Koh Chang Trat Province, Thailand
Extend your tour with a stay on a delightful tropical island
Scenic Koh Chang; a large island lying on the eastern side of the Gulf of Thailand with an unspoilt, mountainous, jungle-clad interior and a series of picturesque sandy bays down its west coast is another of our recommendations for some quality island and beach time 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 for 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! Without being overdeveloped Kai Bae also offers a good choice of restaurants and cafes aside from the resort’s evening beach barbeque.
Koh Chang is around a 45-minute ferry ride from the pier at Ao Thamassart which in turn is served by Trat Airport with several daily departures for the 45-minute flight to Bangkok, The island then is a suitable extension for any tour ending in Bangkok whilst it is also easily reached from the Cambodian town of Battambang via the border at Pailin. A fine way to finish a Cambodia tour after the temples of Angkor. (Approx. 1 and 1/2 hours driving time from Battambang to the border followed by a 2-hour drive to the boat pier.)
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.
Here's an idea of what you can expect to do and see day-to-day.
Day 2 to 3 - Koh Chang - at leisure on the island
At leisure on Koh Chang. Optional activities on offer include; boat trips and snorkelling or scuba diving in the surrounding archipelago and Koh Chang National Marine Park, visit to an elephant camp, hiking in the interior, spa and massage treatment or last but not least checking out the sundowners and sea-food in the beach-side bar.
Overnight: Koh Chang Transport: Walk, Meals: B,
Day 4 - Koh Chang - morning at leisure and departure
Bangkok Airways minibus transfer to Trat airport for flight to Bangkok. At least 3 flights per day so convenient for connecting to flights departing Bangkok at most times. (Ask your resort to contact Bangkok Airways 24 hours ahead to arrange airport transfer.)
Should you have a late arrival or early departure from Bangkok then we recommend adding a night at a hotel close to Bangkok airport before or after your trip to Koh Chang.
Overnight: Departure Transport: Taxi, Plane, Boat, Walk, Meals: B,
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Stay on Koh Chang in the Gulf of Thailand. Easy access by road from Cambodia or flight from Bangkok makes this a convenient extension for any of our Thai or Cambodian tours
- Stay at a beach-side resort on an island in the Gulf of Thailand
- Easy access to shops, local and western restaurants, cafes in Kai Bae Village
- Boat and snorkelling tours through the surrounding archipelago of the Koh Chang National Marine park Scuba diving options
- Comfortable individual chalets in a garden setting; air/con, private verandah, en-suite bathroom, cable TV, Wi-Fi.
- Wide range of activities available: hiking, waterfalls, cookery classes, massage and spa treatments
- Scuba diving options available
We choose our hotels based on a combination of location, comfort and convenience. Here is a *selection of the types of hotel/rooms you can expect to stay at on this tour...
KB Resort, Koh Chang view
- Charming, low-key and beachside resort
- Chalet style rooms set in a lush garden
- Friendly staff and fabulous sunset terrace
*This list should be considered a guide only, hotels/rooms may change (without notice) depending on availability.
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