Baan Salak Phet
Koh Chang is divided into 2 districts, covering on one hand the developed north-west coast and on second hand the untouched south-east part of the island. Fortunately, Baan Salak Phet takes part of the 5 villages being under an administration having concerns for the environment and protecting for posterity the beauty of this wild sanctuary. Owing to a different policy on planning permissions, Koh Chang Tai (south) remains free of huge concrete buildings similar to the big hotels or resorts flourishing on the touristic west coast.
Baan Salak Phet keeps on being a peaceful village relying on traditional livelihoods such as fishing, palm trees plantations and orchards. The old temple built under the reign of King Rama V at the occasion of his royal visit to the island is the favorite place for the locals to gather. A remote spot offering many attractions and activities for nature lovers a few miles away the lively west coast of Koh chang.
Salakphet itself is both the name for this area of the island and of one single village. The land at the head of the bay is all mangroves. From Salakphet village you can rent kayaks to explore this area. By road you only see half the village, most of the life is lining the canals in the mangroves. The village of Salakphet was until 20 years ago, a thriving fishing port. This was Koh Chang’s commercial centre but times change and it is now a rather sleepy fishing village. However, you’ll still some large wooden fishing trawlers moored up at piers in Rong Thian village, nearer the mouth of the bay, and smaller boats tied up outside locals houses.