Things to Do in Koh Chang, Thailand
Koh Chang is one of those tropical islands where you can do nothing at all or enjoy an amazing choice of land- and water-based activities, including:
Diving – The best dive sites are located to the east and south of Koh Chang around several small islands including Koh Khlum, Koh Wai and especially around Koh Rang. Beginners can try shallow dives at the Southern Pinnacle, Koh Yak and Koh Laun to see soft corals, anemones, schooling fish, rays, morays, barracuda and the occasional turtle.
Experts should head to the more challenging 30m dives off Koh Rang, Koh Kra and Koh Tun, which offer some of the most pristine coral in Thailand and numerous species of fish. Several Koh Chang dive operators provide equipment and offer PADI courses during the diving season from mid-October to May.
Hiking – Choose from several well-marked trails that criss-cross the island's densely forested peaks and often lead to scenic waterfalls such as Than Mayom and Klong Neung, which are best seen during the months of October and November – the end of the wet season.
Try the trail from Hat Klong Phraew to Klong Plu Falls, which cascades over three tiers into a natural rock basin. Or head to the Treetop Adventure Park at Bai Lan where you can wobble along walkways suspended over the jungle.
Elephant safari – At Ban Kwan Elephant Camp you can ride an elephant on a 90-minute safari through tropical rainforest, which also includes feeding and bathing one of these gentle giants. The camp is a refuge for elephants that have outlived their working usefulness.
Kayaking – Explore the coastline and pretty offshore islands or take an organised tour through the east coast's mangrove forests with the Salak Kohk Community Foundation.