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KOH CHANG

 

 

Koh Chang area

 

About

Koh Chang is the third-largest island of Thailand, located on the Thai east coast near the border to Cambodia in the Gulf of Thailand. It is a mountainous island with several waterfalls. The island is part of the Mu Ko Chang Marine National Park.

During World War II, Ko Chang was the scene of a naval battle between the Royal Thai Navy and a Vichy France squadron. The Thais were decisively beaten.

Until the mid-1980s the infrastructure on the island was undeveloped, but tourism has increased significantly since then. The island now receives 75,000 visitors annually, about half of them Thai.

Geography

The island is about 30 km long and almost 14 km wide only 217 km², The national marine park is have a total area of 650 km² and 70 % is marine. The interior of the island is mountainous and covered with tropical rain forest. The highest elevation is Khao Salak Phet, which is 743 m above sea level. Around the coast of the island are several sandy beaches, most of which have many resorts and hotels nearby.

The west coast with Hat Sai Khao, Hat Kai Mook und Hat Ta Nam attracts the most tourists. In the south is the village of Laem Bang Bao. There is one main street on the west coast. The remaining roads on the west coast have a high gradient, while the topography of the east coast prohibits roads. Most buildings are wooden stilt houses. The island is mostly reached by a ferry departing from Laem Ngop near Trat.

 

Administration

The island forms a sub-district (King Amphoe) in the province of Trat. The district was formed in 1994, when it was split off from Laem Ngop district. The district is subdivided into two communes (tambon), which are further subdivided into 9 villages (muban). There are no municipal (thesaban) areas, and 2 Tambon administrative organizations.

 

National park

In 1982 the island together with 50 surrounding small islands was protected as the Mu Ko Chang Marine National Park. About 85% of the island is part of the national park, mostly the rain forest in the interior of the island. Nearby coral reefs are also contained within the National Park. Notable animals in the park include the stump-tailed Macaque, the small Indian Civet, the Javan Mongoose, and 61 resident bird species. The Koh Chang Wart Frog (Limnonectes kohchangae) was originally thought to be an endemic species, but has now been found on the mainland as well.

 

Arrive

By Car: Start from Bangkok, take Highway No. 34 (Bang Na-Trat) or Motorway to Chonburi, then use Highway No. 344 (Ban Bung-Klaeng) Arriving at Klaeng, turn onto Highway No. 3 and proceed to Trat. The total distance from Bangkok to Trat is 318 kilometers. More information for private car service.

By Bus: Air-conditioned  buses depart from Khao san Road to Trat every day.             More information

 

Tour

  Koh Chang - 3 Days 2 Night Koh Chang (Ko Chang) Marine National Park is new and virtually unknown to the outside world. Few people know of its secret wonders. Some even boldly call it “the last paradise islands in South-East Asia”....

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  Daily package tour 2 days 1 night Mountainous Koh Chang has an undisturbed interior of dense tropical rain forest, home to many species including macaque monkeys, barking deer and wild pig. Trekkers can also expect to see more than 70 species of birds....

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Hotels

  Sea View Resort & Spa. Off the west coast of Koh Chang is a small group of islands delightfully visible especially from Kai Bae Beach. These included Koh Yuak which has a small beach front of sand formed from decayed coral, the water clean and shallow qualifying its as a good snorkeling spot.

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  Ramayana Kohchang Resort & spa. Ramayana Koh Chang Resort is located on the central trip of Koh Chang Island on Chaiyachet-Klong Prao Beach. The Flight from Bangkok is just 45 minutes by the Bangkok Airways. The Resort is only 30 minutes from Ao Thamachart Pier.
There is a wide rage facility at the Resort including a swimming pool.....

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  Bhumiyama Beach Resort. Our land is flanked by a crystal clear turquoise sea and pristine tropical jungle of the national park. You will be waking up to the sound of soft, caressing wave and wild bird chirping. Step on to the white powdery beach, swim in the warm ocean or relax in our multi-level swimming pool and Jacuzzi beneath the swaying charm of the indigenous coconut trees....

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