Why Koh Chang is one of the best islands in Thailand

Koh Chang is a great place to relax
May 2, 2017

Why Koh Chang is one of the best islands in Thailand

There are so many islands in Thailand, all of them beautiful and different from one another, that deciding where to go can be a daunting task. I decided to go to Koh Chang, considered one of the best islands in Thailand, because I felt it suited all my needs. After having traveled across South East Asia for 4 weeks, from Vietnam to Cambodia, and having endured the unbearable heat of Cambodia, I needed somewhere to relax. That somewhere had to be on my way between Cambodia and Bangkok, from which I would fly home.

Koh Chang proved to be a good choice and its reputation for being one of the best islands in Thailand is well deserved. It is the second biggest among the islands in Thailand – although size is quite a relative concept. I come from Sardinia, a huge island in the centre of the Mediterranean, and to me Koh Chang – where it only takes one hour to drive from top to bottom – is actually quite small.

 

The days I spent in Koh Chang were hardly enough to make the most of it, yet sufficient to fall in love with it and come to the conclusion that Koh Chang is one of the places to visit in Thailand and home to some of the best Thailand beaches. Here’s just a few of the reasons why I think Koh Chang is one of the best islands in Thailand.

 

What makes Koh Chang one of the best islands in Thailand?

Koh Chang has some of the best beaches in Thailand

Koh Chang is home to some of the best Thailand beaches. While Lonely Beach is perhaps the most famous beach in Koh Chang and one of the best beaches in Thailand, I opted to hang out in Klong Koi Beach, right off Bang Bao.

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Indeed, despite its name Lonely Beach hardly gets lonely. It is a popular backpackers destination as the village has a lot of budget accommodation options, there are lots of restaurants, shops and parties go on until late. What makes Lonely Beach worth a visit is the incredible sunset it offers every day and the young, backpackers vibe.

Klong Koi Beach is a smaller and way quieter beach. Bang Bao, the nearest village, is the last village at the South of Koh Chang and much smaller than the rest – a few houses, a rather quiet market, some seafood restaurants and a harbor from where boats to nearby islands leave. As a result, Klong Koi gets significantly less people. The beach isn’t spectacular – not for someone who, like me, is used to the standards of Sardinia – but it is nice, sandy and generally clean, and lined with palm trees and the shallow waters are incredibly warm. It is so relaxed and quiet that to me it is one of the best Thailand beaches.

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