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Ko Chang is an island (Ko means "island") in the eastern part of Thailand in Trat province near Cambodia. It is Thailand's second largest island, and the entire island chain comprises Ko Chang Marine National Park, so, you have to pay 200 baht to get in (unless you are Thai).

Naturally, since it is an island, you need to get there somehow. Bangkok air has an airport in Trat, near the island, and they also operate a shuttle bus to the island which will also pick you up when you make the return trip. Alternatively, you can take the bus from Bangkok, which would take 6-8 hours to get to Trat, after which you would make you way to the ferry. It's pretty easy.

Road on Ko ChangIf you've been to Ko Samui or Phuket, then you will find this is very different. It is not nearly as developed as other beach areas in Thailand, and it has a laid back feel to it.

Beach hut on Ko ChangMost of the accomadations consist of "beach huts". My beach hut had air conditioning, a t.v., refridgerator, etc. This isn't cheap - I think it was about 2000 baht ($65) per night. More primitive, "traditional" beach huts are also available, and there is huge range of options to choose from, so your milage may vary. It might be worthwhile to book ahead of time (I never do).

Another view of the beach hut. At night, it was very quiet, and you could only hear the crashing of the waves and the variety of animals making noise in the jungle.

Ko ChangWell, it's a beach. There is plenty of hiking trails and even some little tours you can go on, but if you just want to relax and enjoy the scenery, then this is the place to do it.

More beach. Even in high season, it doesn't get crowded like you might expect on Ko Samui or Phuket.

This is the airport in Trat - owned by Bangkok Airways. Mostly just open air thatched huts, similar to the ones at Ko Samui.


This page was updated July 30, 2007