The Ultimate Guide to Koh Kood Island
Koh Kood is one of the most amazing Thai islands I’ve visited yet. It is a place where you can have an entire beach to yourself. The water here is perfectly clear, small crabs scurry about the sand, and the beaches are backed by beautiful coconut forests.
Kod Kood is not a partying island, rather it is a laid-back tropical oasis. It is much quieter than the neighboring Koh Chang. Expect to find a slow-paced village lifestyle, rustic wooden bungalows by the sea, and almost deserted beaches.
The island is located in the Gulf of Thailand, about 320 kilometers east of Bangkok right by the Cambodian border. It is just over 50km off the coast of Trat on the Thai mainland.
Here I will give you my guide on things to do on Koh Kood. There is enough here to keep you busy for at least a long weekend in the tropics. I’ve visited Koh Kood four times so far, and will definitely make another trip back.
- The Ultimate Guide to Koh Kood Island
- Things to do on Koh Kood Island
- How to Get to Koh Kood
- Koh Kood Resorts
- When to Travel to Koh Kood Island?
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Things to do on Koh Kood Island
From beaches to waterfalls and small fishing villages, there are plenty of things to do on Koh Kood. You just need to know where to look first. So before you go too far, find a place to relax on the beach and get through this guide. I’ll kick off with the best beach on Koh Kood.
Koh Kood’s Best Beaches
The best beaches on Koh Kood are located on the island’s west coast. The east coast is a jungle and rocky shores which are hard to access.
Ao Tapao Beach – this is my opinion the best beach on Koh Kood. Ao Ta Pao Beach has fantastic sunsets and awesome rope swings to hang from. There are a couple of nice rustic bungalows along the beach such as Kod Kood Cabana Resort, Medee Resort and See Far Resort. The only restaurants and bars you will find here are owned by the resorts, though prices are quite reasonable.
Khlong Chao – this is the busiest beach on Koh Kood with a mixture of high-end resorts on the sand, and budget bungalows along the river. You will find a handful of restaurants and bars along Khlong Chao Beach. It is about a 30-minute walk from Ao Tapao Beach.
Remote South West Beaches – Ao Takian, Ao Phrao, Ao Khlong Hin, and Ao Jak are all beautiful beaches along the southwest coast of Koh Kood. These beaches are quite remote with only a couple of small bungalows in the area. You can visit these beaches by motorbike or getting a songtaew driver for the day.
Explore the Forest Trails
Exploring the forest trails is perhaps one of the most relaxing things to do on Koh Kood island.
Head off Ao Tapao Beach just a little and you will find some small sandy trails winding through the jungle. The forest grows dense with palm trees and coconut regularly drop landing with a thud. The forest trails behind Ao Tapao 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 Gypsy Village
On Koh Kod’s east coast there is a small sea gypsy village called Ao Salat. The village is home to a mixture of both Thai and Cambodian residents. A trip to the Ao Salat village gives you an authentic look at Thailand’s traditional Sea Gypsy lifestyle.
Ao Salat is built as a series of elevated boardwalks and stilt houses over the ocean. It is an easy walk through the village where you will meet friendly locals. You will notice the fishing nets strung up between houses where the locals farm their seafood.
The village hasn’t been developed as a tourist attraction, so you won’t find any accommodation around here. I suggest Ao Salat is best visited as a day trip across the island by either motorbike or songtaew.
The only other main village on the island is called Ao Yai which is also located on the east of the island but a bit further south.
If you want to mix the trip up with a cultural experience, then definitely add a village on your list of things to do on Koh Kood.
Swim at Koh Kood’s Waterfalls
If you’re too sunburnt to swim at the beach, then you have to head to one of Koh Kood’s waterfalls. Khlong Chao waterfall, Khlong Yai Kee waterfall, and Huang Nam Kaew waterfall are all worth visiting.
The most popular waterfall on Koh Kood is Khlong Chao which has fresh water running all year round. The waterfall is located in the island’s interior. You can easily ride a motorbike to the small carpark. From there it is an easy 15-minute walk through the jungle.
Khlong Chao waterfall has a deep freshwater pool which is perfect for a midday swim. Even in the middle of the day, the waterfall doesn’t get too busy, so I suggest visiting at any time of the day. Khlong Chao waterfall should be on your list of things to do on Koh Kood at any time of the year.
Khlong Yai Kee is the less popular waterfall of the two. The stream is quite dry for most of the year and is only worth visiting closer to the wet season. I suggest asking the locals if Khlong Yai Kee waterfall actually has any water before you go. in the dry season, it might be nothing but rocks.
The third Koh Kood waterfall is called Huang Nam Kaew. This was formerly known as the secret waterfall however the access track has recently been upgraded and is much more accessible. There is also a small guesthouse run by locals right by the waterfall.
Motorbike Kod Kood’s Interior Roads
The interior of Koh Kood island is largely undeveloped apart from a few scattered guesthouses. 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 (USD 10) per day plus fuel costs.
There is a network of small roads which connects the beaches along the northwest and southwest. The roads also connect the beaches on the west to the Ao Salat village in the northeast, and the Ao Yai village in the southeast. Much of the east coast between the two villages is undeveloped and without roads.
How to Get to Koh Kood
To get from Bangkok to Koh Kood you will need to get a minivan to Laem Sook pier in Trat Province. Minivans from Bangkok to Trat cost about 300 THB (USD 10) per person each way. Vans leave early in the morning from Ekamai bus station on Sukhumvit Road.
From Laem Sook Pier, you need to take a two-hour boat transfer. Boats depart around 10.30am and 2pm. A one-way ticket costs 500 THB (USD 20) per person one way (tickets and timetable).
There are also some speedboat transfers from Laem Sook Pier to Koh Kood. There are run privately by the resorts for their guests.
Overall, getting from Bangkok to Koh Kood is a few hours quicker than heading to the islands in the south of Thailand. If you’re limited on time in Thailand, the Koh Kood is still a great option.
Koh Kood Resorts
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 Ao Tapao 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.
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!
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