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The Basics of Snorkeling

Snorkeling is one of the favorite pastimes of holiday makers who visit places with water surroundings, such as Koh Chang, and it can be a great way to explore the depths of the safe waters around the Koh Chang beaches and other locations.


Beginners need some basics however as snorkeling is quite easy to master but, some safety precautions and fundamentals need to take priority.


Snorkeling Basics


The first thing you need to make sure of is the fit of your snorkeling mask -- a mask that fits you perfectly is very important as this can mean the difference between enjoying the snorkeling experience and battling constant discomfort.


Your mask has to fit your face perfectly, even if you move around.


For beginners particularly, you might want to purchase some anti-fog solution, which will prevent your mask from fogging up and obscuring your view, known by a lot of different names and it should be available at all scuba shops.


Balancing the pressure on your ears can be done easily by holding your nose shut and blowing relatively hard, which will clear your ears if you don't have any other issues you're battling with, like flu and cold or sinus problems.


The aim is to dive under the water and be able to spot as much of the underwater sea life as possible, for as long as possible so, the better swimmer you are, the better the snorkeling experience will be for you and it takes a bit of practice to master the art of diving for the best depth and balancing your face mask while taking in all the views.


Snorkeling Dangers


Beginners should try to avoid snorkeling in the night time as there are many dangers that come with not having a clear view but, night time snorkeling can be very nice for those who want to spot some sea life that only comes out in the dark.


Diving sites have to be inspected and researched for any potential dangers, like sharp coral reefs and unstable debris which can become very dangers during oscillating currents.

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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