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Koh Chang & Koh Lanta - Are They Very Similar?

  • borgy

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    Just want to know whether in a holiday of 3 weeks it is worth it visiting both Koh Chang & Koh Lanta?Are the characteristics of both islands nearly the same? If so, I might have to choose one of them...Or the 2 islands have lots of differences between each other making it worthwile to visit both. But if you think it's worth it to visit both islands please let me know..thanks

    #1 Posted: 27/1/2010 - 14:48

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  • somtam2000

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    They are quite different and Ko Chang is certainly the more developed of the two. The interior of Ko Chang is more rugged with waterfalls and jungle while Ko Lanta is flattish and the beaches more exposed.

    Three weeks would leave ample time to visit both -- and both have other islands that can be visited nearby -- don't limit yourself to just two islands!

    #2 Posted: 28/1/2010 - 07:10

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    having stayed on both, we enjoyed the differences in the food. Chang had the better selection of seafood whereas Lanta being predominately muslim there was fantastic curries and the like. I
    personally prefered Long beach on Lanta for the swimming.
    cheers

    #3 Posted: 28/1/2010 - 07:28

  • Captain_Bob

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    They are both large islands with good sealed road most of the way around, allowing good possibilities for exploration by rented scooter. Find somewhere to stay on arrival, explore and discover other beaches, go stay there, move on.

    The logistics of getting between Chang and Lanta require transiting via Bangkok, so can be time-consuming by bus or a bit costly by air (Trat-BKK-Krabi). I'd be more inclined to stick with one area and explore the islands around there. For example, visit Lanta and the neighboring islands of Ko Ngai, Ko Kradan, Ko Muk, Ko Jum or of course there's always busier Phi Phi and Railay. Further down the Trang/Satun coast are more small islands plus the Tarutao national park islands and wonderkid Ko Lipe.

    You can island-hop down this coast with http://www.tigerlinetravel.com

    #4 Posted: 29/1/2010 - 10:49

  • borgy

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    thanks a lot for your replies guys...actually we decided to visit both but instead of 3 nights in Lanta we plan to spend 2 nights in Lanta and 3 in Krabi(instead of 2) and so we can take 1 day tours on islands from Krabi(we have still to decide which tours we take). Re Koh Chang we're definitely going to spend at least 3 nights before we head to Pattaya.

    thanks for being so helpful.and all the best

    #5 Posted: 30/1/2010 - 16:59

  • jamesspigne-
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    Travel to Koh Chang some years ago when there were very few tourists. Are they much the same nowadays,YES full of tourists and with it come the nasty attitudes and price increases.Look at Pai and other past quiet places and you,ll see tourism isn,t really making Thailand a better place. One good point is these places tend to get most of the tourists so they do not tend to spread tourism into every lovely village.Sadly the people who live here see mostly damage to the Thai culture. But who cares RIGHT!!!

    #6 Posted: 4/2/2010 - 09:53

  • jamesspigne-
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    Travel to Koh Chang some years ago when there were very few tourists. Are they much the same nowadays,YES full of tourists and with it come the nasty attitudes and price increases.Look at Pai and other past quiet places and you,ll see tourism isn,t really making Thailand a better place. One good point is these places tend to get most of the tourists so they do not tend to spread tourism into every lovely village.Sadly the people who live here see mostly damage to the Thai culture. But who cares RIGHT!!!

    #7 Posted: 4/2/2010 - 09:54

  • jamesspigne-
    si

    Joined Travelfish
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    Posts: 29
    Total reviews: 25

    Travel to Koh Chang some years ago when there were very few tourists. Are they much the same nowadays,YES full of tourists and with it come the nasty attitudes and price increases.Look at Pai and other past quiet places and you,ll see tourism isn,t really making Thailand a better place. One good point is these places tend to get most of the tourists so they do not tend to spread tourism into every lovely village.Sadly the people who live here see mostly damage to the Thai culture. But who cares RIGHT!!!

    #8 Posted: 4/2/2010 - 10:31

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