Koh Chang’s Disability-Friendliness


Since the Thai island of Koh Chang makes for one of the more popular tourist destinations in the world, or at least certainly among those travellers who actually know a thing or two about this island paradise, one of the less-covered aspects of what this island getaway destination has to offer is that of its disability-friendliness.

This premium holiday destination, off the coast of mainland Thailand, is indeed very disability-friendly, with one of its unique selling points being that of not much having had to be done to make it accessible to those living with various degrees of physical challenges.

Koh Chang’s Natural Disability Friendliness¬† taxi koh chang

While an overall look at the elevation and topography of Koh Chang may not suggest that it is disability-friendly, with an overall description of the topography including features such as complicated stone cliffs and high-rising mountains, most of the major tourist areas are located on the eastern side of the island, where the sandy beaches have an elevation which is negligible.

Also, even though some of the natural features to be explored are situated in the more topographically complex areas of the island, such as waterfalls and undisturbed rain forest areas, the elevation is rather gradual when tourists, including the physically-challenged, approach such areas via transport modes like on elephant back.

Exploring the western side of the island might pose a little bit more of a challenge for the disabled explorers, but this part of the island is usually not where all the action takes place, with suitable, natural disability-friendliness in the generally flat plains available on the eastern side of the island.

Also, since the elephants brought onto this island aren’t indigenous to the island, they have accounted for some beaten paths which make some of the trickier areas more easily accessible, where even wheelchairs and beach wheelchairs can navigate quite easily.

Koh Chang’s Man-Made Disability-Friendliness

As far as the man-made features go, with regards to Koh Chang’s disability-friendliness, if tourists want to venture away from the disability-friendly beaches of White Sand Beach, Klong Prao Beach, Balian Beach and Lonely Beach, among others, where the flat plains allow for the use of some of the locally available beach wheelchairs if required, most of the sightseeing can be done by motor-powered transportation means.

Dan Kao Pier is where taxis can be boarded, which generally gain easy access to the hilly slopes of the southern side of the island, where roads complement the terrain quite effectively, accounting for a gradual incline towards the western side of the island, where even the physically-challenged travellers can also explore attractions such as the Klong Plu Waterfall.

The continued tourist boom, enjoyed by some of the local developers who seek to take advantage of the influx of tourists, also accounts for other disability-friendly features such as those which can be found as an integral part of the accommodation options.

A few of the hotels which clearly emphasise disability-friendly features, such as around-the-clock working elevators, wheelchair ramps and bars, paraplegic and quadriplegic toilets and general disability assistance, include the likes of the Gajapuri Resort and Spa, Emerald Cove Koh Chang, Mercure Koh Chang Hideaway Hotel, Ramayana Koh Chang Resort, Island View Resort and Spa, KC Grande Resort and Spa, Sea View Koh Chang Resort and Spa, Keeree ele’ Hotel and Koh Chang Resort and Spa.

All the man-made features, which complement the natural topography of the major tourist regions, make the accessibility Koh Chang Island enjoys great for physically-challenged tourists and this is indeed one of the most disability-friendly premium tourist destinations in the entire eastern tourist region.