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Ban Salak Phet the largest and oldest community on Koh Chang

Visit Ban Salak Phet to know more about the oldest community and largest bay in Koh Chang.

Ban Salak Phet is the oldest community and largest bay in Koh Chang found in the southernmost part of the island. It is a wide, crescent bay with beautiful ranges of mountains at the front and back part of the area which helps in blocking strong winds and waves, making the cove an idyllic place to stay.


Long ago, Ban Salak Phetwas the busiest part of Koh Chang because of its spirited livelihood and agricultural industry. It was called the “Texus of Koh Chang” because it is a rich source of fresh water, plants and fishes for the people.


Until now, the main livelihood in the bay community is fishing, since it is ideal for breeding fish with its mountainous surroundings. Actually, you can immediately get a feel of the fishing industry once you get there, through fishing boats and vessels filled with fresh fishes and various kinds of newly catched seafood.


Farming is also a big business in Ban Salak Phet. A lot of families grow delicious fruits and vegetables in their orchards and backyards just like durian and rambutans. The products quality is very high and they export to other nearby countries like Cambodia and Vietnam.


Although Ban Salak Phet is not the vigorous village like its old days, the main attraction of the bay is its peaceful, relaxing atmosphere. It is perfect for people looking for rest and isolation from the busy noise of the city, a break that will surely be rewarding.


Because of the increasing number of tourists visiting the place every year, Ban Salak Phet has a lot of accommodations to offer to suit different tastes and needs of the tourists. It has a range of homestays (as what they call it there) to choose from.


These homestays are private houses and cottages found along the bay and on land. You can select the best one that fits your needs, whether you want to see the bay’s clear water or the primitive life of the people. The price range is very affordable too—from 500 to 2000 baht, you’ll surely get the worth of seeing the beautiful community of Ban Salak Phet.


As with activities, boating to the nearby islands of Koh Sai Khao, Koi Wah, and Koh Lao Yah is the most popular. It is also where you can see the highest hill in Koh Chang called Mt. Salak Phet and the oldest temple in Koh Chang called Wat Salak Phet, built by King Rama V during his visit in the island.

published: 09.03.2012

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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