Beaches

On Ko Chang there is a multitude of beautiful beaches, most with hotels and bungalow resorts, some of them still untouched and lonely.

The 6 main beaches of Ko ChangWhite Sand Beach, Pearl Beach, Klong Prao Beach, Kai Bae Beach, Lonely Beach and Bai Lan Beach are all on the west coast. In addition, the fishermen village Baan Bang Bao and the beach behind, Klong Kloi Beach and Wai Chek Beach in the southwest of Ko Chang and also the whole, still almost “tourist free” east coast of Ko Chang, are worth a visit. And its not only the charming beaches but all the many still almost unspoiled villages and the bays like the big beautiful Salak Phet Bay with the Long Beach in the southeast and Salak Khok Bay on the east coast with the best preserved mangrove forest on Ko Chang are worth seeing.

We still want to point out the difference in the water level between winter and summer. Because of the reefs in front of Ko Chang and the surrounding islands almost all beaches are relatively flat. In winter at high tide the sea almost reaches the bungalows at many hotels and resorts – in summer at low tide the beaches can be 100 meters or more wide.
(All Virtual Reality Panoramas of the beaches & bays were shot in May, some even at low tide. Many of the “normal” pictures were shot in winter, when there is a lot more water …)

White Sand beach

White Sand Beach (“Haad Sai Kao“) or White Sands Beach is the most popular beach on Ko Chang. It is a beautiful sandy beach at the northern end of Ko Changs west coast. It is about 2.5 kilometres long and lined by rocks, over-hanging palms and broad-leaved trees.

The southern 1.5 kilometre long area, located at the road, is during the season the busiest part of the entire island. In addition, the northern part, probably the most well-known and longest visited beach on Ko Chang, is today, after over 15 years of tourism, still quite quiet. But in the center and the south the hotels and bungalow resorts are built closer together as at all other beaches on Ko Chang.

Although the entire beach is flat like almost everywhere on the west coast it is still suitable for swimming at either high or low tide.

Baan Sai Kao“, the village of White Sands Beach, stretches itself along the entire road and is the busiest village on the island. There are many Thai and european restaurants, bars, supermarkets, small shops and massage parlours. Internet cafes, banks, ATMs, bakerys and much more are also located in the village.

A small clinic and a police box can also be found. On the hill direction south there is a well epuipted private hospital located.

A few hundred metres above the beach, directly by the road towards “Aow Khlong Son” (Khlong Son Bay), a small viewpoint is situated, which offers a beautiful view over the entire beach.
(See ‘What to do on Ko Chang?‘, ‘Viewpoints on Ko Chang‘).

Arrival & Departure:

White Sand Beach can be reached from the piers in approximately 15 – 20 minutes by taxi. If you have advanced bookings you should tell the taxi driver the name of the resort or the hotel, otherwise you can get the driver to stop anywhere you want by knocking on the car-body.
The departure times of the taxis to Dan-Kao-Pier are subject to seasonal change, so check in advance at your resort or in a travel agency.

Pearl Beach

Even though Pearl Beach is not a popular beach it is worth a visit. Also there some hotels and bungalow resorts are located so we introduce it on an own page.

It consists of 2 bays, both about 300 metres long. Both bays are a few hundred metres from the road, why Pearl Beach is probably the most quiet beach on Ko Chang. There are a lot of stones at the beach so getting into the sea is not as easy as on most of the other beaches along the west coast of Ko Chang.

Arrival & Departure:
Pearl Beach can be reached from the piers in approximately 20 – 30 minutes by taxi.
If you have advanced bookings you should tell the taxi driver the name of the resort or the hotel, otherwise you can get the driver to stop anywhere you want by knocking on the car-body.
The departure times of the taxis to Dan-Kao-Pier are subject to seasonal change, so check in advance at your resort or in a travel agency.

