Ko Chang - Thailand Islands


Thailand Islands: Ko Chang

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Ko Chang marine national park lies in eastern Thailand in the province of Trat near the Cambodian border. Within the national park lies Ko Chang - the second largest island in Thailand after Phuket. Ko Chang (or Koh Chang) is one of the most beautiful islands in Thailand and is relatively unspoilt compared to islands such as Phuket and Ko Samui. The island is becoming more popular with development on the increase. The nearest airport is at Trat which is just 15 minutes from the ferry terminal.

Ko Chang has spectaculur pristine white sandy beaches and the rain forest has an abundance of wild life such including snakes, birds and elephants. The rain forest also has waterfalls and
mountainous regions for jungle hiking. The surrounding sea has a large variety of marine life and corals and provides good areas for diving and snorkeling. Accommodation on the island has also grown in recent years and there is now a wide range to suit all budgets from inexpensive bungalows or beach huts to luxury villas and hotels. Entertainment in the form of bars, restaurants and nightclubs has also increased to cope with the ever increasing numbers of tourists who visit the island each year.

The main beaches on Ko Chang include Had Sai Khao, Had Klong Prao and Had Kai Bae. Had Sai Khao is the most popular beach on Ko Chang and has a six kilometer beach with a wide range of accommodation, restaurants and nightlife. Had Klong Prao is less crowded than Had Sai Khao but is a good place for water sports. The beach is only three kilometers from the Klong Plu Waterfall. Had Kai Bae lies fifteen kilometers from Had Klong Prao and is a favourite amongst people who love to just sunbathe and swim. It is also near to many other smaller islands including Koh Man Nai, Koh Yuak and Kh Man Nok. These islands can be reached by taking a boat from the beach.

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