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Kayak Equipment: What to Bring

Kayaking is one of the most exciting expeditions to go on when visiting a diversely rich area, populated with lots of waterways and plant and animal life, just waiting to be explored.


A place like Koh Chang Island, for instance, would make for one of the best locations for kayaking expeditions, simply because of all the natural water features it has to offer.


When going on a kayaking expedition though, it would probably be impractical to take along your own technical kayaking kit, which includes the kayak canoe and the rowers, so the next best thing would be to rent them, from the local service provider of the kayaking area you are planning to explore.


Furthermore, kayaking canoes can come in a variety of different shapes and sizes, some more suited for specific features, like waterways that have a lot of rocks for instance, so it is better to go with the ones that are locally available, and always ask the local expert for some advice.


Fortunately though, most of these little issues are sorted out along with the services offered by the local guided kayaking service providers, so what you'll have to worry about is probably only what you need to bring, to make your kayaking expedition as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.


With the technical equipment very likely sorted out (the kayak canoe and rowers), in order to make your adventure as safe and fun as possible, you will need to bring the following:


  • Lifejacket (if not supplied by the local service provider)
  • Fresh drinking water (about 2 liters is enough)
  • Big hat (to cover your shoulders and face from direct contact with the sun)
  • Sun screen
  • Covered footwear (like sneakers or light boots for walking on various challenging surfaces)
  • Sunglass shades (to keep out the sun's rays)
  • A small first aid kit (if not supplied by local service provider)
  • A dry bag (to keep your valuables in that you don't want to get wet or damage)

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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