Klong Prao Beach

Klong Prao Beach (Haad Khlong Prao), also often written Khlong Prao Beach, Klong Phrao Beach or Klong Praow Beach, is scarcely a 3,5 kilometre long sand beach, situated south of White Sand Beach. The beautiful sandy beach is divided into 3 sections by 2 river estuaries: the Khlong Plu in the north and the Klong Prao in the south.

The northern and southern part are both a good kilometre long and the middle one approximately 1,5 kilometres. In the north it ends at the rock Laem Chai Chet. The southern sector, which is called Klong Makok Beach, ends at a rock that seperates it from Kai Bae Beach.
The beach is rather flat like almost all along the west coast, but nevertheless well suitable for bathing. Two small islands, Ko Suwan and Ko Rom are located at the southern end of Khlong Prao Beach.

The road runs almost everywhere in suitable distance from the beach and accommodation. Some of the hotels and bungalow resort are almost a kilometre away from it.

There are 3 villages located at Klong Phrao Beach: Baan Chai Chet in the north, in the middle Baan Klong Prao, the original village, where you find besides the school and the temple also a small clinic, and Baan Map Khangkhao in the south.

In all villages you find so called “Plazas”: shopping centres with restaurants, travel-agencies, supermarkets and shops. But also outside of these “Plazas” there are many shops, bars, restaurants, motorbike rentals and diving schools, all mainly located at the road along Klong Prao Beach.
Between Baan Chai Chet and Baan Klong Prao, towards Kai Bae Beach, is the turn-off to the road that leads to the most popular and well-known waterfall on the island, the Khlong Plu Waterfall.
(See ‘What to do on Ko Chang?‘, ‘Waterfalls on Ko Chang‘).

Arrival & Departure:
Klong Prao Beach can be reached from the piers in approximately 30 – 40 minutes by taxi. If you have advanced bookings you should tell the taxi driver the name of the resort or the hotel, otherwise you can get the driver to stop anywhere you want by knocking on the car-body.
The departure times of the taxis to Dan-Kao-Pier are subject to seasonal change, so check in advance at your resort or in a travel agency.

Kai Bae Beach

Kai Bae Beach (Haad Kai Bae) is situated south of Khlong Prao Beach. It is an almost 2.5 kilometre-long beautiful sand beach, which is partially lined by over-hanging palms and broad-leaved trees.

The bay is divided into 3 sections:
The northern and the middle are both about 1 kilometre long, while the southernmost, directly in front of the island Koh Man Nai, is approximately 300 metres long.

Like all beaches on the west coast Kai Bae Beach is flat, but nevertheless all the time suitable for bathing. In the dryer months, at low tide however, one must walk up to 100 metres or more to the deeper waters.

Four islands, Ko Yuak, Ko Pli, Ko Man Nok and Ko Man Nai, are idyllically placed in front of the beach. During the summer months, at low-tide, Ko Man Nai can be reached by foot.

The road is in suitable distance from the beach and rises at the southern end steeply, where the jungle-covered mountains get closer to the ocean.

In the north of Kai Bae village (Baan Kai Bae) the “3 & 3 Plaza” was built, where you find some shops, a few small bars and restaurants. But also outside, everywhere along the main road, there are a lot more shops, restaurants, bars, supermarkets, Internet cafés and dive shops located.

In the north of Baan Kai Bae, just before Baan Map Khangkhao, the sothernmost village of Klong Prao Beach, a small clinic and a police box is located.

At the hill at the southern end of the road towards Bang Bao Bay is a viewpoint directly by the side of the road. This offers a fantastic view over the 4 islands in front of Kai Bae Beach.
A few metres below, directly at the road to Sea View Resort & Spa, you have a wonderful view over Kai Bae Beach and Khlong Prao Beach all the way to the mountains behind White Sand Beach.
(See ‘What to do on Ko Chang?‘, ‘Viewpoints on Ko Chang‘).

