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Thailand – Is One Week on Koh Chang Enough?

Koh Chang Thailand by Duke Stewart
Written by Carl Hedinger

When one’s biggest worry concerns the sun’s position and its relation to the umbrella that is producing a cool and relaxing shade next to the beach, life is surely too nice. – Me, on my notepad while sitting on Lonely Beach in Koh Chang.

Is One Week on Koh Chang Enough?

Five days of beaches, scooters, and relaxation made our first visit to Thailand and the island of Koh Chang a memorable vacation. This place appeals to almost every kind of traveler and forces me ask this question: Is One Week on Koh Chang enough? Hardly, if you really want to understand any place and I’ll feel that way about everywhere in the world.

For more words about Koh Chang, you can check out Korea’s Gwangju News, a monthly magazine run by the Gwangju International Center. After getting back from our trip, I raced to put down as many words as I could about Elephant Island. In the meantime, take this photo walk through Koh Chang and enjoy, my friends!

Duke Stewart in Koh Chang Thailand

Just about every day was spent being very boring and laying by the water on Koh Chang’s Lonely Beach. This was our first trip to an island paradise and as a result, we decided it would be best enjoyed doing nothing!

Scenic Overlook in Koh Chang Thailand

We did get a scooter for a day and rode around, stopping at this gorgeous scenic overlook.

Bailan Bay in Koh Chang Thailand

Or we’d stop by cozy other beaches such as this one on Bailan Bay.

Treetop Adventure in Koh Chang Thailand

Then there was that day we climbed around at Treetop Adventure.

Lonely Beach in Koh Chang Thailand

You know, though. There’s always something to true relaxation by the beach. Don’t you agree?

Christmas Tree in Koh Chang Thailand

We visited during the holidays and were happy to find this sitting by the water one morning. It’s hard to be homesick when in a beautiful place like Koh Chang but seeing the Christmas Tree helped us feel more at home.

Sunset in Koh Chang Thailand

And then the sun would go down.

Sunset in Koh Chang Thailand

And down.

Candlelight dinner in Koh Chang Thailand

Even when the power goes out like it did our first night there, it’s easy to make the most out of it on Koh Chang with a candlelight dinner.

So what do you think? Is one week enough? I’d love read your thoughts in the comments section. 

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Is One Week on Koh Chang enough


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Carl Hedinger

I’m a writer and recovering American expat who shares my family’s travels through life. Follow our adventures here and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


  • Koh Chang was the first place we ever visited in Thailand on our short 10 day break we spent just 3 wonderful days there. If course we could have stayed for much longer. I tend to get restless at the beach though so I’m not sure I would ever stay much longer than a week.

    This December we visited the nearby Koh Kood and it’s the most beautiful Thai island I’ve been to yet. If you enjoyed Koh Chang I would definitely recommend a visit to Koh Kood:)

    • I feel terrible for the lack of things we did while hanging out on Koh Chang. It was a great time but I wish we’d done more, like renting a kayak for a day or something like that. All I felt like we did was lay by the beach for most of the time, other than renting the scooter and doing the treetop adventure. I’ll definitely look into Koh Kood, Ruth. Thanks for the recommendation! I appreciate you stopping by and commenting as well:)

  • One of my friends went to Thailand in holidays for a week and she shared a lot with us about its beauty. But I never heard about Koh Chang , I will ask from her about this place , all the pictures are very nice. It seems worth visiting with its mountains , beach etc.
    Thank you for sharing beautiful photos.

  • I have never been to Thailand but you make it sound tempting. It seems as though Koh Chang has everything: pristine beaches, jungle, mountains, waterfalls. Paradise for sure.

  • I have heard wonderful things about Thailand. I know of a few friends who’ve visited and came back with the desire to return. Your adventure there has mirrored what they have said as well. I would love to go and spend time on a few beaches. I know I’d have a great time. 🙂

  • We spent a month in Thailand and never made it to Koh Chang! What a bummer haha I looove your sunset photos. We feel like we’ll go back to Thailand one day and if we do, we won’t miss Koh Chang! 😛

    • Definitely go there. It was a great place and there was really no reason for us to travel around, though I felt like laying on the beach with a drink in my hand got old after a while. I’m crazy and get restless though:)

  • Hi Carl,
    Thank you for sharing your Koh Chang adventures with us. It’s nice to vicariously experience this beautiful place. The photos are gorgeous, especially the colorful water shots.

  • Beautiful pictures…somehow missed Elephant Island on my trip to Thailand, so I guess I’ll have to go back! Sounds wonderful!

  • This is Jay

    I have never heard of Koh Chang but it sounds like a great place to visit. those are some great pictures to go with your great discription. thanks for sharing

  • I spent a month on Koh Chang back in 1998. At that time it was nothing but huts on the beach and a few small restaurants. It was an absolute paradise. I have returned twice since and it has changed dramatically but the sea, sand, and palm trees remain the same.

  • It’s interesting that so many countries outside the USA have these almost treacherous winding roads. Thailand sounds beautiful and your pictures tell a great story with your post.

    Over from LI group BHB

  • I’ve been to Thailand so many times but never get tired of it. On my last trip we were going to Koh Samet again but it was shut down due to an oil spill so we ended up in Koh Chang. It was a nice change from our usual tour and I’m glad we went.

    You do a great job describing those hills. They are terrifying to look at on the ride in. That stopped me from getting a motorbike but it seems like you are saying it is worth it. Maybe next time I’ll have to give it a try.

  • Those sunset pictures are amazing. My wife and I really enjoyed our time in Thailand this past winter and long to return. There just wasn’t enough time to take it all in. Plus, I need more spicy Thai food!

  • I met a Thai guy in Koh Samui who had a lot to say about ‘farangs’ who rented motorbikes and were needlessly reckless with them. The advice you got from the bandaged tourist was good advice! “Drive slow, drive carefully.”

    Sounds like a great place to just chill and forget about the world for a while. Thanks for sharing! Love the pictures, as always 😉

    • Thanks for the encouraging words man. I know I say that each time but having people like you around to read my stuff makes this process much easier and less scary. Cheers!

  • I can’t wait for my next beach vacation (just about 2 1/2 weeks away now)! I’ve been to Phuket and really enjoyed it, but I’d love to explore other areas of Thailand as well. I don’t know much about Koh Chang, but I’d love to check it out. That sunset photo is absolutely amazing!

    • Thank you so much for the comment. Koh Chang was amazing but we always visit places just once. With that said, Thailand’s got plenty of beautiful islands to visit. P.S. That Sunset photo barely captures our nightly sunsets spent chilling in hammocks with a nice drink.