By Tan Yi Hui
Ko Chang, Thailand
Off the coast of Thailand's easternmost province of Trat sits the main island of Ko Chang - one of the country's best-preserved tourism gems.
Roughly a quarter the size of Singapore, it is Thailand's second largest island after Phuket. Ko Chang is part of a tropical marine national park and boasts white sandy coves and beaches with pristine rainforests.
The best beaches and accommodation are in the southern part and west coast of the island.
The busiest is White Sand Beach (Hat Sai Khao), where restaurants and shops line the main road.
You can swim, snorkel, visit waterfalls or go elephant trekking (S$20 to S$37) at Ban Kwan Chang camp.
Families with older children might want to check out the Tree Top Adventure Park where visitors make their way across tree tops using rope bridges, swings and giant zip lines.
It might seem harrowing but the park is managed by a team of French experts and there is a mandatory safety briefing before you play Tarzan.
You can also take the ferries to nearby islands such as Ko Kut and Ko Mak.
Getting there: Take a 11/2-hour flight to Bangkok (S$300), then take a domestic 45-minute flight by Bangkok Airways to Trat (S$212 for adult, S$106 for child). The jetty where ferries head out to Ko Chang is only 20 minutes by car from Trat airport.
Ferries from one of the three piers leave every 30 minutes, from 7am to 7pm. The most popular is Centrepoint Pier. There are also speed boats that can take you straight to the other islands such as Ko Mak. Ferry and boat prices range from S$2 to S$14.
Stay at: Ko Chang Lagoon Resort (from S$66), White Sand Beach Resort (from S$103), Siam Beach Resort (from S$103)
Cost: About S$2,500 for a family of four, for four days and three nights.
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This article was first published in The Straits Times on August 19, 2008.