“Elephant Island” has white powder sand beaches lapped by beautiful clear waters, with a mountainous lush rainforest interior. With its mix of backpacker party places, peaceful fishing villages, high-end resorts and everything else in between, Thailand’s second largest island has something for everyone. Despite being well on the package tour map, the island still manages to retain its remote rugged feel. If you are heading to or from Cambodia, Ko Chang is definitely worth a visit.
If you’re looking for the most popular backpacker islands for your holiday, you might prefer one of Thailand’s most popular backpacker islands such as Ko Tao. Or if you are looking for a super chilled paradise island, nearby Ko Kut and Ko Mak are perfect. There’s arguably more mind-blowingly beautiful beaches on some of Thailand’s south coast islands, although the beaches here are still awesome!
Nearly all of the beaches are on the west coast and vary in what they offer. Take a look at our beaches summary highlight to see which is best for you. The island also boasts plenty of activities for those looking for more than basking in the sun on a beautiful beach; there’s some fantastic hiking, scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking and a wealth of great waterfalls to explore. The jungle interior is bursting with wildlife, venturing in you will hear (and hopefully see) macaques, tropical birds and many other creatures.