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The Battle of Koh Chang

On January 17th, 1941, the Battle of Ko Chang took place, involving France and Thailand, which the French went on to win conclusively, attacking the compact Thai assembly of watercraft with advanced warships.


The battle would go on to stretch over a period of one month, after which time peace was negotiated to bring the war to an end.


French Tactics


The French naval forces employed what is known as guerilla tactics, in more modern warfare terms, separating into three separate groups to cover the full length of the enemy harbor anchorage site, with a spy plane, the Loire 130 flying over to recon the firepower of the Thai naval forces.


The war came into full effect when the aircraft was overpowered and sent back, by the Thai forces' anti-aircraft assault, after the Loire had been detected, sending the Thai forces into action.


This was quite a setback since the French forces had wanted to gain the upper-hand with the element of surprise, together with the fact that the Thai forces were a little better-equipped than they had originally planned for.


The French forces managed to inflict some conclusive damage, nonetheless, with a very big challenge put up by the Thai forces.


The overall plan was to arrive at the Thai fleet anchorage just before sunrise, so as to gain the advantage of the element of surprise, making use of the various little islands as cover for the ships and blocking out all escape route options for the Thai forces, which was carried out rather well but, the main reason for the French victory lay in the fact the French naval forces were simply better equipped than the Thai forces.


Thai Battle Ship Fleet


Although the Thai Navy fleet ultimately proved to be inferior to the French, it was definitely up for any fight, with an otherwise impressive collection of watercraft from Italy and Japan.


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

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

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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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