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Koh Chang & Koh Kut island groups chart

KOH CHANG ARCHIPELAGO

Koh Chang National Park

A group of more than 50 islands near the Cambodian border, Koh Chang National Park is about 200 miles from Bangkok. It’s famous for beautiful coral, waterfalls and peaceful beaches.

The biggest and northernmost island, Koh Chang (30 x 18 km), is the second largest in Thailand after Phuket and is the most developed of the archipelago. The highest point is Khao Jom Peasat at 744 metres above sea level.

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AO KHLONG SON

101 miles from Ocean Marina

AO KHLONG SON. 12°8.699N, 102°15.258E

Anchor anywhere in the bay in 4-5 metres on a sandy bottom. On the southern headland is the Grand Orchid Resort & Spa. To get into Siam Royal View Marina from the anchorage, head southeast toward the resort, then through the port and starboard channel marks into the small river mouth.

The channel is about 1 metre at LAT so deeper draft vessels should plan the incoming tide. Stay mid-channel for a few hundred metres into the compact 24-berth marina, where average depth is around 3 metres.

Ashore is the Siam Royal View Resort with rooms and F&B facilities. It’s a 10-minute drive from the ferry and the main town on Koh Chang. Call VHF Ch19 or 69 for a local guide to assist you into the creek from the bay.

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WHITE SANDS BEACH

3 miles from Ao Khlong Son

WHITE SANDS BEACH. 12°6.149N, 102°16.004E

A sheltered anchorage in the northeast and tenable in the southwest seasons, anchor in 5-7 metres on sand. The northern end of the beach is an easier dinghy landing as the south end is extremely rocky and dries up to 100 metres at low tide. There is a string of good value beachfront restaurants here and dinghy access is easier as the depth is one metre almost all the way in.

This is the main tourist strip of Koh Chang with restaurants, resorts, supermarkets, banks and beer bars lining the road running just behind the beach.

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AO KHLONG PHRAO

5 miles from Ao Khlong Son

AO KHLONG PHRAO. 12°3.424N, 102°16.885E

This is the flattest and quietest west coast anchorage in the northeast season. Anchor in the northern corner opposite the creek entrance in 5-7 metres. There is a well-stocked supermarket on the road behind the Coconut Resort. The river just south of the anchorage is navigable by dinghy at mid-tide and well worth exploring. There are restaurants and resorts on the inside creek and on the beachfront.

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LONELY BEACH (HAAD THANAM)

9 miles from Ao Khlong Son

LONELY BEACH (HAAD THANAM). 12°0.290N, 102°17.344E

Anchor in 5-7m off the red and white cell towers 300 metres offshore. There’s a half dozen upmarket restaurants and resorts still friendly to visiting yachts, but the backpackers left when the electricity arrived. This is a safe and tranquil overnight anchorage with the odd hippie fire-twirler still dancing on the beach late into the night.

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AO BANG BAO (KOH CHANG)

12 miles from Ao Khlong Son

AO BANG BAO. 11°57.939N, 102°19.004E

Anchor just west of the bustling stilted jetty in 3-5 metres on a muddy bottom near the lighthouse. This spot is sheltered in both seasons and is an interesting mix of local fishing activity, ferries and marine tourism.

The 1-km jetty is lined with an eclectic range of shops and restaurants on a complete range of fare. Head for “Mr T’s” for live music and local curries.

This is the main departure point for tour and dive boats and ferries to the southern islands; it’s a hive of activity. There’s a dinghy dock at Buddha View Restaurant on the pier’s north side. Don’t take your dinghy to the beach because it’s soft sticky mud at low tide.

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The pier at Bang Bao
The pier at Ao Bang Bao | Photo by Khaosaming/commons.wikimedia.org

Rocks in the water

Beware of the two submerged rocks to the southeast of the western point of Ao Salak Phet. Keep outside the 12 metre contour when navigating between Ao Bang Bao and Ao Salak Phet.

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AO SALAK PHET

15 miles from Ao Khlong Son

AO SALAK PHET. 11°58.706N, 102°22.828E

This is the largest and most sheltered bay on the island and is divided by two smaller islands. It is generally shallow although anchorage is available in the west of the bay in 3-4 metres for good all-year round protection.

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World War II wreck

To the east of Ao Salak Phet, off a long beach, is the site of a naval battle between the French and Thai navies during WW II. The Thai vessel still lies between two yellow buoys marking the location. There are plans to sink a World War II 100-metre tank landing ship ‘HTMS Chang’ in the same location to create an artificial reef.

Further west, offshore at 11°53.692N, 102°15.448E the ‘HTMS Chang’ was scuttled in 2012 in 32 metres depth to create a local site for wreck divers.

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