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Koh Chang is an island in the Gulf of Thailand and is the second largest island in the country. It is located southeast of the capital Bangkok, not far from Cambodia. The name means Elephant Island, which refers to the shape of the island. Koh Chang is gaining importance as a popular tourist destinations, as the island has splendid scenery, boasting rainforests, waterfalls, beaches and good hiking trails.
Koh Chang is a mountainous island with the highest peak at almost 750 metres above sea level: Khao Salak Phet. The island is over 200 square kilometres big and is part of the Mu Ko Chang Marine National Park which covers a total of around 650 square kilometres. Apart from the great diving and snorkelling, the island itsel is covered with rainforests, although the relatively recent boom in tourism means that this rainforest is under pressure right now. Much has to be done to prevent things from getting worse.
There are no real cities on the island, but mostly small villages. These include Salakpetch, Salakkork, Jekbare, Baan, Danmai, Klong Son, Klong Praw and Klong Nonsri.
Like most of South East Asia, Koh Chang has a pleasantly tropical climate with generally warm to hot weather and humid conditions. Average temperatures are around 30 °C year round, with nights generally still above 20 °C. The best time is the slightly cooler and dry season from November to February. From March to May, temperatures start to rise and although it is mostly dry, temperatures can rise to over 35 °C, which together with the high humidity can feel unbearable. From June to October is the rainy season, with again lowering temperatures but huge amounts of rainfall being possible. Still, you can enjoy a visit and have nice days as well.
Koh Chang itself has no airport, the nearest one is the airport in Trat, which has flights to and from Bangkok.
Buses between Bangkok and Trat take around 5 hours and usually leave once every hour or so.
There are 2 ways of getting to Koh Chang by boat:
All of the piers are located in or near Trat. Taking a car is about 150 THB.
Songthaew is a public passenger pick-up vehicle and they run around the island's main roads. You can either hop on and off or hire the vehicle privately. Motorcyles are for rent and widely available.
Long-tail boats can be hired to take you to nearby islands or to go snorkelling.
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|Ice Beach||4 Moo 1 Aumper||Hotel||-|
|Baan Rim Nam Guesthouse||29/3 Moo 4 Klong Prao||Guesthouse||-|
|Sofia Garden Resort||Klong Phrao Beach, Trat||HOTEL||78|
|Lonely Beach Resort||4 / 24 Moo 1 Tambon Koh Chang Taii||Guesthouse||68|
|Panviman Resort Koh Chang||8/15 Klong Prao Beach||Hotel||-|
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