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.