Ko Chang (Southern Thailand)

Ko Chang is a small island off the Northern Andaman Coast in Southern Thailand (not to be confused with the better known Ko Chang in Eastern Thailand).

Understand

Ko Chang (Andaman Sea) is small, nice island close to Ranong in the southwest of Thailand. The island is off the Northern Andaman Coast. Compared with the better known islands of Thailand, (Phuket and Ko Samui), this one is very quiet and special due to its beautiful dark sandy beaches, interesting nature (birds), and rocks. The water is not clear and the sand is not white, but the place is so special that it does not matter. There are some quiet resorts on the island, most of them basic. It is a great place for a couple or just for people who appreciate a quiet and amazing place away from more developed places.

Get in

You can only get to Ko Chang by using a taxi boat, which leave daily at several times at the Island Pier in Ranong. Currently boats leave during the high season at 09:00, 12:00, 14:00 and 15:30. Boats back to Ranong leave at 08:00 and 14:00.

Happy Air flies into Ranong Airport (UNN) from both Bangkok (BKK) and Phuket (HKT) with Bangkok flights daily.

From Ranong buses come and go regularly to Bangkok, Chumphon, Phuket (via Khao Lak), and Surat Thani.

Get around

There are no motorbikes for rent on Ko Chang and the only way to get around is by walking or by boat. This is actually what makes the island so peaceful and special. Most resorts are on Ao Yai, which is a long stretch of beach. This, during high season, which runs from November-April, is the main walking thoroughfare. There are several newer concrete roads leading inland and also lots of dirt tracks for those who are more adventurous. On some weekdays there is a taxi boat leaving to and returning from Ko Phayam.

Do

At low tide it is easier to walk to the other resorts/ bungalow establishments along the beach. Nightlife is minimal, with only 3 bars dotted along the beach. Buy your own bottle of Sangsom, a bucket of ice, Sprite, and limes, and make our own Mojitos.

Each of the resorts does have their own bars and restaurants.

The very small village is quite a walk from "Sawasdee", past the Buddhist Temple and tsunami warning tower on the coast, and then inland where there is tsunami shelter. Most basic necessities can be bought in the village shop and Internet cafe.

Ko Chang Resort offers trips to the busier Ko Phayam for 300 baht return.

Drink

On the nearby beautiful and now up-and-coming island of Ko Phayam, the official drink is Sangsom rum and cool island coconut water.

Sleep

Lodgings, from north to south

Go next

Ko Phayam

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