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The large and sprawling Koh Mai See Yai

The south-east expanse of the Mu koh chang national park offers a clearly different picture of Thailand’s tourism.  When beaches like North White Sand Beach and tropical beach paradises like Koh Chang rule Thai tourism in and out, there is also a different flavor provided by the presence of some of the great island viewing possibilities in the archipelago that forms part of the ocean scenery. 


Among the over forty big and small islands sprawling all over the Mu koh chang national park, Koh Mai See Yai stands tall because of its sheer size.  It is definitely one of the largest islands in the park.  Its very sight from afar is breathtaking, with the rise and fall of its hilly exterior and the lush foliage all around.


Due to its vast surface, Koh Mai See Yai can surely take away a good portion of your tour time just to go round it.  There are quite a few attractions in and around this great island.  One of them is the primordial caves that can be seen, especially, in the south east corner of the island.  These caves provide a truly dark experience if you explore into them, as they are the abodes of bats.  The screeching nocturnal beasts will make your heart beat a bit faster with all that screeching and flapping of wings. 


However, the Koh Mai See Yai is one of the islands in Mu koh chang national park that is not often visited.  Tourists tend to be satisfied with just a paddle around it because there are no proper sandy beaches here.  The northern side of the island is nothing but steep rocks and jagged hills.  This feature changes as you move south where you can find local fishermen living in groups.  A restaurant and some bungalows also form part of the change that is happening to Koh Mai See Yai with the advances in tourism.

published: 13.08.2012

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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