Jungle Trekking on Koh Chang with Tan – Real Jungle, Real trekking
Go Jungle trekking with Tan Trekking. Tans no-nonsense treks have given him a celebrity type status on the beautiful island of Koh Chang. He’ll show you secret waterfalls and dramatic coastal viewpoints hidden deep in the islands jungle interior.
The dense, mountainous terrain, along with the heat and humidity will test even the most experienced trekkers. The pristine jungle interior covers a massive 80 percent of the island, and with only a handful of trails it is still relatively unexplored. The highest point on the island is 744 metres, with a number of other peaks ranging from 500-700 metres. Tans Trekking routes range from half day family treks in the outskirts of the jungle to challenging 8 hour treks heading deep into the islands interior.
Route 1. Half Day Trekking + Elephant Riding
When: Monday and Friday
Trip Length: Trekking 4-5 hours. Elephant Riding 1 hour.
Pick up time: 8am
Price: 1500 Baht, 1000 Baht without elephant riding
This trekking section of this route lasts for around 4 hours and finishes at Ban Kwan Chang elephant camp where you will enjoy a 40 minute elephant ride around the outskirts of the jungle.
The Trek starts in Klong Son Village where you can see various fruit plantations then you head into the jungle, trekking up to a height of around 400 metres stopping off at a viewpoint along the way. After reaching the peak you will follow a trail around the side of the mountain and then head down to a waterfall where you can cool off and have lunch.
After lunch you trek a further 30 minutes to Ban Kwan Chang elephant camp which is the original and best camp on the island and associated with the Asian Elephant Foundation. After a 40 minute elephant trek Tan will drop you off at your hotel.
Route 2. Klong Prao Trek
When: Tuesday & Saturday
Trip length: 8 hours
Pick up time: 8am
Price: 1000 Baht
This popular trek is in the Klong Prao area which is in the middle of the island. You will start off in the fruit plantations at the back of Klong Prao elephant camp, then head deep into the jungle and up 500 meters to an outstanding coastal viewpoint looking out across Kai Bae, Klong Prao, and Chai Chet beaches. After taking in the views you will then head back down the other side of the mountain passing another great viewpoint, and then down to a river where you will have lunch in a picturesque jungle setting.
After lunch you trek 30 minutes to a secret waterfall which along with the viewpoint is the highlight of the day. The waterfall has several levels, at the top level there is a good sized pool for swimming and if you are feeling brave you can jump off the rocks into the refreshing cool water. Due to the waterfalls location, deep in the jungle, it remains off-limits to tourists on Koh Chang unless of course you are with Tan who will show you the way!
After cooling down you spend 2 hours trekking along a scenic river with several river crossings and ending up back to the start point where you can take a quick break and then transfer back to your hotel.
Route 3. Jom Mountain Trek
When: Wednesday & Sunday
Trip Length: 8 hours
Pick up time: 8am
Price: 1100 Baht
This trek starts in the north part of the island in Klong Son village, it is the most challenging trek that Tan does. It starts gently in the fruit plantations, then you will head deep into the jungle and up 650 metres to the top of Jom mountain, which is the highest peak in the north.
After having lunch at the top and admiring the stunning coastal views, you head back down the mountain to a waterfall where you take a much needed bath to cool down. After a cool and invigorating bath, you then trek another 40 minutes back to the starting point.
This trek requires a good level of fitness. There is a 400 meter peak in front of Jom mountain which you need to go up and down first, this is also the case on the way back when you head down to the waterfall, so you will be walking up and down all day. Tan has a lot of experience, he judges groups and sets a pace to ensure everybody has an enjoyable day and makes it to the top safely.
Route 4. Half Day Family Trek
When: Every Thursday
Trip Length: 3 hours
Pick up time: 8:30am
Price: 600 Baht
This trek is suitable for families with small children or anybody that wants a gentle introduction to the jungle. The trek starts from Klong Prao village then heads out along the outskirts of the jungle where you can see plants and trees unique to the area. You will trek along the side of a picturesque river until arriving at a pool suitable for swimming and cooling down. After relaxing and eating fresh fruit, you then trek to the back of Klong Prao elephant camp where you have the chance to see elephants taking a bath, then you head back to the start point where you can take a short break and transfer back to your hotel.
About Tan Trekking
Tan Trekking is run by Tan, who has been trekking on Koh Chang for the last 10 years. Tan used to guide treks in Chiang Mai before heading out to Australia where he stayed for 4 years studying English. When Tan moved back to Thailand he settled in Krabi province but unfortunately the bar and restaurant he lovingly built got washed away by the Tsunami.
After the Tsunami Tan moved to Koh Chang and immediately saw the potential for trekking into the dense jungle interior. He then began surveying routes and single handedly navigated his way through the jungle with nothing more than a machete and an extraordinary sense of direction. He has made a number of different routes in the north and center of the island which cater to all abilities from family’s with small children up to experienced trekking enthusiasts.
Tans trekking routes, along with his enthusiastic attitude and his love for the outdoors have gained him a near celebrity type status amongst the backpacking world. Even after trekking on Koh Chang for 10 years, he still has an energetic approach to a job he clearly loves doing. Next time you’re on Koh Chang why not meet him and see for yourself!
Tan is licensed by the Tourism Authority of Thailand and can speak excellent English.
Where is Koh Chang?
Koh Chang is located in the north east of the gulf of Thailand, east from Bangkok, near to the border with Cambodia. Koh Chang can be reached from Bangkok in 6 hours by road, or by 1 hour by flight from Bangkok’s Don Muang airport to Trat airport. Koh Chang forms part of a national park which is made up of 50 islands both large and small. Koh Chang’s neighbours are Koh Mak and Koh Kood, which are destinations in their own right and can form part of a trip itinerary whilst visiting Koh Chang.
What to bring
All treks require good footwear (no flip flops!). Trekking shoes are obviously the best choice, but you can wear sports shoes or sports sandals with good strapping. Tan has a limited supply of footwear to borrow, but its best to bring your own.
Bring a small travel towel and swim suit for cooling down/swimming at the waterfalls.
Bring a small backpack if you have one, you will carry your own water supply for the day. If you don’t have one, you can borrow one from Tan.
Tan also has a supply of walking sticks which are great for trekking through the jungle.
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