Koh Chang History
Koh Chang literally translates as “Elephant Island.” When approached the islands sits in the sea like a sleeping elephant, don’t forget to look out for this view as you travel across from the mainland. Koh Chang is the second largest island in Thailand. Thankfully, due to the conservation of its wonderful mountains and rainforest, it has not developed at the same pace as other islands in Thailand. This means that the island uniquely retains much of the authentic Thai experience in its natural beauty.
In 1982 the island, together with 46 smaller islands, became protected as the Koh Chang Marine National Park. It was not until the year 1998 that a paved road was built, bringing electricity and phone lines to this paradise isle. The island’s development has continued, but due to the on going preservation of the lush rainforests and mountains of the interior, the original beauty has remained intact. Excellent road connections from Bangkok, and a flights to Trat airport, have allowed the island to begin to get the attention that it deserves. The many stunning beaches on the western coast continually attract tourists from all over the globe. Koh Chang has spectacular waterfalls where you can swim, relax and enjoy the splendour of the breathtaking natural surroundings of our island.
The largest of the mountains on Koh Chang is Salek Phet, which stands 744 meters. The island’s thick rainforest is home to many diverse species including macaque monkeys, barking deer and wild pig. Elephant riding is an enjoyable and popular excursion, especially when it’s their bath time – prepare to get wet!!
The picturesque east coast is much less developed and still holds many wonderful characteristics typical of authentic Thai living. Many locals still fish, farm and enjoy life as they have done through the generations and are happy to be able to share the beauty of Koh Chang with visitors.
There are so many activities available on Koh Chang, including diving, trekking, sailing, and cooking courses. There are also many luxurious spas and saunas on the island to suit all tastes and pockets.
15 Palms History
Opened 2nd December
15 Palms backpacker-style bamboo bungalows built
15 Palms bungalows replaced with 2 storey hotel-style accommodation and 2 shops
10 Year Anniversary.
Our stylish coffee shop overlooking the beach opened
15 Year Anniversary.
Eight luxurious rooms, swimming pool & restaurant terrace open
20 Year Anniversary.
15 Palms Beach Resort
1/2 Moo 4, White Sand Beach, Koh Chang, Trat 23170, Thailand