Arrival & Departure:

Kai Bae Beach can be reached from the piers in approximately 45 minutes by taxi.
If you have advanced bookings you should tell the taxi driver the name of the resort or the hotel, otherwise you can get the driver to stop anywhere you want by knocking on the car-body.
The departure times of the taxis to Dan-Kao-Pier are subject to seasonal change, so check in advance at your resort or in a travel agency.

Lonely Beach

Lonely Beach (Haad Thanam) is approximately a 1 kilometre-long beautiful picture postcard beach on Ko Chang. It is the northern part of Bai Lan Bay (Aow Bai Lan), but due to its popularity it is introduced on its own page.

 

The beach is situated on the southern end of the west coast, separated from Kai Bae Beach in the north by a large wooded hill, while its southern border is the rest of Bai Lan Bay.
The northern part of the beach consists of fine, white sand while the southern section is stony. For many people Lonely Beach is the most beautiful beach on the entire island. Especially the north because the beach dips relatively steep into the sea and there are no stones on the ground, so getting into the water is easy. Also swimming at low tide isn’t a problem there.

In the village of Lonely Beach, which is beside the village of White Sand Beach the busiest on the entire island, you’ll find a lot of Thai and european restaurants, bars, souvenir shops, some supermarkets, Internet Cafés and diving-schools. Also quite a lot of guesthouses and bungalow resorts are located along the road through the village. In the resorts along the beach kajaks and motorbikes can be rented to explore the beach or the island.

Coming from the north, one has a fantastic view from the road over the entire beach down to the southern end of Bai Lan Bay. (See ‘What to do on Ko Chang?‘, ‘Viewpoints on Ko Chang‘ and on the right panorama picture).

 

Arrival & Departure:
Lonely Beach can be reached from the piers in approximately 1 hour by taxi. If you have advanced bookings you should tell the taxi driver the name of the resort or the hotel.
The departure times of the taxis to Dan-Kao-Pier are subject to seasonal change, so check in advance at your resort or in a travel agency.

Bai Lan Bay

Bai Lan Bay (Aow Bai Lan) is approximately 2.5 kilometres long and is situated at the southern end of the west coast, below Kai Bae Beach.

The northern part of the bay is called Haad Thanam or Lonely Beach, which, because of its popularity, has its own page: Lonely Beach. To the south Bai Lan Bay (also called Bai Lan Beach) is separated by a headland from the remaining part of the west coast.

The southern part of the Bai Lan Bay which we introduce on this page is separated in 3 small bays. Most parts of the beaches are quite rocky so Bai Lan Bay is only suitable for swimming at certain areas.

The village Baan Bai Lan is directly by the road and consists of a few houses, which serve either as restaurants, shops, gas stations, bars or Internet-Cafés. Due to the increasing tourism more and more bungalow resorts were built, either at the sea or along the road.
Arrival & Departure:
Bai Lan Bay can be reached from the piers in approximately 1 hour by taxi.

 

If you have advanced bookings you should tell the taxi driver the name of the resort or the hotel, otherwise you can get the driver to stop anywhere you want by knocking on the car-body. The departure times of the taxis to Dan-Kao-Pier are subject to seasonal change, so check in advance at your resort or in a travel agency.

Bang Bao Beach

Bang Bao Bay (Aow Bang Bao) is a well protected bay at the southwest end of Ko Chang. It measures about 1 kilometre in width and in length.

The quaint fishing village Baan Bang Bao is built on stakes far out into the bay and has become quite a popular attraction. Many seafood restaurants offer a rich selection of fresh seafood and small shops sell souvenirs or refreshments. Also a lot of diving schools are located, for example the dive center BB DIVERS.
The village has a clinic and just outside on the road is the school and local temple Wat Bang Bao.
In 2008 the pier was extended and a big lighthouse was built at the very end of it.

Roughly a kilometre southeast is a viewpoint, which offers a beautiful view into the bay and the village (see ‘What to do on Ko Chang?‘, ‘Viewpoints on Ko Chang‘).

