Koh Kood Island a Paradise in Thailand
Laying on the white sands of Koh Kood island I listen to the waves crash and palm trees rustle in the ocean breeze. The sky is blue without a cloud, and the ocean dotted with small uninhabited islands.
This is Koh Kood the most amazing island in Thailand. Koh Kood island is a place where I can have an entire beach to myself shared only with mall crabs scurrying about the sand. It is a proper escape from it all.
Recently the neighboring island of Koh Chang has been a favorite escape from Bangkok. This time we’ve decided to head a little further afield to find something less developed. So we end up on the empty sands of Koh Kood the untouched island.
Read More: Koh Chang Island Hopping
Getting to Koh Kood Island
Koh Kood is situated in the sea called the Gulf of Thailand. The island lies about 320 kilometers east of Bangkok by the Cambodian border and a further 50km off the coast of Trat Province.
Koh Kood island is reached by a six-hour drive by car or minivan to Laem Sook pier in Trat Province. From the pier you need to take a two hour boat transfer. All boats depart between midday and 1pm so if you’re coming from Bangkok you have to depart by around 5am. Otherwise plan for a night in Trat.
With so much travel required Koh Kood Island is a bit harder to reach than other islands in the Gulf like Koh Chang. However this is what helps to keep the place so beautiful.
Koh Kood Island Accommodation
There are a few high end resorts on Koh Kood however the best island experience is staying in a beachside bungalow. My favorite resort is the beautiful bungalows of Koh Kood Cabana right on Ta Pao beach which is easily the nicest beach on the island.
Koh Kood Cabana is one of the earliest resorts on the island with about 40 comfortable wooden bungalows ranging from 1,800 Thai baht per night up.
The resort has kayaks and snorkeling equipment which are great for exploring off the island. The resort’s restaurant serves great classic Thai foods such as Green Curry, Tom Yum Kung and Pad Thai. Great food is always within close reach at Koh Kood Cabana.
Things to do on Koh Kood Island
There are plenty of things to do on Koh Kood, however, the first should be to relax on the shores of this tropical paradise. The beaches here are very similar to Koh Lipe and Koh Adang in Thailand’s south Andaman Sea. It is a place without hordes of tourists, 7/11 mini-marts, and definitely no jet skis.
Read More: Exploring Koh Lipe in the Andaman Sea
Read More: Koh Adang Essential Guide
Koh Kood’s Best Beaches
Most of the good beaches on the island are located on the west coast. The best beach to visit is probably Ta Pao with fantastic sunset views and awesome rope swings to hang from.
If you’re looking for things to do on Koh Kood island then you should also consider the following beaches:
- Ao Takian
- Klong Hin
- Ao Jak
- Ao Phrao
Discover Koh Kood’s Forest Trails
Exploring the forest trails is one of my favorite things to do on Koh Kood island.
Head off Ta Pao beach just a little to find small sandy trails winding through the jungle. Here the forest grows dense with palm trees and coconut regularly drop landing with a thud. The forest trails behind Ta Pao beach make for a great morning running spot, or just a great way to relax in the share by the beach during the day.
Visit the Ao Salat Sea Gyspy Village
Located on the east coast of Koh Kood island is the small sea gypsy village called Ao Salat. The village is home to a mixture of both Thai and Cambodian residents. The village provides a view into the local fishing lifestyle on the island.
The wooden boardwalk and stilt houses at Ao Salat are build over the ocean allowing for an easy walk through the village by the sea. Between houses there are fishing nets strung up where the villagers grow their local seafood produce.
The village of Ao Salat has not yet been developed for tourism, so don’t expect to find much accommodation around here. Nevertheless, you are better off staying along the more deserted beaches of Koh Kood anyway. Ao Salat makes for a nice short stop on a day trip but an hour is really enough here.
The only other main village on the island is called Ao Yai which is also located on the eat of the island but a bit further south.
Swim at a Waterfall in the Jungle
Too sunburnt for the beach? Don’t worry there are still plenty of things to do on Koh Kood island including the waterfalls Khlong Chao and Khlong Yai Kee.
The most popular waterfall is Khlong Chao which has fresh water running all year round. The waterfall is reached by a short 15 minute walk through the jungle which is fairly easy. Khlong Chao waterfall has a deep freshwater pool perfect for a midday swim.
Khlong Yai Kee is the less popular waterfall of the two. The stream is quite dry for most of the year and only worth visiting closer to the wet season.
Motorbike Kod Kood’s Interior
The interior of Koh Kood island is largely undeveloped apart from a few scattered guest houses. Explore the small back roads by motorbike which pass through dense jungle and lead out onto small deserted beaches. Motorbikes can be hired from your resort at about 300 thb per day plus fuel costs.
How Much Does it Cost to Get to Koh Kood?
A minivan from Bangkok to Trat costs about 300 Thai baht per person each way. Vans leave early in the morning from Ekamai bus station on Sukhumvit Road. Public holiday long weekends are busy so it is best to book in advance.
From Trat boat transfer options to Koh Kood island include; Koh Kood Princess and the Koh Kood Express (350 Thai baht per person one way) or a range of speedboat transfers which are dedicated to each resort such as Koh Kood Cabana.
When to Travel to Koh Kood Island?
It is strongly advised not to travel to Koh Kood in the middle of the wet season unless being trapped in a typhoon is your idea of an adrenaline rush. From June to September most of Koh Kood island shuts down with the rain pouring down and rough waves making the island almost inaccessible.
Traveling to Koh Kood anytime outside of the rainy season is perfect!