Klong Koi – Koh Klum – Koh Wai 18KM
Klong Koi is a lovely beach on the south coast of Koh Chang. It is the starting point for all of our Multi-day kayaking 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 but none the less very achievable. Before you know it, the first of numerous Islands has been achieved.
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 only 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 by 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: with Hot water, AC, Wi-Fi facilities. www.kohwaibeachresort.com
Koh Wai – Koh Bae Dang – Koh Chan – Koh Maissi Yai – Koh Ngam 18 km
In our opinion this is one of the best days paddling on any of our trips. There is a lot of interest throughout, short open water crossings, many Islands, snorkelling, ample play areas to develop your kayaking skills, nice beaches and a beautiful end resort.
From our beach we can clearly see our first destination of the day, Koh Bai Dang. This is one of two beaches in the Marine Park that offers camping . From Koh Bai Dang we make our way to the tiny Island of Koh Chan and then onto Koh Maisi Yai where in high tides we are able to paddle in one entrance and out of another through small caves systems.
Our final destination for the day is Koh Ngam, which is shaped like the letter H with the bar across the middle being a 20 meter sand bar that separates the two parallel sides. Entering via the southern bay, in the late afternoon light Koh Ngam presents some wonderful photographic opportunities. www.tantawan-resort.com
Koh Ngam-Koh Lao Nai-Koh Chang 16.5 km
With Koh Chang shadowing over us, we begin with a short morning paddle of 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 delightful bustling fishing village of Bang Bao, at Bang Bao Paradise Home Stay.
Koh Chang West Coast 14.5 km
We begin our day in a unique way by dropping straight from our beds into our boats (not really). 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 Emerald Cove offers us a time to reflect on our journey and revel in our achievement.