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.