I am sure that connoisseurs of beach vacations and bounty will not agree with me in everything, but for me on Chang everything is fine with the beaches. If the sun is there and the weather is not too windy, the sea will be turquoise, the sand will be white, and the water will be clear. And when the sky is cloudy and the water is cloudy, it is still good when such nature is around. After Phuket, it's just an uninhabited island, in fact. Of course, if you need something special, it is better to go to the small islands here in the vicinity, or in the Krabi region with Phuket. But it is worth considering that the more heavenly the place, the less infrastructure there. Read more my post - What to see on Koh Chang, there I have descriptions of attractions and a map with points.
The content of the article
- one List of the best beaches
- 2 The main beaches of Koh Chang
- 3 Non-main beaches of Koh Chang
- 4 Koh Chang beaches map
List of the best beaches
Despite the increasing number of tourists on Koh Chang, in my opinion, the beach holiday is quite excellent. It seems to me that rumors that a lot of people have become straight there are exaggerated. Recently I made a special trip to Koh Chang to make sure. After Phuket or Koh Samui, there is just a specific village. There were not many people even on the most popular White Send in December.
Below I have detailed my reviews of all the beaches of Koh Chang and, to add objectivity, have provided photos. In my opinion, the best beaches in Koh Chang by a combination of factors are White Sand Beach, Lonely Beach, Klong Koi Beach. I listed them by distance from the ferry and by descending order of civilization. Although in fact the infrastructure is normal, of these three there is only White Send, where even a large Macro supermarket was built. There are also BigS and Tesco, but they are closer to Klong Prao. There, in principle, it is also not bad in terms of infrastructure, but I personally don't like the beach there..
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But wintering on Koh Chang is not very good. There is too little normal housing for monthly rent. At least during the peak season, you shouldn't go here, you won't find anything at all. Or it will look like a hotel bungalow, small and really without a kitchen.
The main beaches of Koh Chang
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White Sand Beach
All the times in Koh Chang I have stayed at this beach. The fact is that there is more infrastructure on the island: there are many different housing from budget to good resorts, cafes, shops, banks, there is even a small hospital. Although on the following beaches Klong Prao and Kai Bae, in principle, there is also, in principle, everything that a vacationer needs. But the beach itself is better here and, as it seems to me, the location is more convenient if you are going to ride around the island in different directions..
In my opinion, by a combination of factors, this is the best beach on the island, although someone will disagree with me. On Koh Chang, in principle, there are not so many people as in other resorts such as Phuket, and I personally am quite satisfied with such a crowd. At the same time, there is everything here, including large chain supermarkets, while everything is very compactly located, everything can be reached on foot, wherever you live. And the very right end of the beach is generally quiet and secluded, even in the season there are very few people, and the depth grows quickly and you can swim without problems. More details about White Send with photos.
Chai Chet Beach
Chai Chet Beach is not on all maps and is often referred to simply as the northern part of Klong Prao Beach. This is the northernmost piece around Chai Chet Resort. Either this piece was named because of the hotel, or the hotel because of the beach. A little further south in the neighborhood there is another hotel Koh Chang Paradise Resort & Spa, there are swings on the territory, but they are only for guests. By the way, the hotel is quite nice, I liked it when I was there.
So, the official name of the entire beach is still Klong Prao, especially since there is a sign on the track with the name Klong Prao. The beach is just long, 3-4 km. But in order to explain in more detail, then on my map there are 3 points: Chai Chet, north of Klong Prao (the place where the sign is) and south of Klong Prao. The border between the northern and southern parts of the beach is where the river flows, and the Klong Prao Resort is also located there. The main infrastructure is located just in the Chai Chet area. Here, there are shops (7/11, Tesco), and a gas station, in general, everything you need. The middle part of the beach / area is almost empty. And only then civilization reappears in the very south of Klong Prao.
Chai Chet beach is very pleasant, there is good sand and sea, there are trees, cleanliness is maintained. The water at low tide goes quite far. For me, this is the best part of the whole Klong Prao. And for a traditional beach holiday, I would stay either here or at White Sand.
