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Koh Chang: Bang Bao – A Former Fishing Village Built on Water


In the good old days Bang Bao village in the southwestern corner of Koh Chang used to be a traditional little Thai fishing village where life concentrated around a long and narrow pier with traditional wooden stilt houses and fishing boats moored up ready for sea.fotor_147918532765854In the recent years most of the original Bang Bao village has changed due to the growing number of tourists to Koh Chang, and sad but true, by now tourism has replaced fishing as the main source of income.fotor_147918585330097Today the 350 metres long pier resembles an indoor market with plentiful souvenir shops, ticket booths, minimarts and restaurants. The pier is also home to several dive shops, a police station and a health care centre.fotor_147918530034578fotor_147918542489779Walkways and sub-piers branch off the main pier leading to hotels, guesthouses and restaurants. I did not have any prior expectations of the village, however I was expecting something a bit more authentic instead of a very commercial and touristy place.fotor_147918539980519fotor_147918550475516It was very exciting to explore the shaky little walkways off the main pier and to see how the bottom of the sea was exposed under the wooden stilt houses at low tide.fotor_147918561040478Bang Bao pier is also Koh Chang’s main point of departure for a countless number of day trips to the archipelago. The pier is very narrow and not more than two people can walk side by side so this means that it gets overcrowded on the pier especially in the morning when tourist boats head out to the sea and also in the afternoon when thousands of day trippers return.fotor_147918567562018I went on a day trip to the small paradise island of Koh Wai. From Bang Bao you can also catch a ferry to Koh Mak and Koh Kood.fotor_147918548229138At the far end of the pier by the white light house I found some peace and quiet away from the tourist crowds. View from here across Bang Bao Bay and the sea was absolutely stunning. This is also the place where you might see a few fishing boats arrive and unload their catch.fotor_147918518135436A couple of kilometers east of Bang Bao village I found a very nice and long beach, Klong Kloi Beach, with white sand and great views over the small islands and Bang Bao Bay. After exploring busy Bang Bao village Klong Kloi Beach was a nice and quiet place to chill out for the rest of the afternoon before returning back to my hotel in Bailan Bay.fotor_147918525127466

Did you like this post? Read more about my adventures in Thailand:

Exploring Koh Chang on a Day Trip Around the Island

Koh Chang: Quiet Beach Life by Blue Lagoons and Green Mountains in Klong Prao

Koh Chang: Beach Escapes under Falling Coconuts in Bailan Bay

Island Hopping in Thailand: Koh Chang – Koh Wai – Koh Mak – Koh Rayang Nai – Koh Kham

Top Things to Do and See in Bangkok


Author: Piia | Ticket to Adventures

Captivating travel stories from around the world, near and far, by an experienced traveller and adventurer.

13 thoughts on “Koh Chang: Bang Bao – A Former Fishing Village Built on Water

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  5. Your photos are stunning! Thank you for sharing.


  6. The first picture is stunning. I want to book a flight to Thailand asap!


  7. It looks idyllic, beautiful photographs too. The small pier looks a bit rickety – looking as if it might collapse under the weight of all those day trippers! I’d like to explore more of Thailand as we’ve only visited Bangkok so far.


    • Thank you for reading. Bangkok is great but so hectic and chaotic, I always need a proper holiday after visiting busy Asian cities 🙂 What I love about Thailand the most is the small and quiet islands with long sandy beaches. Koh Chang was a great island but a bit too busy for my taste. I wish I could have visited Bang Bao village 10-15 years ago when it was still a quiet fishing village…

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