Koh Chang, Thailand

Koh Chang, Thailand

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Ferry into a tropical fairy tale at Koh Chang Island

If you're looking for something a tad more mellow than bumping Bangkok or crowded Phuket, Koh Chang vacation rentals are your best bet. Koh Chang, a big island off the Trat coast, is part of Mu Ko National Park and still remains chill, so shhhh, don't tell the party crowd. The exception is Lonely Beach, which is anything but. Along with those white-sand beaches that make Thailand such a paradise, there are coral reefs, mangrove forests, and rainforests. Casual resorts and tiny fishing villages dot the coast, amid restaurants, bars, and cozy guesthouses resting above the water on stilts.

Fun stuff to do, if you can bear to leave the beach

Chances are that if you're booking a Koh Chang vacation rental, you're a water-lover. So this is your lucky vacation! The healthy coral reefs make for spectacular snorkeling and scuba diving, and the super-fine sands and warm, inviting waters are simply to die for. If you need a break from the beach (yeah, right!), you have a couple options. The seafood is fantastic here, so why not learn how to make it Thai-style at a cooking class? Finally, journey into the jungle on an eco-tour to admire the enormous array of wildlife.

Lonely Beach is one place you'll never be lonely

If you like a good all-night party, Hat Tha Nam (Lonely Beach) is the bumping, thumping place to be. Backpackers love this beach. Other Koh Chang vacation rentals are in mellower areas, like Hat Sai Khao (White Sand Beach). Trek the trails of Mu Koh Chang National Park, and visit the mangrove forests of Ban Salak Phet and Ban Salak Kok in eastern Koh Chang. Koh Rang is a great place to scuba dive, and visit Bang Bao fishing village for a taste of local life and fresh seafood. The narrow piers and traditional wooden stilt houses are charming.

When it rains, it pours—for a chunk of the year!

The lush landscape you see around Koh Chang vacation rentals is the result of the good ol' monsoon season. From May to October, torrential rains drench the area, so it won't shock you to learn this is low season. This is also when a lot of places close, so check ahead of time. Even in low season, air and sea temps are still in the 80s. Koh Chang's other season is dry, which means no rain and oh-so-hot temps, with the thermometer often hitting the 90s. High season is November through April.

Welcome to the jungle, Thai-style

The 165 square miles that make up Koh Chang are a tropical jungle with jagged peaks, steep cliffs, and fertile rainforests in its center and coastlines that range from white sand to rocky. Koh Chang means Elephant Island, and there are elephants here, as well as birds, snakes, deer, and reptiles. The marine life is also magnificent, so snorkelers and divers, grab your gear and dive in. Most of the island is wilderness, so nature-lovers will delight in traipsing the trails, watching waterfalls, and admiring the wildlife. You might see a bryde whale off the coast, too.