Just one of several stunning waterfalls accessible in the interior of Koh Chang, Thailand.
With my latest (unplanned) trip to Thailand well underway, one of the first places I’m going to make a point of visiting is Koh Chang, the second largest island in the country. However, it largely remains off the tourist grid because it isn’t in the south of the country, where the tourism heavyweights of Phuket, Samui, and Phangan reside.
Now, I’ve established that Koh Chang has beaches in a previous post, but did you also know that it contains its fair share of waterfalls? Containing mountains in its interior that rise to approximately 600 metres at its highest point, and a robust rainy season that is nearing its apex, and you have a recipe for some spectacular chutes of water.
The picture above was taken about a month into the dry season. Imagine what this Thai waterfall must be like now?
The full moon shines through the clouds on a festive night in Koh Chang…
Throughout the world, Thailand is well-known for the rowdy celebration known as the Full Moon Party. Some love it, reveling in its trademark neon body paint, techno music, and bottomless buckets. Others hate it with a passion.
And still others are intrigued by the concept of partying and having a good time with only the moonlight to guide your dance steps, but they are turned off by what they see and hear at Koh Phangan’s flagship version of the event. The massive crowds of 30,000 people, excessive drug use, theft.
Well thankfully, that Southern Thai island doesn’t have a monopoly on moonlight and beaches. It turns out that Koh Chang has both as well. Minus the massive crowds. When I was the version of the party that Lonely Beach on Koh Chang threw, there were maybe a couple hundred people at the most out on the sands. It just felt right.
So if the crowds down south intimidate you, look east. Koh Chang may just be the place for you to find your groove under the faint light of the moon!