One noticeable trend that we have witnessed in the last 12 months has been the dramatic rise in domestic travel amongst Thais. However, one place that is a long-standing favorite with Pattaya’s ex-pat community is the island of Koh Chang, which is located approximately five hours from the city. It provides an excellent weekend getaway and some relief from the regular hustle and bustle of Pattaya whilst also having plenty to do. Here are six places you could visit on the island.
1.Mu Koh Chang National Park Viewpoint
The national park is actually the entire island along with several smaller neighboring islands. The viewpoint, however, is located above White Sand Beach and offers some magnificent vistas across Koh Chang and the smaller, nearby islands. Some of the views are breathtaking and are an excellent reminder of how beautiful Thailand is.
2.Klong Plu Waterfall
Klong Plu Waterfall is located on the west side of the island in a dense forest. It has a large pool at the foot of the waterfall, which is a superb place to swim and cool off. As you would imagine, it is a very popular spot, but you can still find some space to yourself, especially if you go in the late morning or early afternoon. Fortunately, there is plenty of shade to protect you from the fierce sun.
3.Treetop Adventure Park
The Treetop Adventure Park is expected to be reopening again for Songkran, so we have decided to include it on our list. Here you will find an extensive selection of ziplines, swings, and even treetop bikes high above the treetop canopies. It is very different from what’s on offer in Pattaya and gives you the opportunity to view Koh Chang from a very different perspective.
White Sands is the main resort town on Koh Chang and has a superb beach that overlooks the tranquil, turquoise waters. At night the area livens and has a vibrant nightlife although not to the same extent as Pattaya. You will find several ex-pats bars and western restaurants if you miss the neon signs and farang food! The area is also home to some of the island’s top hotels.
Koh Chang is one of the largest islands in Thailand, and sometimes it is easy to forget that it is much more than just a tourist destination. If you want to see what life is really like for the locals, it is worth visiting one of the traditional fishing villages to see the local fisherman landing their catch. Of course, you can also buy fresh fish and seafood or enjoy a simple but delicious meal from one of the shacks that double as a restaurant.
During the cool season from November to January, the forests of Koh Chang are lit up at night by hundreds of fireflies which quite literally provide an illuminating experience. It is a fascinating spectacle and is something that you will never see in Pattaya so again can provide you with a completely different view of Thailand. The display is also an excellent photo opportunity and can provide long-lasting memories.