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).
Koh Chang is just off the east coast of Thailand, close to the border with Cambodia.
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)
Here is our list of favourite hotels on Koh Chang. For more choices, click here to search all Koh Chang hotels.
based on 4742 Agoda reviews
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.
7.9 Very Good - based on 2599 Agoda reviews
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.
8.1 Excellent - based on 1526 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel? Beautiful surroundings. Modern Thai style. Excellent pool & gym.
Inland resort offering a tranquil ‘jungle environment’ with beautiful gardens and 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. Ramayana Resort has its own gym, restaurant and massage spa.
based on 2055 Agoda reviews
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.
8.6 Excellent - based on 682 Agoda reviews
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.
8 Excellent - based on 399 Agoda reviews
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.
8.6 Excellent - based on 1125 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel? New hotel. 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.
8.1 Excellent - based on 1023 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel? Beachfront Resort. Spacious 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 cabana’s, the smallest is 50 m²! Room facilities include satellite TV, tea & coffee making facilities, min-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.
8 Excellent - based on 461 Agoda reviews
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.