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Koh Chang, ('Elephant Island' in Thai) is part of the Mu Ko Chang National Park, and is the largest and most popular of the islands in eastern Thailand.
Koh Chang is Thailand's third largest island but is nowhere near as developed or bustling as the two largest - Phuket and Samui. It is far less touristy and far less well-known.
This means Koh Chang is definitely worth visiting if you want to avoid the crowds. There are some great beaches, a good range of accommodation and a wide choice of restaurants and bars.

Best time to visit

Ko Chang’s “cool” season is from November to the end of February, and this is when the island is busiest. Each day has plenty of sunshine and blue skies. The average daily temperatures during this time are between 80-85°F (27-30°C), so as you can see, it’s not exactly cool! If you don’t mind the crowds, this is a good time to visit.

The hottest days occur from March to April, where temperatures are above 91°F (33°C) on most days. The humidity is also high during this time. A lot of Thais also choose to vacation during these months, so the island will still be very busy — especially during Songkran, Thailand’s water festival (which occurs in April). Incidentally, this is a great way to cool down from the heat!

The rainy season happens from the end of May until the end of October. Ko Chang is much quieter during these months, and prices are also a lot lower. Rainy season doesn’t mean there’s a constant downpour, either. Most likely you’ll experience rain each day for a brief amount of time. If you want to just hang out and relax, this is a good time to visit.

Check the below table for the general idea of Koh Chang weather throughout the year.

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 31.9 26.7 22
Feb 31.9 27.4 23.1
Mar 32.6 28.2 24.2
Apr 33.2 28.5 24.7
May 32.8 28.4 24.7
Jun 31.7 27.8 24.5
Jul 30.8 27.2 24.1
Aug 31.1 27.3 24.3
Sep 30.9 27 24.1
Oct 31.9 27.2 23.7
Nov 32.8 27.8 23.6
Dec 32.5 27.3 22.6

Koh Chang’s current weather and 7-day forecast


White Sand Beach

Koh Chang’s most popular beach, White Sand Beach is conveniently located relatively close to the ferry terminal. Home to a good selection of resorts and restaurants, White Sand Beach is a pretty beach that, while crowded by Koh Chang’s standards, is still a great place to relax.

Klong Prao Beach

Located just south of White Sand Beach, Klong Prao Beach is home to several luxury resorts and a selection of great seafood restaurants. Far less crowded than White Sand Beach, Klong Prao Beach is great for sunbathing, swimming and enjoying the sunset.

Kai Bae Beach

White sand, clear water and beautiful sunsets make Kai Bae Beach a great place to stay on Koh Chang. This small, quiet and relatively undeveloped beach is home to a mix of luxury resorts and cheap backpacker accommodation.

Lonely Beach

Lonely Beach is Koh Chang’s backpacker central, offering some of the island’s cheapest accommodation and drinks. Cheap bungalows and all-night parties make Lonely Beach a good choice for backpackers, but not the best place on the island for rest and relaxation.

Bang Bao Bay

Located on Koh Chang’s southern coastline, Bang Bao Bay is a quiet beach that’s rarely crowded. The nearby pier is where most diving and snorkelling tours around Koh Chang depart from.

1. Attend a cooking class

Participating in a cooking class is always a great way to culturally immerse yourself. While Kati Culinary is one of the most popular restaurants on the island (for tourists and locals), you can also learn how to cook traditional Thai food here under the guidance of the restaurant’s head chef. You’ll spend about five hours with the chef, learning how to use secret ingredients and preparing a feast that you’ll later enjoy. It costs about 1,595 THB ($50 USD).

2. Have fun on Hat Sai Khao Beach (White Sand Beach)

White Sand Beach is where most of the resorts and high-end accommodations are, as well as the expensive restaurants. It’s definitely the most developed part of Ko Chang, but you can’t deny it’s a really beautiful beach. The town itself is lively and full of shops, restaurants, and nightlife options, including nightly live music at Oodies and late-night fun at Zap Bar. If your aim is to avoid the touristy areas, this isn’t the place for you. If you just want to have fun and meet people, come here.

