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Koh Chang 2012-2

Koh Chang, The Largest Island In Mu Koh Chang International Park Archipelago 2012

Koh Chang is an amphoe (district) in Trat Province, Thailand. It is located on the Gulf Of Thialand’s eastern seaboard, 310 km from Bangkok and near the border with Cambodia.

It is the country’s third largest island, and the largest island in the Mu Koh Chang International Park archipelago.

The name means Elephant Island, and comes from the elephant shape of its headland, although elephants are not indigenous to the island. (Wikipedia)

Transport to Koh Chang have many of different way. If you are going from Bangkok, you can go by bus, minivan, or flight to Trat first. Here are some information about the transport to Trat or Koh Chang.

Bangkok Airways provide 3 flights a day to Trat from Bangkok. The flight takes around 60 minutes and cost around 3000-3600 Baht per trip. The airlines transfer service cost around 470 Baht for transfer to west coast of Koh Chang and included ferry ticket. For buses and mini van service is too many different timing and different price, so just provide 2 official contact number for information about the bus service. If you are in Bangkok can call +66 8 3794 2122, in Koh Chang please call +66 8 1660 5926. One way cost around 200-250 Baht and round trip will be less around 20-50 Baht. Please check about the timing  and estimate carefully. Bus from Bangkok to Trat takes around 5 hour.

Here are some photos taken when going Koh Chang by ferry.

Sunset of Koh Chang.

Ferry pier opposite Koh Chang.

Waiting for ferry.

A lot of  tourist also go by car. Can drive your car to the island by transfer by ferry.

 

Sea view behind the ferry.

Koh Chang is also a paradise for diver. Can consider it if you are interesting about diving. There are so many different diving course in the island, most of them are licensed. And there’s a lot of speed boat service so you can explore more about this paradise.

In Koh Chang have too many resorts and hotel, you can find so  many information inside the internet. The cheapest accommodation there is around 250 Baht per night, 3 star or 4 star hotel around 2000 Baht and much much more. If you are looking for a great holiday, travel to Koh Chang is a great idea. Sun, beach, natural, far from the city, seafood, alcohol, massage, everything is in this island.

Welcome to Koh Chang. Enjoy!

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Floading in Paknam Khaem Nu during December 2011

Floading in Paknam Khaem Nu during December 2011

It happen every year in Paknam Khaem Nu. During December, the sea level will increase to the highest level especially when the moon bright night. Luckily it doesn’t rain during this day, if not it will be big flood in here.

 

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Welcome to Bang Saen Beach Chonburi

Welcome to Bang Saen Beach Chonburi

Bang Saen is a town that is famous throughout Thailand. It is the closest pleasant beach getaway spot from Bangkok as well as any provinces north of Chonburi. Most visitors typical come from provinces to the north and northeast of Chonburi. It is much closer, cheaper and less hassle free than Hua Hin’s Beaches or Pattaya’s Beaches.

Bang Saen is a sleepy town during the weekdays. The town is a host to a major university, Burapha University. During the day, most of the people you will see are students from the university. On the weekends, travellers, families or groups of friends, come from surrounding areas or other provinces in Thailand to spend a day at the beach.

Nearly all of the visitors to Bang Saen are Thai. There are foreign tourists all year round, though they are small in number. There is a Scandinavian Village in Bang Saen. There are probably around 200-300 Scandinavians living there. Throughout Bang Saen though, there are 100-200 foreigners

For this reason, many menus and shop names have bilingual writings.

There are few services in English, but maybe 10-20% of people speak at least basic English. However higher professional people generally always speak English well. But nearly everyone will try to help you if you speak directly to them. Don’t be afraid to talk to anyone to get some help, if they can’t help you they might find someone who can speak English for you. In a town like Bang Saen, it’s very normal to approach anybody for help. All of the restaurants in the shopping centre, Laem Thong, have bilingual (Thai-English) menus. Nearly all of the restaurants along the beach have English menus.

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Welcome to Koh Chang

Welcome to Koh Chang

Ko Chang (Thai: เกาะช้าง, pronounced [kɔ̀ʔ tɕʰáːŋ], also Koh Chang) is an amphoe (district) in Trat Province, Thailand. It is located on the Gulf of Thailand’s eastern seaboard, 310 km from Bangkok and near the border with Cambodia.
It is the country’s third largest island, and the largest island in the Mu Ko Chang National Park archipelago.
The name means Elephant Island, and comes from the elephant shape of its headland, although elephants are not indigenous to the island. At present, there are 9 villages on the island.
It is a mountainous island, with Khao Salak Phet being the highest peak at 743 metres. The island is known for several waterfalls, thriving coral reefs and rainforests. The island has an area of approximately 217 square kilometers.

Prior to World War II, Ko Chang was little known. During this period, the few families there made a living growing coconuts and fruit.
During World War II, when Thailand was occupied by Japanese forces, Ko Chang was the scene of the 1941 Battle of Koh Chang between the Royal Thai Navy and a Vichy French squadron, in which the French won a decisive victory.

Ko Chang is part of an archipelago of 51 islands, and is approximately 30 km long by 14 km, wide with a total area of 217 km². It is part of the Mu Ko Chang National Park, which covers an area of 650 km², of which 70% is offshore.
The interior of the island is mountainous, covered with tropical rain forest. The highest point is Khao Salak Phet, measuring 743m. There are sandy beaches on the island, dotted with hotels and resorts, in addition to some rocky beaches.
The main settlements on the west coast are around Sai Khao, Hat Kai Mook and Hat Ta Nam, with the village of Bang Bao being situated on the south coast.

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