For some "the Maldives of Thailand", for others "The Oriental Paradise", either way, with its 166 miČ, Koh Chang is the second largest island in Thailand. Located in the eastern part of the country, it can easily be reached by ferry, aeroplane or car.
With less than 5,000 permanent residents, the island is not very populated. It gets its name from its elephant-shaped headland.
Known for being one of the country's most beautiful islands, Koh Chang represents an important nature reserve. The fauna and flora are abundant here. The island is home to more than 42 bird species, 29 different mammals, 42 different reptiles and amphibians, and a rather rich marine life. Trees, conifers and ferns are mainly found inland, at the heart of the tropical forest.
The island is mountainous and has some steep hills. Rising 744m, Khao Salak Phet is the highest peak on the island.
To the west, the long white sandy beaches extend from north to south from Klong Son Bay to Kai Bae Beach, via White Sand Beach and Klong Prao Beach. Cascades and beautiful reefs are also part of the island's landscape. It is a splendid place to go snorkelling and diving.
Most of the lodgings, from simple bungalows to 5-star hotels, are located on the west coast, not very far from the beaches.