3. Visit the Bang Bao floating village

Ko Chang has its very own floating village, right at Bang Bao pier where many of the snorkeling and diving tours depart from. However, in recent years it hasn’t retained much of its original fishing village charm — it’s now essentially a souvenir shopping hub for tourists. Many of the buildings have been turned into restaurants, shops or guesthouses, although a few locals do still fish here. But if you’re coming here anyway, look around and take some photos. It’s very beautiful, especially the views from the lighthouse at the end of the pier.

4. Hike Salak Phet

Since Ko Chang is so big, it’s heavily forested and contains quite a few mountains. There are a few official hiking trails where you can go on your own and a few unofficial ones if you just want to explore, though I recommend getting a local to go with you. Salek Phet is the highest mountain on the island, and it has some incredible panoramic views from the top, but it can be difficult to get to. Ask your hostel about tours, or see if they will recommend some other routes.

5. Go snorkeling

If you’re not interested in diving, snorkeling is another way to enjoy Ko Chang’s underwater playground. The coral reefs are full of fish and it’s easy to find snorkeling tours all over the island. (It’s actually cheaper if you walk up to the boat and get a ticket yourself, though.) Most tours include a full lunch on the boat as well. You can find tours starting around 600 THB ($16 USD) but others are in the 1,500 THB ($47 USD) range for a full day.

6. Mu Koh Chang National Park View Point

The Mu Ko Chang National Park View Point gives you a clear view overlooking Ko Chang’s forests, the surrounding ocean, and the islands off in the distance. It’s easy to get to — the route is well marked from the main road. Plus, it’s free! There’s a nice beach nearby with food kiosks and swings hanging from palm trees, and other hiking trails will take you to waterfalls and mountains. I recommend going to the viewpoint at sunset.

7. Take a sailing trip

Who doesn’t love a good catamaran trip at sea? Some companies around Ko Chang will take you on a leisurely day trip to enjoy sun, swimming, snorkeling, and sometimes even fishing. It’s a nice way to spend your day simply hang out and soaking up the weather. Sea Adventures Catamaran Tours is one company you should tour with, and they offer a full barbecue lunch. Tours start around 1,750 THB ($55 USD).

8. Check out the Treetop Adventure Park

One of the best ways to see Ko Chang’s tropical rainforest up close is by visiting the Treetop Adventure Park. You can explore the forest canopy with swinging bridges, rope walks, Tarzan swings, and even slides. There’s also a zip line! It’s probably not a place to visit if you’re afraid of heights, but the guides are excellent and well trained, and the bird’s eye views are amazing. If you’re traveling with children they will love this place. Tickets are 1,250 THB ($40 USD) for the full day.

9. Kayak to Koh Suwan and Koh Rom islands

If you’re spending time on the south end of Klong Prao beach or Kai Bae beach, you’ll notice some islands off the coast. Koh Suwan and Koh Rom are the closest islands, and in a kayak, you can paddle there in about 20-30 minutes from the beach. They’re a whole lot quieter than Ko Chang, so pull up your kayak and go for a swim, and enjoy the peace and quiet. If your hostel or hostel doesn’t rent kayaks, you can find rentals on the south end of Klong Prao for about 300 THB ($9 USD) per hour. Some places also have stand up paddle boards.

10. Learn some Muay Thai

Koh Chang has a handful of Muay Thai gyms for experienced fighters to train, but some offer beginner-friendly classes as well to teach you some basic movies. The Ko Chang Thai Boxing Camp is one of the best places to learn, offering classes for 600 THB ($19 USD) per two-hour session. If you don’t feel like training, check to see if there are any matches happening during your visit. They’re always intense and a lot of fun!

11. Go jungle trekking

If you feel like doing more than just a hike, there are many half-day or full-day trekking tours on the island. You’ll get to see the many gorgeous waterfalls, vibrant green trees, rare reptiles, and more just make sure to bring lots of water! Half-day tours start at 700 baht, full-day tours start at 1,200 baht.

Luxury Hotels in Koh Chang

The Chill Resort & Spa Koh Chang

Located on quiet and peaceful Kai Bae Beach, The Chill Resort and Spa certainly lives up to its name. This stylish five-star hotel offers a selection of rooms and suites, ranging from pool access rooms to private pool villas.

