Why visit Koh Chang
Koh Chang is completely laid-back with long serene beaches
Discover many quiet villages and ancient sights
Trek mountainous jungle with elephants and wild monkeys
Balmy climate characteristics due to the proximity of the mainland
Koh Chang promises terrific island-hopping itineraries for a day trip
Choose from over 50 islands in the Koh Chang National Marine Park
Walk black lava boulders and picture-perfect sandbar at Koh Kham
Join a deer spotting tour in Koh Kradat, home to over 2000 wild deer
Kayak the National Geographic route across diverse mangrove forests on Koh Kood
Discover three hidden waterfalls in the jungles of Koh Kood, including Klong Chao
Scooter Koh Mak across massive rubber tree farms and endless coconut plantations
Watch a breathtaking sunset from Cape Doll on Koh Mak
Go snorkeling to abundant reefs of Koh Rang archipelago
Learn diving in shallow waters of Koh Yak and Koh Laun
Take a private boat tour with Islander or create a unique yacht holiday to above and more secret destinations around Koh Chang.
How to reach Koh Chang
Koh Chang sits in the Trat district of Thailand that features an airport with daily flights from Bangkok and a short ferry ride to the island. Being part of the Koh Chang National Mark Park, the Elephant Island spans a massive area in the Gulf of Thailand not too far from the Cambodian border. The other best known of all these islands are Koh Rang, about an hour out of Koh Chang, and Koh Mak lying to its west. The national park ends in Koh Kood, the second most notable island in the vicinity. Over an hour by boat from Koh Chang, Koh Kood promises a unique tropical getaway of its own.
Best time in Koh Chang
The best time to visit Koh Chang with its surrounding islands is from late October to early May, while December and January are the busiest months. Even though it finds itself in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Chang has similar weather to Bangkok. Thus, the region is hot and humid for most parts of the year. From January until April, you will enjoy snorkeling in nearby Koh Rang archipelago, Koh Kham, and Koh Wai. To take the most of your island hopping and snorkeling tours across Koh Chang National Marine Park, avoid visiting during June-September as the rainy season prevails.
Koh Chang or Koh Kood
Although nowhere near the size of Koh Chang, Koh Kood houses some beautiful beaches that would give those on Koh Chang a run for their money. More things come together to make Koh Kood a memorable holiday destination in Thailand. While less developed, Koh Kood offers plenty of charming Thai-style resorts, over-the-water fishing villages, spectacular waterfalls, and a relaxed feeling island-wide. A trip to Koh Chang is never complete without exploring nearby islands, which are the same islands you can explore from Koh Kood. However, Koh Mak and Koh Kradat are closer to Koh Kood, while the snorkeling Mecca of Koh Rang islands is the same distance.
Koh Chang or Koh Samui
Koh Samui is way more developed and an excellent holiday destination on its own, but Koh Chang wins for those looking for the road less traveled. Koh Chang has been developed for tourism, no doubt, but nowhere near the overdevelopment that has happened over at Koh Samui. That awards Koh Chang a different charm, allowing tourists to have a better feel of their natural environment while having tons of fun.
Koh Chang or Koh Lanta
There are more similarities than differences between Koh Lanta and Koh Chang. Both islands are mountainous, have magnificent rainforest to explore amid wild monkeys and elephants, as well as enjoy the presence of a variety of beaches. For all the love they share, though, Koh Chang is quieter than ‘a quiet Koh Lanta’. However, Koh Lanta wins in its proximity to sensational island hopping destinations, including Phi Phi Islands, Koh Rok, and Koh Haa. Overall, the sea adventures are of more pristine quality in Koh Lanta because of the Andaman Sea.