Koh Chang literally translates as “Elephant Island” due to when it was originally approached by sea it was likened to a sleeping elephant. It is the second largest island in Thailand, but thankfully, due to the mountains and rainforest it has not developed at the same pace as other islands in Thailand.

In 1982 the island together with 46 small islands became protected as the Mu Koh Chang Marine National Park. It was not until the year 2000 that a paved road was built, bringing electricity and phone lines to the paradise isle. The islands development has continued, but due to the lush rainforests and mountains the original beauty is kept intact and on show to all who visit. However an excellent road from Bangkok and a new flight to Trat airport, have meant the destination is now starting to get the attention that it deserves The many 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 natural surroundings of flora and rainforest.

The largest of the mountains is Salek Phet, which stands 744 meters. The island`s thick rainforest is home to many species including macaque monkeys, barking deer and wild pig. Elephant riding is an enjoyable and popular day trip especially when it’s their bath time – prepare to get wet!!

The picturesque east coast is much less developed and still holds many characteristics of typical Thai living. Many locals still fish, farm and enjoy life as they have always lived before tourists became aware of the beauty of Koh Chang.

Many activities are available including diving, trekking, sailing, and cooking courses. There are also many spas and saunas on the island.

Why not visit our sister Restaurant and Resort, Paddy’s Palms Irish Pub and Resort. Paddy’s Palms is Koh Chang’s first Irish pub, located just up the hill from the beautiful White Sand Beach. The pub is set on two floors and displays Irish memorabilia throughout – bar signs, various mirrors advertising Irish fayre, framed sports jerseys, the map of the rugged Irish coastline even an old bicycle. Many of these items are from the owners’ family pub in Kilkenny, Ireland. Bar stools, leather sofas, tables and an outdoor seating area give you the choice of comfort

Whatever you are seeking in your holiday you are sure to find it on Koh Chang.