Koh Chang is one of the largest islands in Thailand. It’s one of the favorite destinations of many travelers who set out to discover its rich natural heritage.
- Name in Thai :เกาะช้าง
- From Bangkok : 340 km.
- Area: 217 km² - 3rd island after Phuket and Koh Samui.
- Population : 8500.
- Province : Trat.
- Main activities: tourism.
- High Season: November – April.
- Number of days on site: 4 days.
- Main interest: Koh Chang Maritime Park.
Koh Chang History
The precise origin of Koh Chang’s name remains unclear, but it’s generally believed to be of Thai origin. “Koh” means “island” in Thai, while “Chang” can be interpreted as either “elephant” or “large”. Some people believe that the island was named after its elephant-like shape, while others suggest that it refers to its size.
Koh Chang’s Great Historic Dates:
- 1783: Foundation of the Kingdom of Ratanakosin by King Rama I of Thailand, which includes Koh Chang in its territories.
- 1893: Signing of the Franco-Siamese Treaty, which confirms Thai sovereignty over Koh Chang and other islands in the Mekong Estuary.
- 1941: The naval battle of Koh Chang took place on January 17, 1941, between French and Thai naval forces.
- 1941-1945: Occupation of Koh Chang by the Japanese Empire during World War II.
- 1982: Declaration of Koh Chang as a marine national park, with the aim of protecting the island’s natural environment.
- 2000s: Touristic development of Koh Chang, with the construction of many hotel and recreational facilities.
Koh Chang, how to get there? All transports
Koh Chang, how to get there? It is easy to reach the island from the capital: plane, bus, minibus, ferry. Summary of transportation to facilitate a trip to Elephant Island.
What to see in Koh Chang
Exploring the abandoned Koh Chang's Ghost Ship
Koh Chang’s Ghost Ship is not Jack Sparrow’s final vessel, but rather an abandoned building located in the heart of the island. Only a few brave souls venture here to thrill themselves, hoping that its cursed history is merely a work of fiction.