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Diving at the rocky Koh Chan

Thailand is a tropical paradise massively blessed by the beautiful ocean.  The great beaches and the spellbinding islands are enough to drive millions of tourists to get a glimpse and experience the wonders that this paradise has to offer.  However, if your trip is not backed up by proper research or guidance, your tropical tour might turn out to be unsatisfactory.  This is completely because of the fact that there are plenty of things to see and do at this place.


But not everything is for everybody.  Just like Koh Chan, which you might go for expecting a beach paradise and find that it is truly something else.  It is, in fact, the absence of a beautiful beach and the presence of the rocky surface all around that makes this island tick.


Koh Chan is a rocky abode.  It is surrounded by steep rocky surface which makes it dangerous for boats to come ashore. Even then, there are a few areas where you can pull up in your kayaks as there are narrow natural parking spaces that form part of the shoreline of this island.  Therefore, this island is of no interest at all for the average beach lover and is everything for the adventurer, as Koh Chan is surrounded by vantage points to exercise and explore your diving capabilities.  The steep cliffs form the best places to take off on a diving spree.  The south-east part of the island provides the best place for diving with its reefs and corals and the nice deep waters that form clear pathways for the divers to explore with each dive into the ocean.  The southern part of Koh Chan is also a wonderful place for snorkeling.  An added attraction is the sure sight of reef sharks around the waters and the reefs.

published: 14.08.2012

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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