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An Elephant Camp Experience of a Lifetime

Every so often, when one embarks on an exotic holiday, such as that of Koh Chang Island, the difference between them just visiting once and coming back several times, often lies in one or two factors that define their experience.


In the case of Koh Chang Island, there are about a million and one things that could keep visitors coming back for more, year after year, to experience the exoticness of all that comes with the natural beauty of Koh Chang, the unmatched hospitality and get involved in that one activity that really makes your stay, each time.


One such activity of interest is that of visiting Ban Kwang Chang, from where you get to depart and explore the natural beauty of the Koh Chang environment, on elephant back!


This is such a popular activity that even some of the locals of the region take part, which makes the experience all the more valuable since it is endorsed by its very own people as well.


The unique and defining factor of this trip is that you get to learn a lot about the local environment, the culture of the people and of course the elephants themselves, since your trip will be a guided tour with some very knowledgeable tour guides.


Be sure to slap on some old clothes though, which you don't mind getting wet and dirty, since one of the popular stops for the elephant-back guided tour is indeed one of the many rivers flowing through Koh Chang.


We all know that elephants love getting dirty and wet, in the river mud, and this makes for a bonding session between the humans and the elephants, so you will almost definitely get wet and muddy before you make your way back to your base.


To put the cherry on top of everything, the tour guides will arrange to collect you from your base, which takes the headache out of navigating the area yourself, and you don't need to worry about getting lost or have any safety issues.

Klong Son Beach is good for:

peace and quiet

sandy beach



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Klong Son beach (or Had Klong Son) is located on the north of Koh Chang. Nice bay at the very top of the island. Pure white sand stretch of beach, shaded with coconut trees. Klong Son gets very low numbers of visitors with the bulk of the backpackers and tourists alike speeding south enroute to Koh Chang's finer and more popular stretches of sand.

White Sand Beach is good for:

night live

sandy beach

variety of restaurants


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Koh Chang's most famous stretch of sand, at over 2km long there's certainly room for everyone! Lined with bungalows, food stalls and shops this is one of the best beaches in all of Thailand.

Klong Phrao Beach is good for:

tranquil surroundings

gorgeous rocky landscape

all sorts of activities

quiet and peaceful

Short description:

Situated on the somewhat less glamorous, northern side of the Koh Chang Island, Klong Prao isn’t all that much of tourist destination, especially for those who are in need of a true holiday experience of the exotic kind.

Lonely Beach is good for:

great sunset

cheap and peaceful retreat

all sorts of beach activities

perfect for family

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Also known as Kai Bae Beach, this is the spot to catch a great sunset! A few small shops and food stalls are along the beach, a good spot to chill out away from the crowds at White Sands Beach.

Bangbao Bay is good for:


seafood restaurants



Short description:

A well-sheltered bay with a small and quiet beach. It is a fishing community where residents still live in houses built on stilts and are connected by wooden bridges. There are a growing number of tourist shops, scuba dive outlets and seafood restaurants offering a good selection of seafood.

Salak Khok Bay is good for:

pretty, unspoiled area

traditional Thai community


quiet and peaceful

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There aren’t so much attraction in Salak Kok, but tourists can Kayak among the mangroves. Salak Kok Bay still has a fishing community that doesn’t change so much in many years, a great place to see the real traditional Thai community.



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