Rediscovering Koh Chang
A short bus and ferry ride away from Trad (Chantaburi Provice, East of Thailand) lies Koh Chang, the second largest island of Thailand. The rain forest-covered island is surrounded by 52 small islands, some of them offering great snorkeling possibilities. The forests offer options for hikes to waterfalls, as well as arguably one of Thailand’s most popular activities: elephant riding.
A coastal road along the island connects its beautiful bays. The most famous is the aptly named White Sand Beach. It also has got some night life and quite a number of shops and restaurants. The next bay is the long Klong Prao Beach, famous for its gorgeous sunsets. Beyond the quiet Klong Son Beach one fins Kai Bae Bay, with great swimming opportunities and views over pretty islands.
After Kai Bae, the road is going into the mountains, offering great views, before it reaches the fishermen’s village of Bang Bao. This is the departure point for snorkel and dive trips, as well as day tours to surrounding islands, such as Koh Kam, Koh Mak and Koh Rug.
A couple of days relaxing on Koh Chang after a visit to Cambodia is definitely recommended, now that the coastal road (via the Had Lek border, along the Cardamom Mountains to Sihanoukville and Phnom Penh) is open for traffic all year round.
There are daily flights between Trad and Bangkok, operated by Bangkok Airways. Alternatively, regular buses make the drive to Bangkok in 6 hours. Khiri Travel can also arrange private land transfers.