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Koh Si Chang
Tambon Tha Thewawong, Amphoe Ko Sichang, Chon Buri - Pattaya ( North Pattaya )
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Koh Si Chang

Koh Si Chang is a small island located 12 km off the shore of Si Racha district, in Chonburi province, about 30 north of Pattaya. This island is not popular among foreign tourists, but much appreciated and frequented by Thais, especially on weekends. In the surrounding waters there are other eight small islands, among which Koh Kham Yai, Koh Kham Noi and Koh Khang Khao. The group of islands has a total area of 17.3 square kilometres. Koh Si Chang is inhabited by about 3,000 residents, mostly clustered around the harbour. Scattered on the island there are several facilities, such as small hotels and resorts, Thai and Western restaurants, shops, ATMs, a school and a small hospital. The coast is characterized by rocky cliffs, caves and some beaches, among which the most important is Haad Tham Phang or Collapsed Cave Beach, in the centre of the west coast. Other beaches on island are smaller and more secluded. From Koh Si Chang you can hike, by boat, to the beautiful beaches in the surrounding islands. The horizon of the east coast is spoiled by the many barges anchored in the surrounding waters, waiting to tranship their cargo onto smaller barges for the trip up the Chao Phraya River to Bangkok and over. On the island there are also some interesting religious buildings and attractions. The Shrine of Chao Pho Khao Yai is up the hill in the north of the island. This multi-level Chinese temple has many rooms and caves to be explored. The caves have been transformed into religious site, with statues of Chinese and Thai deities. From the highest point there is a panoramic view of the sea and the surrounding islands. Wat Tham Yai Prik is a cave temple up the hill northeast of the harbour. This temple is also a meditation centre. There are 3 main meditation halls, Sila (precepts), Samadhi (concentration) and Panya (intellect). In the temple there are also four pagodas similar to those in the most important Buddhist temples in India and Nepal, a giant golden Buddha, visible from pier, and the statue of Luang Pho Prasit Thavaro, the monk who initiated the temple. The Chudhadhuj Palace and its beautiful garden is located halfway down the east coast. The palace was built during reign of King Chulalongkorn, Rama V, as the royal summer residence. The complex comprises the Vadhana Building, modified in European style, Phongsri Building, an octagonal hall, Abhirom Building built in combination of Thai-European style. There are also seaside wooden bungalows, a pool, a pond, a pier and a lighthouse.
Getting there: There is a regular boat service connecting Koh Si Chang to the mainland. Boats to island leave from Koh Loy Pier in Si Racha, with hourly departures from 06:00 to 17:00, the return boats depart hourly from 06.00 to 18.00. The boat ride takes about 40 minutes. The one-way fare is 50 THB. The pier is located just 33 km from Pattaya, following the Highway 3, the Sukhumvit Road. To move along the narrow island roads can be used motorbike or motor-tricycle taxis.
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