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Koh Chang

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Best Time: November to March Read More

Ideal duration: 2-3 days

"The Elephant Island."

Koh Chang Tourism

Koh Chang is one of the most beautiful islands of Thailand with pristine white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, great for snorkeling and diving. There are also some breath taking mountains and jungles where hiking is very popular. All in all, Koh Chang is an idyllic destination for a backpacker looking for adventure and parties in equal amounts.

Also known as the Elephant Island, Koh Chang is known for it's wide range of wildlife including beautiful birds, snakes, deers, and of course, enormous elephants. Since 2000, tourism has increased and Koh Chang has seen some rapid development. It is a perfect island getaway for backpackers and travellers who want adventure and a stunning nightlife. Diving, snorkeling, jungle hiking, fishing, neon parties are just a few activities that this island offers. Quiter than Koh Samui and Phuket, Koh Chang should definitely be on your list.

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Nightlife in Koh Chang

Besides being an island with calm quiet beaches and many natural adventure spots, Koh Chang has a wild nightlife. There are many cafes and pubs, Casamarina being one of the best, with live music and sports screenings in Kai Bae for those who want a chill scene. For those wanting a rowdy blast, head to White Sand beach's 15 Palms, The Milky Bar, or Oodie's Place. Lonely Beach is known especially for their regular full and half moon parties that go on till morning. Treehouse and Lemon Bar are two amazing options here.

Shopping in Koh Chang

Although not specifically famous for shopping, Koh Chang does offer a pretty good range of handicrafts, souvenirs and some other things for family shopping. Besides many roadside shops, there are shopping plazas in the popular beach areas. Handicrafts like paintings, antiques, scarves are sold in many shops along the main road. Souvenirs like t-shirts and mugs with elephant print, bracelets and necklaces made of sea shells, can be brought from here. Haggling is common, but be polite when you do so.

Restaurants and Local Food in Koh Chang

Koh Chang has some of the best Thai and sea food in Thailand. There are some Italian and European restaurants, but it's best you stick to Thai only. The most delicious kind can be found on the huge number of roadside stalls. A popular dish here is Khao Lam- sticky rice cooked in coconut milk over a charcoal BBQ. The best night street stalls are ahead of White Sand beach. If you're more comfortable eating at restaurants, Tonsai, Ruan Thai, Nong Bua Seafood are a few good ones for Thai and sea food. The prices for street Thai food is 70-90 Baht, seafood will be around 200 Baht, western dishes would be 200-250 Baht.
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What's Great?

The best thing about this island is that it offers beaches and adventurous activities at the jungle, all in one. It's a wonderful destination for nature lovers.

What's Not So Great?

It is very difficult to find vegetarian food.

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How To Reach Koh Chang

You take a flight from your respective country to Bangkok. From Bangkok, you can take a flight to Trat, then a bus and ferry to Koh Chang. Or you can take a bus or taxi from Bangkok to Koh Chang directly.

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