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Koh Chang , is the largest island in Ranong on the Andaman Coast. Do not confused with the much larger island of Koh Chang in Trat province on eastern coast of Thailand. It is called Koh Chang ( Koh means island, Chang means elephant) because it looks like a sleeping elephant .The island is covered by the Rain Forest and there are a few paths crossing it. There are many beaches and resorts , mostly place along Aow Yai beach on the west . The resorts are well into the vegetation behind the beaches and hardly see them from the boat. In the forest wild animals abound, especially wild boars. It takes only one hour to get to Koh Chang from Ranong . The long tail boat ride on the border line between Thailand and Myanmar among many small islands: Myanmar on the right, Thailand on the left.

At the northern , you can see boats of sea Gipsies , a short dark people , mostly living on boats and moving from island to island. No electric power islands, telephone and mobile phones almost in every resort.

Koh Chang Island ( the Elephant Island ) Do not confuse this Island with the other Koh Chang Island in the Province of Trat in

Thailand, which is situated on the eastern coast near Rayong, in the Gulf of Thailand.

This is Koh Chang Island - the Elephant Island - at the west coast of Thailand, close by Ranong, in the Andaman Sea. Koh Chang is to be reached within a one hour boat trip from Ranong at the Ranong Islands Pier, which is situated at the end of Sapaan Plaa Road.


Koh Phayam  is famous for both its long fine white sandy beaches and for the cashew nuts which are grown on the island. Several sea gypsies, or Chao Le, live on the island as well.

Mangrove Arboretum  Located within Pa Khlong Lamliang-La-un National Reserve area and attached to a concession forest, the mangrove became under concession for 15 years before reforestation under the Khlong La-un Mangrove project. Two years later, it was developed into a mangrove arboretum with a 1,500-metre long boardwalk being constructed.

Royal Initial Stones  There is an area where the royal initials of King Rama V were inscribed onto a stone to mark his royal visit. There are also inscriptions of Their Majesties King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit’s as well as Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s initials on their royal visit.

Kho Khot Kra or Kra Isthmus The Kra Isthmus is the Malay Peninsula’s narrowest point, spanning a mere 44 kilometres from the Gulf of Thailand on the east coast to the Andaman Sea on the west coast. The Kra Isthmus provides an excellent vantage point from which to see the Kra Buri River forming a natural boundary between Thailand and Myanmar.

Tham Phra Khayang  Despite its small scale, this cave is related to a legend of the establishment of the district. Some 40 metres deep inside, a staircase leads upward and further outside the cave to where some rare herbs are believed to have been grown.