Koh Chang Island Tours and Hotel Guide

Welcome to koh chang island

Every person might dream about spending time with his or her beloved on an island. You can find some exotic beaches all around the world. In case you are looking for a virgin beach or island, then Thailand is the place for you. Thailand has a reputation for being the land of beaches and islands. After Phuket, the largest island in Thailand is Koh Chang Island. You can mark this island on your tourist itinerary. We shall explore the reasons why.

Koh Chang Island:

Geographically located around 300 km east of Bangkok, Koh Chang has the unique shape of an elephant’s head. Hence, people know this island by another name too, Elephant Island. This island forms part of the Mu Ko Chang National Park. You can find a whole range of entertaining locations such as jungles, waterfalls, beaches, coral reefs, as well as luxury resorts and beach huts. Encompassing an area of around 429 square km, you will find 70% of the island as a rain forest. Thus, you can see greenery in abundance here anytime.

Best time to visit:

The best part of the island is that you can visit this island all round the year. However, you should know the seasons in this place. The time from November to February is the winter months. You can have the best climate during these times. Hence, you might find a heavy crowd here at times. The months from March to May comprise the summer months. It is usually a holiday in this part of the world during April and May. Hence, you can find local people flocking during this period. The rainy months from June to October are the lean months where you can find a reduction in the prices as well as the traffic. However, you can witness and experience the rain forests in full glory during these months.

How to reach Koh Chang:

Though many transport routes are available, the cheapest and the best way to reach Koh Chang is by luxury bus from Bangkok. You can also fly up to Trat Airport and then take one of the two ferry services to reach the island. However, once you reach the island, the best way to go around the island is by the songthaew (pick-up taxi truck). This truck will take you to every spot on the island. You can also explore the island on a rented motorcycle. The Eastern side of the island is less populous than the Western side. You get the chance to mingle with the local village population as well.

Where do you stay?

You will find many luxury villas as well as beach huts where you can have a comfortable as well as an affordable stay. You can find beach resorts and hotels too that offer rooms at reasonable rates. The Northern end of the island is comparatively inexpensive where you can get accommodation in the smaller beach resorts. However, the most popular choices are the Klong Prao Beach and the Kai Bae Beach.

What activities can you do?

From marveling at the waterfalls to hiking in the jungles, you can do everything to explore nature at its virgin best. You can lap up the exotic scenery at the stunning beaches on the island. You can go for kayaking, diving, and snorkeling along the beaches. As far as the jungles are concerned, you will find trekking to be the best enjoyment. As a relaxing feature, you can experience a Thai massage in any of the numerous spas on the island. You can experience the pleasures of the local Thai food. You reserve the best part of your trip for an elephant ride on a jungle trek. You can be the lord of all that you can survey from the majestic height a top an Asian elephant.

Why visit Koh Chang?

After going through this article, this question need not have an answer at all. Koh Chang is the place where you can experience Nature in its full glory at all times of the year. The most attractive part is that the island tour would fit into your budget perfectly. Every couple in this world should make it a point to visit Koh Chang Island. It could be the experience of a lifetime for each one of you.

This site has a lot more details about the island: iamkohchang.com

Holidays in Thailand

King's Birthday Celebrations in Bangkok

Thailand Celebrations and Holidays

Because many Thai celebrations are of a Buddhist nature, they refer to the Buddhist religious calendar, which is dependent on the moon-cycle. Therefore certain celebrations vary within the month from year to year. The Buddhist calendar is 543 years older than the Christian, the year 2016 thus corresponds with the year 2559.

The western calendar however applies to national celebrations.

If a legal holiday falls on a weekend, most offices remain closed on Monday and authorities are generally short staffed, a so-called Bank-Holiday is celebrated. Therefore there are about a dozen long weekends per year, which are often used for short trips to nearby beaches and islands in Thailand. In all temples in Thailand, there is at least one celebration per year, which is mainly attended by the natives. Besides the main celebrations, in each province capital there is at least one fair, where local products and agricultural goods are offered. Also more and more celebrations are created by the Tourist-Authority, in order to promote regions for tourism. You will find exact information regarding religious celebrations and ceremonies in the brochure ‘Major Events and Festivals’, available at each tourist-information-centre, or in the Internet under www.tat.or.th/festival.

Happy New Year
New Year is also celebrated on 1st of January.

Chinese New Year
Takes place during black-moon between 21st January and 19th February. It lasts for 3 days, is celebrated with dragon-dances on the roads and usually used as a time to clean the house equivalent to our `spring-clean’. Also families go together on trips or short vacations.

