Koh Chang East Coast
Exploring The East Coast of Koh Chang
If you fancy a break from the beach or from the tourist centres of the West side of Koh Chang then you will be well rewarded by a day or more exploring the ‘undiscovered’ East Coast of the island. This side of the island is far less developed than the other and you will be treated to a view of a more traditional Thai way of life as you watch local farmers and fisherman go about their business. Additionally there is some great scenery and plenty of interesting stops to make. And don’t worry; there are some quality restaurants and places to stay so you don’t need to stock provisions.
There are no less than four waterfalls for you to visit. Heading south these are; Klong Nonsi just before Dan Mai village, Than Mayom a few kilometres further South and then Klong Nung and Khiri Phet waterfalls in the foothills of Salak Phet Mountain in the far south. Than Mayom is a six level cataract and retains the most water of the four in the dry season.
Salak Khok Bay is a charming spot with large areas of mangrove forest and a small fishing village. You can view the mangroves from the Mangrove Forest Walkway but perhaps a better way to sample the atmosphere is on a guided kayak tour through the trees with Salak Khok Kayak Station, perhaps the only project on Koh Chang that is owned and operated by the local community.
The intrepid can continue to the far South and visit the lovely Long Beach. This isolated strand is deserted except for a couple of backpacker places. The next bay to the South contains a memorial to the Thai soldiers who lost their lives in the Thai Naval encounter with the French in 1941.
Salak Phet Village
The largest settlement in the South-East of the island is Salak Phet. This waterside fishing village is at the mouth of a large bay that is dotted with islands. A great place to take in the atmosphere is the long pier that juts deep into the bay. There is an observation tower at the end that offers great photo opportunities.
Wai Check Beach
You’re most likely to see Wai Check Beach from a boat since there is no road that leads to it, and no development of any kind on it (apart from a little hut). It lies on the South Coast of Koh Chang in the middle of a section of island with no road access. If you want a Robinson Crusoe experience then hire a boat and ask them to take you there. Make sure that you arrange for them to take you back as well.
Places to Stay on the East Coast of Koh Chang
Amber Sands is a justly popular place set in beautiful gardens beside a beach a couple of kilometres south of teh ferries. Peace and quiet and a highly rated restaurant – what more could you ask for.
The Spa Koh Chang is a unique place near to Salakh Khok in the South East of Koh Chang. The resort is well worth staying at just for itself but many visitors choose to enrol in one of their many spa, cleansing or fasting programs.
Island View Resort is another unique place. Good value mid-range rooms are located in a complex over the water at the end of a pier in Salak Phet Bay. They offer yacht mooring and charters as well as all kinds of water based activities and there is a swimming pool beside their neighbouring resort rooms back on dry land.
Parama Koh Chang is a nice high-end hotel with a terrific underfloor saltwater aquarium in and around the lobby. It has top quality accommodation in a peaceful and secluded location beside the waters of Salak Phet Bay.
Maps of Koh Chang’s East Coast
Eating and Drinking on the East Coast of Koh Chang
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Serenity Resort Koh Chang Set against the awesome backdrop of the Koh Chang rainforest, Serenity Resort, designed by one of Thailand’s most respected architects, sits on a small, sandy bay on the east coast of Koh Chang and commands stunning views across the water towards the Thai mainland and the Cardamom Mountains. The resort has […]
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The Spa Koh Chang The Spa Koh Chang is unique secret hidden away on the East Coast of the island. It is a carefully thought out place with some lovely hillside garden bungalows that offer stunning views out over the sea. It is an amazing getaway and offers great atmospheric peace and tranquility – as […]
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Photos of Eastern Koh Chang