Koh Chang

Koh Chang is the second largest island in Thailand (429 km²) and one of the most beautiful, with long sandy beaches, a wide selection of wildlife (including elephants) & relatively few tourists.

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Koh Chang (“Elephant Island”) is significantly less developed than Phuket or Samui, but still offers a wide range of activities including snorkeling, diving, jungle hiking and various beach sports.

The best beaches and most of the resorts are located on Koh Chang’s west coast. White Sand Beach is the most developed and modern area. Kai Bae & Klong Prao have a more tropical island feel with a quaint village appearance and quirky shops.

There are no gay bars on Koh Chang, but gay travellers are welcomed everywhere. Island life is very laid-back and feels non-commercial. Lonely Beach & Bailan are a backpackers’ paradise with cheaper bars and affordable restaurants.

The best time to visit Koh Chang is between late October and April (outside of the monsoon season).

Location

Koh Chang is just off the east coast of Thailand, close to the border with Cambodia.

 

How to Get There

Bangkok Airways operates a regular service between Bangkok and Trat (a town on the mainland close to Koh Chang). Minibus transfers are available from Trat Airport to resorts on Koh Chang.

Bus services operate from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok city and Pattaya to Laem Ngop (the pier from which most ferries sail to Koh Chang).

Alternatively, book a limousine or taxi from Bangkok. The journey time is about 6 to 7 hours including car ferry and drop-off at your resort hotel on the island (approx. 4000 – 5000 baht each way)

 

Where to Stay

Here is our list of favourite hotels on Koh Chang. For more choices, click here to search all Koh Chang hotels.

Popular resort.

1/1 Moo 4 Bann Haad Sai Khao, White Sand Beach, Koh Chang | map | distance

8.4 Excellent
based on 4742 Agoda reviews

KC Grande Resort & Spa4 stars

Why this hotel? Popular resort. Great location. Close to nightlife. Free WiFi.

An excellent resort on the north side of Koh Chang, facing a long stretch of White Sand Beach. KC Grande features large guest rooms, suites & villas, two swimming pools, spa, café, bar, restaurant, gym, free WiFi, etc.

Beside the resort’s onsite facilities, guests can enjoy numerous recreational activities including kayaking, beach volleyball or going out for a dive. A popular choice on Travel Gay Asia.

features bar, cafe, restaurant, swimming pool, massage, sauna, gym, spa, free wi-fi (酒吧, 咖啡馆, 餐厅, 游泳池, 按摩, 桑拿, 健身房, 温泉, 免费无线上网) | updated: 04-04-2017

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Amazing views.

19/2 Moo 4, Klong Prao Beach, Koh Chang | map | distance

8 Excellent
based on 2711 Agoda reviews

AANA Resort & Spa4 stars

Why this hotel? Amazing views. Boutique villas. Popular choice. Free WiFi.

Set on top of a hill by a river, this boutique hotel offers 71 guest rooms and suites, some of which are luxury villas with individual plunge pools.

AANA Resort has two full-sized swimming pools, an onsite restaurant that serves Thai and international cuisine, and a spa that offers personalised treatments as well as yoga and meditation courses.

Though not a beachfront property, the resort has its own private beach located a few hundred meters away and can be reached by free, serviced-yourself kayaking or serviced boat at any time.

features bar, restaurant, shop, swimming pool, massage, spa, free wifi (酒吧, 餐厅, 铺子, 游泳池, 按摩, 温泉) | updated: 11-08-2017

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Beautiful surroundings.

19/9 Moo 4, Klong Prao Beach, Koh Chang | map | distance

8.2 Excellent
based on 1585 Agoda reviews

Ramayana Koh Chang Resort4 stars

Why this hotel? Beautiful surroundings. Modern Thai style. Excellent pool & gym.

This beautiful island resort on Koh Chang offers a tranquil ‘jungle environment’ with lush gardens and nice swimming pool. There is a free shuttle to the hotel’s private beach every hour.

The large Thai-styled rooms have private balconies are really good value for money. The Ramayana has its own gym, restaurant and massage spa.

features cafe, restaurant, internet access, swimming pool, massage, sauna, gym, spa (咖啡馆, 餐厅, 互联网, 游泳池, 按摩, 桑拿, 健身房, 温泉) | updated: 11-08-2017

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Fabulous views.

63 Moo 4, Kai Bae Beach, Koh Chang | map | distance

8.6 Excellent
based on 2055 Agoda reviews

Sea View Resort & Spa4 stars

Why this hotel? Fabulous views. Great value. Popular choice. Free WiFi.

Perched up on a hillside, the highly-rated Sea View Resort offers an outdoor pool and its own private beach. A private funicular tram enables guests to transfer between the beach and the resort’s facilities.

Guest rooms have private balconies with excellent views. All rooms feature flat screen TV, fridge, minibar and safe.

