Ko Chang is so big, we've split it up into areas, select one of the below for detailed accommodation and food listings in that area. Sights and general overviews for Ko Chang as a whole can be found via the icons above. Don't know where to start? Read an overview of Ko Chang's different areas.
The Salak Phet Bay area has some of the best-value budget accommodation on Ko Chang -- if you don't mind the remote location. In Salak Phet fishing village you'll find a few charming spots perched over a mangrove-lined estuary. The western side of the bay is occupied by a pair of family-run resorts offering great seafood and outdoor activities. The Bay's more distant eastern side is a great option for solitude, and if you continue in this direction you'll eventually make it to the remote Long Beach with its one place to stay. Even more remote is Haad Wai Shak, a pretty little beach with only one back-to-nature bungalow spot.
In the picturesque fishing village that sits at the mangrove-lined mouth of the bay, a few notably excellent guesthouses are available in the low to midrange budgets.
Upon setting foot in this classy, eco-conscious guesthouse, we were soothed immediately by its air of sophistication. Orchestral music sounded softly from the wide, dark wood terrace perched over seawater that lapped amid the mangroves and fishing boats nearby. Upstairs, the Attic Relax Zone entranced us with numerous hammocks, cushions, scented candles, tasteful Buddha images and a quiet massage... Read our full review of The Mangrove Hideaway.
Echoing the holistic approach of nearby Mangrove Hideaway, Baan Yemaya is a smaller but similarly soothing guesthouse perched on stilts amid the simple village houses. An outstanding restaurant fronts the breezy bay between mangroves and fishing boats, and tremendous views are afforded from a shared outdoor terrace with a small flower and vegetable garden. Small rooms are located along the side... Read our full review of Baan Yemaya Guesthouse.
When we stopped by this charming little bungalow operation next to The Mangrove Hideaway, a woman in a towel who had just hopped out of the shower greeted us. It gives an idea of the casual vibe to be expected here. A handful of small but cheerful concrete bungalows are clustered around a shady lawn that stretches right to the water's edge. A few kayaks are available for exploring the mangroves,... Read our full review of Salak Petch Guest House .
Not too far from the central village, the picturesque west side of the bay is probably the most popular part of Salak Phet for travellers choosing to stay overnight. Aside from what's listed here, you'll find a handful of unassuming homestays.
Accessed by a long pier just past Salakphet Seafood, Island View is located in the middle of the bay, surrounded by water. This should alert fishing lovers as you can literally cast out from your balcony. The German/Thai owners put the emphasis on active holidays; in addition to the fishing there's yachting, snorkelling, scuba-diving, kayaking, stand-up paddling (SUP), waterskiing and trekking to... Read our full review of Island View Resort.
Occupying a huge wooden deck that extends out into the sea, Salakphet Seafood's restaurant is arguably the most famous dining spot on Ko Chang. Fresh seafood is the specialty, and having sampled the fresh snapper we agree the food is excellent, if a touch overpriced. Rooms are perched right over the water along a series of wooden walkways with countless potted flower bushes, and the accommodation... Read our full review of Salakphet Seafood and Resort.
On the eastern side of Salakphet Bay is a string of mid-range resorts and a tiny village known as Jek Bae. The resorts are universally spread out and quiet even during the high season, so visitors pretty much have to make their own fun. It’s far less built up that Salakphet. Whereas Salakphet houses a large fishing community, this area is predominantly resorts. It provides an extremely laid back feeling and is a far cry from the mass urbanisation of Ko Chang's west coast. Some small beaches can be found here, and stunning views can be seen from nearly everywhere. During the green season its virtually empty and good bargains can be had; don’t be afraid to haggle.
Long Beach is linked to Jek Bae and Salak Phet via a road that begins fat and smooth before it winds high beside steep cliffs and finally turns into a seriously rugged dirt lane for the last couple of kilometres -- we're talking isolated here. The beach itself is a narrow 400-metre-long stretch of tan sand that's not bad, but not as idyllic as Haad Wai Shak.
Having taken over the infamous but now long-closed flower-child hideaway, Treehouse, the far less inspiring Long Beach Resort, which opened in 2013, is attempting to recreate the place as … well, we're not exactly sure. After constructing new cold-water shared bathrooms on top of the hill, the new owner revamped some of the original bare-bones wood and bamboo huts. On our last visit, several of... Read our full review of Long Beach Resort.
Within reach of Jek Bae village but a few kilometres from Salak Phet and Salak Khok village if going by road, the bay's more remote eastern side is a good choice for those seeking some serious peace and quiet. You'll probably want a motorbike as the terrain is quite spread out.
Nestled at the very end of the road through Jek Bae, the Karang Bayview is a long-running bungalow operation in what is arguably the most spectacular location on Ko Chang. In front of a coconut tree grove that feels a world away from anything, a string of ageing thatched bamboo bungalows are stilted over a lawn that tapers into the resort's private white sand beach. Sheltered by peninsulas on... Read our full review of Koh Chang Karang Bayview Resort.
Set along a mangrove-lined coast on a meadow shaded by coconut trees, French-run Little Gipsy has a small collection of simple dark violet wood bungalows with fans, double beds draped in mosquito nets, private cold water bathrooms and front porches with hammocks. But what really draws people here are the quiet atmosphere and artsy yet unpretentious vibe, which is embodied by the old wooden... Read our full review of Little Gipsy.
Located just north of the turnoff for Salak Khok, this isolated resort in a peaceful setting caters to health-conscious travellers. Each with air-con, TV with DVD player, fridge, desk, rattan furnishings and soft beds on four-poster frames with mosquito nets, the beautiful villas with wood tile roofs are blended successfully into the surrounding forest. Flowers, butterflies and birdsong abound. A... Read our full review of The Spa Koh Chang Resort.
The Ko Chang tourist maps claim that this miniature beach is only accessible by sea. In fact, you can get here by taking a right off the road to Salakphet Seafood, at the little booth with green trim, and then bearing left onto a sandy road after a couple of kilometres. While Wai Shak Bungalow has a handful of huts for rent, we also saw people camped on this remote but beautiful beach.
With no electricity and water that flows naturally down from a hilltop stream, Wai Shak is a taste of old school backpacking paradise. The place draws virtually no attention to itself, with no signs on the main road or the turnoff for the beach. So remote and isolated is the area that we muttered It can't be! after finally noticing the tiny red, yellow and green sign at the far western side of... Read our full review of Wai Shak Bungalow.