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Thailand, Koh Chang Island – Tropical Paradise in the Shape of an Elephant

Published: 20.7.2020
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.

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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.

na okolní ostrovy Ko Maak a Koh Kood se dostanete lodí    opuštěný přístav

výhled na White Sand Beach

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.

Long Beach

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.

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GPS: 12°00'34.5"N 102°17'33.6"E

Text and photos: Andrea Meluzínová



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