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Ko Chang is an island in Trat Province, Eastern Thailand – Part 3

Ko Chang is an island in Trat Province, Eastern Thailand.

Overview of Ko Chang

• Most of Ko Chang’s beaches are on the western coast.
• Each has built up with a distinctive atmosphere based on shopping, activities, partying or chilling out.
• Accommodation offers a style to suit every type of traveler.
• This ranges from independent low budget backpackers to those wanting a touch of luxury.

Places to see in Koh Chang

The Thanmayom
• This is near Thanmayom pier.
• If a waterfall is impressive enough for not one but two Thai kings.
• They have made the effort to visit well over 100 years ago.
• It should be well worth a look.
• There are a couple of nice pools to swim.
• It is one of the easiest waterfalls to visit.
• If you can walk 200 meters then you can see it.
• Mayom is one of the two waterfalls on the island where visitors have to pay the National Park entrance fee.
• The price is 200 Baht for Foreign adults & 100 Baht for kids.
• Visit the far more interesting Klong Plu waterfall which is on the west coast of the island.
• Getting there will require you having your own transport.
• Than mayom is located mid-way down the east coast of the island.
• Park your scooter by the National Park offices on the main road.
• Pay the entrance fee and then ride about 150 meters to a parking area outside a small restaurant.
• Here, they will charge you 20 Baht to park.
• From here it is a 200m walk along the riverbank to the falls.
• On the way you have to traverse the river.
• A rope is provided to make this easier and reduce the number of people falling flat on their face after slipping on wet rocks.
• You can clamber up to a couple of pools and if it is quiet then it’s a nice spot to swim.
• If you do go, then avoid weekends when Thai groups visit.
• Than Mayom is also the place where a trail across the island ends.
• Years ago there was a footpath from Klong Plu to Than Mayom.
• This was marked and also had 10 signs on the way which gave information on plants or natural features of interest.
• You can follow this trail up a very steep hill and to flat land.
• Here it peters out at a small rubber plantation.
• On the main road there is a National Park visitor center.
• Than Mayom is only 5 minutes drive from the less popular but far more interesting Klong Nonsi waterfall.
• This costs 10 baht.
• Follow a trail through fruit fields to the river and up to 3-4 levels.

Other attractions of Koh Chang

• Ban Salak Phet village has a temple, Wat Salak Phet, built in the reign of King Rama V on his visit to the island.
• Bays include Ao Salak Phet, the largest on the island, and Ao Bai Lan.
• Ko Chang’s beaches include Hat Kai Bae beach, and Hat Khlong Phrao-Laem Chaiyachet.

Things to do in Ko Chang

1. Diving and Snorkelling
• Go Diving or Learn to dive in the beautiful waters of Koh Chang with Diving Scool Koh Chang.
• This school is situated in the lovely village of Bang Bao which is the center of all diving activities on Koh Chang.
• Come diving or snorkeling with “Eco-Divers Koh Chang”.
• Booking office can be found in White Sand Beach ( near Kacha Hotel ), Kaibae ( just in front Kaibae Resort, on the main street).
• The main office is located in front of the 7/11 at the entrance of Klong Prao.
• It is open from 9 am to 8 pm.
Eco-Divers Contact
– (+66) 03 955 72 96
– Website: http://www.ecodivers-kohchang.com
– Mail: info@ecodivers-kohchang.com

2. Walking
• Walk with a Ranger from the Than Mayom Waterfall to the Khlong-Plu Waterfall.
• The tour takes 8-10 hours.
• It costs 500 baht per person.

3. Jungle trekking
• Trek in the jungle with Tan
• 089-6452019, 089-8322531
• He has been taking guided treks for over 10 years and speaks very good English.

4. Guided sea kayaking trips
• KayakChang.com is run by British qualified guides.
• They use imported sea kayaks and equipment.
• They offer single day expeditions off the west coast and multi-day expeditions in the southern islands.

5. Others
• Learn Thai cooking in one of the 3 thai cooking school located around klong prao Kati Culinary, Koh Chang Thai cooking, Blue lagoon.
• Discover or Practice Yoga , Reiki or Chakras balancing at Baan Zen.
• Enjoy “rope and harness” tree climbing.
• Share the fun activities and amazing views from the top of the trees.
• Charter a sailing boat.
• Snorkeling, Jungle Trekking, Elephant Treks and many more tours and activities can be arranged by agencies on the island.
• Meet the Retired Koh Chang Elephants at the North end of White Sand Beach.

Activities in Ko Chang

– Elephant trekking at Ban Kwan
– Hiking
– Mountain biking
– Canoeing
– Elephant trekking
– Diving & snorkeling
– The island also has a number of spas offering various forms of massage, aromatherapy, and reflexology.

Events & Festivals in Ko Chang

Ko Chang Yutthanavi Day
• Ko Chang Yutthanavi Day occurs in late January.
• It takes place at the Ko Chang Yutthanavi Memorial on Laem Ngop.
• It commemorates the Royal Thai Navy’s engagement against the French at the Battle of Ko Chang on January 17, 1941.
• There is an exhibition by the Royal Thai Navy, and merit-making and tribute rites are performed.

