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The Chain of Islands

The Chain of Islands: Mu Koh Chang National Park Territorial Demarcation

It is a safe estimate to say that Mu Koh Chang National Park is an archipelago of more than 42 big and small islands. In Thai vocabulary, Ko or Koh is the equivalent term for island. It is redundant to write for instance Koh Chang Island because the right way should simply be Koh Chang which directly means Island Chang or Island of Chang. But as etymology evolves Koh Chang Island or Koh Mak Island doesn’t diminish the thought that Koh Chang or Koh Mak for that matter is indeed islands. It is then in this light that this section is dealing with names of islands that comprises the whole archipelago of Mu Koh Chang National Park.

 

There are seven major islands within Mu Koh Chang National Park. They are: Koh Chang (which is the biggest and popular island for tourism), Koh Mak, Koh Mai Si Yai, Koh Khlum, Koh Rang, koh Kood and Koh Wai. With the exemption of Koh Chang Island, the five major islands are situated in the southern side of the park and of Koh Chang and they are all surrounded by waters of the gulf.

 

The northern side of the park has the least number of islands. You can only find two small islands: Koh Chang Noi and Koh Mapring. They are often visited due to their secluded location which offers quiet private tours. The islands of Koh Suwan, Koh Yuak and Koh Man Nok are situated facing the coastal side of Koh Chang. These are favorite locations of tourists because of their proximity to the hotels and resorts are located on the western beachfront of Koh Chang Island. The southwestern side of the island of Koh Chang which is mostly identified as fishing communities, the islands of Koh Hai Chang, Koh Khlum, Koh Wai, Koh Krabun, Koh Chang Tai, Koh Mapring, Koh Lao Khlang, Koh Krabun and Koh Wai are found. These islands are considered rich in marine life and excellent sites for scuba diving and snorkeling. At the southernmost and southeastern of Koh Chang the islands of Koh Lom, Koh Krabung, Koh Falami Nuea, Koh Mo Nai, Koh Mo Nok, Koh Mai Si Lek, Koh Mai Si Yai, Koh Chan Noi, Koh Chan and Koh Bai Dang are situated. These islands are favorite destinations for marine adventures and beautiful beaches and sceneries. The islands of Koh Bai Tang, Koh Thong Lang, Koh Mapring, Koh Klang, Koh Rang, Koh Tun, Koh Rayang Nok, Koh Kham, Koh Ma and Koh Kut are situated in far south of Koh Chang. They are frequently visited by tourists in island hopping expeditions. They are accessible by kayak and motorized boats as they relatively near from each other except Koh Kut which is located at the farthest side of the national park.   

 

Viewing the satellite map of the whole Mu Koh Chang National Park, you can directly notice the chain of the islands in parallel to the coastal lines of the Trat Province and the borders of Cambodia to the southeastern side of Mu Koh Chang National Park. The physical chain created by the big and small islands comprising the park conveys a message of connectivity which time has linked them altogether.  

Klong Son Beach is good for:

peace and quiet

sandy beach

fishing

 

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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

shopping

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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:

fishing

seafood restaurants

shopping

nightlife

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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

kayaking

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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