Guide to Koh Kood
A guide to beaches & experiences on Koh Kood
Koh Kood – also called Koh Kut and Ko Kut – is located approx. 45 km and 70 min. by passenger boat from Trat, Thailand’s mainland. The island is the 5th largest island in Thailand and is the island closest to the Cambodia border.
Koh Kood is one of Thailand’s most beautiful islands and is arguably one of the least developed major islands in the country.
If you dream of a really bounty island and you want to experience how places like Koh Samui and Phuket were before tourism really hit the 80s, then this is Koh Kood you have to visit.
At Koh Kood , you quickly get the feeling of being completely away from civilization, due to its isolated location.
The traffic consists mainly of a few resort cars and scooters – public transport is not found on Koh Kood.
Koh Kood is a “peak season” island. You may well visit the island in the off-season, but due to rainy season and other weather conditions, there are only very few departures by boat, from Trat in the off-season.
Here you can read a guide to Koh Kood which describes the beaches of the island, as well as some of the experiences the island offers – which can be reached by scooter.
The beaches of Koh Kood
The majority of Koh Kood consists of impervious jungle and rubber plantations.
The relatively few touristy and pretty beaches on Koh Kood run from the west to the south.
The east side of the island is covered with rainforest.
Klong Chao Beach
Klong Chao beach is in the middle of the island’s west side and is an approx. 500 m long sandy beach.
Klong Chao is Koh Kood’s most popular beach, as this is where you will find the largest selection of small shops and restaurants – though still to a limited extent.
On the beach itself are a handful of luxury resorts and approx. 5 minutes walk from here, you will find several small backpacker bungalows along the river.
The sunset at Klong Chao is fantastic, and is also an entry point for those who have rented scooters and who stay elsewhere on the island.
The water here is clean, clear and calm in the high season, whereas in the low season there can be big waves.
The busiest time on the beach is in the afternoon, where guests from other beaches arrive on scooter, to sit in the sand and enjoy the sunset.
Please note that from approx. September to February there are high tide all day and low tide at night. The rest of the year it’s the other way around, low tide all day and high tide at night.
The fact that it’s shallow during the day means that in several places you have to walk several hundred meters to get depth in the water to swim.
The beach is ideal for families with children during the high season due to the low water.
It’s also in the Klong Chao area you will find the Klong Yai Kee Waterfall.
Bang Bao Bay
In Bang Bao Bay you will find Koh Kood‘s most beautiful and picturesque bay and beach, surrounded by mangroves and palm trees.
The location of Bang Bao in a bay means that the beaches are well protected and therefore have exceptionally good water and weather conditions.
The entire beach – which is actually 3 continuous beaches – is approx. 800 m from north to south, of which the southern end is the most tropical to look at, with its many palm trees and mangroves.
The water in the bay is very shallow and thus ideal for families with children. If you want deep water, you have to go far, or you can use one of the 5 charming wooden bridges, which are the hallmarks of Bang Bao Beach and being used to drop off new guests to the various resorts.
Due to the shallow water and the sandy bottom, Bang Bao Bay is not ideal for snorkelling or scuba diving – it is recommended to go on a boat trip to some small islands where you find rocky depths (affiliate link).
Ao Phrao beach
Koh Kood’s longest beach is the 1 km long Ao Phrao beach on the south coast.
The beach is the most remote beach and located with coconut and rubber plantations in the backyard.
The beach at Ao Phrao is ideal for children and sun worshipers as the sand is fine and most often very shallow.
There are a limited number of resorts on this beach, but in the nearby fishing village there are also a few guest houses.
Be aware that when it winds, there may well be big waves on this beach.
Like most beaches in the southern part of Koh Kood, there is a tendency for tourists to be predominantly Russians on a package trip – however, it has declined somewhat after the fall of the ruble.
→ Here you can stay at Ao Prao Beach (affiliate link)
Ao Noi beach
If you head north from Klong Chao, there are some completely pristine beaches that can only be reached by dirt roads.
On this tour you come to a sign pointing towards the beach Ao Noi – a beautiful little bay with a small sandy beach and wooden bridge belonging to the beach’s sole resort – Ao Noi Beach Resort.
The beach at Ao Noi is public, but unfortunately you can’t get to it without staying at Ao Noi beach resort – and they sign, loud and clear that unauthorized people are not welcome. If you are in Klong Chao you can rent a kayak and within approx. 20 min. paddle around to the beach.
Ao Noi is close to a temple and it’s also here that the island administration and the hospital are located. Even a bank can be found here and the island’s only ATM – and if you’re lucky, it might as well work.
Experiences & activities at Koh Kood
Koh Kood is most of all an island for nature lovers and those who want peace and quiet. You will not find a sea of activities and great experiences, nor is there a large selection of shops, restaurants and bars.
If you rent a scooter or hire a driver at your resort, there are a few places to visit.
Klong Chao waterfall
The main attractions of Koh Kood are limited to a few waterfalls, the most famous of which is the Klong Chao waterfall on the west coast.
When you arrive at the parking lot, walk approx. 10 min. through a little forest scrub before getting to the waterfall itself.
It’s advisable to visit the waterfall in the morning, where there are few visitors – the visitors are mainly local Thai people.
Be careful when walking on the slippery rocks to the small lake to which the waterfall runs down. The water is surprisingly cold but a joyful experience in the otherwise warm air. Donating a few bath to the supervisor is good style.
Other waterfalls can be mentioned:
Klong Yai Kee waterfall – a medium sized waterfall, also with a lake and the opportunity to take a swim. Located on the north up to Soneva Kiri and Baan Makok.
Huang Nam Keaw Waterfall – Located approx. in the middle of the island and accessed from the parking lot by a 100 m steep path down to the river, and from here with a short walk along the river. A nice walk between boulders.
Ao Salad & Ao Yai – Fishing Villages
Koh Kood has 2 smaller fishing villages, Ao Salad and Ao Yai, located on the northeast and southeastern end of the island.
The villagers are mainly Thai and Cambodian – and the whole family works primarily with fishing.
It’s now a rare sight to see a smaller but functional and traditional fishing village. However, tursimen is moving closer and several small fish restaurants are popping up on the old wooden bridges between fishing boats and nets.
When you visit Ao Salad or when you arrive / leave Koh Kood’s small pier you can see Koh Kood‘s sitting gold Buddha belonging to the Ao Salad temple.
The Buddha is approx. 20 meters high and watch out for the fishermen in the village below.
Makka Tree – The Big Tree
In the middle of the island and inside the rainforest you will find 2 huge and beautiful old trees called the “Makka Tree”.
The trees are 200 and 500 years old and drown completely in the forest. You need to get very close to the trees to experience the size of these ancient trees.
The sheer network of the roots in the forest floor alone is an impressive sight.
Transport on Koh Kood
From Laem Sok in Trat (on the mainland) there are daily ferries to Koh Kood. The ferries for pedestrians only – not cars.
At peak season the last departure is at 3pm, which you should be aware of if you are coming from Bangkok from where it takes a minimum of 5 hours to drive.
There is no public transport on Koh Kood itself. If you arrive by boat to Koh Kood pier, there will be cars you can hire to drive you to the hotel – and vice versa, when leaving Koh Kood, the hotel will arrange to drive you to the boat.
But if you want to drive around the island, make an appointment with your resort, as there are no cars to rent or any taxis.
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Travel Tips for Koh Kood
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The guide is updated on December 8, 2019