Gajapuri Resort & Spa

With its beachfront bungalows and pool villas, Gajapuri Resort and Spa offers one of the best holiday experiences on Koh Chang. This comfortable four-star hotel is just a few steps away from Kai Bae Beach, making it perfect for sleeping in and enjoying the beach.

The Emerald Cove Koh Chang Hotel

With a 50 metre lap pool, beachfront dining and a luxurious spa, The Emerald Cove offers an amazing experience for travellers that want to feel pampered. Located directly on Klong Prao Beach, The Emerald Cove is one of Koh Chang’s most luxurious hotels.

Mid Range Hotels in Koh Chang

Bhu Tarn Koh Chang Resort and Spa

Although it’s a couple of minutes from Klong Prao Beach on foot, Bhu Tarn Resort’s large swimming pool and gorgeous garden make it feel like it’s beside the beach. This three star resort offers large rooms and modern facilities in a relaxing, quiet environment.

Koh Chang Paradise Resort

Located right on Klong Prao Beach, Koh Chang Paradise Resort offers a selection of rooms, bungalows and private pool villas. Rooms are spacious and comfortable, while the beachside restaurant is perfect for enjoying Koh Chang’s warm sunshine.

Nest Sense Resort

Located on Lonely Beach, Nest Sense Resort is a luxurious villa resort in an area that’s better known for its cheap bungalows than its comfortable resorts. A good choice for travellers that want to be close to the nightlife but don’t want to sacrifice comfort.

Budget Hotels in Koh Chang

Du-Talay Hotel Koh Chang

With a location right on White Sand Beach and a selection of modern rooms, Du-Talay Hotel is one of the most luxurious budget hotels on Koh Chang. Seaview rooms and jacuzzi suites make this a great choice for budget travellers that want to enjoy some extra comforts.

Pajamas Koh Chang Hostel

Although Pajamas Koh Chang Hostel offers hostel-style dorm accommodation, its facilities are more in line with a four-star hotel than the typical backpacker’s hostel. A great common area and refreshing outdoor pool make this a great budget accommodation choice.

Ka-Ti Culinary Restaurant

Ka-Ti Culinary Restaurant serves a great selection of Thai dishes in a charming location close to Klong Prao Beach.

Marco & Jo

There are several Italian restaurants on Koh Chang, but few match Marco & Jo. Located in VJ Plaza Shopping Center, this restaurant serves a selection of simple but tasty Italian dishes.

The Beach Club

Located inside Siam Royal View resort, The Beach Club serves a selection of Thai classics as well as a range of dishes from France and Switzerland.

Baanta Restaurant

Located inside a Thai-style building close to Klong Prao Beach, Baanta Restaurant serves a selection of great Thai seafood dishes.

The White Elephant

This large restaurant on White Sand Beach is hard not to notice. The White Elephant serves a mix of Thai and European food as well as a selection of beers and cocktails.

Beach Tango

Beach Tango serves a great selection of Thai dishes, curries and fresh seafood in a location right beside White Sand Beach.

The Kitchen

A short walk from Lonely Beach, The Kitchen offers a great selection of cheap and tasty Thai meals, as well as fresh fruit shakes.

By Air

Although there’s no airport on Koh Chang, the nearby airport in Trat is a convenient way to get to the island without spending several hours in a bus. Bangkok Airways has three flights daily, which depart at at 8:30 am, 11:40 am and 5:10 pm.

Van transfers from Trat Airport to Koh Chang are available from 500 baht, including the cost of the ferry ticket.

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By Bus

Koh Chang is approximately five hours from Bangkok by road, and the route is served by a selection of public and private bus companies. The quickest way to get to Koh Chang is via the Lonely Beach Express Minibus, which leaves from Suvarnabhumi Airport

Public buses from Bangkok to Koh Chang depart from Ekkamai Bus Station and reach Koh Chang in approximately five hours, with two trips daily departing at 7:45 and 9:45 am. Most bus services terminate at Koh Chang Ferry Pier.
Once you’re on Koh Chang, songthaews (covered pick-up trucks with seating) provide quick and simple transport between the beaches.

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