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Embark on a journey to the enchanting island of Koh Chang, with its pristine beaches, azure waters, and lush landscapes – a perfect destination for travelers seeking a tropical escape. With reviews and recommendations from those your trust, your trip will live up to your expectations.
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The varied landscapes of Koh Chang

Koh Chang is Thailand's second-largest island after Phuket, nestled in the Gulf of Thailand near the Cambodian border. Its name translates to "Elephant Island" due to its elephant-shaped headland.

Koh Chang is part of the Mu Koh Chang National Park, which encompasses multiple islands and is famed for its dense, lush rainforests, steep hills, stunning waterfalls like Klong Plu, and rich biodiversity, including a variety of bird species, snakes, and even elephants.

The island's coastlines are dotted with beautiful beaches ranging from the bustling White Sand Beach, known for its vibrant nightlife and dining scene, to the more secluded and tranquil Long Beach, offering a perfect escape for those seeking peace and intimacy with nature.

Embark on a beautiful journey through the lush greenery of Koh Chang's East Coast and the breathtaking views along the West Coast. 
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Local culture

At its heart, Koh Chang is deeply connected to Buddhism, with several temples and shrines scattered across the landscape, testifying to the spiritual practices of the local community.

The traditional way of life is evident in the small fishing villages where time seems to stand still, and residents live in harmony with the sea.

Festivals and celebrations on Koh Chang are colorful affairs, such as the lively Songkran (Thai New Year) festivities, with its water fights and traditional rituals, and the serene Loy Krathong, where locals and tourists alike release krathongs (floating lanterns) into the sea or rivers.

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The island's beautiful sandy beaches

White Sand Beach is the island's most popular beach, a long stretch of soft, white sand fringed by coconut palms. Visitors can enjoy a variety of water sports, dine at beachfront restaurants, or simply soak up the sun.

Moving down the west coast, Klong Prao Beach offers a more serene setting. It is divided by estuaries, creating secluded spots perfect for peaceful relaxation.

Kai Bae Beach is known for its crystal-clear waters and coral reefs just a short swim from shore. This beach attracts snorkelers and divers keen to explore its underwater beauty. The beachfront is dotted with resorts, but it is still possible to find a quiet spot under the shade of a tree.

For those seeking solitude, Lonely Beach (though its name no longer reflects its reality) is a must-visit. Once a haven for backpackers, it has evolved but still maintains a bohemian charm.

Bang Bao Beach and Long Beach lie on the more remote southern tip of the island. Bang Bao is known for its historic fishing village on stilts. Long Beach, accessible by a more adventurous route, rewards visitors with its untouched beauty, making it perfect for those looking to escape the crowds and connect with nature.

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Explore Koh Chang's surroundings with a tour to Koh Kood

Explore more of Thailand's beauty with a sail to nearby islands. Koh Kood, also known as Ko Kut, is a tranquil island located in the Gulf of Thailand, forming part of Trat Province. It is situated near the maritime border with Cambodia and is known for being one of Thailand's most unspoiled islands.

Koh Kood is the fourth largest island in Thailand but remains one of the least developed, offering visitors a glimpse into a more serene, untouched paradise compared to its more famous counterparts like Phuket or Koh Samui.
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Culinary adventures

A visit to Koh Chang is also a culinary adventure, with authentic Thai flavors. The island's food is heavily influenced by its access to fresh seafood, which is a staple in many local dishes.

Here, you can visit authentic seafood restaurants and savor the charm of Thai food. Local specialties include grilled fish, squid, and shrimp, often served with spicy dipping sauces or incorporated into curries and soups. Pla Pao (grilled fish with herbs) is a must-try, where fish is stuffed with lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves, then grilled to perfection.
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Resorts and accommodations

Accommodations in Koh Chang cover a wide range of preferences and budgets, with everything from luxury resorts and boutique hotels to budget-friendly guesthouses and beachfront bungalows.

Luxury resorts on Koh Chang often feature private beaches, spa services, and fine dining options. Mid-range hotels and boutique accommodations offer a blend of comfort and charm, often with unique decor and personalized services that reflect the island's tropical ambiance.

For travelers on a budget, Koh Chang has plenty of guesthouses, hostels, and beachfront bungalows that provide basic amenities and a more laid-back atmosphere. 

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