Thailand’s third-largest island, the elephant-shaped Koh Chang is home to some of the most beautiful beaches. With so many to choose from, it’s difficult to pick just one Koh Chang white sands beach to visit.
Most of the best beaches on Koh Chang are on the west coast, with one or two lonely beach Ko Chang on the east coast.
So if you’re looking for a relaxing time, head to the west Koh Chang beaches, and if you’re looking for mountains and waterfalls, head to an eastern or southern Koh Chang beach.
Here are all the best beaches in Koh Chang to visit!
Best Koh Chang Beaches On The West Coast
Koh Chang White Sand Beach
White Sand Beach Koh Chang is by far the most popular on the Koh Chang beach map. Named after its powdery white sand, it’s the closest beach to the ferry ports and is bustling with backpackers and other tourists.
The 3 km stretch of White Beach Koh Chang is dotted with restaurants serving local and international fare, as well as bars for nighttime entertainment. The clear waters at White Sand Beach Ko Chang are perfect for beach holidays with easy access to stores and transportation.
Pearl Beach Koh Chang
Looking at the Koh Chang beaches map, Pearl Beach is just a little south of the White Sands Beach. Being covered with rocks and shingle, the beach is not a swimmer’s beach.
But talk about snorkeling, and you’re in the right place. You’ll definitely find more fish here than at any of the other beaches on the island! It’s also the beach where the famous Saffron on the Sea restaurant is located.
Klong Prao Beach
Two inland rivers called klongs separate this stretch of white sand into bits. That’s how this Ko Chang beach got the name Koh Chang Klong Prao Beach.
Being close to Khlong Phlu waterfalls, it’s the ideal beach to visit if you want to add swimming in fresh water pools to your itinerary (in the second half of the year).
Lonely Beach Koh Chang
Once only accessible by hiking or by boat, the Koh Chang Lonely Beach is a palm-lined beach on the South West part of Koh Chang island. Albeit small, the Ko Chang Lonely Beach is a haven for budget-wary travelers.
At the southern end of the beach, a mountain stream runs over pebbles and into the waiting aquamarine waters. The beach sees a lot of parties though and can get quite noisy at night.
Although it’s not one of the best Koh Chang beaches, the pebble covered Bailan Beach is perfect for a quiet holiday in a relaxed atmosphere with just a few beer bars and cheap restaurants. Located just south of Lonely Beach, Bailan Beach is close to the Treetops Adventure Park that has zip lining, Tarzan swings, flying bikes and rope bridges.
Khong Koi Beach Koh Chang
Also known as Bangbao Beach, the Koh Chang Klong Kloi Beach is located 2 km from Bangbao at the Southernmost part of the island facing Koh Klum island. Almost as busy as the White Sand Beach Koh Chang, the stunning waters here are calm and perfect for swimming.
Secret Beaches in Koh Chang
There are a number of spectacular private beaches in the Northern part of Koh Chang near Klong Song Bay that are only accessible by stays in the villas nearby, Marina Sands Resort or Peninsula Beach Resort.
The tiny Khao Noi Beach, Koh Chang near the Khao Noi Hill is close to the crescent-shaped Half Moon Beach Koh Chang. These two beaches, along with the Peninsula Cove Beach and the Pebble Beach are perfect for snorkeling.
The longer Chang Noi Beach Koh Chang is perfect for watersports including kite surfing, kayaking, and scuba diving.
Being part of the Mu Koh Chang Marine National Park and close to the ferries, these unspoiled beaches are ideal for vacations.
Best Koh Chang Beaches On The East Coast
Long Beach Koh Chang
Long Beach Koh Chang on the south eastern side of the island is the perfect getaway if you like seclusion.
With no shops, restaurants or bars, you’ll have to carry your own lunch here. But there are a set of seasonal Treehouse Bungalows for rent, that also sells lunch when they’re open.
The deserted beach has great views of the islands of Salak Phet Bay islands Koh Laoya, Koh Kradat, Koh Wai and Koh Mak, and is perfect for quiet family picnics.
At the Southern end of Jek Bae, the Karang Beach is a small strip of sand surrounded by peaceful palm trees and no crowds. The only place serving food and drink here is the Karang Bayview Resort. As one of the lesser-known beaches, this coconut beach Koh Chang is the perfect escape for relaxing and rejuvenating.
The nearby Chek Bay shingle beach is great for water-sports while the waters near the village of Salak Khok are good for a lazy gondola ride.
So that’s our list of the best beaches on Koh Chang island, Thailand. Head to the beaches in the West for white sands, head East and to the secret beaches in the North for privacy and seclusion.
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