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The white beach of Koh Chang and the nightlife of Phuket: The Best of Two Worlds

Though Koh Chang and Phuket are islands belonging to the same country, but they have distinct and different things to showcase. Being favorite destinations for local and international tourists, they are both natural haven. But in terms of entertainment some visitors considered Koh Chang more natural than Phuket. As the island of Koh Chang is situated in the gulf of Thailand, it is relatively safer to navigate its waters and coastlines compared to Phuket where it is located facing the Andaman Sea which is a big body of water and often visited by destructive forces of nature like typhoons and the recent tsunami incident that struck the place that caused destruction to lives and properties. This makes more visitors in their 40’s prefer the white beach of Koh Chang and the nightlife of Phuket comes as the choice for young travelers.


At Koh Chang any traveling tourist or visitor can have the best world of nature as the entire island and the chain of neighboring big and small islands is under the Mu Koh Chang National Park. Koh Chang in particular is regarded as Marine Park. Being an island surrounded by waters, beautiful white sand beaches are among its best offerings for visitors to enjoy during their stay. Beautiful beaches are situated mostly in the western side of Koh Chang and with it, sunsets become worthy coastal attraction in the afternoon. 


Without taking into account the structural developments of Phuket as Koh Chang is just a tourist hub in the making, Koh Chang may be better than Phuket for those who come to escape the madding crowd of the city and want to experience solitude. They might love and get the best rest they want on the white beach of Koh Chang and the nightlife of Phuket may not be their heart’s desire as of the moment.     

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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