The second largest island in Thailand but still under-populated given its size, Ko Chang is wonderfully preserved and still a little wild. With over 70% of the island’s surface being lush rainforest, there is no shortage of wildlife and despite the obvious tourism it is possible to feel as though you are on a secluded white-sand beach all of your own.
The island has undergone a recent tourist boom so there are a number of larger resort developments underway, but it is still possible to escape into the jungle to spot wildlife or to climb mount Khao Salak Phet with the available licensed tour guides. Much of the sights are predominantly based on the west coast of the island as this is the location of the white-sand beaches and accommodation but it is possible to tour around the rest of the island to visit the numerous waterfalls. If you prefer your aquatic adventures to be above the water then it is possible to do some wonderful kayaking around the coast.
Although the island was predominantly a backpacker haven for many a year, it is now possible to stay in both simple huts and upmarket resorts, suiting all types of traveller. Located on the east coast of Thailand, Ko Chang was once forgotten about but it is the new star of the Thai tourist trade.
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