Every time I go to Koh Chang I know the inevitable is going to happen, “Dad Dad can we go and Kayak on the mangroves”, it usually happens as soon as we arrive on the island, I hope that it will be forgotten when they see the beach, my plan is to happily watch them play on the beach all day while I drink copious amounts of beer contemplate what is best for the future of our family. The whole idea of getting a resort on the beach is to keep them amused and pre-occupied, alas, kids soon get bored, and before you know it I’m in a kayak. I must confess though that we always have fun, Salakkok Bay is a beautiful place, well worth a visit even if you don’t take the boat out. The bay is encompassed by mangrove trees, a river enters the bay and flows out to sea, the bay is quite shallow but has some deep channels used by the fishing boats to navigate to and from the sea.
On the same pier as the Kayak Station there is a restaurant, I’m not sure that I would drive all the way there just to eat, but it’s a fantastic location, peaceful and idyllic, fishing boats chugging up and down the river, and a feeling that you are as close to traditional life in Thailand as you’re ever going to be.
Recommended reading: Things to do on Koh Chang.
BE WARNED: Then the tide is on it’s way out the current get quite strong, it’s not a problem to paddle against the current but it might be difficult to turn around if you are heading in the same direction as the current.