Surprisingly Koh Kood still remains an ‘off the radar’ destination. Even visitors on the nearby island of Koh Chang remain oblivious to the fact that there’s a little slice of heaven waiting for them only 90 minutes away by speedboat. The undeveloped island has a distinct local feel and is a real step back in time to the Thailand of old.
Koh Koods Beaches
The island’s beaches and resorts are mostly located on it west side, the east side has a mainly rocky coastline with limited access. The west sides gorgeous beaches and bays are perfect for a quiet, relaxing beach holiday. If you’re feeling active, you can kayak around the pristine bays, which is particularly special in the early evenings when you can watch the amazing sunsets from the water.
Exploring Koh Kood
Koh Kood is the fourth largest island in Thailand after Phuket, Koh Samui, and Koh Chang. The island has a few hidden surprises, deep in the jungle interior there are giant ancient trees and undiscovered waterfalls which are perfect for those seeking an adventure. The best way to explore to island is to hire a scooter, just fill the tank and head off down the narrow roads and dirt tracks.
Huang Nam Keaw waterfall is located deep in the jungle interior and until recently has remained off the tourist radar. Its location was only known by locals and it is still referred to as ‘the secret waterfall’. It is a must see attraction, along with the giant tree’s located along the jungle dirt trail leading to the falls.
Huang Nam Keaw, Koh Kood’s ‘secret’ waterfall, located deep in the islands interior
Klong Chao Waterfall is another great waterfall and one of the best spots on the island. There is a large pool for swimming and locals have attached a rope swing to a large tree so you can climb up and swing into the cool refreshing water. Klong Chao can be easily accessed from many of the main resorts on the west coast.
One of the best ways to explore Koh Kood is by kayak. The numerous calm bays are perfect for floating around and enjoying the picture postcard scenery. It gets very hot during the day so the best times to kayak are early mornings and late afternoons. Most resorts either rent out kayaks or let you use them for free, Koh Kood is perfect for kayking and should not be missed.
These Kayaks are free at the Captain Hook Resort, the calm bays are ideal for the whole family
Koh Koods Resorts
Koh Kood has a good selection of quality resorts, most are located in pristine bays with white sand and crystal clear waters. In the past Koh Kood was a closely guarded secret and mainly attracted upper class Thai tourists on all inclusive package deals. That has now changed any 90 percent of the islands hotels now cater for independent travellers. There are not many budget hotels on Koh Kood, and it still remains an up-market destination without masses of backpackers, and no full moon party in sight.
Fantastic views from the Captain Hook Resort
Explore Koh Kood with us
A short video of our trip to Koh Kood. It still remains one of our favourite places in Thailand. We absolutely love it!
How to get to Koh Kood
Koh Kood is located around 80 kilometers south west of the coastline in Trat province, the pier where boats depart from is called Laem Sok, which is slightly further south than Laem Ngop which is the pier for the more popular island Koh Chang.
Speed boats leave Laem Sok daily at 9am, journey times are around 60 minutes. There are a number of boat operators, many of which go to the nearby island Koh Mak first and then on to Koh Kood.
Many of the hotels in Koh Kood have there own boats and will include the transfer with your stay. If your hotel doesn’t have a private transfer service, they can contact a boat operator and arrange it for you. Speedboat transfers cost around 600 Baht per person from the mainland in Trat.
If you are travelling to Koh Kood from Koh Chang, boats can easily be booked from one of the many travel shops around the island. Speedboats cost around 800 Baht per person, journey times are around 90 minutes.
Kai Bae Hut Speedboats is a long established company offering reliable speedboat transfers to all of the islands in Trat, including Koh Chang, Koh Kood, and Koh Mak. If you need to arrange a boat to Koh Kood independantly, see their website www.kohchangboat.com
Photo Guide – Koh Kood
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