» Thailand, Koh Chang Island – Tropical Paradise in the Shape of an Elephant
Thailand, Koh Chang Island – Tropical Paradise in the Shape of an Elephant
Most of us, when we say Thailand, think of the famous Thai islands of Phuket and Samui. But have you ever heard of Koh Chang in eastern Thailand? Koh Chang is one of the largest islands in the Gulf of Thailand, located near the border with Cambodia. Not only is it full of white sandy beaches, but it also offers unique natural attractions. The shape of the island's promontory resembles an elephant's trunk, and it was the elephant's head that inspired its naming, even though the elephants did not originally live in the area.
Koh Chang is located 350 km southeast of Bangkok and then less than an hour by ferry from the mainland town of Trat. Koh Chang is famous for its mountainous and hilly landscape, motorcycling is a great experience and a way to explore all corners of this tropical island. The highest number of visitors to the island is from October to May, ie out of season for monsoon rains. On the island you will find all types of accommodation, from luxury resorts to beach huts.
You will definitely not be bored on the island. Here you will find a wide range of sports activities, many opportunities for shopping in brick-and-mortar stores and street vendors in the local market. And when you get tired of the beach, if you do, you can go on a trip to the jungle, dive on the coral reefs or visit one of the many waterfalls. Local agencies offer a wide range of activities as well as day trips to the surrounding smaller islands of Koh Mak and Koh Kood. If you like an active holiday, then do not miss a trip to Salak Phet, the highest mountain on the island.
One of the most beautiful beaches on the island of Koh Chang is White Sand Beach. The beach is two kilometers long, lined with overhanging palm trees and coconut groves. This place is suitable for tourists who like to go somewhere in the evening. The main road is surrounded by resorts, shops, restaurants, pubs, banks, etc. Every day, from 5 pm to 10 pm, local evening markets are held here, where you can taste Thai specialties. A much quieter alternative is Klong Prao beach. But if you are looking for parties during your vacation and do not have deep pockets, Lonely Beach is the right place for you. If, on the other hand, you are looking for an escape from mass tourism, then head to Long Beach in the southeastern part of the island.
An educational trail leads through the trees on the southeast coast of the island near the village of Salak Khok. A suspended wooden walkway of red color winds between the mangrove vegetation to the bay itself.
GPS: 12°00'34.5"N 102°17'33.6"E
Text and photos: Andrea Meluzínová
Endless beaches with white coral sand, countless of Buddhist temples, breathtaking mountain vistas, many kinds of exotic life, and vivid life in the capital.
Ko Lanta island is an ideal place for peaceful rest, or to enjoy cool tropical atmosphere of southern Thailand. Half-empty beaches, bungalows, and small pensions scattered across coconut groves will enchant you. The same applies to sleepy bars, restaurants, and there are also great possibilities where to dive, or you can visit a vast national park in the mountainous middle of the island. It will take you mere three hours to get there from the Krabi airport.
Krabi province in south Thailand has been more and more popular. Ao Nang resort and Ko Phi Phi are its greatest attractions. They offer splendid sceneries around limestone cliffs, many great bars, restaurants, and nearby are beaches like Railay, Ko Poda, and Ko Hong which are among the most beautiful in all Thailand.
When I was arriving at the center of Krabi province I didn’t expect much. Guidebooks don’t mention it at all and it is rather an obligatory stop for many travelers while transporting to local islands or to nearby Ao Nang resort.
The capital of Thailand belongs to largest cities in southeast Asia as there live 8 million people. Cheap flight transportation makes it a natural place from where to start travels to the region including countries like Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, or Malaysia. In my opinion, too bad than many travelers spend there a day or two and move on.
The night is setting upon the land, streets are going alive – with food. When I arrived at there, I was not hungry. But now I would eat just everything. Hundreds of variations of noodles and rice, various sea creatures, great grilled meat, lots of fruits and veggies. The Chinese Town in Bangkok chewed me and swallowed me.
Countless shrines, dozens narrow streets with beautiful old houses, luxurious hotels, museums, omnipresent food aromas, and the best coffee in Thailand. You will fall in love with Chiang Mai instantly. There are kind people, international atmosphere, and it is really clean in there.
The climate in the mountains in the north of Thailand is very different to the south of the country. Mountains usually rise as high as 1500 meters. Temperatures can easily drop below 10 degrees Celsius in winter. That's why strawberries are grown here, for instance. The mountain climate is great for high-quality arabica coffee as well. About 50 kilometers from Chiang Mai town, there is a coffee plantation I went to visit. It was there where I finally realized how much work is behind one simple cup of coffee.
I had never been particularly interested in Thailand. Yet me and my friend decided to give it a chance so we travelled to the land of smiles. When we got out of the airport to Skyline ground subway, Thais gave us adviced where to get a ticket, for how and they always smiled at us.
Ang Khang is an astonishingly beautiful area in the mountains slightly over three hours of ride from Chiang Mai. Thousands upon thousands of visitors from Thailand travel here. We didn't meet any foreign tourists during the whole day. Villages where ethnic minorities live, a botanic garden, tea plantation, and amazing vistas are all worth the long journey.
Even in case of Thailand, the Chinese influence is felt very present. But the town of Mae Salong was founded by the Chinese in the mountains in the north of the country in the 1960s. From the beginning, he was mainly opiate, but today, you have an ideal opportunity to look at tea plantations and taste great food from Yunnan Province in South China.
Most visitors to North Thailand visit only Chiang Mai and its surroundings. A bunch of daredevils go to Chiang Rai or Mae Hong Son, sometimes someone stops at Phayao. Few people, however, take a trip to the province of Nan at the border with Laos, yet there are countless places to find.
Approximately 400 kilometers north of Bangkok, you will find the once powerful and fabulous but long-deserted city of Sukhothai. In the 13th and 14th centuries it served as the center of the first major empire on the territory of today's Thailand and Laos. Even though it has been abandoned for more than 200 years, it still breathes old glory and is definitely something to admire. Let's take a look at it together.
The north of Thailand consists, for the most part, of beautiful mountains that rise to over 2 000 meters above sea level. Here you will find waterfalls, karst caves, ethnic villages and secluded Buddhist temples. Let's now go together to the Chiang Dao National Park and at the same time to the 3rd highest mountain of Thailand.
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