untouched island beauty of Thailand. All tours include life jackets on board in various sizes and complete snorkel equipment perfect for the whole family.
Transfers from and to Koh Chang!
Hidden in the islands interior is another world, full of ancient tree’s, snakes, spiders, hidden waterfalls and dramatic coastal viewpoints. The only safe way to explore Koh Chang’s uncharted jungle is by going on a guided trek. The trekking guide I recommend is called Tan, who runs well organised trekking tours for his well established company ‘Tan Trekking’.