Another reason that the island hasn’t seen the rampant development of other islands is that it is part of the Mu Ko Chang National Park. This comprises of an archipelago of 52 islands, of which Ko Chang is the largest. Only a thin sliver of land around the coast plus some inland valleys can be built on. Strict building regulations also ensure that there are no high-rise buildings. Likewise, banana boats and jet-skis are also banned here.
So, whilst Ko Chang may not have the shopping malls or housing developments you see on Phuket and Samui, it does have peace, quiet and fresh air.
The beaches are more than a match for any on the busier islands. And there is also a wide variety of accommodation on Ko Chang. Everything from basic fan huts for under $10 / night to luxurious pool villas for $500 / night.
White Sand beach, the busiest on Ko Chang is the place to head if you are looking for a lively spot to stay. There are plenty of beach restaurants and small resorts with mid-range rooms.
Go for the 3Km long Klong Prao beach if you prefer to have long, undisturbed walks on the beach and stay in some of the islands best resorts. Almost all accommodation here is in bungalows rather than hotel blocks.
Kai Bae beach provides a good family friendly atmosphere with many resorts being owned by members of an extended local family. Finally, anyone wanting to party the night away should head to Lonely Beach, the islands backpacker hangout. The beach itself is quite short but the nightlife more than makes up for it, with parties going on until the early hours most nights during High Season.
Visitors to the island are not just limited to enjoying the beaches. There are a wide range of activities on offer sea kayaking; elephant trekking; zipline adventure; snorkeling; ATV tours; cooking classes and more. All can be booked at numerous tour agents on the island.