Koh Chang

Koh Chang (or Elephant Island as it is known) is the largest among the 52 islands of Trat and is also the nation’s second largest island, after Phuket. Covering an area of 429 sq. kms., it features fine beaches, coral reefs and plentiful marine life. It is also rich in natural resources, teeming with hills, forests, waterfalls and streams, the latter being an important source of freshwater. Dotting the island are many fruit orchards.

The area attracts both individual travellers and families from around the world. Activities of every sort are plentiful, from swimming and relaxing on the beach to scuba diving and nature trips into the rainforest. Travel to nearby islands is easy and accessible, with many water transport options.

Fact File

CapitalBangkok

LanguageThai (English widely spoken)

ClimateThailand’s climate is tropical, high both in temperature and humidity. April and May are the hottest months of the year. June sees the beginning of the South West Monsoon, and brings with it the rainy season, which continues intermittently until the end of October. From November to the end of February the climate is much less trying with a cooling north east breeze and a reduction in the humidity level. The north and north east are generally cooler than Bangkok in winter, and hotter in summer. In the far north, temperatures can occasionally drop as low as 2°C

CurrencyThai Baht (THB)

VisaRequired for stays exceeding 30 days

HealthAdvised immunisation against malaria, hepatitis, polio, typhoid, tetanus and cholera

PassportsMust be valid for more than six months after proposed date of departure from Thailand

Time ZoneGMT + 7 hours