Escape the crowds by visiting Koh Si Chang on your trip to Sriracha. It is the closest island to Bangkok with enough things to do from historical sites to scenic viewpoints.
Situated in the Gulf of Thailand, about 45 minutes by ferry, Koh Si Chang makes a nice weekend outing close to Bangkok. This peaceful island has a long history dating back to the reign of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V). At that time, the royal family visited here to recuperate from illness. Nowadays, such history still remains as we see a lot of old royal places. Apart from this, Koh Si Chang has more things to see and do to keep visitors busy throughout the day.
Koh Si Chang is home to a royal summer palace built in 1892. The main residence named Phra Chudadhuj Ratchathan is located facing the sea near the famous Asdang Bridge. This is a long white bridge stretching into the sea where tourists love taking photos. Also, they can explore the remains of a former royal palace or walk around to sightsee other attractions. For example, The Bell Stone, Wat Asdangkhanimitir, Khao Noi Viewpoint, Tha Wang Beach are all close by. There is also a marine biology research centre with a small museum Cholatassathan near the entrance to learn about marine science.
The next thing to do on Koh Si Chang is to explore the well-known religious places. Perched on a hill at the north end of the island, San Chao Phaw Khao Yai Shrine is the place of worship you shouldn’t miss. It houses The Father Spirit inside the cave, highly respected by locals and worshippers across Asia. This holy temple gets especially busy during Chinese New Year in February when a lot of Chinese tourists come to make merit. Beside the temple is a steep stairway leading to another shrine. This is where the replica of the Buddha’s footprint is established. From this location, visitors can take in magnificent bird’s-eye views of the island and the sea towards the mainland.
Hat Tham Phang is the most popular beach on the west side of Koh Si Chang. It offers pleasant clear water with white sand, choices of restaurants, and a chill-out spot by the beach. Moreover, it is a perfect place for fishing, sunbathing, kayaking, and watching a beautiful sunset. Visitors can also make their way to Chong Khao Khat or a must-visit sunset viewpoint of the island. It provides a long promenade for people to walk along to appreciate the beauty of natural surroundings.
Be sure to explore Koh Si Chang’s laid-back vibe and spare some time to experience it like a local. All foodies can enjoy a variety of delicious local fare at the local walking street. Another great tip is to take the Skylab – a lovely local three-wheeled rickshaw – which is the ideal transport option to explore the island in-depth.
Of course, among all the accommodation choices, Novotel Marina Koh Si Chang is the perfect hotel to spend a memorable time on the island. This newly opened hotel provides a scheduled speedboat service from its own pier in Sriracha to the island. Also, it comes with 40 guest rooms and private pool villas. All units are facing stunning sea views and are well-equipped with cutting-edge amenities. Furthermore, guests can relax at the main swimming pool overlooking sea views or indulge in a selection of palatable cuisines during their stay. All in all, Novotel Marina Koh Si Chang offers plenty of things to do in Koh Si Chang for those wishing to spend a relaxing moment on the tranquil island.
339 Jerm Jom Phon road, Sriracha, 20110 Chonburi
Tel: +66 33 265 888