Koh Chang in 3 Days, Thailand

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Koh Chang in 3 Days, Thailand

Getting to know Koh Chang

Koh Chang is a relatively big island in Gulf of Thailand close to the boarder with Cambodia. I found it a very relaxing place. If you just want to do nothing but to relax on any of it’s beautiful sandy beaches and hang out in the beachside bars then Koh Chang would be definitely the right place for you. 

We stayed on Koh Chang for three nights and I loved it so much that soon decided this place deserves more than just 3 days and planned to come back again in the future. 

Taxi can be flagged down any where on the road.

On our way from White Sands Beach to Bang Bao.

Best Time to Visit

We visited late December and found the weather very comfortable. December and January is high season so expect to pay little extra on hotel deals and sold out scenarios are common for nice locations.

So, late December to April has great weather, little rain, and lots of sun. From May to September there’s still plenty of sun but you will get some rain – usually brief showers in the afternoon or night. October and November are the rainiest months when good beach weather can be hard to find. Visiting during these rainy months will certainly get you some great deals on hotels. While the weather can be stormy during this period but sunny days are still common. 

How to Get There

By Air:

Trat Airport is the closest one from Koh Chang, only 10 miles (17 km) to Koh Chang main ferry terminal. Since Trat Airport is owned by Bangkok Airways so air fare could be little pricey. There are daily flights to and from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport. 

By Bus:

We have taken Suvarnabhumi Burapa Bus line 392 40 seater VIP bus connection from the main international airport in Bangkok to the Koh Chang Hotel. I think it’s the most comfortable way for affordable travel between Bangkok and Koh Chang. 
There are direct frequent buses departs from Ekamai – Bangkok’s eastern bus terminal or from Morchit – the northern terminal. Takes about 4 to 6 hours to get down to Koh Chang Cenerpoint ferry terminal. Expect to pay about 275 – 300 Baht for the trip.   

By Private Car:

On our way back from the Island we rented a private car despite the fact it costed us 3500 Baht ( US$ 100) but still I consider that was a wise decision. First for a alternative experience and secondly considering the comfort and all inclusive door to door service. I think this is the best option if you are not solo traveler. No need to carry your luggage to the ferry and have freedom of stopping at any rest area and the comfort of being behind a friendly and safe driver was unbeatable. Resort travel desk quoted us 6000 baht to Bangkok where as outside agent like Mr Nate’s rate was 3500 baht. 

Therefore we used Mr. Nate Private Car services from Koh Chang to Bangkok Hotel and highly recommend him for his excellent and reliable service. Mobile: +66 (0)802251149, Email: arkaness_anuvech@hotmail.com


Top Things To Do

Koh Chang Beaches

For many people, daytime activities on Koh Chang revolve around the beach – which is hardly surprising as there are several beautiful long powdery stretches of sand to choose from on the island. Koh Chang’s best beaches are predominantly located on the island’s west coast, starting with Klong Son beach, one of the best beaches bordering Siam Royal View.

Early morning view of Klong Prao Beach, Koh Chang

Early morning view of Klong Prao Beach, Koh Chang

There are plenty of boating and water sport activities available in Koh Chang like excellent diving and snorkeling opportunities around the island is developing rapidly. 

The three kilometer long White Sand beach is the most popular and busiest beach, though even in high season there is plenty of room for all to enjoy. Staying at the island’s most developed beach is pricey but has advantages; there are many restaurants that offer the food of all kinds. There are some nice little rustic bamboo beach bars, bars that offer live music like the famous oldie’s, the ‘mini Pattaya’ section on the main road is home to beer bars and nightclubs. There are plenty of banks, exchange places on the main road as well as several small supermarkets and many souvenir shops.

As you head down from North to South you will pass beautiful beaches one after another, Klong Prao, Kai Bae, Lonely Beach, Bai Lan, Bang Bao, Than Mayom, Kong Kang Bay and others, each with its own character, and varying degrees of seclusion and tranquillity.

Discover Koh Chang Nature Trails

Within the protected national forest of Koh Chang are dozens of kilometres of amazing jungle hiking trails. The majority lead to stunning waterfalls common on the island’s interior and just perfect for a cooling dip in clean fresh water. Due to the demanding terrain and bad paths it’s probably worth taking a guide. 

