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Elephant Trekking

As part of the many things to do, on Thailand's Koh Chang Island, elephant trekking should be high up on the priorities list.

 

Of the many attractions Koh Chang has, drawing tourists from all over the world, to get a truly authentic experience of the prehistoric way of life, lived by the villagers, a visit to the local elephant camp is a must, from where a trek through the jungle, lasting no less than two hours, departs to explore the beauty of the surroundings, on elephant back.

 

Naturally, the guided tour is conducted by some highly trained and highly skilled elephant handlers, for whom this is way of life is an everyday thing, and they are very likely to be very happy to impart some knowledge to you, giving you real value for your little money, in that you get to enjoy the majestic views as well as learn a thing or two about the history of the area, the way of life of the locals and most importantly, you get to learn about the nature of the big, beautiful elephants.

 

What better way to learn about the nature of elephants than to enjoy a fun ride on their backs, in a guided tour of their natural surroundings?

 

Be prepared to get a bit dirty though and you should pack an extra set of clean clothes, with the ones you are going to take the ride in a set you don't mind getting dirty, since you might find yourself drenched in some muddy water, especially if you are to experience the complete playful nature of the elephants, as you approach some water puddles.

 

Baan Klong Prao is one of Koh Chang's prime destinations for really exploring the traditional tourist routes and really getting involved, as opposed to the normal things tourists do, like laying around on the beach all day, which isn't a bad way to spend the day anyway.





Klong Son Beach is good for:

peace and quiet

sandy beach

fishing

 

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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

shopping

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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:

fishing

seafood restaurants

shopping

nightlife

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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

kayaking

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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