As the first Netflix’s original Series from Thailand, The Stranded (เคว้ง) brings a new flavor to viewers by taking place on a fictional island – a location with a private school where the main characters encounter strange events. To bring this fictional island into reality, the series chose Ko Sichang as one of its main filming locations.
Ko Sichang is the smallest district in the country covering only 7.9 km. and is home to around 5,000 inhabitants. Located in the Gulf of Thailand, the island is a part of Chonburi Province. Ko Sichang boasts many beautiful natural sites. Its history involving King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) makes this island even more important.
When talking about famous places in Ko Sichang, Asdang Bridge is one of the must-visit landmarks. This bridge was built under the initiative of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) in 1891 when he came to stay on the island. Having decayed over time, the bridge was rebuilt by the Fine Arts Department in the same style and is today an important check-in spot for visitors to Ko Sichang.
“Phra Chudathut Ratchathan Palace” is the only palace in Thailand located on an island. Named after King Rama V’s son who was born here, this is a summer palace situated in the picturesque south of this island in the midst of stunningly beautiful surroundings. After registering the palace as a national historic site, the Fine Arts Department rebuilt it into a museum to exhibit and disseminate local knowledge of history to visitors.
At the top of Phra Chulachomklao hill on the north of the island is a viewpoint, which is also the location of the Mondop Roi Phraphutthabat Buddha Footprint. Prince Damrong Rajanubhab, King Rama V’s brother, brought the ancient Buddha’s footprint stone from Bodh Gaya, India, to be enshrined in a white mondop on the hillside in 1892. Since then, the place has become a sacred place for locals and visitors alike.
Driving to Ko Sichang, you can follow Sukhumvit Road heading for Chon Buri-Bang Saen. After passing by Laem Chabang and Sriracha, then turn to Ko Loi and follow the signs to Ko Sichang Pier. Parking is available at this pier free of charge. From here, take a ferry to Ko Sichang. Boats depart every hour from 06.00 am-08.00 pm. The fare is 40 THB/person for a regular ferry and 100 THB/person for an air-conditioned ferry.