Most of the trails only take a few hours and can lead to incredibly scenic vantage points, giving you a commanding view of the island.

Koh Chang, Thailand

Elephant Trekking in Elephant Island

The word ‘Chang’ means elephant in Thai, so what could be more interesting than going elephant trekking on elephant island. It is one of the most popular daytime activities on Koh Chang and the opportunity to explore the forest from an elephant’s eye view. There are a couple of elephant camps on the island that will take provide treks through the jungle and fruit orchards atop one of these majestic beasts. Excursions often include elephant bathing, feeding and performances. You can go direct to the elephant camp or book your trip through your hotel. 

Island Hopping in the Koh Chang Archipelago

There are around 60 islands of all shapes and sizes in the Chang archipelago, most as pristine as nature made them, with verdant interiors and surrounded by powdery beaches and sea life. Many offer fantastic opportunities for hiking, swimming, fishing and snorkelling. Only a dozen or so of these islands have accommodation, which ranges from back-to-basics huts to a handful of luxury resorts.

I found it interesting hopping between Koh Chang, Koh Kood, Koh Mak and Koh Wai is easiest and inexpensive way to expand you holiday horizons. The islands are not too spread out, an hour only by speedboat to Koh Mak, 2 down to Koh Kood, so you can breakfast on one and lunch on the next with little or no effort.

I used serviced from from Nate Island Tour and highly recommend them for their reliable and excellent service. 

Contact Mr. Nate for Island Trips also for Hotel Reservations, Cambodia Trip, Private Car/minibus services etc., Mobile: +66 (0)802251149, Email: arkaness_anuvech@hotmail.com 

Island hopping between Koh Chang, Koh Kood, Koh Mak and Koh Wai

Island hopping between Koh Chang, Koh Kood, Koh Mak and Koh Wai

Game Fishing on Koh Chang

There are coulee of fishing trips offered, both day trips and night trips. There are few people with small boats who will take you out for a day fishing, won’t catch anything huge but you should have a good day of fun. You can call Nate at Nate Tour to arrange one.

Actually fishing trips combining with snorkeling will provide you more fun. Also overnight deep see squid fishing is very much interesting trip.

Bang Bao Fishing Villages

For a glimpse of how the locals live, visit Bang Bao fishing villages located in the southeastern part of Koh Chang, it’s definitely an interesting place to see. It is home to one of the largest fisherman’s communities on Koh Chang. While you’re there, don’t forget to sample what could be the freshest seafood you’ll ever have.

It is a long concrete pier running from the mainland into the bay and houses of local fishermen on both sides. There are many souvenirs shops, clothing, diving equipment and tempting sea food restaurants. Bang Bao is also an important starting point for snorkeling and diving trips to the neighbouring islands.

Restaurant on the Water at Bang Bao Fishing Village

Restaurant on the Water at Bang Bao Fishing Village

Visit Waterfalls

There are about five waterfalls on Koh Chang. The most popular and easily accessible ones are Klong Plu Waterfall and Thanmayom Waterfall, both located in Klong Prao area. Klong Plu Waterfall is the only waterfall on the west side and can be reached easily by bike or motorbike from White Sand and Kai Bae beaches. This three-floor waterfall is about 400 metres away from Klong Plu Ranger station.

Fireflies Viewing

Koh Chang has abundant mangrove where a number of fireflies make their home. During the cool season it’s interesting visit at the canal area where you may find plenty of fireflies decorating the area like Christmas trees. Take a tour or rent a boat to cruise along the waters at dark and experience this magical experience of nature. Contact your hotel for more details regarding the tours and where to rent a boat. 

Getting Around Koh Chang

On Koh Chang white shared taxi runs between all the beaches as far as Bang Bao and the Ferry Terminals from 6:00 am until late evening. They can be flagged down anywhere and used to travel around the island. If you are planning to return to your hotel late at night don’t rely on the taxis since evening services are a bit erratic. Either book a taxi yourself or take advantages of the transport services that are offered by many of the hotels, bars and restaurants on the island. 

Plenty of Shared or Reserved White Taxi

Plenty of Shared or Reserved White Taxi

Shared Taxi ride will cost you between 50 – 150 Baht. Alternatively cars, motorbike and bicycles can be rented from the resorts, or bike rental places around the island. 

