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A Local’s Guide to Koh Chang

Adventures in Thailand

Floris Hermans

Instagram: @florisgone

Life in Koh Chang

From a small village in the south of The Netherlands, Floris Hermans embarked on an adventurous two-year journey with his partner Marieke, traveling from Holland to South Africa and back in a 1967 Mercedes Unimog 404 truck. They covered 70,000 kilometers, passing through countries like Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya southwards, Namibia, Angola, the Congos, and Nigeria. This journey showcased their adventurous spirits and set the stage for future explorations. Following their African adventure, they briefly returned to the Netherlands before realizing their aspiration to live overseas. They chose Koh Chang, Thailand, as their new home, where they opened Oasis Koh Chang, a relaxed resort, 11 years ago. Now 43, Floris fully immerses himself in the unpredictable charm of island life. Together with Marieke, they manage the resort, welcoming travelers from all over the world. A passionate photographer, Floris continues exploring his love for capturing nature's stunning and ever-evolving landscapes. His photography reflects his deep appreciation for the natural world and his ongoing quest for freedom and adventure in a life spent abroad.

Koh Chang

Koh Chang is the country's second-largest island, nestled in the Gulf of Thailand. I love it because it’s less touristy than famous Thai islands like Phangan and Koh Phi Phi. It’s full of lush rainforests, beautiful beaches, rivers and wildlife. With its diverse landscapes and eco-friendly resorts like ours, Oasis Koh Chang, the island offers a perfect blend of adventure and relaxation.

Koh Chang 

Five Essentials

  1. Klong Plu Waterfall

Visit the Klong Plu Waterfall, a picturesque waterfall surrounded by lush jungle, perfect for swimming and picnicking.

  1. Bang Bao Fishing Village

Check out the Bang Bao Fishing Village, a traditional Thai fishing village built on stilts over the water, offering fresh seafood and unique cultural experiences.

  1. Lonely Beach

Party in Lonely Beach, a laid-back beach area known for its backpacker vibe, vibrant nightlife, and stunning sunsets.

  1. Kai Bae Viewpoint

Dream away at the Kai Bae Viewpoint, which offers panoramic views of the island and its surrounding seas. These views are exceptionally breathtaking at sunrise or sunset.

  1. Mu Koh Chang National Park

Go on an adventure in Mu Koh Chang National Park. Trek for a day to one of the island's highest peaks—it’s like going back in time and visiting Jurassic Park. 

A Local’s Guide to Koh Chang

  1. Exploring Waterfalls

Venture into the island's interior to discover hidden gems like Klong Plu Waterfall, Than Mayom Waterfall, and Klong Nonsi Waterfall.

  1. Jungle Trekking

Embark on guided hikes through Mu Koh Chang National Park to spot wildlife, explore the mountain landscape, and soak in the tranquility of the rainforest.

  1. Island Hopping

Take boat trips to nearby islands like Koh Wai, Koh Mak, and Koh Kood for snorkeling, diving, and pristine beaches.

  1. Beach Activities

Relax on the sandy shores of Lonely Beach, White Sand Beach, the incredible Wai Chaek Beach, and Long Beach, where you can swim, sunbathe, and enjoy the ocean.

  1. Local Cuisine

Indulge in delicious Thai dishes at roadside stalls, beachfront restaurants, and night markets, sampling spicy curries and tropical fruits.

A Thailand Overview

Phang Nga Bay

This is one of my favorite spots in Thailand for (drone) photography. It’s known for its dramatic limestone karsts rising from emerald-green waters. Phang Nga Bay is a must-visit destination for kayaking, cave exploring, and island hopping. Don't miss iconic landmarks like James Bond Island and Koh Panyee.

Koh Tao

The vibes on this island are just amazing. Renowned as a diver's paradise, Koh Tao boasts crystal-clear waters, vibrant coral reefs, and abundant marine life. Whether you're a seasoned diver or a beginner, the island offers excellent dive sites and snorkeling opportunities.

Koh Lipe

It's hard to find more clear waters anywhere in Thailand. Dubbed the "Maldives of Thailand," Koh Lipe is a pristine island paradise with powdery white sands, turquoise waters, and colorful coral reefs. Relax on secluded beaches, swim with tropical fish, and enjoy stunning sunsets over the Andaman Sea.

Chiang Mai

Nestled in the foothills of northern Thailand, Chiang Mai and the famous small town of Pai offer a blend of cultural charm and natural beauty. Explore Chiang Mai's ancient temples, bustling markets, and vibrant nightlife, then head to Pai for its relaxed atmosphere, scenic landscapes, and outdoor adventures. From trekking in the jungle and visiting hill tribe villages to soaking in hot springs and chasing waterfalls, the journey from Chiang Mai to Pai is magical, showing the best of northern Thailand's culture and countryside.


Bangkok is the vibrant capital city of Thailand. It is a bustling metropolis brimming with energy, culture, and history. In addition to exploring glittering temples like Wat Pho and the Grand Palace, you can shop till you drop at markets like Chatuchak Weekend Market, indulge in delicious street food, and find cool events, pubs, and nightlife. Every time I visit this bustling city, I discover new streets, restaurants, and shops. It’s a world on its own. 

Why Travel Is Important

I went on a long trip through Africa in 2006-2008, which really changed me. It wasn't just about visiting new places; it taught me important lessons. I learned to deal with challenging situations and go with the flow when things didn't go as expected. It also helped me appreciate the little things in life and enjoy the present moment more. Overall, it made me a better person and gave me a new perspective on life.

My Essential Travel Tips

  1. Pack light, but make sure to bring your camera and drone! Prioritize experiences over material possessions.

  2. Be open-minded and embrace cultural differences.

  3.  Connect with locals and fellow travelers to gain unique insights and create meaningful connections.

  4. Stay flexible and embrace spontaneity, as some of the best experiences often happen when plans change.


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