Thailand, Koh Chang Island (3 days +)

Scenic Koh Chang; a large island lying on the eastern side of the Gulf of Thailand with a mountainous, jungle-clad interior and a series of picturesque sandy bays down its west coast is another of our recommendations for a post-tour island stay before after finishing your tour.

Koh Chang has what we’d describe as a medium level of tourist development meaning if you’re after a castaway/honeymoon type island you may be better looking at Koh Mak or Koh Libong but it still avoids the mass tourism of busier islands and means that, with a wide choice of resorts, restaurants, cafes and activities it’s a great option for families for instance or rainy season island stays.

There’s plenty to do on the island apart from the beach and pool including hiking in the jungle interior, treks to waterfalls, visits to elephant camps, boat trips through the national marine park, snorkelling and scuba diving, sea-kayaking, massage and spa treatments or even Thai cookery lessons!

Koh Chang is around a 45 minute ferry ride from the pier at Ao Thamassart which in turn is served by 45 minute flight from Bangkok, (to Trat airport), so is a suitable extension for any trip ending in Bangkok whilst it is also easily reached from the Cambodian town of Battambang via the border at Pailin so a fine way to finish a Cambodia tour after the temples of Angkor. (Approx. 4 hours driving time.)

Our choice of mid-range accommodation on the island is the excellent KB Resort, on Kaibae Beach, (subject to availability), with upgrades to 4 or 5* also available.