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Quiet Koh Chang and Busy Phuket: Pick Your Choice

Koh Chang and Phuket belong to the same country of Thailand. They are known as favorite tourism hubs among local and international tourists. Both have their distinct and unique features to entice or attract different kinds of people from all over the world. But when you heard others say that Koh Chang is better than Phuket, you might think in what way knowing at the back of your mind that in terms of existence or development Phuket is far ahead of Koh Chang. The edge of Koh Chang lies in the preference of people. When someone is after of a place where he or she can take a hideaway from urban living, then Koh Chang is better than Phuket. The choice is between quiet Koh Chang and busy Phuket.


As Phuket is characterized aside by beaches, it is crowded by the presence of malls, discothèques, bars, nightlife activities, shops and other entertainment establishments are thriving in great numbers. Whereas in Koh Chang, you can have the experience of a quiet life and enjoy the natural set up without much disturbances. You can still have the grasp of rural living as there are communities living in the island who are still doing their own way of fishing, farming and other traditional way of doing things.


So when you find Koh Chang better than Phuket, it is along in its natural setting. The island of Koh Chang is a recognized National Marine Park and it is along with its neighboring small and big islands are under the protection of Mu Koh Chang National Park. At Koh Chang anyone can have the opportunity to appreciate the protected rainforests and surroundings of the island especially when the hotel or accommodation is situated near the foot of the hills. Unlike in Phuket where the island is considerably flat and everything comes almost for commercial purposes.  That makes others choose over for quiet Koh Chang and busy Phuket for some who love to party around.

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



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

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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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