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Koh Chang Island, the second largest Island of

Thailand

Koh Chang is the second largest island of Thailand (largest island in the Koh Chang Marine Park archipelago), located on the Thai east coast in the Province of Trat,

310 km away from Bangkok near the border to Cambodia in the Gulf of Thailand. The name means Elephant Island. Koh Chang was named for the elephant shape of its headland, although elephants are not indigenous to the island. At present, there are eight villages in total. It is a mountainous island and Khao Salak Phet is the highest peak of all at 744 metres. Several waterfalls, splendid reefs and rainforests abound on & around the Island. The island has an area of about 217 square kilometres Koh Chang was previously an unsettled island but it is now important as a harbour for ships to escape from the monsoon, and dietary or fresh water resources, especially at Ao Salak Phet or Ao Salat which is well known to pirates, Hai Lam Chinese and Vietnamese.

The island is part of the Mu Ko Chang Marine National Park. During World War II, when Thailand was occupied by the Japanese, Koh Chang was the scene of a naval battle between the reluctant Royal Thai Navy and a Vichy France squadron, in which the Thais were decisively beaten.

Until the mid-1980's the infrastructure on the island was undeveloped, but tourism has increased significantly since then.The area became a national park (and began charging entry fees). The island now receives 655,000 visitors annually, about two thirds of them Thai. Koh  Chang is one of the few places with virgin forest, but the mad rush to cash in on tourism has had a heavy toll on its virgin forests. Land prices have soared, there are also beautiful if not high end resorts now  being developed  all over the island.


Pictures to the left show the Panviman Resort Reception and entrance

and below  deluxe double room

Koh Chang Island page 2, Arrival Video and Pictures
Koh Chang Island page 1, second largest Island of Thailand
Klong Suan Market, Page 1, or 100 year old Market, Chachoengsao Province.
Koh Chang Island page 1, second largest Island of Thailand