Koh Chang – The Elephant Island. Its name is coming from the fact that the island looks like a swimming elephant. It is a second largest island in Thailand after Phuket. Koh Chang island is situated in Southeastern region of Thailand near the border to Cambodia in the Gulf of Thailand It consist of the Koh Chang island, which is about 30 kms long and 14 kms wide and another 51 smaller islands arround the main island. Koh Chang is about 320 kms far from Bangkok and 8 kms from the province centre Trat, where is also situated the airport with daily flights from Bangkok. Ferry from Trat pier takes about 30 minutes. Koh Chang was given the natural protection status and since 31st of December 1982 it became the National park. Most part of island is covered with the original and undamaged trophical rainforest and its highest peak is Khao Jom Peasat, Salak Phet with height of 744 m. You can find 7 natural waterfalls here and many beautiful sandy beaches. The rainforest is full of wildlife and if you will explore Koh Chang island there will be many things to see.
It is deffinitely one of the last seaside places in Thailand, where the original natural environment has been preserved, and not only on the land of the island but also in the sealife. Koh Chang island has never been so much negatively affected by massive tourism as some other islands of Thailand (eg. Koh Samui, Koh Pangan, Phuket etc.). And right because of the National Park much has been preserved untill now. Eventhough there is tourism well developed already in Koh Chang, of course, island is still natural oasis of peace, with nature nearly untouched. Because Koh Chang is the island, the prices of everything are a bit higher then in the mainland of Thailand. However, comparing the prices with other Thai holiday places such as Pattaya, Phuket, Samui etc., the prices are still much less in Koh Chang, which makes it very affordable place. Therefore Koh Chang, can be recommended as one of the best and cheapest holiday places in Thailand, without a doubt. You can spend your holidays here either passively relaxing on the beaches, or actively choosing many of adventures which Koh Chang island offers. Everybody will find their favourite cup of tea in island of Koh Chang for sure.
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