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Our Island

Koh Chang literally translates as “Elephant Island” due to when it was originally approached by sea it was likened to a sleeping elephant. It is the second largest island in Thailand, but thankfully, due to the mountains and rainforest it has not developed at the same pace as other islands in Thailand.

In 1982 the island together with 46 small islands became protected as the Mu Koh Chang Marine National Park. It was not until the year 2000 that a paved road was built, bringing electricity and phone lines to the paradise isle. The islands development has continued, but due to the lush rainforests and mountains the original beauty is kept intact and on show to all who visit. However an excellent road from Bangkok and a new flight to Trat airport, have meant the destination is now starting to get the attention that it deserves The many beaches on the western coast continually attract tourists from all over the globe. Koh Chang has spectacular waterfalls where you can swim, relax and enjoy the splendour of the natural surroundings of flora and rainforest.

The largest of the mountains is Salek Phet, which stands 744 meters. The island`s thick rainforest is home to many species including macaque monkeys, barking deer and wild pig. Elephant riding is an enjoyable and popular day trip especially when it’s their bath time – prepare to get wet!!

The picturesque east coast is much less developed and still holds many characteristics of typical Thai living. Many locals still fish, farm and enjoy life as they have always lived before tourists became aware of the beauty of Koh Chang.

Many activities are available including diving, trekking, sailing, and cooking courses. There are also many spas and saunas on the island.

Why not visit our sister restaurant 15 Palms which has attracted many regular customers over the year, due to the atmosphere, service, menu and incredible sunset views, beach BBQ’s and daily fire shows.

The beaches on Koh Chang consist of White Sands Beach, Hat Kai Mook (Pearl Beach), Chai Chet, Klong Prao, Kai Bae, Lonely Beach, Bailan Beach and the fishermans pier down at Bang Bao.

Whatever you are seeking in your holiday you are sure to find it on KOH CHANG!!

How to get to Koh Chang

By Minibus:

The easiest way to get to Koh Chang is via Minibus, minibuses travel everyday from Pattaya, Bangkok, Koh Samed, Siam Reap, Phnom Phen and Sihanoukville!!

By Air:

There is now an airport in Trat run by Bangkok Airways. There are 3 flights to and from Bangkok daily. Please check with their website for more details.

By Bus:

There are many ways to get to Koh Chang by bus. The air conditioned (blue and white) government licensed buses tend to be more reliable than the coaches that run from Khao Sarn’s famous backpacker area.

The government licensed buses depart from both the Eastern Bus terminal Ekkemai and the Northern Bus terminal Mo Chit. The journey will take 5-6 hours. Buses depart frequently and the last bus is around 10.30pm.

By Car:

Unlike with some of the other popular east coast islands in Thailand, it is possible to drive your car all the way to Koh Chang. There are 2 ferries that provide easy access to Koh Chang Island. The distance from Bangkok to the ferries is only 310 kilometres.

From the Ferry Piers to Paddy’s Palms Irish Pub and Resort:

If you do not have a car or minibus you will have to make use of the public white ‘shared taxis’ which are locally known as Song Teaw. When the ferry arrives at the island you will normally find several of these shared taxis waiting for you at the ferry point. Although the fees are not always fixed, the trip to our location at White Sand Beach should be 50 baht per person. The last ferry is at 7pm.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

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