Are you are holidaying in Koh Chang or are thinking about it? This mesmerising tropical island in the Gulf of Thailand is approximately a 4-hour drive from Pattaya on the Eastern Seaboard and is located close to Trat via a ferry ride. This stunning tropical island merges breathtaking beauty with lots of luscious jungle terrain and a handful of stylish 5-star resorts and low-cost beachside bungalows, cool nightlife spots, wildlife trails, exotic beaches, and quality eateries. If you want to make the most of your Thailand holiday, here are the top-8 things to do in Koh Chang.
#1 – Basking at the Klong Plu Waterfall
Koh Chang is known for its stunning natural beauty. If you are already here, it would be sacrilegious to not visit a waterfall. The biggest and most popular Koh Chang waterfall is Klong Plu Waterfall, located near to the Mu Koh Chang National Park in the heart of the island.
Surrounded by thick jungle terrain, this waterfall is a 10-minute drive from the road, and although it is not accessed for free like some of the island’s other falls, the nominal price means the area is always clean and well taken care of. Just remember that if you are visiting in the dry season months between December and April, the waterfall might not even be there, or might be just a trickle. The best times of the year are between May and November.
#2 – High-Octane Adventures at Treetop Adventure Park
Are you an adrenalin junkie who needs his/her fix during your pilgrimage to Koh Chang? Although you thought you left the high-octane adventures behind on Walking Street Pattaya, the Treetop Adventure Park in Koh Chang is just the ticket. This purpose-built park has a vast amount of ziplines, rope bridges and much more in the heart of the jungle. Come and glide through the jungle terrain on these adrenalin-filled ziplines that float amidst the jungle canopy. If you are older than ten years old and above 1.4 meters in height, you can participate in all the activities. There are lots of staff working at the park, so you are in safe hands at all times.
#3 – Relaxing on Khlong Phrao Beach
Khlong Phrao Beach is one of the nicest stretches of sand on Koh Chang. Located on the west coast of the island near to Mu Koh Chang National Park, this beach is popular because it offers a little bit of everything. It’s a quiet beach. But not as quiet as places such as Lovely beach. It does have a number of restaurants and hotels, so it merges a laidback atmosphere close to amenities. If you want to visit a cool beach that is not so commercial, Khlong Phrao Beach is the one for you.
#4 – Reflection Time @ Wat Salak Phet Temple
With Thailand being a hotbed for culture and Buddhism, visiting a Buddhist temple is something that will give you a glimpse into Thai daily life. With so many things to do in Koh Chang, sometimes you need to find a peaceful den of tranquillity to reflect on life, and that is exactly what you get with Wat Salak Phet Temple. There are actually two temples combined into one with some lovely examples of architecture and decorations. Located in the beautiful Ban Salak Village, absorb the surroundings, while visiting the onsite museum and become at one with yourself and Wat Salak Phet.
#5 – Getting Personal with Elephants @ Ban Kwan Chang
The word ‘chang’ in Thai means elephant. So, you can’t visit elephant island without getting up-close and personal with these majestic beasts. The Ban Kwan Chang elephant camp is the ideal place to visit if you want to take a cool and leisurely trek through dense jungle terrain on an elephant.
Whether you are alone, with a friend, a group of friends or a family with kids, this is one of the ultimate features when visiting a place such as Koh Chang. Ban Kwan Chang is the premier elephant camp and sanctuary on the island. And you can come by just to feed the elephants, or you can take the 1-hour elephant trek amidst stunning scenery. We would recommend that you get here early in the morning to beat the heat. Ban Kwan Chang is situated in the northern reaches of the island and is a memorable experience for your Thailand holiday.
#6 – Living it Up on Lonely Beach, Koh Chang
The aptly named Lonely Beach is literally one of the quietest and peaceful beaches in Koh Chang. When you are looking for things to do in Koh Chang, you simply must visit Lonely Beach. Situated on the mid-Western coastline of Koh Chang, when you want to get away from the tourist masses and immerse yourself in total tranquillity, Lonely beach is the place to be. Although the beach once attracted the backpacking fraternity, it is now more accessible for everyone and can be a fun place to spend the day or night. In the daytime it’s peaceful, and in the evening there is a party happening almost every night. Especially in the high-season months between December and April. There are also a few cool bars and restaurants dotted about the beach, making this a great place for everyone to visit.
#7 – Sleepy Fishing Villages of Bang Bao
What makes Koh Chang so great is that it has still retained its charm, and many of the local inhabitants still live that way they have for decades. There are numerous sleepy fishing villages dotted along the coast with Bang Bao being the most interesting one of all. If you want to learn more about their way of life and their traditional ways, you can book a tour to visit Bang Bao. Located in the South-West of the island near to the white lighthouse, the Bang Bao Fishing Village harks back to a time in history where time as stood still. Make sure you sample some of the seafood restaurants at Bang Bao, which are revered as some of the best in this part of Thailand.
#8 – Mu Koh Chang National Park Viewpoint
When it comes to finding the best things to do in Koh Chang, visiting the Viewpoint at Mu Koh Chang National Park really should be at the top of your list. The Mu Koh Chang National Park is one of the best tourist attractions in Koh Chang alone, but the scenic vistas from the viewpoint will make your heart skip a beat. Located on the West coast of the island in an area that covers 650 square kilometres and over 50 islands, the Mu Koh Chang National Park is a true treasure chest of natural delights. With just 200 THB entry price for adults and 100 THB for kids, visiting the park offers immense value for money.
You can come by at around sunset to enjoy the views or come at any time of the day to use the scenic park trails. There is lots of parking and also a children’s play area, making this the ideal spot for wholesome family fun. Whether you are coming to relax, or to take in the scenery and views, Mu Koh Chang National Park is the ultimate attraction in Koh Chang.