Makha Bucha Day
At full moon in February, light-processions take place around the temples, in order to remind of Buddha’s speech which took place in front of 1250 illuminated monks.

Chakri Day
Celebrated in the Wat Phra Keo on 6th of April for the coronation-day of the first Chakri-King, the founder of the Royal-city Bangkok.

Songkran Festival
Probably the most important and well-known celebration in Thailand, the Thai New Year, celebrated from 13th – 15th April. During the hottest time of the year, everywhere in the country people spray each other with water. If you are in the country at this time, do not expect to arrive dry at your destination, as there is no difference between Farangs (foreigner) and Thais. Everyone who has experienced this celebration once – the refreshing showers and the excited behaviour will remember it forever.

Labour Day
Celebrations is between 1st of May

Coronation Day
On May 5th the coronation of the current King, Rama IX, is celebrated, who was crowned on May 5th 1950.

Visakha Bucha
The holiest Buddhist celebration takes place on full moon day in May. For the celebration of the birth, the illumination, and Buddha’s final occurring into the Nirvana, light-processions take place in the evening or the previous evening in all temples.

Asalha Bucha
Is celebrated with flowers and light processions in the temples on the full moon day in July to the memory of Buddha’s first public speech. On the day after Asalha Bucha the 3-month-long fasting-time of the monks begins. In this time, the monks are under strict rules and are forbidden to leave their monastery at night. Also traditionally, in this time, most young men go into the monastery.

Birthday of the Queen
On August 12th the birthday of the Queen Sirikit is celebrated, who has been first lady of Thailand since 1950.

Takes place on October 23rd, which is the day of the death of King Rama V (Chulalongkorn), the ruler who opened Thailand to western influences.

Loy Krathong
On full moon day in November, the end of rainy-season is celebrated. Small boats, traditionally made from cut banana-leaves decorated with candles, incense and flowers, are sacrificed to the goddess of water. These can be seen on lakes, rivers and channels throughout the entire country.

King’s birthday
The national holiday, the birthday of King Bhumiphol, is celebrated on December 5th. Celebrations and parades take place everywhere.

Takes place on December 10th.

New Years Eve

As abroad, is celebrated on December 31st with celebrations and parties all over.

Local festivals  and ceremonies

In Trat, on March 23rd, the Memorial Day, in remembrance of the exchange of the province with France takes place. At the end of May/beginning of June, the Rakam fair, the celebration of the Rakam fruits, takes place with a procession and fair.

In the Salak-Phet-Bay on Koh Chang, on January 17th , the commemoration of the battle between French and Thai warships takes place.

Koh Chang Tips

Bay on Koh Wai island

Some ideas for places to visit in and around Koh Chang.

Koh Mak

A large island south of Koh Chang. It is blessed with several beautiful bays and beaches. Nearby are coral reefs that are in perfect condition. The islanders make their living by growing rubber and coconut trees. The best time to visit is November-late April.

Klong Plu Waterfall

Best known and most popular waterfalls due to its close proximity from the favored beaches of Klong Prao and Kai Bae. Klong Plu Waterfall is a large fall of 3 levels. It has been an important water source to the Koh Chang dwellers for a long time.

Tan Mayom Waterfall

A waterfall of medium size. The royal monograms of King Rama V and VI are carved on the rocks, as they have visited the place and singed their royal names on the highest cliff of the cascade.

White Sand Beach

One of the longest beaches on Koh Chang. Bungalows and resorts of reasonable process are easily found. The beach has fantastic views, the 2 km-long beach is very popular among tourists. this beach is very suitable for swimming. Food, Bungalows _ tourist shops are available in this area.

Klong Prao  and Laem Chai Chet

These beaches are long seaside adjacent to Kai Bae Beach. The beach is rather steep. Swimming is possible. Standard bungalow with facilities are everywhere to be found. The northern most of Klong Phrao Beach is near the Chai Chet Beach.

Koh Lao Ya

Comprising tree small islands – Koh Laoya Nai, Koh Klang _ Koh Nok. Koh Lao Ya island has sandy beaches with some resorts and is situated south of Koh Chang. Very good for swimming and relaxation.

Koh Kradad

Situated northeastern away from Koh Mak. Formerly, the area was abundant with Kradad trees; hence, the name of the island. The place was the first island to have the land title deed since the period of King Rama V. During the time French colonization invaded the Southeast Asia. France was trying hard to seize some areas of the Kingdom including Kradad. King Rama V, therefore, ordered that the land title deed of Koh Kradad be issued. Tourists attractions include the white long beach.

Koh Rang

The Island is the west of Koh Mak. It is covered area beautiful beach. Where the white sand and clear water. Your can enjoy diver and swimming to see corals reef.