Direct door-to-door mimibus transfers will get you from Trat to Ko Chang and fares include the ferry crossing. Ko Chang has three seasons including the cool season from November to February, the hot season from March to May and the rainy season from June to October. In general the climate is hot and humid with lots of rainfall, 4,000 mm per year.
Transportation in Ko Chang is simple, with the songthaew, tais, and other hired vehicles being available. The atmosphere is friendly and mellow, and many tourists wander beaches.
It has become a favorite for Bangkok families on holiday. The island is home to a variety of wildlife including birds, snakes, deer and elephants and offers ideal spots for snorkeling, diving and jungle hiking.Ko Chang's recent growth as a tourist destination is due in large part to its proximity to Bangkok, just 5 hours away.
The Mu Ko Chang National Park consists of 47 islands including Ko Chang, the best known. You can walk with a ranger on an 8 hour tour from the Than Mayom Waterfall to the Khlong-Plu Waterfall or camp in the jungle overnight. For luxury treatment, the Aiyapura Resort and Spa offers Thai villas surrounded by tropical gardens and ocean views.
The best beaches, hottest nightlife, and most comfortable hotels can be found on the island's west coast. The most popular beach on Ko Chang is Had Sai Khao, or White Sands Beach. Entertainment comes from jazz clubs, beach bars, and many night clubs. You can choose to sleep in luxurious hotel rooms or in bungalows or thatched huts right on the beach, depending on the experience you're looking for.
Klong Prao Beach is in the northern part of the area, with a steep, sandy beach and beautiful rocky surroundings. Kai Bae Beach is very similar. Many dive shops are found in the area, and they will rent canoes and kayaks to you. The nearby Bang Bao Beach fishing village is built on stilts, and has rich marine life that you can view with a hired boat and snorkeling gear.
If you are looking for a wildlife safari adventure you won't be disappointed. If you are on Khlong Prao you can get an elephant ride into the jungle, and there are guides that you can hire if you go on foot. It is recommended that you start at the south end of the jungle and work your way north.
The Monkey Training Center located at Mu 4 Hat Sai Khao, Tambon Ko Chang, provides training as well as shows highlighting the monkeys' abilities, especially at gathering coconuts.
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