"Beach Alternative" Ko Chang Favorite Tip by riproy
Ko Chang General: 14 reviews and 18 photos
Favorite thing: This island off the eastern coast is a good alternative to Samui and Phuket if you are looking for beaches that are more low-key in nature. Also it is closer to Bangkok than the southern beaches.
There is no air transport to this island, so the only way to get there from Bkk is by bus. It is about 5 hours to Trat, and then you have to take a ferry across to the island. So, it isn't a quick trip (flying to Samui is faster), but for those of you who have more than a couple of days, Koh Chang is an excellent place to spend it.
Koh Samet is closer to Bkk (maybe 3 hours by bus plus the ferry (it is off the coast of Rayong)), but it is more crowded, esp on weekends when the Bkk crowd lets out. On long weekend, it is packed and you will be staying in a hired tent if you don't reserve accommodation.
Trat, by the way, is one of the 2 provinces in Thailand that does have malaria. So take precautions (repellents, mosquito nets). I don't recommend anti-malarial drugs - see my Thailand page under Warnings or Dangers.
Fondest memory: Please read my Koh Chang homepage for the latest news - Koh Chang as we know it may soon just be a memory. The Thai government has some big plans for this quiet island.