23.07.2013 27 °C
Trat province is where Koh Chang is located in Thailand and is also neighbouring Cambodia where the entry point is through Koh Kong through the Centrepoint pier in Trat by ferry. Koh Chang translated into English means Elephant Island and elephant is a symbol synonym to Trat province where even the Trat Football Club (Trat FC) use the elephant as its kit's logo. Koh Chang is still very much less popular among foreign tourists and that means massive parts of the island remain less commercialised in comparison to other islands paradise within Thailand including Phuket, Krabi, Koh Samui & Pattaya. Nevertheless, over the years, the situations have changed and Koh Chang had seen the increasing number of foreign tourists flocking into the island for a nice, quiet yet interesting island getaway holiday away from the hustle and bustle of overly commercialised island holiday spot in other parts of Thailand. One thing that is distinctively different in Koh Chang that I noticed is that travellers or holidaymakers could drive straight their vehicles into the ferry, which would carry their vehicles and other individual passengers on board from the Centrepoint Pier to Koh Chang. The ferry journey from Centrepoint Pier to Koh Chang takes about 45 minutes.
This ferry would carry passengers' vehicles and other individual passengers from Centrepoint Pier in Trat to Koh Chang
Waiting in the car to get into this ferry that would cruise to Koh Chang from Centrepoint Pier, Trat
A view from the ferry to Koh Chang from Centrepoint Pier, Trat
The ferry leaving Centrepoint Pier heading towards Koh Chang
The ferry reached Koh Chang from Centrepoint Pier, Trat
Koh Chang is quiet a sizeable island and certain stretches of this island are extremely steep and dangerous even for cars and for those who are on motorbikes on amateur basis, Koh Chang can be a fatal place for such riders. Much of the activities focused mainly on the western part of Koh Chang, particularly north west of it to be exact which is along the White Sand beach. White sand beach is in fact the longest stretch of the beach along the west coast of Koh Chang, followed downwards by Klong Prao beach, Kaibae beach and Lonely beach. On the south west coast is where the Bang Bao pier is located. Bang Bao pier is where travellers would board ferry or boat to get out from Koh Chang to other islands for diving or snorkelling trip. The most common island day trip for snorkelling would be the 5 island trip namely Koh Yak Lak, Koh Rang, Koh Mapring, Koh Wai & Koh Yak Yai. This full day snorkelling trip is affordable and inexpensive at THB600 per person depending on the tour company you engaged with. Some would charged between THB650 to THB700 but the tour should not cost anything more than this range. It includes lunch and snacks as well as drinks such as drinking water, tea and coffee on board throughout the trip. Over at White sand beach, this is where most of the souvenir shops, bars & clubs, thai & seafood restaurants, western f & b establishments dotting the main road on this part of Koh Chang. Pharmacies as well as mini markets such as 7 Eleven and Tesco Lotus Extra are also available here for the convenience of travellers to get everything they need. Hotels and accommodations are also widely availablke over at White Sand Beach. Over at the beach area, most of the seafood outlets cum beer bars can be found here at White sand beach and for a romantic dining or simply to relax and chilling over some cold beers, White sand beach has all it takes for such enjoyable night outing.
The main road at White Sand Beach, Koh Chang. Motorbikes are available almost everywhere here for rent.
