For those who are looking for a secluded and idyllic paradise far from hustle and bustle, but with many beautiful beaches and clear water should plan a stop at Koh Kood. The island is even during the high season not overcrowded and offers a private atmosphere. Some of the activities include trekking, diving, snorkelling and fishing and of course swimming and sunbathing. For travellers who chose to stay overnight, they can select between multiple resorts. Something special are the bungalows which stand on stilts over the water. The bungalows offer room for up to 4 persons and with the view from the terrace, guest can enjoy the sunset with a fresh seafood meal and cold drinks.
The island Koh Kood lies near the border to Cambodia. With 105 square kilometres the island is the fourth largest in Thailand. Compared to the nearby island Koh Chang, the landscape of Koh Kood is plain and rarely populated. The highest mountain on the island is the Khao Phaenth with only 315 meters. Although the island has its own hospital as well as a police station, is the infrastructure not fully developed and in some areas in a bad shape.
The 2000 locals of the island are living along the coastline in small villages. Especially the cultivation of coconuts, rubber production and fishing is besides tourism an important source of income for the locals. The quiet situated island is popular among couples and families, due to his private and quiet atmosphere.
Besides the nice beaches at the west coast the inner island as well as the underwater world offers alternative activities.
From Bangkok you can take the state bus at the Mo Chit or Ekkamai terminal to Trat. The journey will take between 5 and 6 hours. When arriving at Trat travellers will have to take a songthaew to get to the coast. At the Leam Ngob pier tourist can chose between speedboats and slower ferries to get onto the island. The speedboats are a lot faster but with about 900 THB more expensive than the ferry which cost only 200 THB. For those who are travelling alone or by themselves, we recommend checking up the arrival with the hotel or resort as boats leave just during the morning hours.
Transportation on the island is limited so it is recommended to lend a motorbike. The traffic is light, which makes it for beginner easy to learn (normally visitors don't have to present a drivers licence). The price for a bike is around 300 THB per day.
Diving & snorkelling
Around the island are many spots for diving and snorkel fans. The colourful underwater world is also suitable for amateurs. The different hotel and resorts offering experience trainer with courses for every level. For those who want to see more of it, the hotels can arrange trips to the nearby islands of Koh Rang and Koh Mak.
The streets of the island are in poor conditions, which make sightseeing by foot the best method to explore and discover the island. The Klong Chao waterfall is not far from the street and therefore easy to find. In the basin of the cascade visitors are allowed to take a bath. Another good point of interest is the small fishing village Ao Salat which is a couple of kilometres further away. The best way to get to the village is by a motorbike. At the village travellers can see the village people in the daily routine and get into conversation as when possible.
Ao Taphao Beach
The Ao Taphao beach lies on the west side not far from the centre of the island, therefore travellers can reach the beach easily. The strand offers fine sand and a palm line directly behind it and therefore probably the best scenic place on the island. At the latest by the classic sunset the beach will captivate everyone. Here lies also the pier with which people can reach the mainland.
Klong Yai Ki Beach
Also this beach is on the west side and further north of the Ao Taphao Beach. The fine white sand and the clear water allow tourists to enjoy a good sunbath or swim. The waterfall which is named the same as the beach is only a few meters away from the coast.
Klong Ta Tin Beach
Further north lays the Klong Ta Tin Beach. The strand is in fantastic conditions and the water is crystal clear so that people can relax on deck chairs or take a swim. Koh Mai Si Lek can be seen from this beach area. You can reach the island and its beaches only via boat, which guaranties you a really private environment.
Klong Chao Beach
In our own opinion the beach section of the Klong Chao Beach is not ideal spot for swimming. The beach lies south from the Ao Taphao and it is possible to swim there but it is a better place to start an excursions with a kayak to the Klong Chao Waterfall.
The best weather for visiting Koh Kood is from November to April. The temperature is during this time very pleasant with nearly no rainfall. The months from June to July are still worth a visit with only some sporadic showers. Especially in the months from September until the end of October rain can fall for a few days in a row with just short breaks.
When the weather conditions are very bad, the ferry service will be shut down and so we do not recommend the island as the last station before returning to the airport for the trip back home. The strong wind can also push some junk onto the beach, which can be found lying there for a couple of days.