Sea Kayaking in the Koh Chang Archipelago

Kayak Chang is situated in Koh Chang Marine National Park, with some of the most spectacular coastal, mountain and island scenery in South East Asia.

We are the only provider of guided sea kayaking tours in Eastern Sea Board Thailand and our aim is to offer a distinctive and unforgettable experience. To achieve this Kayak Chang has invested in quality technical equipment, that is fit for purpose. We employ only skilled and experienced guides who are highly qualified under the British Can0e Union system (BCU).  Our expeditions have been designed to offer kayakers of all abilities, the opportunity to explore the national park in a challenging and safe way.

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Commitment

Our Philosophy is to contribute to the community and the environment.

Kayak Chang is committed to a sustainable approach to our work. We consider the Marine National Park to be an environment that we can explore but must not exploit. We are proud of the fact that we leave only footprints and take only photographs (and other peoples rubbish). Kayak Chang uses only local suppliers for all our expedition needs which results in a wonderful working relationship with the local community and reduced carbon foot print.

Kayak Chang is committed to our customers safety and learning.  The minimum standard for our guides is UKCC BCU Level 2 Coach and 4* leaders Sea. In addition to this most of the guides are SPA climbing instructors, MLTB Mountain Leaders etc. All our staff are First Aid Qualified and are CRB Cleared (UK Staff). The team is made up of European and Thai staff, which reflects the professional approach to our work and is proven by the quality feedback we receive.

Education

BCU 3 Star

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BCU 3 Star Sea Kayaking (5 day program)

This course will address all the necessary elements of boat handling, group safety and seamanship skills, as well as developing personal performance, as set out in the BCU 3 Star Sea syllabus.

Location:
West Coast Koh Chang, Thailand

Included:
All technical equipment, instructions, training, assessment, certificate, activity based insurance

Additional Costs:
Food, Travel Insurance, Accommodation (we can arrange this for you)

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Kayak Chang are registered providers of the D of E Award offering expedition and residential opportunities both in Thailand and the UK.  Our staff team are all Gold Assessors for the expedition phase of the Award, both for land and water based expeditions.

 

Equipment

We pride ourselves on being a sea kayak expedition company rather than providing tours on sit on top kayaks or in touring boats. Because of this we provide quality equipment on all our expeditions.

Equipment for BCU Courses, lessons and Single day trip

Our single seat kayaks are the North Shore Atlantic RM kayaks (old model, no day hatch). They’re great for introducing beginners to sea kayaking as they offer great stability, fantastic maneuverability and can move quite fast as well. With handling characteristics similar to a composite boat experienced paddlers will feel at home in this boat.

Paddles

We use Werner Tybee paddles with carbon shafts. We can adjust the feather to your needs and even rotate them around for left handed people. They are light and the small blade size reduces repetitive strain injury.

Buoyancy Aids

We use Delta Travelers. These have been the best buoyancy aids we’ve found for the environment we paddle in. The cut is very unrestrictive and the hydration pocket on the back is a godsend out here.

Equipment for Multi-day expeditions

Boats

End of  2013, Kayak Chang have invested in a fleet of new full composite Tiderace Xcape expedition boats. We feel strongly, that the quality of our kayaks reflects our commitment to sea kayaking in this region. Within the fleet we have both small, medium and large boats enableing us to fit our customers out with the right size boat, giving you the opportunity to express yourself and as a result develop your skills as a kayaker.

Paddles

In order to enjoy the boats to the full, you need to have quality paddles. So with this in mind we have invested in set of Werner paddles. The set includes Shuna, Camano, Ikelos, Cyprus, Athena and Corryvrecken blades. All are carbon fibre throughout, some with straight shafts, some with bent shafts and several foam filled.

Buoyancy Aids

New for last season Kayakchang purchased Palm Symbiant Tour BA’s

Double Boats With Rudders

Our two seat (double) kayaks are Wilderness System Northstar. Pairs with mixed skill levels can enjoy this mid-sized touring tandem due to its rockered hull design that allows easy maneuverability and amazing stability.

If you wish to paddle a double kayak please sent us a short message.

Sea Kayaking Expeditions

We at kayakchang are very excited about the new season with our new web site, new routes, new accommodation and new top of the range kayaks and paddles; we have continued to develop and build on our continued success.

Having listened to our customer feedback, we have developed our expeditions in terms of routes and format.

