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Also Refered As:

Ko Sichang

"The sleepy fishing village"

Koh Si Chang Tourism

Ko Si Chang is a district and a magical island in Chonburi Province close to Bangkok in Thailand. Not to be confused with the bigger Koh Chang island in Trat Province, it is centered in the Gulf of Thailand, 12 kilometers off the shore of Si Racha District. Being a fishing village, Koh Si Chang has some beaches and mountainous terrain with a relaxed atmosphere and a slow-paced lifestyle. The place is filled with multiple attractions, such as the footprints of Buddha, the royal palace, boating, kayaking, and more.

Koh Si Chang is not a party destination and is ideal for travelers looking for a relaxed time. Tham Phang Beach is on the west coast of the island and is a  sandy beach with few rocks. Being a small island devoid of any major tourism, Koh Si Chang remains quiet, except on weekends and Thai public holidays. The island is mostly visited by local tourists. Other places of interest include Tham Saowapha caves where sometimes the visitors may find hermits meditating.

The area of Koh Si Chang Island is only 17.3 km². The district consists of a single sub-district known as a tambon, Tha Thewawong. The district is completely covered by the township (thesaban tambon) Ko Si Chang. 

Things to do in Koh Si Chang

1. Tham Phang Beach

Tham Phang Beach
Haad Tham Phang is the main beach on Koh Si Chang. Even though it is quite small, its ideal for relaxing by the stunning crystal clear bluish green water. There is a small kayak rental and a beer shop (Read More) on the beach. There are some other small beaches around the island.

2. Wat Tham Yai Prik & Golden Buddha

Wat Tham Yai Prik & Golden Buddha
In the interior of the island, between Tham Phang beach and the old town, is Wat Tham Yai Prik Buddhist temple and meditation centre. The stairway to the centre is a major attraction here for it boast (Read More)s a very ornate design of a serpent flanking it as one moves upwards. From the top, you will have great views of Koh Si Chang island, the surrounding islands, and the Gulf of Thailand. On the top is a very large golden coloured image of the Buddha. The seated image shines over the small town and the sea.

3. Chao Pho Khao Yai Shrine

Chao Pho Khao Yai Shrine
Chao Pho Khao Yai Shrine is a Chinese temple, also known as “Shrine of the Father Spirit of the Great Mountain”. It is believed to have been founded by Chinese traders and is dedicate (Read More)d to the spirit housed in the caves.

4. Summer Palace and Gardens

Summer Palace and Gardens
Judhadhut Palace is the summer residence of the royal family, located on the east coast of the island. Vimanmek Mansion is the main building of the palace, made entirely of teakwood. The palace c (Read More)ompound also has beautiful gardens, ponds and walkways.

5. Buddha Footprint

Buddha Footprint
Buddha footprint in Koh Si Chang is the replica of the footprint of Buddha, housed in a Thai style pavilion. It is located near the Chinese Temple on a hill. You need to climb around 500 steps, but th (Read More)e view from the top is simply breathtaking. The locals come here to pay homage.

Must Know Before You Travel to Koh Si Chang

Ferry to Koh Si Chang:
  • Ferries to Koh Si Chang are available from Sriracha City, which is around 90 minutes from Bangkok. The ferry is typically a small boat with no services and takes around 40 minutes. Boats leave hourly and cost TBH 50 per person one way.
  • Koh Si Chang's Tha Lang pier is located on the north of the island. This is where most restaurants, resorts, and bungalows are also located.
  • When purchasing ferry tickets, make sure to say "Koh Si Chang". If you accidentally say "Koh Chang", you will get a ticket to Trat. Also, always confirm before boarding the ferry.
  • The ferry from Koh Si Chang to Sriracha leaves from the next pier to the one where you arrived.
Bangkok to Sriracha: Minibus is available from Victory Monument in Bangkok to Sriracha. Buses are also available from the eastern Ekkamai bus station in Bangkok.
Getting Around: Private cars are not allowed in Koh Si Chang. The most convenient way of getting around is by tuk-tuk and motorbike. The island is also easily navigated by foot.
Accommodation: Some resorts and bungalows are on the island, but no backpacker hostels. Since the options are very few, the prices of these accommodations are generally high.

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History of Koh Si Chang

The island was originally a minor district under the Mueang Samut Prakan District of Samut Prakan Province. On 1 January 1943, it was reassigned to the Si Racha District of Chonburi Province. On 4 July, 1994 the minor district was upgraded to a full district. Many local attractions are present throughout the city such as Buddha's Footprint and Lookout, King Rama IV Summer Palace and Gardens, San Jao Phaw Khao Yai, and Wat Tham Yai Prik.

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Koh Si Chang - Also Called as Fisherman Village
Buddha Footprint Hill, Koh Si Chang
Aerial View of Hat Tham Phang, Koh Si Chang

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What is the best time to visit Koh si chang?

The best time to visit Koh Si Chang is from December to February.

Thailand broadly experiences three types of seasons during the year; summer, winter, and the monsoon. The months of December-February is particularly conducive to travel because it lies in the middle of the cool season and also promises uninterrupted travel. Travelling to Thailand during May is generally avoided because of the thick tropical summer that envelopes most parts of the nation.

Come the winter season, however, the weather becomes far more agreeable. The rainy season threatens logistics of a trip as transportation becomes difficult and other difficulties may arise as a result of the poor weather conditions. The various tourist hubs and the famous palace will be more difficult to access during the monsoon and the soaring temperatures of the summer will not be helpful for travel.
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What are the places near Koh si chang?

The top places near to Koh si chang are Pattaya which is 42 km from Koh si chang, Hua hin which is located 99 km from Koh si chang, Bangkok which is located 140 km from Koh si chang, Koh samui which is located 350 km from Koh si chang, Koh poda which is located 45 km from Koh si chang

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