Ko Chang is the second biggest island in Thailand after Phuket. It's a big green island shaped like a elephant's head (hence the name, Chang, meaning elephant in Thai). The mountainous interior is covered in jungle while the coast is dotted with sandy beaches, mostly on the west side. Each beach has a distinctive atmosphere so you can always find something suited to your liking. If you're looking for mainstream beach life with bars and pizzerias, then stay at White Sand Beach (Hat Sai Khao), if you want to chill out in hippie style, head for Lonely Beach (Hat Tha Nam), or if you are into diving, go to Bang Bao. But there are possibilities for lodging all along the western shore.