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General Transport In and Around Koh Chang

Since Koh Chang is indeed a water-locked island, there would probably only be two logical ways to get onto the island, by air or water.


Getting into Koh Chang really only has the watercraft as an option, since the air routes generally tend to serve mainland Thailand, with no practicality in flights going directly into the surrounding islands, including Koh Chang.


If you are really lucky, you can hitch a ride on one of the fishermen's boats, but they rarely ever make the entire trip from the mainland to any of the islands so, one of the commercial options is the next best, and probably the only other option.


There is heavy traffic between mainland Thailand and Koh Chang, in both directions, so there will be no shortage of transport, particularly aimed at the tourist market.


You can pretty much get transport to and from Koh Chang all day, everyday, but it's better to travel in larger groups as some group discounts can be made available, rather than renting your own, private speedboat, which comes with a driver of course.


Renting the speed boat service is only viable if you are really in a hurry to get into or out of Koh Chang, but you must naturally be prepared to spend a little bit more than what you'd otherwise spend on the larger commercial water transport options, like the ferries.


Once on the island, there are various transport systems to choose from, from walking (traveling by foot is best if covering short distances while getting some sightseeing done) to bicycles for rent, which you can use the whole day for no more than $2, or you can take some of the bus services, taxis or motorcycles for rent.


It all depends on where you want to get to, how far it is and how much of a hurry you might be in.

Klong Son Beach is good for:

peace and quiet

sandy beach



Short description:

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


Short description:

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

Short description:

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

Short description:

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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