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  • Beaches
    4 stars

    Each of Ko Chang's notable beaches has a distinct character with varying degrees of scenery, crowds, remoteness, accommodation and activities. Whether you're a backpacker looking for a place to crash on the sand, a family in need of calm and shallow water, a high-roller seeking a plush beach-side ... read more

  • Ko Chang's east coast
    3.5 stars

    "An idyllic, deserted beach" with "no road access" — this was how the Ko Chang tourist map described Haad Wai Shak. ... read more

  • Waterfalls
    4 stars

    Ko Chang boasts pristine mountains and waterfalls in addition to its beaches -- eight key waterfalls are worth a visit. Here's how to do it. Unlike most Thai islands, Ko Chang boasts pristine mountains and waterfalls in addition to its beaches. In fact, large scale tourism wouldn't have been ... read more

  • Boat trips
    4 stars

    The most popular activities on (or off to be precise) Ko Chang are boat trips to the surrounding islands. These come in a range of styles and prices. Most focus on snorkelling, though some are centred on fishing, kayaking, yachting or just plain cruising. The most common boat trips are usually ... read more

  • Elephant camps
    Half a star

    Being "Elephant Island", it's no surprise that Ko Chang hosts some half-dozen elephant camps where you can bathe and ride the animals. The most humane of these is supposedly Baan Kwan Chang, which is supported by the Asian Elephants Foundation. While its remote jungle atmosphere in Khlong Son ... read more

  • Jungle treks
    4 stars

    The vast majority of Ko Chang is protected as part of the eponymous national park, and trekking into the mountains is a great way to experience its wild side. A cross-island trail connects Khlong Plu and Than Mayom waterfalls, taking you up and over the island's rugged centre and past the highland ... read more

  • Thai cooking classes
    3.5 stars

    While we haven't tried them ourselves, the Thai cookery classes offered by Blue Lagoon in Khlong Prao have received excellent reviews for several years running. Group classes are held in a lovely open-air kitchen, in a tranquil setting near the lagoon. The experienced teachers explain all about ... read more

  • Scuba diving
    3.5 stars

    Ko Chang is no Ko Tao when it comes to scuba, but the area does offer several worthwhile dive sites and is a fine place for anything from a resort dive to a full PADI course. While there are some interesting pinnacles and swim-throughs near Ko Chang, the best diving is around Ko Rong. Here ... read more

  • Koh Chang Thai Boxing Centre
    3.5 stars

    Ko Chang may not have a muay Thai (Thai kickboxing) stadium, but it does offer an excellent training facility. With decades of experience, the gym's five coaches have competed at the top muay Thai venues, including Bangkok's Lumpinee and Ratchadamnoen stadiums. They offer courses by the hour for ... read more

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