Solo Travel in Koh Chang
Two weekends ago I decided to take a solo trip to Koh Chang. My whole trip was actually quite unplanned. Koh Chang is an island off of the Trat province, which is just an hour away from where I live in Chanthaburi. I decided to take a day trip and to explore Trat and Koh Chang which is just a short ferry ride away, but I brought extra clothes in case I wanted to stay the night.
And I must say, this trip was so wonderful! Initially I had my inhibitions of solo traveling in Thailand, not because of the safety, but rather just because of the quite real language barrier. Some of the songthaew (taxi) drivers in my town speak as much English as a speak Thai, which is not a lot! I had fears of getting lost in the middle of nowhere, you know, classic traveling worries. But I got over these petty fears and decided to take a short trip! From Chanthaburi I took a minivan to Trat, which took about one hour, and then I took a 30-minute ferry over to Koh Chang. Solo traveling in general is always such a rewarding experience! You do exactly what you want and go wherever your heart takes you. On the ferry ride over, I just felt so alive, with all the time to take in my surroundings and contemplate my time in Thailand Thus far.
Koh Chang is a very beautiful island. There are several different beaches on the island, and the island itself is densely forested with with some waterfalls to see as well. I decided to go to White Sand Beach. When I arrived I went on search for accommodation, since I figured it would be worthwhile to stay the night. I would actually recommend more than one night, maybe two or three. I would also recommend booking accommodation before you arrive, because Koh Chang is actually a popular destination on the east coast of Thailand, and there was not too much available when I arrived. Despite this, I still loved figuring everything out as I went along, and not having a set plan. I found a simple place to stay called The Fisherman Hill Resort for 600 baht, which is pretty standard for Koh Chang, just a three minute walk away from the beach.
All I really did on my short getaway was swim in the beautiful, clear ocean, indulge in a good book, and eat delicious food. It was perfect.
The only downfall to my trip was when I was trying to get back to my town, as everything took a lot longer than I thought it would. I waited for a whole hour for the right type of songthaew to arrive to take me to the pier, and once I was on the ferry I waited another hour or so before it actually left, so when I got back to the mainland I missed the last bus back to my town. I ended up getting pretty ripped off to make my way home, but even that could not ruin my great weekend.
I would definitely recommend Koh Chang to any travelers in Thailand! It is a beautiful place that is popular but not overrun with tourists, where you can have a nice peaceful weekend to yourself or enjoy the nightlife if that is more your scene.