Koh Chang Waterfalls
There are some truly lovely Koh Chang waterfalls nestled away in little jungle valleys – they make a nice excursion and a cooling swim.
The following waterfalls are free to visit and there is usually plenty of water from July to December. They may dry up after this though so ask around for the latest information. Klong Nonsi waterfall is close to Dan Mai on the eastern side of the island. It has several tiers. The first is a ten minute walk into the jungle, and at the top there is an inscription made by King Rama V. There are two waterfalls, Klong Neung and Khiri Phet near to Salak Phet in the southeast of the island. Both are clearly signposted. There are also smaller waterfalls up the valleys behind Klong Son, White Sands Beach and Kai Bae. Ask locals for directions.
There are also national park administered waterfalls at Klong Plu near Klong Prao village and at Than Mayom near to Dan Mai village on the East Coast. If you are a foreigner you will be charged an entry fee of 200 Baht. Thais pay 20 Baht.
There are a few guides on Koh Chang who will take you on more strenuous jungle treks if you so desire. There are organised trips into the jungle and to the peaks of some of the islands highest mountains. The views are amazing but it is very hot and strenuous walking so make sure you’re in decent shape and ready to sweat like you never have before. Kongoi Jungle Trekking in Bang Bao is one such trekking company. Local travel agents will be happy to help you to make a reservation.
Wildlife on Koh Chang
Most of Koh Chang is covered in tropical rain forest that has been largely undisturbed due to the mountainous terrain of the island. There are also good examples of mangrove forest ecosystems where the island’s numerous streams meet the sea. Marine National Park status was awarded to the island chain in 1982 in an effort to preserve the exceptional land and marine environment.
The forests of the island support a large range of wildlife. A survey conducted for Thailand’s National Park Service in 1992 recorded 29 different species of mammal on Koh Chang. These included the Stump-Tailed Macaque, Barking Deer, Wild Pig, Javan Mongoose and Silvered Langur.
Birdwatchers will be pleased to know that 74 bird species were found including the Nightjar, Pacific Swallow, Yellow Vented Bulbul and Oriental Pied Hornbill
Additionally the survey noted 42 different species of amphibians and reptiles. Snakes that inhabit Koh Chang include the Python, Rat Snake and King Cobra. Malayan Mud Turtles, Monitor Lizards and the ubiquitous Gecko are also found on the island. There are also a variety of very vocal frogs.
If you prefer your wildlife experiences to be a little more organised then note that there are now Crocodile Shows where you can get up close and personal with the scaly predators at Hat Kai Mook on the east coast and at Baan Chivit close to Klong Plu waterfall in Klong Prao.
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