Full Day

Our full day expedition is a wonderful way to see the Islands off the west coast of Koh Chang. During the day we cover approximately 12km and visit 5 islands: Koh Man Noi, Koh Man Nok, Koh Pli, Koh Yuak and, finally, Koh Suwan.

Cost  3000THB.  Including on Island transfer (Bailan – White Sands), lunch and water

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Sea Kayaking Routes

This is our longest expedition with 10 days kayaking and 2 rest days (Koh Mak and Koh Kood). During the expedition we cover in excess of 200Km, travelling to the very south of the Marine National Park whilst circumnavigating Koh kood. This journey is for the experienced kayaker only as it involves many open water crossings and sometimes exciting sea conditions.

Familiarisation Day

This day is all about getting to know each other (expedition participants and your KayakChang guide) and all the equipment we will be using. We meet in Kayak Chang’s office at the Amari Emerald Cove, Klong Prao, at 12 noon. At this point we discuss the route and complete paperwork, such as medical/contact forms and answer any questions you might have about this sea kayaking trip.
We go our separate ways for lunch and for you to check in to your hotel for the night – Kacha Pol Hotel – which is a 300 metre walk away from our office.
We meet up again at 3 pm; this session is about getting out onto the water and introducing you to our sea kayaking safety procedures and the boats. We fit each person to a boat that is suitable to their height and weight and then get onto the water. We use this time on the water to assess customer ability and give input to improve forward paddling skills. After this session your boat will be fitted to you and ready to go in the morning.

Day 1: Klong Koi – Koh Klum – Koh Wai (18 km)

Klong Koi is a lovely beach on the south coast of Koh Chang. It is the starting point for all of our Multi-day expeditions. From the beach we are afforded a panoramic view of the Islands that await us. Once we have packed our kayaks and orientated ourselves we set out for Koh Klum, an open water crossing of 7km. This is a challenging start in terms of distance but none the less very achievable. Before you know it, the first of numerous Islands has been reached.

Koh Klum has no human population, however it does have a dog, which is probably the most photographed dog in Thailand. It is a constant within our expeditions. Any food that is left over, she eats.

Having eaten and had a swim we continue our journey to Koh Wai. The crossing to Koh Wai is a 4km crossing and is done in only a short time. On arriving on the West coast we turn left along the north coast, which is well populated with various resorts and several piers for all the tourist boats to land at. We, however, are happy to paddle on leaving the throngs of people behind. Our first destination on Koh Wai is probably one of the best snorkelling spots in the whole park. It is situated on the far Northeast coast and apart from the odd speed boat it is usually empty.

From this point we have just 2km to our resort for the night, Koh Wai Beach Resort. Hot water, AC, Wifi.

Day 2: Koh Wai – Koh Kra – Koh Rang Yai and circumnavigation (23 km)

As we peek our bows around the east tip of Koh Wai a notorious looking island sits proud on the horizon, Koh Rang Yai is a protected National Park island inhabited only by the Thai navy. 12 Km of open sea lies before us, this section of the trip is where we are mostly likely to encounter exciting weather and sea state. As we approach the collection of 8 islands covered in dense vivid jungle, you gain a scope of how wild our surrounding environment is, a playground of mass rock, deep water coral reefs and stunning views. Koh Kra serves as an idyllic island for lunch with a front row seat view of Koh Rang Yai’s east coast, allowing us to soak up the full scale of its beauty.

From Koh Kra, a short 2Km paddle gets us to the turquoise bay, being the view from our campsite for the next 10 hours. Spacious, well kept Military surplus tents await our arrival set back just off the beaches edge, a contrast from all the other evenings accommodation but provides a great outdoor experience with comfy roll mats and sleeping bags. Once we have unloaded our overnight bags, we then have the option to explore the island further, circumnavigating Koh Rang Yai is a delight, with each sister island comes more interesting rock formations and wild flora, and the west coast of the island is a sea kayaker’s heaven. This final section of the days paddle adds 10 km on to the days total, but it’s worth every stroke.

Day 3: Koh Rang Yai – Koh Mak (10 km)

A morning of underwater exploration waits just around the corner from our departure off Koh Rang Yai, fuelled by breakfast pancakes on the beach. Two first class snorkel spots are sustained by Koh Yuak Nai and Nok perching in the crystal clear water less than a 1 km off the coast. A deep water entry allows us VIPs access to the lively coral reefs which inhabit a huge amount of fish. When we have all managed to re-enter our crafts we begin the 8 Km open crossing to Koh Mak, with a breathtaking northerly view of the islands visited so far and the ones still to come, this crossing is one to remember. As we approach the west tip of Koh Mak, we gain an insight as to what lies ahead on day 5, overwhelmingly sheer volcanic tubular rock shoots out of the water, creating cavernous openings and playful wave spot.

