Perfect Island For An Escape
If you are looking for a great island getaway you cannot go past Koh Chang. Known as elephant island, Koh Chang is one of the three largest islands situated in Eastern Thailand and provides a range of accommodation and activities to suit every traveller.The island does have ATMs, shops, restaurants, medical clinics, police stations and more so you have all the conveniences of the mainland. Traveling on your own or with your family?
Koh Chang is the island paradise for you. Accommodation ranges from luxury hotels and resorts to the more basic style. Staying around the main tourist destination on the West or the remote quieter side on the East, there will be somewhere for you.
What To Do
From the popular white sand beach to the high-end Klong Prao beach or the relaxing, scenic Kai Bae beach we are sure you will find somewhere you can lay down your towel. Put that sunblock on and kick back in the surrounds of this beautiful island. Laying in the sun sipping on a cocktail not your style?
The island does have a range of activities. Start the day being one with the fish and do some snorkelling or scuba diving. There are treks to stunning waterfalls, ATV riding, treetop adventures or you can see the elephants. After a full day of activities why not do a Thai cooking class or have a nice relaxing massage.
When Is The Best Time To Go
Koh Chang has three seasons with the peak period to the island being the period of November to February when more tourists and kids have the time off work and school. This is the ideal time to come for an island holiday as temperatures are around 30 degrees during the day and 15 to twenty degrees of a night.
March to May is the hot season with temperatures climbing past the 30’s and humidity is high. The wet builds towards the end of May and finishes later in October, most days it will rain. Don’t let this deter you however as most of the heaviest downpours will occur during the night and early morning. The days tend to be relatively free of rain with temperatures being around 30 degrees.
How To Get There
There are a few ways to travel to Koh Chang from Bangkok which include car,
bus, minivan and flying.
Car – Private car or taxi are available to take you to Trat. This is a little more expensive however with prices for this service around 4,500 baht for the vehicle. It should take around 4.5 hours to get from Bangkok to Trat in a smaller vehicle.
Bus – The cheapest way is to get on the public bus. There are a few different companies that leave from Ekkamai, Bangkok. The buses may take around 5 to 6 hours and cost from 241 baht per person for one way to Trat or 456 baht for two trips. Buses leave from Ekkamai almost every hour from 6am till 11.30pm but please check the timetable and exact times scheduled.
Minivan – There’s a minivan to Trat at the victory monument, in front of Rajavithi hospital. First trip starts at 5am and leaves every hour at a cost of around 300 baht per seat.
Fly – Only Bangkok Airways flies to Trat 3 times a day. Because of this there is no competition and pricing can fluctuate. For around 2,850 baht and an hour flight, once at Trat airport you will need to get to Centerpoint Pier.
Ferries – Ferries leave from Centerpoint pier. They leave every hour from 6.30am to 7pm. It costs 80 baht for one trip per person or 140 baht two trips. You can bring your car on the ferry for the price of 100 baht.
To get to Koh Chang make your way to Centerpoint pier: Khlong Yai, Laem Ngop District, Trat 23120. The ferries run every 45 minutes from 6.30am till 7pm for a price of 80 baht per adult, 8-10 baht (under 7 free) per child one way.