Koh Chang is Thailand's second largest island, and much of it is covered with national parkland. The island’s beaches and rainforests are its biggest allure, offering diving, trekking, and sailing. Trat Airport
is the gateway for those arriving from Bangkok’s international airport. Buses from the Bangkok airport also offer a more inexpensive alternative to flying. Once in Trat, ferry services complete the final leg of the journey to land on the eastern side of the island.
Koh Chang's beaches are typical of those found around Thailand's islands, sporting beautiful white sand and warm blue waters. The island's most popular beach is even called White Sand Beach, although right around Koh Chang travelers will find similar idyllic conditions. Klong Prao Beach
, midway along the island's west coast, is also a popular resort area with several high-end properties.
Trat attracts mainly domestic tourists, and 5-star resorts on Koh Chang compare favorably to similar properties in places like Phuket or Samui while offering a slower pace of holiday than can be had in the more developed areas of Thailand. Mu Ko Chang Marine National Park also offers plenty for nature lovers, including waterfalls, virgin rainforest a diverse range of flora and fauna.
Koh Chang is an island of fishing villages and, as a result, the best dining on the island features fresh seafood. Travelers will find numerous restaurants, bars, and cafes set up along the beachfront, showcasing the island's stunning coastline.
Be sure to check out the interactive map of Koh Chang for information on hotel locations, attractions, and must-see destinations.