How to spend 48 hours in Koh Chang

by Travelbag on 31 July 2015, 12:07PM

Koh Chang Island lies in Thailand's Trat Province. It is the country's second largest island and boasts some of the loveliest beaches in Eastern Thailand: palm-tree lined, white sand with warm shallow waters, ideal for snorkelling, scuba-diving and sun-bathing… All without a care in the world!


Named after the elephant shape of the island's headland, Koh Chang is a great place for hiking, climbing and canyoning. The rainy season occurs during June and October, when most guesthouses close (so keep this handy tip in mind when planning your visit – because accommodation may be harder to come by). March to May enjoys the hottest temperatures, but the best months are from November to February, when the temperatures are ideal. This is when the hotels and accommodation will book up fast, so be sure to secure yours way in advance to be sure.

It’d be easy to spend a week or two in Koh Chang, but we’ve set out an itinerary for 48 hours. So you can be sure you’ve seen and done everything worth doing.

Khao Salak Phet Mountain

In the early morning hire a car and visit Khao Salak Phet Mountain in time for sunrise. It’s everything you’d hope Thailand to be – and more. Have your camera handy, for the wildlife is spectacular, with colourful birds, playful monkeys, snakes, lizards and beautiful butterflies just waiting to be snapped up in a photo shoot.


Mu Koh Chang National Park

Part of a far larger national marine park that includes 46 islands, the island's own national park area is a great place for snorkelling and spotting colourful marine life at the island's many reefs. Again, you can get guided boat tours out to this area, so it’s a great option for spending your first morning.

Scuba Diving at Bang Bao

Another option for the morning or afternoon of your first day, is to head out snorkelling. This village has its own scuba diving school and serves as the centre of all diving activities on the island. There is also an eco-diving school at White Sand Beach near the Kacha Hotel that takes divers to the best spots on the island.


In the evening, learn how to cook Thai Food

If trekking or scuba diving has made you hungry during the day, why not book a cookery lesson for the evening and prepare dinner yourself? Courses start from 1,200 Baht. Instructors will show you how to conjure up your own somtum (spicy salads), tom yum (spicy soup), kang keaw wan (chicken curry) or Pad Thai (fried rice noodles). There are three Thai cookery schools near Klong Prao: the Kati Culinary, Blue Lagoon and Koh Chang Thai Cooking.


Up early, to walk with a Ranger

If you fancy an all-day choice, the guided ranger tour takes all day (from 8 to 10 hours) and begins at the Than Mayom Waterfall, heading to the Khlong-Plu Waterfall. Prices start at 500 Baht per person. It's a spectacular jungle trek, taking in hair-raisingly steep cliffs and the island's rich wildlife. You could also combine this tour with a rope and harness tree-climbing adventure and see the jungle as the monkeys do, from the very top of the trees!


Snorkelling Cruises on Koh Chang Island

If you don't fancy tying up your entire second day in just one activity, you can either charter a boat or join a snorkelling cruise. There are several companies, including Kon Tiki Snorkeling Cruise, which takes you to Koh Chang National Marine Park. The tour includes free soft drinks and hire of a snorkel and mask. During your tour you can see the Monkey Rock, Koh Rang and Koh Maak and enjoy the marine denizens of the park.

Guided Kayaking Trip

There are several qualified instructors on the island who run guided sea kayaking tours, using imported sea kayaks and equipment. You can even select a whole day tour, which takes you to the western part of the island.

Eating Out at White Sand Beach

End the day by enjoying the sunset views at a variety of inexpensive restaurants that line White Sand Beach, such as Rock Sand Restaurant, which is at the northern end of White Sand Beach and has an inexpensive selection of Thai and Western food, or Nong Bua Seafood Restaurant, which is located opposite BanPu Resort. The family-run restaurant serves European, Thai and Chinese food and a great selection of seafood dishes.

Apple Restaurant is probably the cheapest tourist spot along White Sand Beach. They serve Italian and Thai dishes, but close rather early. Order your food early and their nice waiters let you sit there for hours after closing time. Enjoy the fabulous night sky outside their small huts, where you can sit on comfy pillows and sip your beer.


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