Best time to visit / climate

• Ko Chang has the same seasons as Bangkok.
• The best season to go is the (comparatively) cool season between November and February.
• March to May are roasting hot.
• Between June and October it rains, and a lot at that: 4,000 mm in an average year.
• Many guest houses close during this season, so accommodation is limited.

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How to get there?

1. By plane
• Bangkok Airways flies twice a day from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport to Trat.
• The flights depart at 08:45 and 17:05, and take 1 hour exactly.
• Costs are between 1,800B and 3,300B.
• Direct door-to-door minibus transfers are there from Trat airport to Ko Chang resorts.
• They cost 475 baht/person one way and 800 baht/person return including the ferry crossing.
• From Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, take the free express shuttle bus from outside the arrivals concourse to the airport’s own bus terminal.

2. By Bus
• From Bangkok the most economical way to get to Laem Ngop is to take a 1st class bus #999 from the Eastern (Ekamai) Bus Terminal direct to the Laem Ngop piers.
• The fare is 268 baht and takes just over five hours.
• Departures from Ekamai are at 07:45 & 09:45, and return at 14:00 and 16:00.
• Subject to seat availability, this bus can also be boarded at Chanthaburi and at Suvarnabhumi Airport.
• There is a more comfortable way to travel from Bangkok Airport to Ko Chang.
• The new bus line # 392 starts from the airport at 07:30 and returns from Koh Chang at 12:30.
• Tickets can be bought online at the Suvarnabhumi Burapha Bus Company.
• There are also express shared minibuses running from Suvarnabhumi airport non-stop to Lonely Beach on Ko Chang.
• Tickets are 308 baht for the big bus and 600 baht (800 baht round trip)for the Lonely Beach Express minibus which includes a ticket for the ferry.
• Alternatively, there are 1st class (approx. 5 hours, around 250 baht) and 2nd class services from both the Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekamai) and Northern Bus Terminal (Moh Chit) direct to Trat.
• There are frequent songthaew services from Trat to Laem Ngop (approx. 30 minutes, 50 baht/person).
• Departures from Ekamai are more frequent than from Moh Chit.
• If coming by bus from the south, the #511 air-con bus can be used to connect directly between Bangkok’s Southern (Sai Tai Mai) and Eastern (Ekamai) bus terminals.
• Connection in Trat can also be used if coming from Pattaya.
• There are direct minibus services to Laem Ngop from Pattaya, Ban Phe (gateway to Ko Samet), and Bangkok’s Khao San Road and Victory monument.
• It may also be possible to proceed directly to Laem Ngop by minibus or songthaew from the Hat Lek / Koh Kong border crossing with southern Cambodia.
• Price around 120 baht (one way) from the border to Trat bus station.

3. By Boat
• Most ferries operate from Laem Ngop, which has three piers.
• The Laem Ngop (Tha Khrom Luang or Tha Laern Ngop) pier is approximately 700 metres west of Laem Ngop.
• The Centrepoint (Tha Centre Point) pier is located about 3.5 km north-west of Laem Ngop.
• These piers serve both vehicle and passenger ferries.
• Koh Chang vehicle ferry pier is located in Thammachat Bay, around 15 km west of Laem Ngop.
• All piers on Ko Chang are situated on the eastern side of the island.
• The major piers are the two Dan Kao piers, Tha Dan Kao and Tha Ferry Dan Kao.
• To take a boat from Laem Ngop to the Dan Kao piers take around 45 minutes.
• The car ferry from Laem Ngop takes around 1 hour and arrives at the Tha Ferry Dan Kao pier.
• This pier is situated 400 meters southeast of the Tha Dan Kao pier.
• The car ferry from Thammachat Bay stops at the Ko Chang Ferry Pier in the Sapparot Bay (Ao Sapparot), 3 kilometres northwest from the Dan Kao piers.
• Light meals, fruit, fruits and beverages are available at all the piers and on the car ferries.
• There are two operators that provide daily bus services from Ko Kood to Ko Chang.
• One is based in Ban Bao, the other on Kai Bae Beach.

4. By taxi or limousine
• From Bangkok or Suvarnabhumi international airport the ride takes a total of about 5-5.5 hours by Limousine or Taxi.

Some Travel Books about Thailand

Lonely Planet Discover Thailand Thailand PhotoMazing Thailand

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at wikitravel.org
Hotels at kohchanghotels.org
Hotels at sawadee.com

Blogs / Sites about Thailand – Koh Chang

Blogs at wikipedia.org
Blogs at travelblog.org
Blogs at iamkohchang.com
Blogs and reviews at lonelyplanet.com

Images and photos of Thailand – Koh Chang

Images at google.com
Images at iamkohchang.com
Images at photos.igougo.com
Images at tripadvisor.in

Videos of Ko Chang

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