With its sweeping white-sand beaches, turquoise bays and jungle-covered mountains, the island of Ko Chang is one of Thailand’s most idyllic holiday destinations. Find your own piece of paradise amongst the buzzing nightlife, hippy hangouts and wild elephant population.
Things to do in Ko Chang
The spectacular beaches take centre stage on Ko Chang, with the west coast drawing the largest crowd. For a lively atmosphere filled with beach bars, restaurants and watersports, check out Haad Sai Khao or Haad Tha Nam. Alternatively, you can enjoy family-friendly waves and a relaxed vibe at Kong Prao and Kai Bae.
Keen to meet the local elephants? Take an elephant jungle trek through Mu Ko Chang National Park and experience Thailand’s untamed tropical flora. If you’re eager for a refreshing dip, hike to Klong Plu waterfall where you can swim in a deep plunge pool.
Diving is one of the most exciting adventures on Ko Chang, with an abundance of protected coral reefs, offshore islands and spectacular shipwrecks, including the HTMS Chang. Go on a sailing charter and explore picturesque islands like Koh Mak and Koh Kood, where you can spend the afternoon snorkelling with tropical fish.
For a glimpse of Ko Chang’s past, visit the former fishing village of Ban Bang Bao, where traditional stilt houses have been transformed into restaurants and handicraft stores. Wander along the interconnected piers before sitting down to a romantic seafood feast. Craving authentic Thai food? Head to Blue Lagoon or Napalai to learn how to cook the local cuisine.
Getting around Ko Chang
Ko Chang is accessed by ferry from Laem Ngop. Bus transfers to the ferry terminal are available from both Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport and the closer Trat Airport. The best way to get around Ko Chang is by “songthaew” taxis, or for greater freedom, rent a motorbike or scooter.