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Bang Bao and Khlong Kloi

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Covering Ko Chang’s far southwestern corner, Bang Bao is best known for its pier that reaches for 700 metres to a three-storey lighthouse. Throw in the calm teal water, stilted houses and green mountains rising up behind, and you have one scenic bay. It’s also one of our favourite parts of Ko Chang.

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Like all of Ko Chang’s old villages, fisher families first settled Bang Bao and until the 1990s it was just another fishing village. A gradual shift to tourism eventually left the bay with no fishing boats apart from those running fishing trips for tourists. Nowadays you’ll find plenty of dive boats, slow boats and speedboats shooting travellers off on “five-island tours” of the archipelago. This is also where high-season ferries depart for Ko Wai, Ko Maak and Ko Kut.

Need a boat? Photo taken in or around Bang Bao and Khlong Kloi , Ko Chang, Thailand by David Luekens.

Need a boat? Photo: David Luekens

Though tourism is now entrenched as the main industry, Bang Bao has somehow remained sedate and we still think it’s one of the prettiest parts of Ko Chang. Families that have been here for generations continue to live and work around the bay, even if most now serve drinks or rent out rooms rather than catching fish and farming coconuts. Of course, some local families retain deep-rooted connections to Trat province’s fishing industry and fresh seafood is not hard to find, though you will pay a premium for it at the pier restaurants.

Apart from the boat trips launched from the pier, Bang Bao’s main draw for many travellers is Haad Khlong Kloi, a narrow yet beautiful khaki-sand beach covering part of the bay’s eastern shore. Offering a strong choice of budget bungalows and a few comfier resorts, the beach draws backpackers who have outgrown the scene at Lonely Beach. On Khlong Kloi Beach you’ll find kayaks and SUP boards for rent, and the sheltered bay keeps the water calm—great for swimming and paddling—for much of ... Travelfish members only (Around 900 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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