One last push into Koh Maks southern bay brings us to our place of rest for the evening and day 4. Baan Koh Mak provides a perfect location with stunning views, close access to the local cafes, restaurants and bars and great facilities aiding us to rejuvenate our energies ready for the second half of the trip. Day 4 will be a resting day.

Day 5: Koh Mak – Ao Salat – Koh Kood (22 km)

Departing Koh Mak we head east towards the southernmost tip of Koh Mak, from here we set out to Koh Kood, the second largest island in the national park. After a 7km open water paddle we finally reach our beach. On reaching Koh Kood the first thing that you notice is the clarity of the water and the sparseness of population, this is the theme for the next 4 days. Kayaking to Koh Kood is magical. Very few tourists go there by speed boat or other means, so to kayak there, according to the Thai community is “BA” (crazy).

We continue our journey heading North around the top of the Island, then down the east coast to Ao Salat. On arriving at Ao Salat , a stunning fishing village, with all the homes and businesses set out along the pier, you quickly become aware that the locals see very few tourists and never see sea kayaks, so we soon become the centre of attraction for the locals. Our accommodation is a beautiful home stay owned by a local government official.

The next 3 days are spent hugging the coast line and playing in the varied rock formations that are presented to us. Proper sea kayaking!!

Day 6: Ao Salat – Ao Prao (30 km)

After a good night’s sleep we (literally) launch our boats, this is both a refreshing start and a source of entertainment to the local fisherman. This is the longest day of the expedition, however it is easily managed as the wonderful variety of scenes that we encounter along the way and the numerous opportunities that we get to explore them, take our minds off the distance needed to be covered. The east coast of Koh Kood is all, but for a few hardy souls, uninhabited. For 25km we see nothing but lush jungle. Only in the far south of the Island in Ao Yai do we get to civilisation (and a cold Coke). On leaving Ao Yai, refreshed, we set out to round the southernmost point of Koh Chang Marine Park. On the way we pass a navy outpost – we assume they are there to watch out for illegal immigrants from Cambodia as Koh Kood is the nearest Thailand Island.

The final few kilometres are in the bay of Ao Prao, it is a pleasure to behold – with a pure white sandy beach and clear water, it is an oasis. Our resort, ‘For Rest’ is in the furthest western corner of the bay. On arriving it is worth the effort; based on the river it is a calm, tranquil and beautiful resort.

Day 7: Ao Prao – Ao Klong Chao (12 km)

A day of leisure, relatively speaking. We are presented with an opportunity to meander around the coastline soaking up all the vistas that are on show. We make our way to our next two night’s accommodation (Day 8 is a rest day) via a series of stunning white sand beaches. It is only right and proper that we set foot on the places, for several reasons, for a swim, to take a photo and the main reason because we have earned the right!

Very quickly we have arrived at our resort, The S Beach Resort, which is on the beach. Not only is it a wonderful place to stay, it is also well located to make the most of your rest day on day No 8.

Day 9: Ao Klong Chao – Koh Mak (26 km)

Having had all our aches and pains massaged out, we are fit and ready to go on yet another long day. Today is about kayaking back to the point where we first started our journey around Koh Kood, so that we can say ‘we did it’. The only way I can describe the remainder of our journey up the west coast, is that it is like travelling through a holiday brochure of, ‘The beaches of Thailand’. You will be compelled to stop and take photos. The kayak becomes purely a means of transport, enabling us to get to these magnificent places and it ceases to be the primary activity.

Having reached the starting/finish point, we break out west into the open water back to Koh Mak. On arrival we are back in familiar territory, the splendid accommodation of Baan Koh Mak. A well deserved hot shower and perhaps a little Air Conditioning will rejuvenate us.

