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Koh Chang Holidays

Palm fringed beaches, lush jungle interiors and a turquoise sea bursting with marine life are what lay in wait when you choose Koh Chang holidays. You’ll find the tropical idyll located just off Thailand’s south east coast – and it isn’t an exaggeration to describe it as a picture perfect paradise. 

Unlike bigger sister island Phuket, Koh Chang has a much more laidback ambiance and endless natural attractions, making it the ideal destination for lazy beach holidays or active adventures. Stay in Koh Chang hotels right by the ocean and spend your days soaking up the sun on the sand, swimming in warm waters or exploring peaceful seaside spots like Bao Bang Floating Village. 

Diving is one of the top activities in Koh Chang, whether you’re keen to swim with whale sharks or explore an underwater wreck. Discover dive sites directly off the coast or take a speedboat to neighbouring untouched isles like Koh Wai. 

Journey up magical mountains in the heart of Koh Chang 

Beyond the beaches, you’ll discover Koh Chang is blessed with verdant mountains criss-crossed with great walking trails. Opt for a guided trek and venture to stunning viewpoints on foot, where you can awe at panoramic vistas of the island and sea. 

Koh Chang also has numerous waterfalls in its National Park. Hike the many trails before stopping for a refreshing dip. You’ll find the island’s jungle interiors are bursting with beautiful flora and fauna, in addition to native wildlife like cheeky macaques, wild boars and vibrant lizards and insects.

 

Destination Highlights
  • Experience a glimpse of local Thai culture with a day trip to Bang Bao, a spectacular floating fishing village
  • Plunge down into the deep to spot shoals of colourful reef fish and swim through shipwrecks on a diving trip
  • Trek the island’s hiking trails; from those which take you to wonderful waterfalls to ones that lead to hidden viewpoints
  • Catch a speedboat to idyllic Koh Wai and enjoy a desert island experience completely devoid of hotels, shops and cars

Our favourite hotels

Get ready to bed down at a luxury Koh Chang resort, featuring barefoot beach bars and beautiful oceanfront accommodation.

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Santhiya Tree, Koh Chang

Koh Chang

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Santhiya Tree, Koh Chang
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Centara Koh Chang Tropicana Resort

Koh Chang

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Centara Koh Chang Tropicana Resort
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Emerald Cove Koh Chang

Koh Chang

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Emerald Cove Koh Chang

Time Zone

GMT +7 hours

Flight Time

Indirect flights from Ireland to Bangkok, then a three hour transfer by road.

Currency

Thai Baht

Visa Information

Irish visitors do not require a visa if staying less than 30 days.

Language

Thai - English is widely spoken

Health Information

No mandatory vaccinations are required for Koh Chang but check with your health professional before travelling.

You won't be stuck for things to do when staying in Koh Chang, there is plenty to see and do. Or you can simply just relax and sit back and take in the stunning scenery and soak up the laid back atmosphere.

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    Koh Chang's beaches

    Discover some of Thailand's best beaches and live the Thai life at a slower pace.

Koh Chang

Koh Chang holidays are a great option at any time of the year thanks to the island’s balmy tropical climate. While sunshine is almost always guaranteed, you’ll find December, January and February are the least rainy months to visit. 

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31ºC
39mm

Average weather in February

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32ºC
43mm

Average weather in March

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33ºC
99mm

Average weather in April

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35ºC
112mm

Average weather in May

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32ºC
365mm

Average weather in June

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32ºC
418mm

Average weather in July

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32ºC
439mm

Average weather in August

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32ºC
490mm

Average weather in September

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31ºC
502mm

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30ºC
274mm

Average weather in November

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30ºC
54mm

Average weather in December

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30ºC
2mm
  • Melissa, Destination Specialist

    Melissa

    Destination Specialist

    “There are lots of even smaller islands around Koh Chang – I’d recommend setting aside a day to explore some of them. My favourite was Koh Wai, which felt very authentic and truly off the beaten tourist path.”

  • Valerie, Destination Specialist

    Valerie

    Destination Specialist

    “You’re really close to Cambodia in Koh Chang, so why not add a second country to your itinerary and spend a few days seeing how they compare and contrast?

  • Songkran

    Also known as Thai New Year, Songkran is a hugely important celebration throughout Thailand. If you’re planning Koh Chang holidays in mid-April, you’ll find festivities happening right across the island. Most will include traditional entertainment and delicious feasts, plus you’ll find many locals return home from the cities to visit family and friends. One of the most iconic elements of Songkran is water throwing, so be prepared to get soaked.

  • Koh Chang Fruit Fair

    This quaint island festival usually takes place in early May and sees local farmers bringing their best fruit crops to Koh Chang Municipality for locals and visitors to taste. Expect to savour delights like rich rambutans and sweet mangosteens, as well as the smelly yet popular durian fruit.

  • Loy Krathong Festival

    Also hosted in Koh Chang Municipality, this important countrywide celebration takes place on the 12th full moon of the year (usually in November). More commonly known as the Festival of Lights, it sees locals ceremonially placing candlelit lanterns (called krathongs) into the water to carry away their misfortunes. There’s also firework displays and various dance performances, plus other exciting entertainment.

  • Kluay Tort

    These are mouth watering banana fritters which you’ll find at most street markets. Make sure you order them piping hot for the best experience.

  • Khao Lam

    This simple yet tasty treat is easy to pick up at a roadside food stall. It’s made up of sticky rice which is boiled in coconut milk, wrapped in a bamboo leaf and then grilled on a charcoal BBQ.

  • Kanom Krok

    This popular snack is essentially a mini pancake made from coconut, rice flour and sometimes a spoonful of pumpkin or sweet corn. It’s cooked on a skillet over an open charcoal fire and best served fresh.

  • Street food

    Koh Chang is a great place to sample sensational Thai street food as you’ll spot no shortage of stalls in the towns or along the busier beaches. Most vendors typically cook up one type of dish, whether that’s grilled meat and seafood on skewers or steaming bowls of Pad Thai.

Frequently Asked Questions

Koh Chang is unspoilt and offers beach as well as jungle hiking, waterfall trekking and unique village life that you can't find anywhere else in Thailand. It's easily combinable with the capital Bangkok as well so makes a great twin centre.

The nearest airport to Koh Chang is Trat airport. From here, it's just a short car journey to the resort. 

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