Ko Chang District

Ko Chang
Ko Chang
Ko Chang
Amphoe location in Trat Province
Amphoe location in Trat Province
Coordinates: 12°6′13″N 102°21′7″E / 12°6′13″N 102°21′7″E / 12.10361; 102.35194
Country Thailand
Province Trat
Seat Ko Chang
 • Total 429 km2 (166 sq mi)
Population (2005)
 • Total 5,356
 • Density 34.6/km2 (90/sq mi)
Time zone ICT ( UTC+7)
Postal code 23170
Geocode 2307

Ko Chang ( Thai: เกาะช้าง, pronounced  [kɔ̀ʔ t͡ɕʰáːŋ]) is an amphoe (district) in Trat Province, Thailand. It is on the Gulf of Thailand's eastern seaboard, 310 km from Bangkok, near the border with Cambodia. [1]

It is the country's second largest island, [2] after Phuket, and the largest island in the Mu Ko Chang National Park archipelago.

The name means "Elephant Island", and comes from its elephant-shaped headland. Despite the presence of elephants on the island, they are not indigenous. At present, there are nine villages on the island.


Plaque commemorating the Ko Chang battle

Prior to World War II, Ko Chang was little known. During this period, the few families there made a living growing coconuts and fruits.[ citation needed]

During World War II, when Thailand was occupied by Japanese forces, Ko Chang was the scene of the 1941 Battle of Ko Chang between the Royal Thai Navy and a Vichy French naval squadron, in which the French won a decisive victory.

Other Languages
Bân-lâm-gú: Ko Chang Kūn
dansk: Koh chang
eesti: Chang
español: Ko Chang
français: Ko Chang
한국어: 꼬 창
বিষ্ণুপ্রিয়া মণিপুরী: আম্ফোয়ে কো চাং
italiano: Koh Chang
Nederlands: Koh Chang
日本語: チャーン島
polski: Ko Chang
русский: Чанг (остров)
suomi: Ko Chang
svenska: Ko Chang
Tiếng Việt: Ko Chang