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Park Management: Mu Koh Chang National Park Patrol Rangers

The status of Mu Koh Chang being a national park in 1982 has put the entire archipelago comprising of over 52 big and small islands under the custody of the Marine National Park Division (MNPD). MNPD is the separated division under Royal Forest Department (RFD) authorized to manage, protect and manage all marine national parks which Mu Koh Chang is part. The Marine National Park Division is supervised by a director who gets information directly from the superintendents of each marine national park.

 

Mu Koh Chang National Park Patrol Rangers
Mu Koh Chang National Park Patrol Rangers

Mu Koh Chang is directly managed by a superintendent aided by 2 assistants. It has many teams of rangers and each ranger team is composed of 1 ranger and 11 temporary workers who carry out the daily work. Park management involves the over-all upkeeping of the park. It disposes its mandate based on the seven enacted acts: National Park Act, Forest Act, National Reserved Forests Act, Wildlife Preservation and Protection Act, Fishery Act, Harbor Act and Environment Act.

 

To rationalize the territorial size of Mu Koh Chang National Park, the local MNP administration put up 5 marine park offices in Koh Chang being the biggest island within the park. One office is at the road about a kilometer behind Baan Bang Bao towards the direction of Baan Khlong Kloi. Another one is located at the entrance of the Khlong Plu Watrefall. The third office is directly by the road between White Sand Beach and Khlong Son Bay. The fourth is located approximately 3 kilometers outside of Baan Salak Phet. It can be reached via rough jungle tract and coming from the north, you turn right following the signpost in the intersection and about 1.5 kilometers before Baan Salak Phet. The fifth one which is the head office of Mu Koh chang National Park is 11 kilometers south of Dan-Kao Pier, directly by the road opposite the entrance to the Than Mayom Waterfall.

 

The park’s head office is relatively beautiful and well kept. It has a museum of rich information about the flora and fauna of the archipelago and it has a very educational 3-D map of Koh Chang and the glimpse of islands comprising the park. It accommodates overnight camp outs and camping gears for a fee and caters meal to people through its restaurant.   The office offers ranger services for tourists who love mountain or jungle trekking adventure. It gives permission to people or tourists to spend nights in the jungle with the accompaniment or supervision of its forests rangers.  These measures are local MNP initiatives to augment its operational budget and income generating means.

 

The common occurrence in the park which sometimes creates tension between the park management personnel and local residents is the issue on fishing. Many locals violated the protected zone areas specified by the park. They intrude the protected zones bringing their fishing boats and gears. Mooring buoys are regularly neglected. There are also reports of asking exuberant fees from tourists by locals who employ themselves as guides using their boats or services.  

 

It is considerably understandable that park management of Mu Koh Chang National Park sometimes suffered setbacks in implementing the acts mandated by law because it has to deal fairly with the land, seas, nature and people.

 

Klong Son Beach is good for:

peace and quiet

sandy beach

fishing

 

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

shopping

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:

fishing

seafood restaurants

shopping

nightlife

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

kayaking

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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