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Salak Phet and the east coast

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Fishing boats bob beside stilted homes as sea eagles glide over mangroves, orchards and rubber groves. In the background stand 700-metre-high mountains concealing waterfalls shrouded in jungle. Anyone who thinks that Ko Chang is too crowded or developed has never made it to Salak Phet and the east coast, an area that rewards those who are ready to explore.

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The lack of a cross-island road from Bang Bao in the south has left Salak Phet Bay to retain its small fishing industry around the southeast corner of Ko Chang. Throughout the east coast, only a handful of small resorts and guesthouses attract travellers seeking seclusion along with kayaking, fishing and trekking opportunities. For some visitors, the genuine cross-cultural exchange is most important.

Plenty of spots to dawdle. Photo taken in or around Salak Phet and the east coast, Ko Chang, Thailand by David Luekens.

Plenty of spots to dawdle. Photo: David Luekens

Yet most travellers hit the east on day trips from the touristy west coast, and they can expect a roughly 70-kilometre round trip from Haad Sai Khao. Whenever we hit the east coast, we usually start out thinking day trip, but realise once we’re over there that staying a night or two is really the ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 1,700 words.)

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