Another view on the main road at White Sand Beach, Koh Chang
The White Sand Beach, Koh Chang
The sea conditions at White Sand Beach, Koh Chang during the raining season
Beach goers swimming at the White Sand Beach, Koh Chang
The beautiful stretch along White Sand Beach, Koh Chang during sunset
Sea Bar restaurant and bar along White Sand Beach, Koh Chang
The bar area at Sea Bar restaurant & bar, Koh Chang
Enjoying cold Leo beer at Sea Bar along White Sand Beach, Koh Chang
Seafood at Sea Bar restaurant, White Sand Beach, Koh Chang. Seafood at Koh Chang not to be missed due to its freshness
Deep fry squid served at Sea Bar at White Sand Beach, Koh Chang
Sunset at White Sand Beach, Koh Chang
Variety of fish and other seafood for diners to choose from at Sea Bar for barbeque seafood dining at White Sand Beach, Koh Chang
Dining table set up at Sea Bar restaurant along White Sand Beach where diners can enjoy and chill with the fresh sea breeze while dining and enjoying cold beers
Grilled baby octopus stall along the main road of White Sand Beach. Several food and fruit stalls are set up during night time at White Sand Beach main road. Try to experience inexpensive street seafood here in Koh Chang
Coffee chain along the main road the White Sand Beach, Koh Chang. This stretch of the road in Koh Chang is becoming increasingly popular for foreign travellers with foreign theme bar, restaurants and souvenir shops can be found here
When in Koh Chang, there are several activities that will keep you busy throughout the vacation at this island which you can engaged in. The 5 island tour is one of them where this is a typical island hopping snorkelling trip available just as in any other islands in Thailand. But, anyhow, that is also the reason why you are here in Koh Chang - for an island getaway and you don't want to just be here doing nothing or simply just to swim at the beach. Snorkelling is one of the activity that is always in the itinerary to add in the fun of an island vacation. It may be the "been there done that" sorts of thing but each snorkelling trip would be different depending on how you enjoy the trip to make it a fun day out. Let me just say that of the snorkelling trips that I had been to within the islands in Thailand such as Phuket, Krabi and Trang, this one in Koh Chang to-date provided one of the best service and the name of this island tour joint is Perm Boon Sub company. Why would I rated it as the best thus far? The service crew on board were just simply friendly, funny and helpful where they try their very best to entertain the customers with their jokes, funny acts and magic stunts. Everyone on board was being served promptly with variety of services that needed their prompt attention. You can get free medicine for sea sickness where you would be asked if you needed any and they will be happy to give it to you to ensure you won't be bothered with such sickness while on board. Drinking water was being served to you promptly each time you need it and you would also be pampered with light snacks, fruits and biscuits. While getting into the sea for snorkelling activity, the service crew would help to bring you around in the water through a life jacket. This is how each service crew member would do. He will be holding on a life jacket while between 2 to 4 snorkellers would held on to the life jacket while he swims around with breads to feed the fish, you could just snorkels and watch the beauty of the corals and fish that would flow with your group as the service crew feeds the fish. He would also show and stop to explain to you on the marine life objects while the group snorkel around. On board the ferry, the service crew would entertain the passengers with some magic stunts and fun activities which would engaged the passengers to play along with them. All I can say is Perm Boon Sub company has done a good job and definitely has created a great and fun atmosphere for its customers, which also help to bring back what is it all about in Thai tourism culture, which may have over the years lost its lustre to due the hectic demand in the country tourism industry. I have always believe that when credit is due, credit should be recognised and Perm Boon Sub Co. deserved the 5 star rating in terms of its service culture. Not only that, it also provided jobs for those who need it by hiring such helpful and entertaining staffs who are still young and should be groom to train those new members who join the company so that such commendable service culture would stand along with the time.
Ticket for 5 island snorkelling trip in Koh Chang with Perm Boon Sub Co.
At the Bang Bao Pier, Koh Chang for 5 island trip with Perm Boon Sub Co.
This ferry of Perm Boon Sub Co. would cruise out from Koh Chang to 5 islands for day snorkelling trip
The captain deck on the ferry of Perm Boon Sub Co., Koh Chang
The ferry of Perm Boon Sub Co leaving Bang Bao Pier in Koh Chang
Cruising out from Bang Bao Pier in Koh Chang for 5 island trip
The interior of the upper deck of Perm Boon Sub Co. ferry in Koh Chang
Ready to get into the water for snorkelling at Koh Mapring, off Koh Chang
Koh Rang beach from Koh Mapring. Snorkel around at Koh Mapring with service crew of Perm Boon Sub Co. all our way to Koh Rang beach
Back from Koh Rang beach, off Koh Chang to the ferry of Perm Boon Sub Co.
Koh Wai beach off Koh Chang
Koh Wai map