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Ko Si Chang

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  • Haad Tham Phang
    3.5 stars

    Don't anticipate azure waters and blinding-white sand – its frumpiness is part of its charm and even on long weekends, the beach is not unbearably crowded. Reminiscent of Hua Hin and Cha-am, the sand is largely taken over by beach chairs and umbrellas, as Thai vacationers prefer to be at the ... read more

  • Chinese Temple, Buddha's Footprint and Yellow Buddha
    3.5 stars

    Climb 300 steps and you will be rewarded with jaw-dropping views, an abandoned funicular train, benches shaped like dragons, and more than six Buddha shrines, including Saan Chao Pho Kao Yai. The shrines, which live within the nooks and crannies of a hillside cave, are saturated in gold leaf and ... read more

  • Rama IV Summer Palace and grounds
    4.5 stars

    Past the Marine Science Research Station and Aquarium (a let down by Bangkok standards, but good for the kids) to the southeast side of the island sits the Chudhadhuj Rajthan Palace Museum and grounds. When France sent troops to blockade the Gulf of Thailand and occupy Ko Si Chang in 1893, ... read more

  • Tours and snorkelling
    4 stars

    For a self-guided tour around the island, you can rent bicycles (60 baht per day) or motorbikes (300 baht per day) from Charlie's Bungalows, though a few other guesthouses tout similar rental services. From the Tourist Information Centre at the pier, you can rent motorbikes (80 baht per hour, ... read more

  • Sunsets and viewpoints
    4 stars

    From the Buddha's Footprint, situated high above the ground, you can see the lustrous Yellow Buddha, a glimpse of the only lake on the island, and a get a 360-degree view of the entirety of Ko Si Chang. To catch pink, orange, and yellow sunsets that light up the evening sky, dine on the west ... read more

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