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Ko Chang

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
AWA Koh Chang
AWA Koh Chang
4 out of 5
The price is P1,895 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Ko Chang hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Mu Ko Chang National Park and Kai Be Beach. Lonely Beach and Klong Prao Beach are also ...

4.4/5Excellent! (578 reviews)

"It’s a beautiful hotel ,rooms are big , food is good ,location is great if you want to do nothing. Outside there are quite a few places to eat or have a massage but that’s it and most are closed during the day . The only thing I hated was the lightning in the bathroom, it was so dark I couldn’t shave ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2020

AWA Koh Chang
Centara Koh Chang Tropicana Resort
Centara Koh Chang Tropicana Resort
4 out of 5
The price is P3,107 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Ko Chang resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ko Chang Medical Clinic International and Mu Ko Chang National Park. Klong Prao Beach and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (183 reviews)
Centara Koh Chang

"Just what u expect from centara all there resorts are well keep and have good facilities breakfast was also very good. Koh Chang also one of our favourite islands in Thailand with a lovely beach that the hotel sits on"…"

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2019

Centara Koh Chang Tropicana Resort
Mercure Koh Chang Hideaway
Mercure Koh Chang Hideaway
4 out of 5
The price is P1,735 per night

Located in Ko Chang, this beachfront resort is in a national park and within a 5-minute walk of Bailan Bay and Mu Ko Chang National Park. Lonely Beach and Bangbao ...

4.1/5Very Good! (425 reviews)

"The pool access room and the 2 4 1 cocktails on the beach!"…"

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2020

Mercure Koh Chang Hideaway

Top things to do 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

P2,510
Per adult
Full Day Private Tour Around Koh Chang Island
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Full Day Private Tour Around Koh Chang Island

P5,675
Per adult
Full Day Snorkel Adventure
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Full Day Snorkel Adventure

P1,423
Per adult
Tree Top Adventure Park Koh Chang
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Tree Top Adventure Park Koh Chang

P2,000
Per adult
Full day dive adventure in the Marine Park Koh Rang
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Full day dive adventure in the Marine Park Koh Rang

P4,378
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

P2,287
Per adult