The Koh Chang Map
This map will give you a quick introduction to the main areas of then island. I also added a few icons for spots where you can take good landscape photos showing different aspects of the island.
You’ll find more detailed maps for specific beaches in this section. (For photos and more detailed information on beaches and other areas of interest around the island, see the ‘Island Guide‘ ).
The main thing to remember about Koh Chang is that it isn’t some pissy little Koh Phi Phi-esque island. So forget all notions of staying on White Sand beach and strolling down to Lonely Beach for a morning coffee. before ambling over to Bangbao for a slap up seafood lunch at ‘Ye Olde Traditional Fish Emporium‘ and then pottering back to your hotel late afternoon. That isn’t going to happen. It’s not just the distances involved, it’s also the fact that the road down the west coast has abundant, seriously steep, hilly roads that no sensible person would want to trudge up in 35C degree heat.
Below is a quick overview of the island. On other pages in this section you’ll find more detailed maps with the main hotels and a selection of restaurants, businesses and attractions etc marked on them. They don’t have every single places listed on them. But there should be enough to see if your resort is really is only a minute’s walk from ‘a palm fringed tropical beach‘ or whether it’s a 10 minute drive to the nearest noodle shop.
Getting around requires being dependent on the white pick-up truck shared taxis (‘songtaews’) or renting a motorbike or car. If you want to visit the laid back eastern side of the island you will need your own transport.
Alternatively you could just chill in your windowless bamboo hut and travel vicariously thought the exploits of others thereby conserving your valuable eurodollars and enabling you to extend your Asian adventure even longer. This method is only recommended for backpackers and those on the run from Interpol.