Located off of the east coast of mainland Thailand is the beautiful island of Ko Chang. As the second largest island of the country, you might expect it to be crowded with tourists most of the year round. In fact, a Ko Chang holiday will offer you one of the most peaceful trips of your life. It is pretty much undiscovered by the tourist masses and is a hidden gem of Thailand. A Ko Chang holiday rental villa offers you relaxation and stunning scenery with the option of venturing out to sample the activities on offer on this traditional Thai island.
Ko Chang is an island where you can relax but also find a myriad of activities to keep you amused. There are a number of pure white sandy beaches, with crystal clear water lapping at the shoreline. Watersports are accessible at these beautiful beaches including snorkelling, diving, swimming, fishing, sailing, windsurfing and sailing.
If you decide to venture away from the beach, exciting activities await you. Ko Chang is nearly 90% jungle which makes it the perfect location for jungle trekking, mountain biking or climbing and walking. A very popular activity on the island is getting off the beaten track into the hills with stunning scenery on the back of a quad bike. Elephant trekking is possible in the north of the island at Khlong Son.
Ko Chang has only eight villages to speak of that are dotted all around the island, but this should not deter you from leaving your holiday rental villa. The rest of the area is covered with jungle and lush greenery. In particular, a village that should be on your itinerary is Bang Bao. This former fishing village is one of the oldest communities on the island and is unique as all of the houses have been built on stakes within the sea. Each property is connected to the other by a series of bridges. There is also the Bang Bao Temple that sits on the outskirts of the village.
Ko Chang Island has three distinct seasons, namely the hot season, the cool season and the rainy season. For most travellers, the cool season which runs from November to February, is the best time to visit the island. This still means that you will experience average daytime temperatures of 30°C. March to May is the hot season where temperatures can reach as high as 35°C during the day. This leaves the rainy season which runs from June to October. Due to its location, Ko Chang can receive as much as 157 inches of rain throughout the year.
There are no airports on the island of Ko Chang which means that travellers have to land at one of the mainland airports. It is usually the case that travellers on a Ko Chang holiday land at Trat Airport (TDX), which is the approximately a 2 hour journey to the island. You can also fly into a major airport such as Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) in Bangkok, which has a journey time to Ko Chang of about 5 hours. There are several operators offering affordable flights to start your Ko Chang holiday including Air France, Bangkok Airways, Thai Airways and British Airways. Passengers can depart from various UK airports such as Edinburgh (EDI), Newcastle(NCL), Manchester (MAN), London Gatwick (LGW) and Liverpool (LPL).