The resort is an easy 5-minute drive to Kai Bae Beach, a great area for diving, nature and dining on Koh Chang, and a 25-minute drive from Ferry Pier.

features bar, restaurant, swimming pool, massage, sun terrace, gym, spa, free wi-fi (酒吧, 餐厅, 游泳池, 按摩, 阳台, 健身房, 温泉, 免费无线上网) | updated: 04-04-2017

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Thai style villas.

8/15 Moo 4, Klong Prao Beach, Koh Chang | map | distance

8.6 Excellent
based on 701 Agoda reviews

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Santhiya Tree Koh Chang Resort4 stars

Why this hotel? Thai style villas. Fantastic pool. Sunroof bathroom. Free WiFi.

Ideal for couples, this luxury resort offers ultimate relaxation and privacy on Koh Chang.

Located down an isolated lane off the main road, Santhiya Tree features beautiful bungalows facing the beach, each of which has a unique sunroof bathroom and separate shower.

There is an outdoor gym, a pool and spa. The resort provides twice-daily free shuttle to White Sand Beach where you’ll find lots of restaurants and bars.

features bar, restaurant, shop, swimming pool, massage, sauna, gym, spa, free wi-fi (酒吧, 餐厅, 铺子, 游泳池, 按摩, 桑拿, 健身房, 温泉, 免费无线上网) | updated: 11-08-2017

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Modern bungalows.

12/4-5 Moo 1, Chang Tai, Koh Chang | map | distance

8 Excellent
based on 407 Agoda reviews

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Nirvana Resort4 stars

Why this hotel? Modern bungalows. Quiet surroundings. Great value. Free WiFi.

Surrounded by lush tropical plantation with relaxing atmosphere and outstanding views, Nirvana Resort offers stylishly designed rooms with modern facilities.

Each bungalow is decorated with wood and warm earth tones. There is a pool, and sauna, and a restaurant that serves contemporary Thai and Western dishes.

Nirvana can arrange many nature-activities for you, such as mountain trekking, elephant rides and bird watching.  Good value for money.

features bar, restaurant, , swimming pool, massage, sauna, free wi-fi (酒吧, 餐厅, 游泳池, 按摩, 桑拿, 免费无线上网) | updated: 11-08-2017

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Modern resort.

6/5/1 Moo 4, Koh Chang | map | distance

8.6 Excellent
based on 1125 Agoda reviews

AWA Resort Koh Chang4 stars

Why this hotel? Modern resort. Spacious rooms. Excellent pool. Free WiFi.

New beachfront resort, located a short drive from Kai Bae Beach and Lonely Beach on Koh Chang. AWA Resort offers spacious rooms with outdoor pool, restaurant and pool bar.

All modern guest rooms have air conditioning, comfortable beds, flat screen satellite TV and free WiFi. The resort also has a spa, concierge service and 24-hour front desk.

features swimming pool, restaurant, massage, sun terrace, spa, free wi-fi (餐厅, 游泳池, 按摩, 阳台, 温泉, 免费无线上网) | updated: 11-08-2017

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Beachfront Resort.

26/3 Moo 4, Klong Prao Beach, Koh Chang | map | distance

8.1 Excellent
based on 1049 Agoda reviews

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Centara Tropicana Resort4 stars

Why this hotel? Beachfront Resort. Large rooms. Fabulous pools. Free WiFi.

The Centara Koh Chang is set on the west coast Klong Prao beach. Guests have direct access to the beach, a choice of two swimming pools and sun terraces, set within mature tropical gardens.

The resort offers very spacious, contemporary Thai styled guest rooms and cabanas, the smallest is 50 m²! Room facilities include satellite TV, tea & coffee making facilities, mini-fridge and free WiFi.

The Centara has its own restaurant and bar, although is a good choice of eateries and street food vendors within walking distance.

features bar, cafe, restaurant, swimming pool, gym, spa, beach, free wi-fi (酒吧, 咖啡馆, 餐厅, 游泳池, 健身房, 温泉, 海滩, 免费无线上网) | updated: 11-08-2017

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Private villas.

4/3 Moo 1, Koh Chang Tai, Lonely Beach, Koh Chang | map | distance

8.1 Excellent
based on 503 Agoda reviews

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Warapura Resort3 stars

Why this hotel? Private villas. Quiet surroundings. Great value. Free WiFi.

Located on the south of the island at Lonely Beach (backpacker’s scene), close to Koh Chang’s nightlife area with all the bars and restaurants, but far enough for a peaceful stay.

Warapura features private bungalows and modern villas with flat screen TV’s, seating area and free WiFi.

The beach here is rocky and not good for swimming, but the resort has a swimming pool. Dining at the resort’s restaurant at sunset is recommended.

features restaurant, swimming pool, massage, free wi-fi (餐厅, 游泳池, 按摩, 免费无线上网) | updated: 11-08-2017

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