Known also as ‘Elephant Island’ named because of its elephant-shaped headland, is Thailand’s third-largest island after Phuket and Samui.
It is located around 300 kilometers east of Bangkok in Trat Province, in the Gulf of Thailand near the Cambodian border.
Koh Chang is Thailand's third-largest island but is nowhere near as developed or bustling as the two largest - Phuket and Samui. It is far less touristy and far less well-known.
This means Koh Chang is worth visiting if you want to avoid the crowds. There are some great beaches, a good range of accommodation and a wide choice of restaurants and bars.
From jungle-covered mountain peaks to sweeping bays, great waterfalls to flourishing coral reefs, beach huts to luxury resorts, Koh Chang has plenty to offer for everyone. Koh Chang is part of the Mu Koh Chang National Park. Despite its increase in development and tourism in the past decade or so, it has retained its remote and rugged character.
Now serviced by an airport just 15 minutes from the ferry terminal in Trat, Koh Chang is more easily accessible than ever before. Drawn to Koh Chang’s pristine beaches and sparkling water, more well-to-do Thai and travelers have been discovering Koh Chang and numerous amazing spas and resorts have sprung up to cater to them. Nonetheless, the island is still a dream destination for budget travelers and families, with a wide variety of affordable accommodation options and numerous gorgeous and tranquil beaches surrounded by crystal clear water.
In addition to natural beauty, the island is also home to a wide range of wildlife, including native birds, snakes, deer, and even many elephants. As for activities, Koh Chang and the nearby islands that make up the National Park are great for Snorkelling, diving, camping, and jungle hiking. The majority of tourists stay at Hat Sai Khao, Hat Kai Muk, Hat Ta Nam, and Laem Bang Bao, all of which are linked by a single road running down the west coast. Access to the island is via Bangkok Airways service to Trat or buses that connect to shuttle service to the ferry docks at Laem Ngop near Trat.