Keep in mind there are stretches of the road where it may get dangerous for inexperienced rider due to stiff hills and sharp curves therefore think carefully before renting a motorbike. There are evidence of accident involving foreign tourists, so do a research before taking a risk and going for the adventure. Note that you will be fined if you don’t ware a helmet while riding a motorbike. 

Where did I stay in Koh Chang

Klong Prao Resort, 21/1 Moo 4, Klong Prao Beach, Ko Chang

We stayed in Klong Prao Resort for 3 nights right next to the beach. Resort got total 126 cottage style rooms are comfortably equipped with air-conditioners, television, hot/cold water and other amenities with genuine privacy and comfortable facilities.

Klong Prao Resort & Spa, Klong Prao Beach, Koh Chang

It was very close to Klong Plu Waterfalls and only few minutes walk to the main center where we found many banks, exchange places, restaurants, most interesting was the night market and street food. At the hotel we enjoyed the beach side Restaurant & Bar specially from where we enjoyed picturesque sunset in the horizon. In the evening we also liked the unforgettable moments at the beach having few drinks and listening live music. Foods at the restaurant were also fresh and tasty. Breakfast was included and there were plenty to food to choose from and few cook to order item was there as well.

 My Favorite Local Thai Food

Kati Culinary Cooking School & Restaurant, 48/7 M.4 Klong Prao Koh Chang, Tel: +66 81 903 0408

Having our lunch at Kati Culinary Restaurant, Koh Chang

Having our lunch at Kati Culinary Restaurant, Koh Chang

As we get few recommendation from friends for freshly cooked good quality Thai food so, we decided to pay visit to Kati Restaurant which is only 50 Baht taxi ride from Klong Prao Resort.

Kati restaurant all their recipes are family owned, so you will find unique food taste at Kati Restaurant. There are wide range of rice and traditional thai curries with their home made curry paste and spices can be adjusted to suite your taste. It was almost empty for late lunch but definitely need a dinner reservation as it may get very crowded. 

Food taste were great and not so expensive, a costed duck curry with rice will cost you 250 Baht or whole snapper with green mango salad is 350 baht. We definitely enjoyed our food there. 

WOW Thai Food & Pizza Restaurant, 19/8/4 m.4 Koh Chang, Tel: + 66-83-888-0906

Klong Prao, Koh Chang

Dinner time at WOW Thai Food & Pizza Restaurant, Klong Prao

Close to Klong Prao Beach. We just walked there from Klong Prao Resort & Spa. Amazing food and friendly stuff. This place was jammed packed comping to there other restaurants rear by. We ordered more dishes then we could handle for our dinner, it was for fun and just to try different items. Taste was excellent. We also talked to the chef and she explained how she cooked one of the dish in question. We highly recommend this place. 

Street Food in Koh Chang

Street Food in Koh Chang, Klong Parao area

Street Food in Koh Chang, Klong Parao area

Next to the hotel just few minutes walk there were so many food stalls on the main street selling traditional local food day and night. Night markets was more busy as many tourists returns from their day trip and try find something from the street stalls. 

I have been to  many Thai Islands and found that Koh Chang’s food and drinks prices are very cheap. 

Grilled Squid in Bang Bao Fisherman Village, Koh Change

Also from mobile vendors, you will find dried and grilled squids, pancakes with bananas, prepared right before your eyes, served with condensed milk, coconut cream. One of the widely seen items are Grilled fish, shrimp, corns, Roti with egg, Thai noodles etc.. I was happy to try few of them. They usually are so delicious and cheap. Most of these stalls, You can get a huge variety of food, which includes Thai, Malaysian, Indian and Chinese cuisine. Some of the food products offered by such vendors not available in standard restaurants, offering you only the chance to try some unique food.

My Opinion and Tips

Have you been to Koh Chang, Thailand? Any additional tips to share?

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  • Shammi Yasmin

    Very interesting reading your blog, lot of information and very helpful. Thank you for sharing.

    April 1, 2017 at 2:43 pm
    • DZTraveler

      Thank you for the nice comment, appreciate it !

      April 1, 2017 at 6:44 pm