Day 10: Koh Mak – Koh Kham – Koh Bai Dang – Koh Chan – Koh Maissi Yai – Koh Ngam (23.5 km)

Boasted as one of the best days offered on our longer expeditions, an island hopping adventure lies ahead with supreme opportunities to practice developed paddling skills along the way. As we creep around the west coast of Koh Mak taking advantage of every nook and cranny a natural playground presents itself, this environment is where our quality sea kayaks perform at their best. 6 Km from base, around the corner, nestled in the shallow lagoon off the north shore of Koh Mak, is the Island of Koh Kham, a pristine white sand island awaiting our landing. After lunch and a swim we set out North, heading for the Island of Koh Bai Dang a 7Km open water crossing that presents the opportunity to ‘Name the Island’. It usually ends up a guessing game as once easily recognised Islands, are now transformed in light of our new positional perspective. From one paradise to another our day continues to provide interest and activity. From Koh Bai Dang to Koh Chan and then Koh Massi Yai we continue to have fun. Our final destination for the day is Koh Ngam. Entering the southern bay of Koh Ngam in the late afternoon light presents wonderful photographic opportunities.

Day 11: Koh Ngam – Koh Lao Nai – Koh Chang (16.5 km)

With Koh Chang shadowing over us in its enormity, we begin with a short morning paddle 5km to a beautiful set of islands Koh Lao Nai, with possibilities to snorkel, explore or just lay back and enjoy the sun. After lunch we set off on a coastal adventure, by now everyone is kayaking on form and making the most of the scattered rocks creating lovely play areas. A total of 11km guides us along the south coast of Koh Chang where we can visit Secret Beach only accessible by boat. This evening is spent in the delightfully bustling fishing village Bang Bao (Bang Bao Paradise Home Stay) full of traditional Thai markets, a great place to gather souvenirs.

Day 12: Koh Chang West Coast (14.5 km)

The west coast of Koh Chang has some of the most breathtaking rock formations in the National Park. With 8 Km of inaccessible coastline ahead, our journey up the west coast offers us ample opportunity to express ourselves. Gliding between rocks, carving turns testing our skills against the waves, there are challenges for all abilities during this first section of the day. Playing in and with both the conditions and the environment we find ourselves in, is what kayaking is all about.
Alas the excitement ends as we make our way around, Bailan Bay headland, one last flurry of interest presents itself as there are several shallow caves that have extensive bat populations. Lunch on Lonely Beach, is our next port of call. The remaining 3km back to The Amari offers us a time to reflect on our journey and revel in our achievement.

3 Day

This is our introductory level multi day expedition and as such requires good physical fitness as up to 20 km a day is often covered. During the journey we visit beautiful beaches and islands, stop in good quality accommodation, swim and snorkel over colourful reefs and finish with a paddle up the South West coast of Koh Chang, which is a sea kayakers heaven.

Cost 17.200 THB. Including on island transfer (Bailan – White Sands) and accomodations.

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4 Day Sea Kayaking Expedition

This expedition encompasses all the near islands off the south coast of Koh Chang. During our journey we are fortunate enough to visit the stunning islands including Koh Bai Dang, Koh Ngam, Koh Wai, Koh Massi Yai, Koh Lao Nai. Although only four days in duration we are expected to cover at least 20km per day and as such participants need to have good physical fitness and/or experience of journeying in kayaks or canoes.

4 Day Expedition

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7 Day

This is our main expedition, in that this is the one we sell the most. Travelling as far south as Koh Mak, the 7 day expedition gives the opportunity to explore the majority of the magnificent Marine National Park. This is a committing expedition with several large open water crossings (10Km+) and as such our customers need to be water confident, experienced in kayaking and be physically fit. Although 7 days in duration we do have a rest day on day 4 (Koh Mak).

7 Day Expedition

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12 Days

This is our longest expedition with 10 days kayaking and 2 rest days (Koh Mak and Koh Kood). During the expedition we cover in excess of 200Km, traveling to the very south of the Marine National Park whilst circumnavigating Koh Kood. This journey is for experienced kayakers only, as it involves many open water crossings and sometimes exciting sea conditions.

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Thailand’s first Sea Kayaking Symposium 2014

28th July – 1st August and then again on the 4th – 8th August Run and delivered by Kayakchang.com and in association with Yamba UK and The Amari Emerald Cove. With a wide variety of courses and sessions, the symposium has many opportunities for kayakers of all abilities. The range of activities include practical on-the-water sessions, lectures, workshops and evening presentations.

ASEAN’s first 4 star BCU event!

As part of the symposium we will be running extended BCU star award programmes (up to 5 days) including 3 star training and assessment and 4 star training. To facilitate the 4 star training we are bringing in our Technical Advisor and level 5 Coach, Dave Brown.

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