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Exploring Ko Chang Noi on foot

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Ko Chang Noi offers some terrific options for long strolls on the sand or hikes that pierce into farms and forests before ending at secluded bays. Few places to buy food and drinks are found beyond the beaches and it’s easy to get lost on inland lanes that often take you beyond the range of cell service. Do bring water and a compass if going exploring.

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Many visitors never leave Ao Yai, the “Big Bay” or “Long Beach” that covers some three kilometres of the west coast in three sections divided by natural features. The longest contiguous stretch is in the north, hosting the island’s only temple, Wat Pa Ko Chang. Just south of the temple, you can easily wade through a canal at low tide but can only cross it at high tide via a long wood footbridge with no handrails, beginning in front of Minimart.

Oh so pretty. Photo taken in or around Exploring Ko Chang Noi on foot, Ko Chang Noi, Thailand by David Luekens.

Oh so pretty. Photo: David Luekens

South of the canal is Ao Yai’s shorter central section, hosting Thai Bar and Freedom Bar along with a few bungalow joints. Continuing south, an outcrop of rocks requires you to balance across a narrow concrete walkway, also with no rails, that doubles as the retaining wall for a rainwater pool. Then it’s up the hill, through Koh Chang Resort and down to Ao Yai’s southern section, which ends at a hill-topped peninsula, Crocodile Point, hosting a few more places to stay.

Head uphill again at the south corner of South Ao Yai, behind Ta Dang Resort, and an unmarked dirt lane continues south for a few hundred metres through rubber trees to Ao Tadaeng, a smaller beach with a few more bungalow joints. At the south end, behind Mama’s, a hiking trail cuts uphill before eventually dropping to Ao Kai Tao, a tiny beach with only a ranger station. At this point you’ll be due west of the forested mountain known as Phu ... Travelfish members only (Around 800 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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