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Klong Prao Beach, Koh Chang Overview

A famous public beach in Koh Chang in Thailand, the Klong Prao Beach is a scenic beach located in the central area of the west coast. A popular hub for both lone travellers as well as couples and families, the Klong Prao Beach has a little bit of everything for everyone. This sandy beach with calm waters is dotted with resorts, restaurants, and bars; and is split into three sections by the inland waterways, known as the klongs.

With a local village located nearby, the beach area is also an excellent option for those looking for cheap food and some solitude, and accommodation here is available in plenty.  Travellers can choose between high-end luxury resorts located just by the sea, backpacker bungalows, guesthouses, or even mid-range and small hotels located on the southern island.

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Things to Do At the Klong Prao Beach

There are not many water sports or activities at the Klong Prao Beach, and most tourists visit the attraction to enjoy the serenity and beauty the beach offers. The highlight of the beach, however, other than its pristine beauty, is the Klong Plu Waterfall, and the beautiful trek that leads to it. Other than this, you will also encounter the Ban Kon Elephant Camp and the Koh Chang Cooking School at the beach area. 

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1. Visit The Klong Plu Waterfall

The Klong Plu Waterfall is located about 1.5 kilometres inland and has a couple of stalls near it that serve local Thai cuisine. At the waterfall, you can take a dip in the clear waters, or sit back and enjoy the sight of the Americans and Russians jumping off the cliff. From the entrance, the waterfall is a 600-meter riverside walk, and this distance usually takes 15 minutes to cover. Entry fee to the waterfall is THB 200 per adult and THB 100 for kids. 

2. Nature Trails

Visitors looking for some adventure can take up the nature trail. A 1.5-kilometre loop from the waterfall back to the main entrance, the trail courses via a hillside route. This trail is a marvellous one to walk on and is quite easy and pleasant. 

Food Options at the Klong Prao Beach

There are many restaurants, local pubs and other food outlets at the beach. Thus, the beach is an excellent choice for cheap food options. Restaurants here serve local Thai food, as well as fusion and western cuisines. 

3. Coffee Houses

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Solo travellers and those looking for solace are sure to have a great time at the coffee shops at the Klong Prao Beach, which include Marin, Waree and Mochaccino.

Best Time to Visit

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The best time to visit the Klong Prao Beach is between May and December. Do not visit the beach during the rainy season, since the high tide washes up a lot of debris on the shore, and it does not look attractive at all.

Tips

  • Try and avoid visiting the beach on weekends and on Thai holidays, when the place is jam-packed with the local Thais. 
  • Since jellyfish like to breed in areas where the rivers flow into the sea, at certain times, jellyfish can be a great nuisance. Although they are not life-threatening, their sting can be annoying and thus steer clear of them.

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