The island of Koh Chang was once used for cultivating coconuts and fruit and is now considered one of the prettiest islands in Eastern Thailand (although Thailand has quite a number of these!) Despite being Thailand’s third-largest island, it has a relatively small population, with around 5,000 permanent residents. Since its discovery as a tourist destination, the island has undergone significant development, though has managed to remain rugged and beautiful.
Most accommodation can be found on the western side of the island as this is where you will find the long white sandy beaches. Lonely Beach is popular amongst backpackers, with plenty of budget accommodation, restaurants and bars.
If you’re looking for a quieter beach to stay near, Klong Prao beach is known to be one of the island’s best. This lovely stretch of white sand is quiet, still with a range of restaurants and hotels nearby. Gaja Puri is a boutique resort comprising timber bungalows sitting on Kai Bae beach, not far south from here. If you’re looking for a more remote resort, the tranquil Parama sits on the southeast coast. The eastern side of the island is far less touristy, and here you can go in search of isolated waterfalls and hikes.