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Island Hopping at Koh Chang and Bar Hopping at Phuket: Pick Your Choice

Many would view going to beautiful resorts or vacation destinations like Koh Chang or Phuket as opportunity for rest, recreation, adventure and others. These two beautiful islands of Thailand are known tourist hubs for their distinct features. While it is true that different folks have different strokes, those who love nature tripping find Koh Chang better than Phuket as the former is an island wherein 70% of it is protected rainforest and is surrounded by chain of big and small islands whereas the latter is characterized mostly by human structure and relatively flat mass of land. Nature lovers prefer to indulge island hopping in Koh Chang and bar hopping in Phuket seem like an extension of the busy city life. 


With nature tripping like island hopping in the island of Koh Chang and its surrounding islands, any traveler or tourist can have the first hand experience of encountering different views over and underneath the waters. Koh Chang is a tourist destination which is developed just recently and is starting to gain attention from the world. Unlike Phuket any visitor can have the chance to witness the natural flow of life from sunrise to sunset without too much disturbances. Koh Chang is a suitable place for people who want to relax and enjoy their stay with nature. But to say that Koh Chang is a bit backward compared to Phuket is downright judgmental. If backward refers only to structural development, then it is not the exact criterion for such a judgment. Koh Chang is unique in itself and it exists as it is for people to make the best with it and to enjoy life what it has to offer. After all, in the heart of a nature lover it opts island hopping in Koh Chang and bar hopping in Phuket may come as the second choice.

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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