Klong Prao loop. Easy walk 9 km
Summary: 9 km on foot from the beach to the National Park. Get away from the main road and get off the beaten track and look around Klong Prao on foot. There is a Google map, lots of photos, and even a few written instructions for a good day exploring Koh Chang.
At Koh Chang, you’ll find many trekking options in the jungle that will take you to the tops of the peaks and ensure a successful, though tedious day. But you won’t find any marked, easy-to-walk routes for people who want a nice walk. Without local knowledge, you limit yourself to hiking along the main road. It makes the day hot. And one where you can’t see anything you won’t see on a scooter or in the back of a pick-up taxi. You can also go to the Klong Plu waterfall, but it gets crowded in the season as well, because anyone who does not want to just go the main road goes to this place.
Here’s something for anyone who wants to stretch their legs and get off the beaten track. Loop around the village of Klong Prao. A 9-kilometer walk does not require climbing uphill, and most of them lead along paths and on deserted roads. It will take you from the beach to the border of the National Park through fruit farms, coconut and rubber plantations. There are also several places where you can cool off in the river, as well as add a visit to the Klong Plu waterfall or stop and feed the elephants along the way. Plus there are some wonderful mountain scenery and some good restaurants on the route where you can have lunch.
It’s quite a flexible route, so it’s easy to skip it or make your own detours and take a taxi back to the hotel. For anyone staying in the center or south of Klong Prao Beach, choose a starting point as your resort. You don’t have to follow this letter, but it should make you more confident about self-exploration and wandering dirt roads to see where you will end.
Nothing special. No GPS required. No sensible footwear (I had flips for 200 Baht, but you may prefer your Tevas or Birkenstocks). Just bring a bottle of water or two, a sun hat and a camera. and of course my approximate map and instructions. Provided that you have a vague sense of direction, you should not get lost, because there are only a few short sections where the trails are not immediately obvious.
The walk along the route takes me two hours. But I already know where I’m going and I don’t stay anywhere other than taking pictures and buying a bottle of water. A more realistic time is about 4-5 hours if you want to visit a waterfall, swim or stop for lunch. But it would be easy to fill the whole day and, for example, finish an afternoon swim in the sea and a beer on the beach.
I started at the guest house “Baan Rim Nam” and finished here, so for the purpose of this guide, these are the start and end points. But as mentioned earlier, you can start and finish anywhere.