Being one of the largest islands in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Chang is a place that has it all. Dense jungles, beautiful beaches, a fun nightlife, and most of all, a myriad of fun activities and things to do. Loosely named as Elephant Island due to its elephant shaped head, this place still has its rugged charm and character due to the amount of nature around it. So regardless if you’re spending two days here or a week, here’s a list of a few of my recommendations for things to do in Koh Chang.
While nothing is usually the wrong thing to do, sometimes it’s the best activity while you laze around on an island in Thailand. White Sands Beach in the north of Koh Chang is a great spot to do just that. Sure, there are beach bars. But what’s wrong with sunbathing? Pick your own spot on the sand, preferably close to one of the many swings hanging from the palm trees. Since the beach is on the west side of the island, this is also a perfect spot for sunset.
Hike to the Hidden Kai Bae Waterfall
There are several waterfalls on Koh Chang you can hike to. Most of them are in the national park which you have to pay 200 baht ($5) to enter, and many of them require a guide to find. You can walk for hours, without any tourist around you. Listen to the sound of the jungle. To me, the seclusion makes Ko Chang one of the best islands in Thailand.
Take a Snorkeling Tour
One of the more enjoyable activities on Koh Chang is a snorkeling tour to see the coral reefs and clear waters teeming with fish. Cruising with us keeps you away from quieuing up for tour-tickets. We bring you to the untouched bays and waters, serveing you cool drinks. If you enjoy diving, there are also a few sites in Koh Chang that are worth checking out.
Exploring the Bang Bao Floating Village
Bang Bao pier is worth a visit. The pier is an old fishing village built on stilts over the water. Many of the buildings have been turned into restaurants, shops or guesthouses, but there are still plenty of villagers who continue their lifestyle. Watch the fishing boats come and go, or eat at any of the great restaurants on the pier.
Get an Aloe Vera Oil Massage on the Secluded Hat Sai Noi Beach
Most people are woefully uninformed as to the full benefits of a Thai massage. They go far beyond mere relaxation. A Thai massage helps with blood flow, digestion, stress, insomnia, etc. A Thai oil massage is even better, using herbs and minerals to rejuvenate the skin. Then there’s aloe vera, one of the best things to put on your skin after being out in the sun. After you’ve been relaxing on one of Koh Chang’s many beaches, head to a massage hut to get a massage and ask for the aloe vera. You’ll feel like a whole new person.
Hike Salak Phet, the Highest Mountain on Koh Chang
Waterfalls aren’t the only attractions to hike to on Koh Chang. You can also just hike through the jungles or climb the mountains across the island. Salak Phet is the highest point of the island.
Indulge in Delicious Curry at the Lucky Gecko
Aside from Thai street food, there are dozens of amazing restaurants on the island or
eat at the White Sands Beach Night Market
There are few locations in Thailand that don’t have a night market, and Koh Chang is no exception. Every night, stalls pop up along the main road to ply their wares. While it’s nothing to write home about, if you enjoy good Thai street food