Koh Chang Archipelago
One of the last Paradise of Thailand…
Koh Chang ( literally “island of elephants” ) is the main island of the homonymous archipelago, which is located approximately 280 km south from Bangkok, in the peaceful Trat province. Coming from the capital you have the opportunity to pass the city of Chantaburi, which is the most important center of extraction and trade of precious stones in all of Thailand. Hat Lek, the southernmost town in the province of Trat also marks the border with Cambodia, and for this reason is an ideal starting point for excursions into the neighboring country. In addition to a good number of local markets the town of Trat offers to the tourists a useful place to start your visit of the Thai Islands: Koh Chang, Koh Mak, Koh Kood and Koh Wai.
The Koh Chang archipelago is made up of more than hundreds islands and islets (of which most still uninhabited) and is one of the most beautiful and pristine national parks in all of Thailand. The main island Koh Chang that gave is name to the archipelago has an extension of 492 km and is the second largest island of Thailand after Phuket.
The Koh Chang National Park occupies 200 km 2 of earth’s surface and more than 450 km 2 of marine waters and therefore can be considered the last paradise of Thailand. The island of Koh Chang is covered for more than 80% by a lush rainforest and pristine, probably one of the best preserved forests of Thailand and South-east Asia.
The interior of Koh Chang consists of mountains and jungle, hills and steep cliffs rich choreographic waterfalls, lakes and rivers that come down to the sea and then the emerald beaches of white sand. In the beautiful forest of Koh Chang you can see macaques from bobtail, Indian civets, mongooses from Java, monitor lizards and ground water, reticulated pythons, deer, wild boar, and many species of birds including parrots, hawks and eagles. The sea is rich in coral reefs that are home to fish of every kind and colour. Koh Chang began to develop only recently, and this due to its proximity to Cambodia, a country that until the early 90s has suffered the terrible regime of the Khmer Rouge.
The island of Koh Chang is characterized by long white sandy beaches and coves as pristine Ao Khlong Son, Hat Sai Khao, Ao Khlong Phrao, Hat Sai Khao, Ao Khlong Phrao Pkhlong, Kat Kaibe, Ao Bang Bao, Ao Salak Phet, Lonely Beach. The island of Koh Chang and its surroundings (including the island of Koh Kood, Koh Mak and the Marine Park of Koh Rang) represent an alternative destination for beach holiday in Thailand and offer visitors the opportunity to explore the beautiful town and much less crowded by tourists.
Diving and snorkelling in Koh Chang Archipelago
For those who enjoy snorkeling and diving Koh Chang is a paradise ! The best time to visit the islands is between November and April: these are the months when you can enjoy the best climate and the best visibility in the water.
The most interesting areas for practising snorkelling are numerous islands and islets, between the southern tip of Koh Chang and Koh Kood to: in this area, two underwater pinnacles covered with coral (Hin Luk Bat and Hin Lap) offer a spectacular backdrop of approximately 20 mt deep. Further south lies the Marine Park Koh Rang, can observe sea turtles in their natural environment, since the islands around Koh Rang are the breeding area of these magnificent animals.
Holiday in Koh Chang
Further south of Koh Chang is the small island of Koh Wai, delightful resort surrounded by brightly coloured coral reefs. In addition to a transparent sea the island of Koh Chang, has an area suitable for long walks exploratory trek inland, visits and swimming in its many waterfalls, tour elephant. The most beautiful beaches of Koh Chang are located in the western part of the island and it is here that concentrates most of the hotels and tourist complexes. Among the beaches we point White Sand Beach, Kai bae and Lonely Beach.
In addition to beach life and the numerous opportunities for hiking, the island of Koh Chang offers a wide choice of restaurants (especially in the fishing village of Bang Bao), many pubs and bars with great live music, and often lively festivals on the beach (especially in White Sand Beach and Lonely Beach). In addition, there are small clubs, souvenirs shops and, finally, the typical Thai markets where you will be able to buy any type of object ( local crafts, watches, designer clothes ). Do not miss then, before your return, the experience of a traditional Thai massage and of a Thai cooking classes.