Koh Si Chang
Koh Si Chang is a small island closest to Bangkok which can
be reached within an hour drive and 45 minutes ferry. This
island is not popular amongst foreign tourists but only Thais.
Haad Tham Phang or Collapsed Cave Beach is the most popular
beach on the island. Other beaches are smaller, more secluded.
The island is linked together with narrow roads. The coast of
the island is lined with rock cliff and cave. It is also a home
to Wat Yai Prik which is a Buddhist meditation temple built on
the limestone hill and there is also a grounds of King
Chulalongkorn’s Palace built in 1890 and abandoned in 1893 after
the occupation of France during a conflict with Thailand over
which country would control Laos.
Koh Si Chang has a lot to offer besides the nice beaches to swim. The following activities can be fun and worth checking out.
- Samlor Tour is a great activity to explore the island. They can take you to different sightseeing points of the island.
- Boat trips around Koh Si Chang and its surrounding islands
- Walking and biking
- Snorkeling and kayaking
Attractions on Koh Si Chang
Chong Issariyaphon – The Royal Decorations Gap (Chong Khao Khat)
Chong Issariyaphon lies in the back of the island. The gap
can be seen from the boat in the sea. It looks like a separating
line in the hill. It is a perfect lookout for the sunset. The
beach below is scattered with round pebbles which were
influenced by the wind. King Chulalongkorn had the royal
pavilion built here. It affords a 360 degree view, also used as
the King’s planetarium.
Assadang Bay (Hat Tham Phang)
Assadang Bay(Hat Tham Phang) is situated in the west of the
island. The bay is beautifully curving with fine white sand
beach and clear water. The north of the bay is where
Chakrabongse Point lies. The layers of rocks jut out into the
sea. It is a great spot to enjoy fishing and watching the sunset.
The Chudhadhuj Palace
Built in the reign of King Chulalongkorn, Rama V, as the
royal summer residence, the Chudhadhuj Palace is beautifully
landscaped. The compound comprises of Vadhana Building, modified
in European style, Phongsri Building, an octagonal hall, Abhirom
Building built in combination of Thai-European style. There are
also seaside wooden bungalows, a pool, a pond, a pier and a lighthouse.
The Pagoda and Prayer Hall of Wat Assadang Nimit
Situated on top of the hill, Assadang Nimit Temple sits
behind the Chudhadhuj Palace. King Chulalongkorn, Rama V had the
temple built in 1892 to replace Wat Plai Laem. The Lankan-style
pagoda is built on the top of the prayer hall. It is decorated
in Gothic style. The skylights are decorated with stained glass.
The holy bodhi tree has been brought from Bodh Gaya in India is
planted here. From the pagoda, a breathtaking panoramic view of
the palace area and the seascape can be seen.
The Yellow Buddha, Wat Tham Chakrabongse
The cave was discovered by His Royal Highness Prince
Chakrabongse Bhuvanart during his convalescence. There is a
reclining Buddha inside this small cave. Over the cave on the
hilltop is where a large yellow Buddha stands.
Wat Chudhathit Dhammasabharam Voravihan
Wat Chudhathit Dhammasabharam Voravihan is located in
the North of Koh Sichang, on the hill facing the sea, with a
view of Ko Kham Noi and Ko Kham Yai. King Chulalongkorn, Rama V
had the temple established in 1892 in honour of His Royal
Highness Prince Chudhadhuj Dharadilok. The gable of prayer hall
features fine stucco and the paintings of the ten major former
lives of the Lord Buddha are place in the interior. The
Sukhothai style Buddha in Subduing Mara gesture is situated inside.
Wat Tham Yai Prik
Wat Tham Yai Prik is cave temple situated on the hill and is
also a meditating centre. The environs is quiet and peaceful.
The cave is sandstone. There are 3 main meditation halls, Sila
(precepts), Smadhi (concentration) and Panya (intellect). The
pagodas of the 4 important Buddhist sites in India and Nepal and
the Statue of Luang Pho Prasit Thavaro, who initiated the temple
are also situated there. Wat Tham Prik is one of the spot for a
panoramic view of the island.
The Holy Footprint
The replication of the Holy Footprint is situated above the
Shrine of Chao Pho Khao Yai, on the hill in the north of the
island. The footprint is 1 meter long, built from the stone from
Bodh Gaya in India. A holy relic is also enshrined here. The
sunset, the seascape and Ko Kham Yai are spectacular from this point.
The Shrine of Chao Pho Khao Yai
The shrine is on the hill in the north of the island.
The cave is made into religious site with Thai and Chinese
architectural style. The temple is visited by both Thai and
Chinese residing in Thailand and travelling from abroad. It
features the statues of the Chinese deities. This is a
captivating point for a panoramic view of the sea and the
Attractions Information from www.teawchon.com
Getting to Koh Si Change
Boat departs to Ko Si Chang daily on hourly basis from the Koh
Loy Pier in Si Racha. The first boat leaves at 06.00 am. and the
last one departs at 07.00 pm. The one-way fare is 40 Baht. It
takes approximately 15 – 20 minutes. The boat departs Koh Si
Chang every hour from 06.00 am. – 06.00 pm.
Getting around Koh Si Chang
Motorcycle taxis or motor-tricycle or samlor will take you anywhere on the island.