Koh Chang Islands National Park
covers the Chang island and other smaller isles within Trat
territorial waters. All these site are lovely and pleasant and
some are coral habitat.
the largest among the 52 islands of Trat, is also the second
largest of the country after Phuket. Covering an area of 429
square kilometres, it features fine beaches, coral ranges
and plentiful marine life. It is also rich in natural resources
such as hills, forests and streams, the latter an important
fresh-water source. They also create several beautiful waterfalls.
Fruit orchards dot the island.
of the scenic beaches and bays are on the west side spreading
from the north to the south. They include Ao Khlong Son ,
Hat Sai Khao , Hat Khlong Phrao and Hat Kai Bae. A road cuts
through the western shore all the way almost to Hat Kai Bae.
From here is a nature trail through Ao Bai Lan and Ao Kruat
meandering through wet forestland to Ban Bang Bao , a fishing
community on the foot of the hill in the south.
To the east are Ao Sapparot , where a ferry landing is situated
and Ao Salak Khok . Along the eastern shoreline is also a
road cutting through to Ao Salak Phet , a community and a
boat pier in the south of the island. However, roads on Koh
Chang are earthern and some sections go up and down steep
hills. Care should be exercised while driving.
range worth viewing are at Ao Klong Son near Koh Chang Noi
and around islands south of Koh Chang.
On Koh Chang itself are several waterfalls with reasonable
access. They include the Khlong Phlu waterfall , 3 kilometres
from Ao Khlong Phrao and a further 20 minutes on foot; Khlong
Nonsi waterfall , a 4-kilometre walk from the park headquarter;
and Khiriphet and Khlong Nung falls, which are about 3 kilometres
from Ban Salakphet.
How to get to Koh Chang,
By Car : From
Bangkok, take Highway No. 34 (Bang Na-Trat) or Motorway to
Chonburi, then use Highway No. 344 (Ban Bung-Klaeng) Arriving
at Klaeng, turn into Highway No. 3 and proceed to Trat. A
total distance from Bangkok to Trat is 318 kilometres.
By Bus : Both
air-conditioned and non air-conditioned buses depart from
Bangkok’s Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekkamai) to Trat every
hour from 6 a.m. to midnight. It takes 5 hours for the journey.
Please contact Transport Co. Ltd at Tel: 0-2391 -4164 for
Arriving to Trat Bus Terminal, from there continue by Song
Thaeo transports to Laem Ngop or the ferry landings at Ao
Thammachat and Koh Chang Centre Point where services are operated
all day. Distance from town to Laem Ngop is 17 kilometres.
Passenger boats usually leave from Laem Ngop to Ao Sapparot
on Koh Chang every hour from 8.00 a.m.-5.00 p.m. The trip
takes 45 minutes and the fare is 50 Baht per person. Visitors
can continue to Hat Sai Khao, Hat Khlong Phrao and Hat Kai
Bae by local bus which charges 30 Baht per person. The schedules
and fares are subject to change without notice due to climate
condition. For current information, please contact TAT Trat
office, Tel: Tel: 0-3959-7255, 0-3959-7259-60 Fax: 0-3959-7255.
Ferries depart either from Ao Thammachat or Koh Chang Center
Point Landings between 07.30 – 16.30 hours with a travelling
time of 30 minutes. Private vehicles can be loaded onto the
ferry. Please note that vehicles used on the island should
be the 4-wheel-driven type as road conditions are bumpy and
there are steep slopes to be negotiated. From the landing
on Koh Chang are Song Thaeo services to various points. Fares
should be settled beforehand.
Koh Chang Islands
Facilities on Koh Chang include mainly bungalow-type accommodations
on most beaches. There are also bicycles and boats for rent.
Several smaller isles south of Koh Chang with scenic beaches
coral ranges and accommodations. They include Koh Wai , Koh
Lao Ya and Koh Kradat . Noted for both deep-water and shallow-water
corals are the Koh Kra group and Koh Rang which are to the
west of Koh Mak.
Koh Mak is a large island south of Koh Chang. It is blessed
with several beautiful bays and beaches. Nearby are coral ranges
still in perfect condition. The islanders make their living
by growing rubber and coconut trees. The best time to visit
is November-late April. There are a number of accommodation
facilities. A passenger boat departs Laem Ngop daily at 3.00
p.m. and return from Ko Mak at 7.00 a.m. Traveling time is 3
Second in size to Koh Chang, Koh Kut is located in the southern-most
point in Trat territorial waters. A speed-boat needs only one
hour to reach the island whose inhabitants are growers of rubber,
coconut and other fruit-yeilding plants, as well as fishermen.
With scenic beaches shaded by rows of pines and coconut trees,
mostly to the west of the island, it also is blessed with rich
Usually package tours are offered including accommodations
(on Koh Kut, Koh Lao Ya and Koh Ngam) as well as return fares.
Those wishing to charter a boat can contact the Laem Ngop
landing or make advance enquiry at the Koh Chang Centre Point
at Tel: 0-39 53-8055, 0-3953-8059.
Koh Chang Yutthanavi Day is organized in late
January at the Koh Chang Yutthanavi Memorial on Laem Ngop.
The event is to commemorate the bravery of the Royal Thai
Navy’s action against the French on January 17, 1941.
Merit-making and tribute rites are performed and there is
exhibition by the Royal Thai Navy.
Trat Memorial Day
, on March 23, marks the day the province returned to Thai
sovereignty after the French occupation. The celebrations
are held at the provincial town hall.
Trat Fruit Fair
, usually in late May or early June, features exhibitions
and agricultural produce. There fruit contests, particularly
of sweet Salak (or Rakam)