Koh Chang is an island in the east of Thailand. This part of the country is still less known than the South and therefore a little bit quieter. For me it was the last island on my journey before heading back home from Bangkok!
Me and a friend took a bus from Siem Reap to the border, another bus to the harbour and then a ferry to get to the island. It didn’t look far on the map, but never be fooled by that in Southeast Asia! It took us a good 14 hours to get there with much waiting and little aircon in between. Oh the joys of backpacking!
There aren’t many hostels on the island yet, we picked the one with the best hostelworld ratings, Pajama’s Koh Chang (read more about it in this post). The hostel was located a stone’s throw away from the Klong Prao Beach which is super quiet.
Both, the girl I’d met in Cambodia and me had been travelling for five months at this point and were pretty exhausted. We mainly spent our five days on this island chilling by the pool or on the beach, reading, tanning and eating! Apart from green curry, my favourite Thai food has to be Pad Thai!
Our hostel was very nice and had a lovely big pool where we spent a lot of time. But we also ventured out, rented some scooters (lesson learned from the Koh Phangan tattoo) and rode around the island. We went all the way to the south of the island which does take a while since Koh Chang is pretty big.
In my opinion there is nothing better than cruising around a beautiful island in the sunshine and feeling that lovely breeze of warm air. Oh dear, I so wish I was back there as I am sat here at home in my tiny village writing these lines!
We also visited the Klong Plu Waterfall which was full of people and fish! Do you know these little fish that you can find in street stalls that eat the dead skin on your feet? There were tons of those in the little lake at the bottom of the waterfall. It was quite funny as they started nibbling on your skin as soon as you put your feed in!
Koh Chang was the perfect end to an amazing time in Thailand for me. If you’re looking for a quiet spot in Thailand, check out Koh Chang and it’s surrounding islands!
Stay tuned for next week’s post as I’ll take you along to Malaysia with me!