Klong Prao Beach, northern part
If you walk a little along the beach from Chai Chet to the south, you find yourself in a slightly wilder place. It is quite deserted, there are few people, rubbish comes across, almost a wild beach, it is just in the area of the sign on the road to Klong Prao Beach and the bridge leading from the road to the beach. A little further south, the territory begins Klong Prao Resort, and everything is very clean and civil there on the shore. Resort workers are constantly cleaning.
After driving a little more along the highway, we will see a turn to one of the largest waterfalls Klong plu waterfall, there is a sign on the road.
Klong Prao Beach, South
We drive along the highway, see a turn to the right and go deeper. Among the palm forest there are several budget bungalow complexes, for example, Tiger hut, very simple and uncomplicated housing (just in this place I have a mark on the map).
There are not very many people in this place, a pleasant quiet place. There are resorts too, but they are south of the beach. There is little infrastructure near the water, only that provided by the services of hotels. All infrastructure is concentrated along the highway. As you can see from the map, it is about a kilometer to walk from the coast to the road..
The southernmost part of Klong Prao, where the track begins to approach the coast again, also has sections with good sandy beaches. There hotels are close to each other and the water at high tide comes very close. I photographed near a budget resort Chok dee, he is the last on the Klong Prao beach and further there is a stone ridge, a hill, and behind it is the Kai Bae beach.
Kai Bae Beach
The next beach is Kai Bay, which I actually remember because there you can rent kayaks and swim a little on the small neighboring islands. They are located very close there, so it is not difficult to swim. Kayaks are located on the southern part of the beach, while the northern one is quieter and less crowded, although there are cobblestones in the water. With housing and infrastructure, everything is in order, but again, I personally visually like White Sand and Klong Prao more. But I do not persuade, the choice is yours.
After this beach there will be a sharp climb up the mountain and a beautiful observation deck where you can perfectly meet the sunset. I have come there many times and I advise you. And if you drive a little further along the highway, then at the top there will be the steepest turn on Koh Chang and the road to Siam Bay Resort, which has its own private beach. The place is very quiet, with good prices, rooms start from 700-1000 baht and up. Many bungalows have a view of the sea and they stand on a hill, in general it is very beautiful there. If you want silence, few people like the beach and don't mind the road, then consider this option. When I arrived there on a bike, it was pretty scary to go along such a steep ascent / descent. And it seems that here is Kai Bay with its infrastructure, but not everyone wants to ride on such a road.
The second most famous beach after White Sand, many people come here. These are mainly young people or backpackers, because the place is partying and noise at night can interfere. Some have compared it to Pai in the north of Thailand. I will not say that I completely agree with this parallel, but there is something in it. And if you go to Chang to be in an informal atmosphere, then you are here.
The beach itself is good, the depth is growing rapidly. Lonely Beach differs from others in that almost all hotels and cafes are located in the southernmost part of it. It is, as it were, divided into two parts: sandy, where you can swim, and a stone beach with housing. There are several large resorts along the sandy strip. More in detail about Lonely Beach with description and photos.
Non-main beaches of Koh Chang
Klong Son Bay Beach
The very first beach on the west side, and closed from outsiders. Now a village has been built there Siam roayl view and, accordingly, you can get there only as the owner of the house or by booking an apartment / villa. The beach is excellent according to reviews. I wasn’t there because I didn’t book accommodation there, but there were good friends of mine, they were delighted, both from housing and from the beach.
I know that the beaches are kind of common in Thailand, but I once tried to drive from two roads and the security did not let me in. They say that you can get there from the sea, but for this you need to rent a boat. I don't think it's worth it, the neighboring beaches are no worse. But if you book accommodation here, you can get good privacy.
This piece can be considered the southernmost part of the White Send. I have no photographs, because there are only stones, and there is nothing to do there, except to watch the sunset. And it's not so easy to find it, because it is fenced off from the road by hotels and houses..
Bailan Bay and Lisca Beach
Somewhere on Bailan Bay there is a small spit of sand, but I saw only stones. In any case, I personally did not remember this place, from the interesting only the rope park Top tree Adventure park nearby, but you can just come to it once and that's it. By the way, near this park there is a very small beach - Lisca Beach, with sand and a gentle entrance.
