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Get a glimpse of the burly Koh Man Nok

Though it is often thought that Thailand is a tropical paradise spread-eagled with nothing but lavish beaches and sparkling resorts to match, it is not always so.  The reality is that what the average tourist to this land blessed by nature’s bounties sees is not even half of the whole measure.  The whole ocean, in fact, forms a play ground for tiny island fantasies to unravel.  If you have had enough of beaches and need to do some real island trekking, Koh Man Nok is the right place.  However, on your visit to this island, it has to be borne in mind that this is not your usual sand, sun, and water paradise.


What you will find as you approach Koh Man Nok is water and just more water.  This island is quite near to the Kai Bae beach, which is about two kilometers away.  From far away, especially when seen from the west, the island provides its best view.  With its jagged rocky circumference and the thick foliage that encompasses it, the island truly is a burly expression of Thailand’s rough and dark side.  This is enhanced by the fact that the island does not have a proper beach to smoothly come ashore; it is all rocks, boulders, and dead coral.  Since it is risky, it is always advised not to use your snorkeling gear around this island.  The safest mode to get on the island is to reach there by kayak. 


The small clearing of coral along the northern edge of Koh Man Nok can help pull your kayak and have a safe stop.  Once there safely, the island is all for you to explore. If you happen to be that budding geologist or rock climber, this island can be just the place for you.  You can also get a good view of the local fishermen doing their act near the island’s shores.

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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