Directly after the viewpoint there is a beautiful sandy beach located (Haad Klong Kloi) where only a few bungalow resorts located. The beach is some 100 metres long and you’ll only find a small restaurant, some fruit-bars with sunchairs and some women who offer traditional Thai massage.

Arrival & Departure:
End of 2008 there was only one daily taxi leaving from the Dan-Kao-Piers at 4 pm. The journey to Baan Bang Bao takes approximately 1 – 1.5 hours.
The departure times of the taxis to Dan-Kao-Pier are subject to seasonal change, so check in advance at your resort or in a travel agency.

There is accommodation in the village and on the coast around the bay.

Klong Kloi Bay

Klong Kloi Bay (Aow Khlong Kloi), also written Khlong Kloi Bay or Khlong Khloi Bay, is a long drawn-out bay approximately 2 kilometres east of Bang Bao Bay (Aow Bang Bao) – have a look at the map: just click the Ko Chang logo top left.

The bay domiciles a very beautiful, roughly 1 kilometre long sandy beach lined with palms. The Klong Kloi Beach is flat but only the northern part is stony. At low tide the beach draws way back but in the southern part it’s easy to get to the deeper water even at low water level.
Also here you’ll find a few resorts that can be booked via the link below.

Arrival & Departure:

Klong Kloi Bay cannot be reached by public taxis but for some extra money you’ll find drivers that will bring you to Klong Kloy Bay.
The more persistent may drive with a rented motorbike or car to the end of the road and have to pay an entrance fee (in 2008 it was 150 Baht) to have a look at the located luxury resort.
The beach is also reachable by foot from Baan Bang Bao as well as by private boat.

Wai Chek Beach

Wai Chek Beach (“Haad Wai Chek”), also Wai Check Beach or Wai Chaek Beach, is a 300 metre long beautiful sand beach, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches on Ko Chang.

It is located approximately 5 to 6 kilometres southeast from Baan Bang Bao (the fisherman village in Bang Bao Bay) and around 1 kilometre west before the inlet to the Salak Phet Bay (Aow Salak Phet), almost exactly in the centre of the south of Ko Chang.

On the southern side it is limited by a small river, whose banks are closely covered by mangroves. The river estuary is broad and suitable for swimming, as well as the sea in front of the sandy beach.

In the flat land behind the beach is a coconut plantation that is farmed by a Thai family living there.

End of 2009 there was (still) no accommodation at “Haad Wai Check”, so this beach is the only one on the entire island that doesn’t locate neither a hotel nor a bungalow resort!

 

In the flat land behind the beach is a coconut plantation that is farmed by a Thai family living there.

End of 2009 there was (still) no accommodation at “Haad Wai Check”, so this beach is the only one on the entire island that doesn’t locate neither a hotel nor a bungalow resort!

Salak Phet Bay

Salak Phet Bay (“Aow Salak Phet“) is located in the southeast of Ko Chang and measures 3 kilometres in length and between 1.5 and 2.5 kilometres in width.

Beautifully, the islands “Koh Mapring“, “Koh Phrao Nai” and “Koh Phrao Nok are situated in the mountain-surrounded bay.

3 villages, “Baan Rong Than“, “Baan Salak Phet” and “Baan Chek Bae” find protection at the shore of the bay. They are built mostly on stakes into the sea and are inhabited by fishermen, rubber- and coconut-farmers.

Directly at the road, 500 metres north of Baan Salak Phet” is a small clinic. A small police box lies directly beside. You will also find a new Temple on the way to the village. Besides there is also a school located outside “Baan Salak Phet“.

At the southeast end of Salak Phet Bay, there is another beach: “Long Beach” and the “Koh Chang Remembrance“with a naval shrine to the memory of the victims of the sea-battle 1941 (see “What to do on Ko Chang?“, “Koh Chang Remembrance – the sunken Warships“).

