It is generally fine to swim off all of Koh Chang’s beaches. In the high season conditions are calm and safe and the gradual slope of the beaches makes for good swimming conditions.
Note, however, that during the monsoon heavy seas with strong rip tides can develop off Koh Chang’s beaches and people drown every year. There is little in the way of lifeguards or safety equipment so if you go out and get into trouble you can’t expect any help. Basically, don’t swim beyond your abilities and if the sea looks dangerous it probably is so stay out of the water when it’s too rough.
Gyms and Yoga
If you want to stay in shape while on Koh Chang then you might fancy a workout at the new BB Gym in Lonely Beach. They have all kinds weight and cardiac equipment, Yoga classes, WII games and a swimming pool. And thankfully there is also a bar and restaurant in which to recover.
There is also a gym in Chai Chet on the road close to Klong Prao Resort and several of the bigger hotels have gym equipment that are available to guests and sometimes to walk-in customers.
Stand Up Paddling (SUP)
You know this one, it’s like a big surfboard that you stand on a paddle. It’s fun and fantastic exercise too. You can give it a try down at SUP Adventure Asia at Klong Khoi Beach in Bang Bao Bay. There they offer trips, courses and rentals of SUP Boards.
You can take lessons in Taekwando at Phutawan Seafood in Kai Bae.
Koh Chang finally has a golf course. It is a 9/18 hole pitch and Putt course located at Siam Royal View Resort in Klong Son Bay. A round costs a very reasonable 300 Baht and club hire is 150 Baht. The course runs in one direction in the morning and then in the afternoon the direction is reversed so you can play a total of 18 holes in a day.
If you need some practise before you head out on the fairway then a visit to the driving range may be in order. It is located in Klong Son, a couple of kilometres up the road inland from the 7-Eleven in a peaceful and attractive valley.
There is an Archery centre in Klong Prao village close to Sing Tong Supermarket. Try it – it’s fun.
The East Coast of Koh Chang is probably the best place for cycling since the roads are quieter and te hills are more forgiving than the brutal climbs on the West Coast road. But that said the whole island can be cycled with care and a bike is a good alternative to expensive taxis and motorbike hire. Quite a few places now offer bicycle rentals and there is a bicycle shop between White Sand Beach and Pearl Beach close to the big Tesco Supermarket.
Baan Look Chang on the East Coast will be happy to rent you all kinds of weapons and let you shoot ’em. Ammunition is pricey but that’s unlikely to deter those who want to go shooting.
You can learn Kiteboarding and also rent Kiteboards at Shambhala Beach Bar down at Siam Royal View in Klong Son.
There is a Tennis court in Klong Prao village about 50 metres off the main road close to the temple.
We recommend Koh Chang’s beaches as the best option if you are planning on going jogging, speed-walking etc. The road isn’t just bad for your knees it is busy and can be very dangerous to pedestrians as well as drivers.
Koh Chang has two Muay Thai gyms where you can take lessons in this challenging martial art. There is one near Nang Nual Resort in Kai Bae and another in Bailan Beach.
There are 130 steps leading up to tehNavy Memorial at the top of the hill between White Sand Beach and Pearl Beach. Climbing them a few times is great exercise and you’re right across from the International Clinic just in case!
Other Koh Chang Activities