See the jungle by ATV on Koh Chang
There are two places on Koh Chang where you can rent and ride ATVs. However, these are on guided tours along marked trails. You can’t rent an ATV to drive around the roads on the island. This is for a number of reasons, the main one being it’s illegal to ride an ATV on a public road in Thailand. So if you did and you crashed it, you’d be paying the bills and your travel insurance wouldn’t cover you at all.
All ATV tours include mandatory training and practice, plus full protective gear. Trips of different durations are usually on offer – from 20 minutes up to 90 minutes long
* Closed * The original ATV tour business on the island was located on the Chai-chet peninsula. This is a good location as there are a few trails around the peninsula and up onto the hill overlooking the north end of Klong Prao beach. The narrow dirt trails, hill climbs and scenic views make it an ideal place to learn to ride an ATV. The main downside was that the ATVs are older and tended to break down. In the past I’ve known people go and not be able to ride as half the vehicles were out of action. These weren’t ‘brand name’ ATVs but cheaper Chinese versions.
Recommended ATV Tours
ATV Winner, located at the back of Baan Chang Thai elephant camp in Klong Prao. This well established business takes you on guided tours into the valley behind the camp. It’s easy to reach but off the main road and so you won’t get mown down by a pick up truck driver during your off-roading. Prices include training on the test track and a stop to swim the the river ( and wash off the dust) on longer tours.
A 20 minute tour is 1,300 Baht for the driver & 600 Baht for the passenger. 60 minutes is 1,900 / 900 Baht. 90 minutes is 2,500 / 1,250 Baht
Monster Adventure is also located in Klong Prao, just north of the village. This is run by ‘Nara’, an experienced English speaking Thai guide and ATV enthusiast. He uses imported American and Japanese ATVs which range from 350 – 700cc.
Before you can be let loose on the trail you’ll be shown how to drive one and given ample practice in steering and controlling the ATV in the practice area. Whilst the usual route is quite sedate, tours can be tailored for experienced ATV riders who are looking for some adventure.
The longer, 90 minute tour also includes swimming in the river -often with some of the elephants from a nearby camp.
Monster Adventure runs 60 minute and 90 minute tours. Book direct or at any tour agent on the island. prices include transport between your resort and the ATV centre. Each ATV seats two people.
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