On the way to the remembrance you will find “Long Beach” and you will also pass one of the nicest viewpoints of whole Ko Chang (see 360° VR above, more info here: “What to do on Ko Chang?“, “Viewpoints on Ko Chang“).

Approximately 2 kilometres northeast from Baan Salak Phet“, the 12-storey Ke Rhepet Waterfall is situated, from where you can enjoy a beautiful view across the bay (see picture on the right – and “What to do on Ko Chang?“, “Viewpoints on Ko Chang“). There is another waterfall located in Salak Phet Bay, the Klong Nung Waterfall. Unfortunately we don’t have any pictures of it.

Arrival/Departure:
Since 2006 there is a direct taxi-boat service, starting from Trat (more information here: “Ko Chang Information“, “Arrival and Departure to and from Ko Chang“). As far as we know at the end of 2009 there was still no regular taxi service from the west coast of Ko Chang driving to Baan Salak Phet“, so you have to go there by hired motorbike or car or with an organized tour. Always remain on the main street and you will automatically arrive at Baan Salak Phet.
Taxis to the piers and/or the west coast of Ko Chang are not easy to get, so you should better ask in one of the few resorts.

Long Beach

Long Beach (Haad Sai Yao) at the south-easternmost end of Ko Chang, is a beautiful sandy beach approximately 500 metres long – have a look at the map: just click the Ko Chang logo top left.

It is flat, recedes at low tide and during the summer months a few hundred metres, but however always very well suitable for swimming. Just the northern part is stony, the rest is without stones so getting into the deeper waters is even at low tide no problem.

Since 2005 there is a low budget bungalow resort in the north of Long Beach. In 2008 there was another one built in the southern part of the beach.

 

Hotels and more expensive accommodations are (not) there, so Long Beach is one of the few still quite undeveloped beaches of the entire island.

At the southernmost end of Ko Chang, just a few hundred metres from Long Beach, one reaches a small beach, the “Koh Chang Remembrance” with inscribed tablets and a naval shrine to the memory of the victims of the sea-battle 1941 (see “What to do on Ko Chang?“, “Koh Chang Remembrance – the sunken Warships“).

Arrival & Departure:
At the end of 2009 there were no regular taxis driving to Long Beach, so you either have to go there by chartered boat from Salak Phet Bay.

Arrival & Departure:
At the end of 2009 there were no regular taxis driving to Long Beach, so you either have to go there by chartered boat from Salak Phet Bay.

 

Salak Khok Bay

Salak Khok Bay (Aow Salak Khok) is situated in the southern half of Ko Changs east coast.

The bay is approximately 1 kilometre wide, up to 2 kilometres long and only connected to the sea by a narrow passage. It is very flat and the biggest part is scattered with islands of mangroves. It is apparently one of the best-preserved mangrove-forests in the whole of Thailand.
In 2005 a concret bridge was built through parts of the mangrove-forests, the so called “Mangrove walk”. On the tour you will find signs with all information about the mangroves and the animals living there – very interesting and absolutely commandable!

(You’ll find the entrance at the mainroad on the left hand side before the turn-off to the village “Baan Salak Khok“.)

Also organized kayak tours can be made through the mangrove-forests – just look for the signs at the road in the village!

The quiet fishing village Salak Khok (Baan Salak Khok), located at the southern edge of the bay, is built, to a large extent, on stakes into the bay and many of the houses are connected with small timber bridges.
Besides there is a school and a temple located outside the village.

At the end of the bay there is a small viewpoint, from where you have a beautiful view into the Salak Khok Bay (see the 360° VR above, more information here: ‘What to do on Ko Chang?‘, ‘Viewpoints on Ko Chang‘).

Arrival/Departure:
As far as we know there was no regular taxi service from the west coast of Ko Chang to the “Baan Salak Khok” at the end of 2009. So you have to go there by hired motorbike or car or by organized tour. You must turn left at the intersection of the main street, which is 14 kilometres south of Dan-Kao-Pier. After nearly a kilometre the road forks: the left road goes to “Baan Salak Khok“, while the right leads to the south to “Baan Chek Bae“, “Koh Chang Remembrance” and “Long Beach“.

