Koh Chang is actually the name of the biggest island of the Koh Chang Marine Park archipelago and the third largest island in Thailand after Phuket and Koh Samui.
If you’ve been in Phuket or Koh Samui, you’ll feel that Koh Chang is a deserted island, despite its 5000 habitants. The fisherman’s island is barely unnoticed before its southeast part became a World War II sea battle scene between theThai Royal Navy and the French’s Vichy Squadron. After the battle, won by the French, the island didn’t experience any major development; the habitants went back to their daily activities, working the coconut groves and the fruit plantations in the mainland (Trat Province).
First backpackers, hitching the fisherman’s boat, discovered the Eden of the Orient in mid 1970s. However, the local tourists pour into the island not long after the government declared a chain of 50 big and small islands located in the Gulf of Thailand, close to the Cambodian border, as national Marine Park called Mu Ko Chang National Park.
Koh Chang’s tourism boom began some ten years ago, and since then the tourism facilities were built in the speed of light to cater inbound international and local tourists.
The island name means the Elephant Isle, but elephants are not indigenous animal, the name was given because of the shape of the island.
Many came for Koh Chang’s white sandy beaches, however the mountains also hold the native charms of the 650 Km² park. Ko Chang has a marvelous land and sea sites. Three fourth of the island is rainforest, steep hills, cliffs, waterfalls, and wildlife, nearly deserted beaches, reefs and corals, and last but not least an extraordinary variety of marine life
The true charm of the island lies on the eastern side of the island, a highland with nice waterfalls and fewer tourists.
Ko Chang, located in the Gulf of Thailand (sometimes known as the Gulf of Siam) is a part of Trat Province in the east of Thailand. The gulf is bordered by Cambodia, Vietnam and Malaysia.