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An Elephant of a Different Kind

Thailand’s Naval History to be Captured in a “Bottle”


A stone’s throw away, from the heart of the tourist destination-friendly island of Koh Chang, is the New Island Naval Shipyard, which adds a whole new dynamic to the various activities enjoyed on the main tourist island of Koh Chang.


For those whose definition of a good time spreads beyond the somewhat universal norm, of nightlife partying and drinking the night away, they will have a lot of options to work with by way of entertainment, on the island.


Entertainment doesn’t have to be wild and irresponsible – it can also be very educational, leaving lasting memories that are far more valuable.


More specifically though, the elephant horn-shaped island of Koh Chang, which gets its casual name from this geological formation instead of the presence of actual elephants on the island, proudly houses the New Island Naval Shipyard, of which the major attraction is the perfect example of how the hard thinking hospitality minds can make the most out of any situation. Especially if that situation is one with a lot of history behind it, which Thailand’s past has a lot of.


The New Island Naval Shipyard accounts for further reference to the elephant – in a lot less of a biological sense however, but rather an elephant in the form of the Royal Elephant, a retired ship which is still in relatively good shape, but has been dubbed to have completed its life as a naval ship.


Tourists and history enthusiasts will be very pleased to have their curiosity fed and satisfied, as the Royal Elephant completes its reincarnation, kicking off its double life as an on-deck field trip venue and then completing it as artificial coral, after it is to be sunk.


Divers and snorkeling enthusiasts eat your hearts out as you can be sure to visit the Royal Elephant in its future form as an undersea ship skeleton, which is sure to make for some interesting developments

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

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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



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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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