Ko Chang, Thailand
Koh Chang is the third largest island of Thailand (largest island in the Ko Chang Marine Park archipelago), located on the Thai east coast 310 km away from Bangkok near the border to Cambodia in the Gulf of Thailand. The island is known for several waterfalls, thriving coral reefs and rainforests.
Ko Chang is one of Thailand's most beautiful islands with long white sandy beaches, most half deserted. The island is also home to a wide range of wildlife, including a good selection of birds, snakes, deer and a number of elephants. The island and its vicinity are great places for snorkeling, diving and jungle hiking.
Things to See & Do
* Mu Ko Chang National Park
* Diving and snorkeling
* Jungle trekking
* Sea Kayaking
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Baht (THB)
Language – Thai
Population – 5,000 approx
Land Area –217 km²
Electricity – 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below
Time - GMT plus seven hours
International Country Telephone Code – +66
Port Location - All piers on Ko Chang are situated on the eastern side of the island. The major piers are the two Dan Kao piers, Tha Dan Kao and Tha Ferry Dan Kao.
Travel Links – Bangkok Airways flies three times a day from Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport to Trat. The flights depart at 09:00, 12:15, and 16:35, and takes 1 hour and 5 minutes.
From Bangkok the easiest, most direct, and most economical way to get to Laem Ngop (where the Ko Chang ferry piers are) is to take a 1st class bus #999 from the Eastern (Ekamai) Bus Terminal direct to the Laem Ngop piers.
Most ferries operate from Laem Ngop, which has three piers . The Laem Ngop (Tha Khrom Luang or Tha Laern Ngop) pier is approximately 700 metres west of Laem Ngop. The 'Centrepoint' (Tha Centre Point) pier is located about 3.5 km north-west of Laem Ngop. These piers serve both vehicle and passenger ferries.