The Koh Chang mangrove forest is one of the under-rated but actually can-be-great areas located on the East Side of the island. Grab a kayak at the local Seafood restaurant and head out to see what a lot of people never see here. The bay is best at high tide, so try to time it for that if possible.
The mangrove forest exists as a barrier between the salt water and the fresh water areas. Surprisingly they are one of the few trees that can handle this brackish water without dying. In fact they provide a huge sanctuary and home for dozens of the animals and fish on the island, prevent coastal degradation through erosion and even give thousands of birds a place to live. To say they are important for the eco-system is really an understatement.
Follow the map below and look for Salakok Seafood Restaurant and follow the path and boardwalk into the area. On your left will be kayaks and so don’t be afraid to ask and head out to explore this great area!
At Salakok Seafood Restaurant there are kayaks available along with supper cruises for interested people, and so you can be guided or wind your way along the marked route.
Just beside the restaurant is a concrete walk way that is about 800m long and allows one to walk along and see the mangrove forest up close. So by water or by foot, just go ahead and enjoy your day!
the Salakkok area is much more traditional Thai than really any area on the island and it is very untouched as far as tourism goes, eventually this area will catch the eye of developers so head there and see things a bit more traditional than usual… Before it is too late
And of course we have some pictures for you!