I had originally planned to travel straight from Sihanoukville, Cambodia to Bangkok, but decided on a whim to break up the trip and spend a few days in Koh Chang, a small island in the Gulf of Thailand just north of the border with Cambodia (there are actually two Koh Changs in Thailand, the other one located in the Andaman Sea, close to the border with Myanmar). Not only would I get to check out another Thai island, but I’d also squeeze in a few more beach days before returning to loud and congested Bangkok.
I didn’t have any expectations for Koh Chang, and to be honest, didn’t know all too much about the island, so I was curious to see how Koh Chang compared to the islands in the Andaman Sea and the other islands I’d visited in the Gulf (Koh Tao and Koh Phangan). And I didn’t regret my decision to make the detour to Koh Chang – on the contrary, it was love at first sight! From the moment I stepped off the ferry just in time to see the first of several breathtaking sunsets to the early morning I waved goodbye to Koh Chang as the car ferry moved further and further away from the shore, I was walking on sunshine (quite literally).
I didn’t get to see as much of the island as I would’ve liked, but the beaches I saw made me long for more – I will definitely be back. I stayed in Lonely Beach in the south west of Koh Chang, a beach whose lonely days are long gone, but nonetheless I enjoyed the chilled vibe there as it was never crowded or busy. Apparently, Lonely Beach is the party central of the island. However, I didn’t notice any parties while I was there – maybe my bungalow was too far away from it all. I didn’t come to Koh Chang to party anyway, but to soak up some sun and dig my toes into the sand, knowing that this would be one of the last few islands I’d visit on my Asia stint, as my time here is (already!) coming to an end this month.