Ko Chang: for barefoot beaches and jungle hiking
As Thailand's second-largest island and with an extended archipelago, a relative backwater in terms of visitor numbers, there’s plenty of opportunity for adventure with jungle hiking, excellent seafood, and idyllic waterfalls uncovered on weekend-long jungle treks. And while the western side of the island has seen a lot of development, one of Ko Chang’s original backpacker beaches, Lonely Beach is still a pleasure for its laid-back ambience that sits somewhere between backpacker haunt and the easy-going. Head there for the bohemian atmosphere but stay for a mix of barefoot adventure and laid-back beach party vibes. Opt for Long Prao Beach if better amenities are a concern and charter a boat over to Ko Kradat private island to see herds of deer via a tour conducted on the back of a tractor.