We are pleased to present a new Solo Travel Destination Post from Peggy, a member of the Solo Travel Society . Peggy lives in the United States, and submitted the following report about Koh Chang. Do you have a solo travel destination that you would like to recommend? Submit your description here, along with a few photos, and share it with fellow travelers!
Solo travel rating: 1.5 (1 is easiest, 3 is most difficult. Please see chart below)
Languages spoken: Thai, Cambodian, English
Reasons to go: Koh Chang is a spectacular island in the Gulf of Thailand near the Cambodian border. Since it's located away from the main tourist areas of the west gulf and Andaman Sea, it has a distinctly laid back vibe. There's plenty to do without having to deal with crowds of falang.
There are great restaurants and bars that both the locals and tourists go to. The nightly fire dancers on the beach are amazing. It is easy to meet and hang out with locals while in Koh Chang – maybe more so than in other places in Thailand.
It's an incredible island with rain forests, incredible waterfalls and spectacular beaches. If you're into adventure, there's snorkeling, kayaking and hiking. You can stay in a beach hut, luxury resort or somewhere in between.
The island is very safe, friendly and most people speak at least some English. You may have a hard time leaving.
Solo Travel Destination Rating System
Safety – 1 (1 very safe, 2 safe in most areas, 3 be cautious at all times.)
Language – 2 (1 English is first language, 2 English speakers easy to find, 3 English speakers rare)
Navigation – 1 (1 easy to navigate by transit or car, 2 poor transit, car necessary, 3 not easy to get around)
Culture – 2 (1 Similar to North America or Western Europe, 2 Different from above but relaxed and easy, 3 Challenging)
Average Rating – 1.5 (1 is easiest, 3 is most difficult)