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Jungle trekking

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Old-growth rainforest blankets mountains topping 700 metres on Ko Chang, making it a great place to do some jungle trekking as a break from the beach.

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The short hikes to any of Ko Chang’s waterfalls offer casual hikers a glimpse of the jungle, with the trails to Khlong Jao Leuam and Kai Bae waterfalls being our favourites. In theory, you could locate trails leading further into the jungle from several waterfalls and just start walking, but these trails are not marked and quite a few trekkers have spent nights in the jungle after losing their way.

You will need a guide. Photo taken in or around Jungle trekking , Ko Chang, Thailand by David Luekens.

You will need a guide. Photo: David Luekens

To do a solid day trek safely you’ll need to employ a local guide and Ko Chang is home to a few focusing on different parts of the island. All three speak English and have good reputations for pointing out wildlife including the rare loris, civet cat and many species of birds and reptiles.

Ko Chang’s jungle is no joke: prepare for leeches, especially when hiking after a rain, and bring along extra water and mozzie spray. Treks range from 500 to 1,500 baht if going with a group and usually include lunch, limited drinking water and pick up at your hotel. We’ve heard that some treks draw groups of 20 people or more in high season—do consider all options before booking.

It’s possible to book treks by calling the following guides directly, but don’t be surprised if your call goes unanswered because the guide is in the middle of the jungle. Most travellers book through a resort, travel office or online agents like Koh Chang Guide and ... Travelfish members only (Around 600 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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