The Island ‘Koh Chang’

Koh Chang means ‘Elephant Island’ because of its elephant head shaped form. So you now know what ‘Chang’beer means! Koh Chang is Thailand’s third largest island after Phuket and Samui. It is located around 300 kilometres east of Bangkok in Trat Province, in the Gulf of Thailand near the Cambodian border.

Koh Chang is part of the Mu Ko Chang National Park and it has a remote and rugged character. There are jungle covered mountain peaks, sweeping bays, great waterfalls and flourishing coral reefs.

The island covers approximately 212 square kilometres, 70% of Koh Chang is covered in rainforests, mountains and beaches. The highest peak on the island is Khao Salak Phet, rising from the ground at 743 meters, and given its mountainous terrain there is an abundance of waterfalls.

Koh Chang has three main seasons: the cool season runs from Oktober to the end of February, guaranteed daily sunshine, stunning blue skies and calm seas. During this time the average temperature is between 27C and 30C, and you may experience the odd refreshing thunderstorm.

The hot season follows the cool season and runs for 4 months, March to June. During these months the temperature is over 33C and the humidity is high.

The last season is the rainy season, starting towards the end of June, the rains carry on until the end of September. The weather is unpredictable but it still can be a great time to visit the island. The island is much quieter, the prices are lower and the rainforests are lush green and full of life. It’s the ideal time to visit for people who just want to chill out and enjoy some peace and quiet.

Bang Bao Area

So our little piece of paradise is located in the south of the island, called ‘Bang Bao’. It used to be a fisherman village and there still is some fishing going on, though not nearly as much as there used to be.

However there are several good seafood restaurants on the pier, where you can pick a variety of fresh caught fish, crab, schrimps etc.  You can also find other good restaurants on the pier and the water litaraly runs under the restaurants.

The rest of the pier exists out of small souvenirshops where you can buy all kind of things. Several dive schools are located near the entrance of the pier, here you can book courses or dive trips to the beautiful underwaterworld of Koh Chang.

Bang Bao has also two lovely, not too crowded beaches. One of them is ‘Bang Bao Beach’ were you can go for some snorkeling and there is ‘Klong Kloi Beach’. Here you can relax on the beach with a nice view of the bay. On the beach there are a few beachbars and restaurants where you can go for something nice to eat and drink.