Are you holidaying in Koh Chang, or are you at least thinking about it? This mesmerizing tropical island in the Gulf of Thailand is approximately a 4-hour drive from Pattaya 🧔 on the Eastern Seaboard and is located close to Trat via a ferry ride.
This stunning tropical island merges breathtaking beauty with lots of luscious jungle terrain and a handful of stylish 5-star resorts and low-cost beachside bungalows, cool nightlife spots, wildlife trails, exotic beaches, and quality eateries 🏆
If you want to make the most of your Thailand holiday, here are the top 10 best things to do in Koh Chang!
If you are not afraid of heights and love to seek adventure, then Salakphet is waiting for you. It is the highest mountain in Koh Chang, and you will get to 2,500 feet of elevation 🧔 To trek up the mountain, you can hire a local guide and take the trail to the top, which is a bit unnerving, but it is worth it when you reach the top.
The top of the mountain provides breathtaking panoramic views. To the north, you can see the coast of Cambodia; to the south lies the expansive sea view, and the valley to the west. Make sure you carry plenty of water and drinks along due to humidity and sweating 🥇
Koh Chang has some of the pristine coral reefs and calm waves in the Gulf of Thailand 🧔 If you love snorkeling, you shouldn't miss the opportunity to witness the diverse life beneath the surface, such as yellow boxfish, moray eel, and many more. To enjoy snorkeling, head to the Bang Bao pier, where many boats offer snorkeling tours, and some of them serve a complete meal on the boat.
You can buy cheaper tickets on the boat and enjoy snorkeling in five spots within sight of one another. You will definitely fall in love with the beautiful coral reefs 🏅 once you dive beneath the surface. Don't forget to bring your sunscreen and water bottle.
With Thailand being a hotbed for culture and Buddhism, visiting a Buddhist temple is something that will give you a glimpse into Thai daily life 🧔 With so many things to do in Koh Chang, sometimes you need to find a peaceful den of tranquillity to reflect on life, and that is precisely what you get with Wat Salak Phet Temple.
There are actually two temples combined into one, with some lovely examples of architecture and decorations. Located in the beautiful Ban Salak Village, absorb the surroundings while visiting the onsite museum and become at one with yourself and Wat Salak Phet 🥇
What makes Koh Chang so great is that it has retained its charm, and many of the local inhabitants still live the way they have for decades 🧔 There are numerous sleepy fishing villages dotted along the coast, with Bang Bao being the most interesting one of all. If you want to learn more about their way of life and their traditional ways, you can book a tour to visit Bang Bao.
Located in the South-West of the island near the white lighthouse, the Bang Bao Fishing Village harks back to a time in history when time stood still. Make sure you sample some of the seafood restaurants at Bang Bao, which are revered as some of the best in this part of Thailand 🏅
Are you an adrenaline junkie who needs his/her fix during your pilgrimage to Koh Chang? 🧔 Although you thought you left the high-octane adventures behind on Walking Street Pattaya, the Treetop Adventure Park in Koh Chang is just the ticket. This purpose-built park has a vast amount of ziplines, rope bridges, and much more in the heart of the jungle.
Come and glide through the jungle terrain on these adrenalin-filled ziplines that float amidst the jungle canopy. You can participate in all the activities if you are older than 10 and above 1.4 meters in height. There are lots of staff working at the park 🥇 so you are in safe hands at all times.
The word ‘chang’ in Thai means elephant. So, you can’t visit elephant island without getting up close and personal with these majestic beasts 🧔 The Ban Kwan Chang elephant camp is the ideal place to visit if you want to take an incredible and leisurely trek through dense jungle terrain on an elephant.
Whether you are alone, with a friend, with a group of friends, or with a family with kids, this is one of the ultimate features when visiting a place such as Koh Chang. Ban Kwan Chang is the premier elephant camp and sanctuary on the island. And you can come by to feed the elephants, 🧔 or take the 1-hour elephant trek amidst stunning scenery.
You should get here early in the morning to beat the heat. Ban Kwan Chang is situated in the northern reaches of the island and is a memorable experience for your Thailand holiday 🥇
The aptly named Lonely Beach is literally one of the quietest and most peaceful beaches in Koh Chang. When looking for things to do in Koh Chang, you must visit Lonely Beach 🧔 Situated on the mid-Western coastline of Koh Chang, when you want to get away from the tourist masses and immerse yourself in total tranquillity, Lonely Beach is the place to be.
Although the beach once attracted the backpacking fraternity, it is now more accessible for everyone and can be a fun place to spend the day or night. In the daytime, it’s peaceful, and in the evening, a party happens almost every night, especially in the high-season months between December and April. There are also a few cool bars and restaurants dotted about the beach, making this an excellent place for everyone to visit 🏅
When it comes to finding the best things to do in Koh Chang, visiting the Viewpoint at Mu Koh Chang National Park should be at the top of your list 🧔 The Mu Koh Chang National Park is one of the best tourist attractions in Koh Chang alone. Still, the scenic vistas from the viewpoint will make your heart skip a beat. Located on the island's West coast in an area that covers 650 square kilometers and over 50 islands, the Mu Koh Chang National Park is an actual treasure chest of natural delights.
With just a 200 THB entry price for adults and 100 THB for kids, visiting the park offers immense value for money. You can come by at sunset to enjoy the views or at any time of the day to use the scenic park trails 🧔 There is lots of parking and a children’s play area, making this the ideal spot for wholesome family fun.
Whether you are coming to relax or to take in the scenery and views, Mu Koh Chang National Park is the ultimate attraction in Koh Chang 🏅
Khlong Phrao Beach is one of the loveliest stretches of sand on Koh Chang. Located on the island's west coast near Mu Koh Chang National Park, this beach is famous because it offers a little bit of everything 🧔 It’s quiet. But not as quiet as places such as Lovely Beach. It has many restaurants and hotels, so it merges a laid-back atmosphere close to amenities. If you want to visit a fabulous beach that is not so commercial, Khlong Phrao Beach is the one for you 🥇
Koh Chang is known for its stunning natural beauty. If you are already here, it would be sacrilegious not to visit a waterfall 🧔 The biggest and most popular Koh Chang waterfall is Klong Plu Waterfall, located near the Mu Koh Chang National Park in the heart of the island.
Surrounded by thick jungle terrain, this waterfall is a 10-minute drive from the road, and although it is not accessed for free like some of the island’s other falls, the nominal price means the area is always clean and well taken care of.
Remember that if you are visiting in the dry season between December and April, the waterfall might not even be there or just a trickle. The best times of the year are between May and November 🏆
There is a lot for a visitor to do on this large Island with stunning natural beauty. Visitors can enjoy the adrenaline-filled ziplines, take a calming walk on the sandy beaches, have an elephant ride in the jungle, and many more. Make sure you enjoy your holidays to the fullest in Koh Chang and create unforgettable memories 🧔
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