Welcome to this new series on Goodbye Boring Life. In these posts I’ll start to write about my favorite daytime things to do where ever I am and other interesting things.
Look at these posts like “top 5 things to do at x location” or ” Travelling x”. You get the point here. 😀
As I’ve already said in the nightlife guide for Koh Chang:
Koh Chang is the greatest island in Thailand.
I’ve been to all the biggest islands in Thailand and also some small ones that no one have heard of like Koh Yao Noi, Koh Yao Yai and Koh Wai.
Let me tell you. If you want island life; relaxing, clean nature, chill vibe, beaches, a tropical theme and decent nightlife with occasionally peaks; go to Koh Chang!
Below I will present to you my favorite things to do on Koh Chang (Chang means elephant in Thai and Koh means island)
Note that the majority of people (both Thai and foreigners) stay on the West side of the island. There is not really much going on at the East side. Just a handful of resorts, a shooting range, some small villages and some desolate beaches. I do recommend taking the trip over to the East side, but I would never stay in the resorts there as I would be bored to death.
Exploring the island by motorcycle
Scooters, motorbikes, off-road bikes, Harley’s and heavier bikes. You can rent everything on Koh Chang. However most people are happy with a 125cc motorbike or scooter.
You can rent a 125 motorbike all over the island for 150 – 250 baht depending on where you are (cheaper the more South you go).
Driving a motorbike on Koh Chang is fun. You have a ton of hills, sharp curves and long stretches you can go cruisin’. Most of the hills and curves are on the West side while the long stretches are on the East side.
There are many waterfalls, rivers, viewpoints and small villages all over the island ready to be explored. The cheapest and most convenient way to explore all this is by motorcycle. Renting a taxi for a day, or per trip, would cost much much more than 250 baht per day.
There are also several dirt roads that goes deep inside the jungle of Koh Chang. However I don’t recommend messing around on those roads without a local guide as there are many hazards. Steep hills, broken roads, snakes, spiders, wild animals and cliffs.
Bang Bao Pier
Bang Bai Pier is in the town all the way south on the west side of the island. Bang Bao Pier is a very long pier where you’ll find a lot of shops that sells everything from souvenirs to diving equipment. There are also several seafood restaurants here.
If you want to go to Koh Wai, Koh Kut or Koh Mak there are boats leaving everyday from Bang Bao Pier.
This pier also seems to be a hot spot for snorkeling and diving as there are many boats that leave the pier daily for such sports.
Koh Chang beaches
Koh Chang is a tropical island with a lot of beautiful beaches, so it would be strange to leave out the beaches in this highlight. I’ve already made a guide for Koh Chang beaches so you can check that out here.
Swimming in rivers
The seawater around Koh Chang is very hot as most beaches are shallow. If you really want to cool down while talking a swim there are several rivers all around the island that you can jump out in. These rivers are fresh rain water so this water is very clean and clear.
Several rivers have big swings you can throw yourself out from before you jump in the water.
The coolest river I found was in Bang Bao. This place seems to be a popular place for the locals to go to on cool days. There will also be small temporary restaurants there that sells Thai food and grill food.
Another great river is under the Khlong Phlu Waterfall, but this waterfall is a part of the national park so you have to pay 200 baht to get inside.
On the east side you also have several rivers that runs out under the main road. Just notice whenever you drive over a bridge, then take a look. Sometimes there will be people swimming there already.
I’ve never seen so much fruit as I have on Koh Chang. Not only is the amount impressive, but the selection is impressive too. Many of the fruits here I’ve never seen in Europe.
Durian seems to be a favorite among the Thai people here. They eat it eat all over the place. If you go on the East side of the island and drive up in the hills you’ll see Durian farms all over the place.
The Thai people call this fruit “the King of fruits”. It’s pretty delicious and the taste can remind a little bit about orange.
The fruit on Koh Chang is delicious, cheap and fresh!
There are several other things to do on Koh Chang except relaxing and enjoying life. Including many sport activities all around the island.
You can rent kayaks, paddle board and snorkel equipment on pretty much all beaches. Go jungle trekking or drive ATV’s off road. If you want longer trips with guides you can talk with any of the islands countless travel agencies. They usually fix transport from your hotel so you don’t need to think about that either.
In Bang Bao there are several scuba diver centers with daily trips to different locations outside Koh Chang. You can also take the boat here further to islands like Koh Wai, Koh Mak or Koh Kut. I haven’t been to these islands yet so I can’t say much about them.
Koh Chang is an amazing island with everything you would expect from a tropical island. I love Koh Chang!