Koh Chang, White Sand Beach is a beautiful stretch of beach on the west side of the island is fringed with palm and coconut trees against a backdrop of gentle sloping hills. Although Ko Chang is still renowned as a backpacker’s island there’ is now a wide selection of accommodations to choose from for all forms of tourist.
Koh Chang is Thailand’s second largest Island on the eastern side of the Gulf of Siam.
Everything you would expect on a tropical island is here in Koh Chang, white sandy beaches, warm clear aquamarine water, and many palm trees. This is not a widely crowded island but has plenty of resorts, restaurants and shops, although development is happening pretty fast, so visit now before it is too developed.
Prior to World War II, Ko Chang was little known by anyone. During this period, the few families there made a living growing coconuts and fruit on the mainland. In January 1941, during the Japanese occupation, the Thai Navy fought the French in a battle in the waters to the south-east of Ko Chang.
Nothing else happened to Ko Chang until the first backpacker foreigners started arriving on local fishing boats in the mid-1970s. In 1982, Ko Chang along with surrounding area became part of the protected Mu Chang Marine. Only very recently, in less than ten years, Ko Chang has turned itself into a major tourist destination, both for foreigners and local Thais.
The government is trying to "develop" it from a backpackers' paradise to a top-level destination, and construction work is going on throughout the island, with basic huts torn down to make way for fancy resorts.
Although the holiday of Loy Krathong is now celebrated throughout the kingdom, Loy Krathong originated in Sukhothai, the first Thai capital.
While particularly popular with couples who head down to any nearby body of water to light the candles and incense on their floating Krathongs. Highlights of the Sukhothai Loy Krathong celebration include displays of lighted candles and fireworks, folk dancing and a spectacular light & sound presentations.
The festival takes place in November.