Beautiful Koh Chang is an island off the south-east coast of Thailand close to the border of Cambodia. Surrounded by azure waters and beautiful beaches, the island is great for boat trips and snorkelling, as well as visits to the smaller satellite islands. The mountainous jungle interior is good for trekking with stunning waterfalls an added attraction.
Until recently accommodation options were limited on Koh Chang but careful, well planned development has seen the emergence of some lovely resorts. Built no higher than three storeys, these have tended to embrace rather than impinge on the stunning environment. Koh Chang is a large island but the low scale and late development has meant that Koh Chang has a much more low-key, un-touristy feel compared with Samui or Phuket.
Koh Chang can be reached from Bangkok by land in about 3 hours and then a short ferry ride or by a short flight from Bangkok to Trat on the mainland and then again across by ferry to Ko Chang.
Those in search of the perfect Thai beach could do worse than consider the laid back charms of nearby Koh Kood or Koh Mak. Off the coast of Koh Chang and reachable by a fairly slow ferry; a laid back beach paradise awaits the (mildly) intrepid. Experience Travel Group can arrange a trouble free transfer to one of these islands and there are some beautiful places to stay once there. On Koh Kood itself, The Shantaa is an intimate and generally fantastic resort and at the very top of the range, The Soneva Kiri is something else.
Here are some popular hotels & resorts on Koh Chang and Koh Kood:
Gaja Puri, Koh Chang Island
Lovely boutique style resort with bungalows set amongst pretty, tropical gardens at Kai Bae beach.
Shantaa, Koh Kood
Luxurious beach getaway on the secluded island of Koh Kood
Soneva Kiri, Koh Kood
A truly indulgent luxury resort on the island of Koh Kood on the East Coast of thailand.