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The Salakphet Islands – Koh Chang

Posted by Vadmin on September 8, 2012

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The Salakphet Islands is a group of three, nestled in Salakphet Bay off the south coast of Koh Chang.

The area is one which is seldom visited by tourists and as a result, it offers the perfect opportunity to see the ‘real’ Koh Chang made up of fishing communities far removed from the touristy part of Koh Chang.

Salakphet Bay is dominated by mangrove swamps, teeming with wildlife and makes up one of the most naturally beautiful wild coastal areas of Koh Chang. Much of the coast is inaccessible by land, unless you are extremely adventurous and the best way to view the area is by boat – making it an ideal spot for sailors to explore.

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Koh Mapring

Koh Mapring is the smallest island of the three and the closest to Koh Chang. Confusingly, the island shares its name with another four Koh Mapring’sin the Mu Koh Chang Archipelago.

Koh Mapring has nothing of special note and the proximity to the mangroves makes the surrounding waters cloudy and unsuitable for swimming.

Koh Phrao Nai

Koh Phrao Nai is the largest of the Salakphet Islands. It has no beach and is rocky and tree covered. A tiny fishing community lives on the eastern part of the islands. Their simple homes are built on stilts over the sea and are worth a look for visiting sailors.

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Koh Phrao Nok

Koh Phroa Nok is the most interesting of the Salakphet islands. In days gone by, it was home to a popular local tourist resort due to the attraction of a beautiful white sandy beach. Competition from elsewhere has meant the resorts glory days are long past but it is still open although dilapidation is beginning to take hold.

Sailing Guide to the Salakphet Islands

For boat owners exploring around Koh Chang, Salakphet Bay and the islands is definitely worth a visit. The bay itself has a natural charm with good opportunities for viewing wildlife in the mangroves from the water. The local fishing communities and colourful boats also provide an interesting human backdrop.

The only island which is worth dropping anchor for is Koh Phrao Nok. The island makes the perfect stop off to spend time on a quality (and frequently deserted) beach. The resort is also a good spot to grab lunch and refreshments and enjoy the well-tended gardens.

Links to discovering the islands of the Mu Koh Chang Archipelago

Mu Koh Chang Archipelago Island Guide

State of the art Thailand marina on Koh Chang

Sailing Koh Chang – A Boat Owners Paradise


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