Thailand Chang Marine Park Guide
Koh Chang National Mark Park promises a wide range of spectacular islands within easy reach from Koh Chang, the third largest island in Thailand. With over 50 islands, the most notable include Koh Ngam, Koh Wai, Koh Kham, Koh Mak, as well as Koh Rang archipelago. Most of the islands are untouched by humans offering a real Robinson Crusoe experience. Witness secluded beaches, dense rainforest, and shallow waters filled with corals, and thriving marine life. The tiny isles around Koh Rang promise a world-class diving and snorkeling spots. On the other hand, an inhabited and privately owned Koh Mak is a flat, land-adventures oriented island, so exploring it by scooter is the way to go. Just wander freely around massive rubber tree farms, endless coconut plantations, and white powder beaches featuring calm and shallow waters. There is so much to see across Koh Chang National Marine Park.
Koh Chang National Mark Park is located in the Gulf of Thailand offshore from the coast of Trat Province and not too far from the Cambodian border. The major island hub here is, of course, Koh Chang island itself. 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. These islands sit in the center of the Marine Park with distinct sets of its own tiny isles off its shores, a snorkeling and diving gems.
Koh Chang Marine Park covers an area of 650 km² spanning 52 islands in all shapes and sizes. Marine Park starts from Koh Chang, the third largest island in Thailand, and ends with pristine Koh Kood, the closest to Cambodia. In the center of the Marine Park, there are Koh Mak and Koh Rang islands. There are four notable islands around Koh Mak, each with its unique character: Koh Kradat with plenty of deer, Koh Kham with an incredibly picturesque sandbar beach, and the idyllic getaway of Koh Rayang duo. While Koh Rang is the main island of 12 uninhabited island gems that attract snorkelers and divers from around. There is an abundance of diving and snorkeling spots around Koh Rang that will show you a diversity of marine life in the Gulf of Thailand.
The best time to explore Koh Chang National Marine Park with its surrounding islands is from late October to early May. December and January are the busiest months featuring an abundance of tours and accommodation options. Arguably, the best month to visit is April since it’s the last month of high season, and tourists usually move to southern islands or surrounding cities to celebrate Songkran (Thai New Year).
Koh Mak and Koh Kood pack quite a punch when it comes to accommodation options. From luxury resorts, bungalows in the jungle, campsites, to cozy family hotels. The other two notable islands within vicinity (Koh Kham and Koh Kradat) are not suitable for staying overnight and are ideal for day-tours only. The same with an uninhabited archipelago of Koh Rang. Hop on a personalized boat tour with Islander and explore these and other island gems around Koh Chang Marine Park.