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Koh Chang is a large island covering an area of approximately 18 sq. km. located 20 km. from downtown Ranong and 4 km. from Koh Phayam. The island is inhabited by some 80 households whose main occupations are cashew nut–one of the country’s best varieties–para rubber plantations, and coastal fishery. There is also a local product center operated by the Koh Chang Housewife Group producing wine from cashew flesh and various cashew nut products. Koh Chang is the habitat of a small variety of hornbill: the oriental pied hornbills that fly between Koh Chang and nearby islands. As the inhabitants of Koh Chang never catch nor hunt them, the hornbills are familiar with humans and tame and easily encountered, except for the period of March-April when they nest and take care of their chicks. Various activities are available on Koh Chang; such as, trekking to hilltop viewpoints, sightseeing biking, herbal steam at Wat Koh Chang, hornbill watching, and fishing for various fish like grouper, sea perch, and Spanish mackerel. Accommodation is available.
Admission: 200 baht for adult and 100 baht for children
Contact: Mu KohRanong National Park 077-813-840, 077-813-841, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.dnp.go.th
To get there: Koh Chang is accessible by a long-tailed boat from the Chao Koh Pier, Saphan Pla Road (the entrance to the pier is next to the Pak Nam Police Station). There are three boats leaving for Koh Chang at 9:30am, noon, 2pm, and 2 boats on the return trip at 7am and 2pm. The boat trip takes one hour and costs 200 baht each. A chartered boat for approximately 20 passengers costs Bt 4,000 – 4,500.
Koh Chang is accessible through various kinds of boats at the pier next to Paknam Police Station in Rayong. Options include the Thai-Style long tailed boat and larger boats which are scheduled for 09:30, 12:00 14:00 (from mainland to Koh Chang) and 07:00 and 14:00 (from Kohchang to mainland). Each trip takes up to 1 hr and costs only 200 THB per person. Charters are also available at 4000 – 4500 THB, each boat can seat up to 20 people.
Rental boats from Ranong estuary are also available at 60 THB for locals and 100 THB for foreigners. The trip usually takes 2 hours. Charters are available at 1000 – 1500 THB.