Bang Bao Village
Bang Bao is a fishing village with a bunch of cafes selling all kinds of seafood. Cafes are located along the long pier that goes into the sea. The pier ends with a lighthouse, inside of which you can climb. You cannot swim in the area of the village and the pier.
Sai Noi Beach
If you go further along the main road to the east (now it has already turned and goes east instead of south), then literally a few minutes from the turn to the pier there will be a small beach San Noi Beach. It will be visible from the road through two cafes.
Klong Koi Beach
A little further we find ourselves on the Klong Koi Beach, where, apart from bungalow complexes and cafes, there is nothing else. In part, this place resembles Lonely Beach, only even wilder and with less infrastructure. Thais with dreadlocks, peaceful atmosphere. Although for infrastructure you can go to Bang Bao village.
I really liked Klong Kloi, a great place to relax. The beach itself is clean, sandy, the entrance to the sea is quite fast, there are not very many people, and there is not too much housing either. If you go further along the coast, then after 100-200 meters a forest begins, and then a decent resort Tranquility Bay Residence.
Then the trail leads to the Grand Lagoona Resort and ends there. This name is outdated, but out of habit many people still use it in conversation. The hotel has long been called everywhere Koh Chang Boat Chalet. The entrance to the territory is paid, the beach is beautiful and uncrowded, the territory is beautiful, but the hotel is a bit old in the form of boats. Suitable for those who want to be out of touch with civilization, and who are ready to reduce their comfort.
Beach near Cliff Cottage
If you turn left in front of Bang Bao pier and follow the path further, it will lead us to the hotel Cliff cottage, near which there is a nice cafe and a small beach. Previously, this place was good because it was possible to do snorkeling here. On my arrival, except for sponges, hedgehogs, sea cucumbers and a couple of fish, there was nothing to see. Only if on a car tire. But on the other hand, I really liked lying in a hammock and eating ice cream.
We return back to the White Sand Beach, which was our starting point and move to the east side. In terms of attractions and beaches, there is almost nothing there. But this is also good, because because of this there are few people there. You are driving along the road through the jungle, admiring the beauty, great! On the way, there are small beaches, but not particularly swimable because of the stones.
And, if it takes so long to go and arrive almost to the very end of the island, then there will be the wildest beach - Long Beach. Here you can completely merge with nature, because bungalows here are akin to tents, the same in terms of reliability and convenience. At the moment when I was there, there was not even electricity (the generator was temporarily not working), and there were only a couple of people. There is only one such complex left (there were two before), but a classic modern hotel is being built nearby (it may have already opened), which can nullify all the wildness of this place.
Long Beach is quite small but nice beach. For some reason, there is too much water in my photographs, but usually the strip of sand is much wider. A little further along the dirt road there will be another beach with a memorial, it is literally 10-20 meters long, perfect for a romantic picnic. And further, if you drive, you will see Tantawan Resort with very decent houses at an indecent price and kayak rent in Dead End cafe.
Wai Check beach
This beach is also called Secret Beach, because few people get to it, and I have not been there either. I saw it on the map, but there was no time to get there. You need to get there by bike from the side of Salak Pet Bay, and then stomp on foot. Or go by boat from the same Bang Bao. There is no housing there, and therefore, apart from the locals, you can hardly meet anyone..
Koh Chang beaches map
Here is a map with beaches, so you know where which one is. In the article, they go in order from north to south, from the pier where the ferry arrives. First I walked along the western side, where all the main beaches are, and then along the eastern side, where in fact there is only one good place for swimming, but there will be almost no one nearby. In addition to this Google map, I also posted scans of paper maps taken on the island, in this article - Koh Chang Island Map.
Koh Chang beaches
Koh Chang beaches:
P.S. If you or your friends are going to Koh Chang, then you still have a post. How to get to Koh Chang. I hope my articles will help you. Perhaps I forgot something, but nevertheless I tried to write about all the beaches of the island. I will be glad if you like or share a link, I wrote for a long time 🙂