Koh Chang, one of the largest Thai islands in the Gulf of Thailand, contains dense, steep jungle. It is located around 300 kilometres east of Bangkok in Trat Province, in the Gulf of Thailand near the Cambodian border. Mu Ko Chang National Park, a preserve with hiking trails and waterfalls such as tiered Klong Plu, covers the interior and extends to offshore coral reefs.
The coast is dotted with beaches and villages including Bang Bao, built on piers. Sailing around Koh Chang is increasingly popular. Every year there’s a noticeable increase in the number of yachts visiting the island. The archipelago is gradually getting a name for itself as a great place to go sailing if you want to avoid sharing an overnight mooring with dozens of other yachts. Unlike the south of Thailand, you’ll be able to sail all day and just see a handful of other yachts. And at night, you can moor off a sleepy deserted island. Ko Chang has three main seasons, the cool season runs from November to the end of February.