The best beaches in Koh Chang range from lovely stretches with cozy bungalows and lively bars to completely secluded tropical escapes. On some beaches on the island, you’ll find pristine white sands and plenty of sunbathers, while on others, you might find rocky shores with a wealth of marine life just a boat ride away.

    You can enjoy plenty of outdoor activities throughout your visit, including sunbathing and playing beach volleyball on the sand, as well as bathing and snorkeling in the Gulf of Thailand. Everyone’s idea of a perfect beach trip is different, so we’ve compiled some of Koh Chang’s most popular beaches to help you find your ideal spot of paradise.

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    White Sand Beach

    One of the most popular beaches in Koh Chang

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    White Sand Beach is the first beach that you’ll see when you get off the ferry to Koh Chang, and is one of the most popular. The 3-km-long beach is divided into 2 neighborhoods. The northern part is much more relaxed and only has a few bungalows on the sand.

    In contrast, the southern part is quite a lot busier, with restaurants, bars, and even a few nightclubs. You won’t find a lot of water sports going on, but plenty of sunbathers and swimmers frequent this section of White Sand Beach.

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    Pearl Beach

    Enjoy amazing snorkeling off the coast

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    Pearl Beach is not like the other sparkling sandy beaches of Koh Chang. In fact, it’s made up of stones and rocks, and you'll be hard-pressed to find many sunbathers here.

    In that case, what makes Pearl Beach a top beach in Koh Chang? The answer lies within its waters. It offers some of the best snorkeling on the island, with beautiful reefs and tons of marine life to see about 50 meters from the coast. Come here for a bit of underwater exploration on the island.

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    Kai Bae Beach

    Great for families during the day, and parties at night

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    Kai Bae Beach lies between Khlong Prao Beach and Lonely Beach, meaning it gets the best of both worlds. During the day, you’ll find a calm retreat popular with families. By night, you can head to the northern end to find plenty of bars for a lively evening in Koh Chang.  

    At the southern end is the Kai Bae Viewpoint, which offers stunning views of neighboring islands. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you could have a go in a kayak or speedboat.

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    Lonely Beach

    The party beach of Koh Chang

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    Lonely Beach, despite the name, is anything but lonely. It’s where most backpackers seek out cheap bungalows in Koh Chang. There are also several bars and restaurants for those looking to get a cheap drink or hear some live music.

    Lonely Beach is a nice place to visit during the day, too. The only thing to note is the lack of trees and sun loungers on the beach. It’s a good idea to pack your own umbrella and beach towels before making your way here.  

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    Bailan Beach

    A small, relaxed beach to get away from it all

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    Bailan Beach is small and relaxed, with a mix of sand and rocks fronting the Gulf of Thailand. This is one of the least developed beaches in Koh Chang, with only a few accommodations options and restaurants. But that's exactly what makes it a great beach.

    It's not crowded or overwhelmed by partygoers but has decent access to everything you need, not to mention the fun you can have while snorkeling in the waters. Bailan Beach certainly isn't the place to go if you're looking for loud nightlife, but for a quiet and romantic evening, you won’t be disappointed.

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    Klong Kloi Beach

    Laidback beach with fun activities

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    Klong Kloi Beach, also known as Bang Bao Beach, is a laidback stretch in Koh Chang, with many good places to eat local cuisine and enjoy fun beach activities. The sand is fine and white while the water is mostly free of rocks and debris, making it a nice spot for paddling or bathing.

    Being on the south of the island, it can feel a little warm. You can find plenty of palm trees offering shade and deck chairs to lounge on. If you’re feeling active, you can rent a SUP, dive, or snorkel in the beautiful clear water. 

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    Klong Prao Beach

    A long beach with cozy bars and restaurants

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    Khlong Prao Beach spans over 3 km, making it great for a romantic stroll in Koh Chang. Given its length, the beach never feels crowded. It’s also a peaceful area that’s great for families. The water stays shallow for about 200 meters, which is good for the little ones to splash around.

    You can rent a SUP board, go snorkeling, or venture a bit farther out to find the nearby waterfall. Khlong Prao Beach isn’t known for its nightlife – instead, you’ll find an array of cozy bars, restaurants, and high-end resorts and hotels.

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    Chai Chet Beach

    A beach with contrasting activities in the north and south

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    Chai Chet Beach has comfortable accommodations and a quiet atmosphere to the south, and beer bars to the north. Most people prefer the serenity of the southern area, with its white sands and calm waves.

    The gentle slope into the sea makes this a good spot for families with small children. If beer bars aren't your thing, there are a few plazas with restaurants toward Chai Chet Beach’s southern end. You can also find several accommodations options, from beach bungalows to mid-range resorts.

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    Wai Chek Beach

    A secluded beach surrounded by dense jungle

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    Wai Chek Beach is the place to go for a beautiful beach escape in Koh Chang. The beach is a little tricky to get to, but the serene tropical paradise is well worth the effort. You can reach the spot by driving along the east coast, or by getting a boat from Klong Kloi.

    The beach is quiet and peaceful, with no infrastructure getting in the way of nature. You’ll barely find any people on this beach, but you will find a vast array of marine life, which can be easily spotted with a bit of snorkeling.

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    Long Beach

    Take the scenic route to a scenic, secluded beach

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    Long Beach is one of the best places in Koh Chang for a restful beach day. You’ll have to take the scenic route to get there, and it takes about an hour from White Sand Beach, but if you’re looking for seclusion and a break from it all, this is the place to be.

    Here, you’ll only find 1 or 2 restaurants and accommodations nearby, so make sure you bring everything you need with you. Long Beach is a beautiful place to spend a few hours getting a tan or reading your favorite book, paired with the relaxing sound of waves lapping against the sand.

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    Cassandra Lord | Compulsive Traveler

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