Ko ChangThailand

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Come to this Thai island to visit rain forests, beaches and coral reefs by day, then at night experience its legendary party atmosphere, especially on a full moon. 

Thailand’s second-largest island offers some of the country’s most beautiful beaches, untouched rain forest and coral reefs. By night, Koh Chang transforms into a party destination, with reggae-filled beach bars and seaside dance gatherings.

Hat Sai Khao, or White Sand Beach, is Koh Chang’s most popular attraction. As one of the largest and most beautiful beaches on the island, it attracts sun-worshippers like no other. Most of the resort hotels and beach bungalows are located nearby, so the beach is always buzzing with travelers. Arrive early in the morning to get a prime spot with your towel. Hat Sai Khao has the island’s largest concentration of beachside bars and restaurants, so cold drinks and great seafood is always close at hand.

For a quieter experience during the day, visit Hat Tha Nam, or Lonely Beach, on the southwest side of the island. This beach has cheaper, backpacker-oriented accommodations and appeals more to younger travelers. Visit on the night of a full moon or a half moon and join one of the island’s legendary outdoor parties held on the beach.

Join a boat tour to explore the coral reefs around Koh Chang. The richest marine life and clearest waters can be found around the small island of Ko Rang, so make sure your boat is headed there. Look for barracuda and the occasional sea turtle amongst the brilliantly colored coral.

Koh Chang offers the chance to spend time with friendly elephants. Feed, bathe and ride these gentle giants through the jungle, but be sure to book with a reputable operator for whom elephant welfare is paramount.

While the edges of Koh Chang are populated, over 70 percent of the island remains virgin rain forest. Hike along one of the many trails through the hills to see the wildlife of this untouched ecosystem. Visit Klong Plu Waterfall and cool off in the many natural swimming pools.

To reach Koh Chang, take one of many ferries from Laem Ngop, which is in the Trat province of eastern Thailand. Visit between November and April to avoid the wet season.

Top hotels in Ko Chang

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
KC Grande Resort & Spa
KC Grande Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
1/1 Moo 4, Haad Sai Khao, Ko Chang, Trat
AU$170
per night
Mar 17 - Mar 18

Located in Ko Chang, this beachfront resort is in the city centre, just steps away from Mu Ko Chang National Park and White Sand Beach. Pearl Beach and Klong ...

4.4/5Excellent! (647 reviews)

"All is ok. No more comments. Only fix the draining in the shower"…"

Reviewed on 11 Feb. 2020

KC Grande Resort & Spa
Mercure Koh Chang Hideaway
Mercure Koh Chang Hideaway
4 out of 5
111/1 Moo 1 Tambol Koh Chang, Amphur Koh Chang, Ko Chang, Trat
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
AU$85
per night
Mar 15 - Mar 16

Located in Ko Chang, this beachfront resort is in a national park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Bailan Bay, Lonely Beach and Kai Be Beach. Bailan Beach and Mu Ko ...

4.1/5Very Good! (407 reviews)
Great value pool villa

"Pool villa is fantastic! Happy hour at the beach bar also great & lovely staff. A la carte menu in restaurant is pricey (as expected) but not particularly exciting and opted for the buffet dinner instead which was surprisingly brilliant"…"

Reviewed on 21 Oct. 2019

Mercure Koh Chang Hideaway
The Aiyapura Koh Chang
The Aiyapura Koh Chang
4 out of 5
29 Moo 3, Chang Island District, Ko Chang, Trat
AU$62
per night
Mar 6 - Mar 7

Nestled on the beach, this Ko Chang resort is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Mu Ko Chang National Park and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from White Sand Beach. Klong Son Beach and Koh ...

4/5Very Good! (159 reviews)

"Beautiful location and very good service."…"

Reviewed on 14 Nov. 2019

The Aiyapura Koh Chang

Top activities in Ko Chang

Koh Chang 4 Islands Tour Snorkeling & Swimming Day Tour
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Koh Chang 4 Islands Tour Snorkeling & Swimming Day Tour

AU$74
Per adult
Overland Taxi Transfer Koh Chang, Thailand to Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Overland Taxi Transfer Koh Chang, Thailand to Siem Reap, Cambodia

AU$62
Per adult
Full Day Private Tour Around Koh Chang Island
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Full Day Private Tour Around Koh Chang Island

AU$27
Per adult
Full Day Snorkel Adventure
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Full Day Snorkel Adventure

AU$43
Per adult
Tree Top Adventure Park Koh Chang
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Tree Top Adventure Park Koh Chang

AU$59
Per adult
Diving at Koh Chang, daytrip with 2 or 3 dives
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Diving at Koh Chang, daytrip with 2 or 3 dives

AU$148
Per adult

Reviews of Ko Chang

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Nov 28, 2019

A very beautiful island which needs to mature in certain areas, adding new and more upscale facilities for dining, shopping and other sports over and above water sports.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Sep 18, 2019

Great destination with children