Koh Chang Information:
Ko Chang is one of the largest Thai islands
in the Gulf of Thailand, contains dense, steep jungle.
Mu Ko Chang National Park, a preserve with hiking trails
and waterfalls such as tiered Klong Plu, covers the interior
and extends to offshore coral reefs.
The coast is dotted with beaches and villages
including Bang Bao, built on piers.
Hat Tha Nam ( Lonely Beach) has a waterfront party scene
that attracts backpackers.
Prior to World War II, the island was little known.
During this period, the few families there
made a living growing coconuts and fruit.
During World War II, when Thailand was occupied by Japanese forces,
This island was the scene of the 1941 Battle of Ko Chang
between the Royal Thai Navy and a Vichy French naval squadron,
in which the French won a decisive victory.
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