Taxis to the piers and/or the west coast of Ko Chang are not easy to get, so you should better ask in one of the few resorts. Accommodation is available in Baan Salak Khok.

East Coast

The east coast of Ko Chang is the least developed part of the island. But, due to lengthening of the road, tourism is slowly entering.

The coast is very flat and partly overgrown with mangroves. The accessible spots are to a large extent stony, but there are also small, sandy beaches. At low tide, when there is less water, big sections of the shore turn into swampy bays. Those who drive along the road to Baan Salak Khok, to Salak Phet Bay or to Long Beach, will appreciate the beauty of this less explored section of the island.

All villages along the coast are located at the road, only the 2 southernmost, Baan Khlong Rakam and Baan Khlong Hin Kong, can be reached by boat.

On the east coast you find Ko Chang´s only public hospital, directly on the road at Baan Khlong Nonsi, 6 kilometres from the Dan-Kao-Pier in the southern direction.

The headquarters of the police is situated 600 metres south of the hospital.

On the east coast you find Ko Chang´s only public hospital, directly on the road at Baan Khlong Nonsi, 6 kilometres from the Dan-Kao-Pier in the southern direction.

The headquarters of the police is situated 600 metres south of the hospital.

If coming by motorbike or car just follow the main road that leads along the east coast. The road ends either in Baan Salak Phet or after Long Beach.

Accommodation is available at the east coast but there are still not many bungalow resorts. Tents can be rented at the National-Marine-Park-Headquarters, which is also the starting point for a visit to Than Mayom Waterfalls. (See What to do on Ko Chang‘, ‘The Mu Ko Chang National Marine Park)

 

Klong Son Bay

Klong Son Bay (Aow Khlong Son) or Khlong Son Bay, is located at the north-east end of Ko Chang. It is approximately 1.5 kilometres wide, at the southern part scarcely 2 kilometres long and at the northern section easily 3 kilometres.
Two small islands are located at each end of Klong Son Bay – Ko Chang Noi in the northwest and Ko Mapring in the southwest.

There are 2 beaches in Klong Son Bay, the long Chang Noi Beach that extends over the whole bay and the small Halfmoon Beach that faces the mainland. In the north the two beaches are just about 100 metres away from each other.
In the south a river splits the Chang Noi Beach into two parts.

At low tide the sea draws far back as at almost all other beaches on Ko Chang. As there are almost no stones in the sand getting into the water is quite easy.

The Klong Son Bay is popular with the fishermen as a port, since it is quite well protected against the violent winds during monsoon.

The village Baan Klong Son is sprawled across a large area.
The original section, located directly on the bay, is partly built on stakes in the sea and is mainly inhabited by fishermen.
The newer part of the village is situated by the road but more and more houses are built along the river into the beautiful valley in the southeast.
Beside Wat Klong Son (temple) and a school, there is also a clinic in the village.

There are also some shops, restaurants and an air-conditioned supermarket located in Baan Klong Son.
Approximately 4 kilometres southeast the Nam Yom Waterfall is situated.
(See ‘What to do on Ko Chang?‘, ‘Waterfalls on Ko Chang‘).

Arrival & Departure:
Baan Klong Son can be reached from the piers in approximately 15 minutes by taxi. If you have advanced bookings you should tell the taxi driver the name of the bungalow resort or the hotel, otherwise you can get the driver to stop anywhere you want by knocking on the car-body.

The departure times of the taxis to Dan-Kao-Pier are subject to seasonal change, so check in advance at your resort or in a travel agency.
Because all taxis that operate on the west coast must passBaan Klong Son on their way to the piers, you shouldn´t have to wait for a long time at the road. As long as there is space available, the drivers will gladly stop to pick you up.