Koh Chang is the second largest island in Thailand and is about an 8 hour bus journey from Bangkok. It’s located near to Cambodia and as such, it’s a good place to visit either before or after you cross the Cambodian border. Our first visit to Koh Chang coincided with Songkran 2017 and we would definitely recommend visiting the island during the Thai New Year if you can. It’s mental. As well as celebratory water fights with the locals, here are are some of the activities you don’t want to miss on this beautiful island.
We fancied doing a bit of exercise one day so we rented a sea kayak from lonely beach and set sail to the nearby offshore islands. We hadn’t been sea kayaking before and it was one hell of a workout as the islands definitely look closer than they actually are! We took a snorkel with us which we would definitely recommend as there are plenty of great snorkelling spots just off the deserted beaches you can visit. We kayaked to two islands in total before heading slowly back to lonely beach. The tide was definitely doing most of the work on the way back!
Rent a moped and explore
This is something we do whenever we visit a new place in Thailand as it’s the best way to see and get a feel of the area. Koh Chang is actually a really large island so it takes a bit of time to explore all of it. It’s probably best to separate the east and west coast into two days so you can take your time exploring. There are some great beaches to visit and lots of waterfalls to park up and trek to. The east coast is a lot less developed and makes for a great scenic drive.
We had been wanting to dive in Thailand for a while as we had both now obtained our PADI open water diving licence. There are some great dive spots off the coast of Koh Chang including the HMS Chang dive wreck. Unfortunately, we were a bit unlucky with the weather when we did our two dives so visibility wasn’t great and the current was so strong it felt like being in a washing machine. Nevertheless, we did see an abundance of colourful tropical fishes and really nice coral. However, Nicole’s search for the elusive whale shark continues!
Have a game of pitch and put
Located at Siam Royal View Beach Resort is a 9-hole pitch and put golf course. We came across the course whilst driving around the island and decided to stop for a game. We’re both not great at golf so the course was more than enough for us! After your round you can grab lunch, or have a swim at the beach club which is just a couple of minutes walk away.
White sandy beaches are in plentiful supply on Koh Chang. We based ourselves just off Lonely Beach which is really popular with backpackers so it’s not really that lonely! You can see a great sunset from the beach so make sure you stay for this one evening.
My favourite beach was Klong Koi beach which is a smaller and much quieter beach located on the south coast of Koh Chang. I visited this beach during an early morning moped ride and it was empty so I had the whole beach and sea to myself!
Other nice beaches include White Sand beach which is the most popular beach for holidaymakers and as such the beach is lined with hotels and restaurants. We also visited Kai Bae which is far more secluded and there a lots of places to relax in the shade here to get out of the sun.
You can check out the below YouTube video of our highlights of Koh Chang and the rest of our time in Thailand!