UPDATED For 2018/19 Season
Koh Kood beaches are all found along the west coast.
The natural centre and principal beach is at Klong Chao Beach, which also has the most development – some high end resorts, a few bungalows along the river, a scattering of restaurants, local shops and bars.
Heading south from Klong Chao Beach, Ngamkho Beach and Bang Bao Beach both have long, sweeping sands, Bang Bao Beach the prettier, but apart from the bungalow and resort accommodation, there is little else, an air of near perfect escapism.
That mood is repeated as you move down through the south west beaches, four of them in total, Ao Takian Beach, Ao Klong Hin Beach, Ao Jak and Ao Phrao Beach, once again all very beautiful and remote, with just a handful of resorts on each.
Heading the other way from Klong Chao Beach, the north west beaches include the hugely impressive Ao Tapao Beach, now home to 4 resorts and then the Klong Yai Kee area, with just the odd exclusive place to stay.
Ao Yai and Ao Salad are the two fishing villages on the east coast, the only development on that side of the island.
We have summarised the Koh Kood beaches here and when you visit their individual pages, we give at a glance breakdowns for those in a hurry and more leisurely island paced tours for those with time to spare. Happy exploring!
Klong Chao Beach is the most central of the Koh Kood beaches, with accommodation in 4 or 5 star resorts such as Wendy the Pool, High Season and Tinkerbell Privacy on the sand or cheaper bungalows along the river including Mangrove Bungalows, Cozy House and Klong Chao Garden View or inland at PD Guesthouse.
Along the road from the bridge, it plays host to some good restaurants and even some bars like Tawan and Sunset.
You can also visit Klong Chao Waterfall.
Heading south away from Klong Chao Beach, Ngamkho Beach is spread out over a couple of kilometres, with a narrow sandy beach, not the best of the Koh Kood beaches but still very pretty.
Accommodation is in 2/3 star bungalow resorts including Analay Resort, Dusita Resort and Horizon Resort, while there are also guesthouses and a backpacker spot at Ngamkho Resort.
You will find restaurants dotted here and there along the road, as well as a few cafes.
Inland, you can visit Khao Ruearab (Battleship Mountain), one of Koh Kood’s natural attractions.
One of the classic Koh Kood beaches and next along down the west coast, Bang Bao Beach is set in a gorgeous bay with perfect sweep of white sand and blue waters.
Accommodation is in a handful of 3/4 star resorts at the northern end, Koh Kood Resort, Beach Natural Resort, To The Sea or alternatively, in a couple of mid-range and cheaper bungalows operations in the middle and on the southern headland including Siam Beach Resort.
Off the beach, there are just a couple of restaurants, a coffee shop, a homestay, another guesthouse, Koh Kood BED’s and a local minimart up by the road.
Heading north west up the coast away from Klong Chao Beach, you’ll hit the central administrative area with the island hospital and principal police station. Fisherman Hut and Pizza and Pasta are two of the island’s highly rated restaurants along the road here.
On the sea lies Ao Tapao Beach, one of most rapidly developing of the Koh Kood beaches. Accommodation is in 3/4 star resorts, which sit side by side on the sand or the hill above – Shantaa, Koh Kood Paradise, Meedee Resort and Seafar Resort.
Next up, Klong Mad is a small local community with a couple of resorts including Koh Kood Beach Resort, as well as homestays, bungalows and a coffee shop.
Klong Yai Kee offers boutique resorts at Captain Hook and Bann Makok, as well as its waterfall.
Further north still, you find Sonenva Kiri, private, exclusive and one of the best resorts on the island.
The south west beaches of Ao Takian, Ao Klong Hin, Ao Jak and Ao Phrao are among the very best of the Koh Kood beaches – isolated, remote and beautiful.
Each has just a couple of places to stay including the 4 star Cham’s House and bungalows at Pa Hin Sai (Ao Takian), Montana Huts (Ao Klong Hin), Neverland Resort (Ao Jak) and Rest Sea Resort, Sunshine Resort and I-Lay House (Ao Phrao).
Along the road, you’ll find the well reviewed Relax House and Bistro Koh Kood as well as backpacker huts at Eve House, but on the whole, these south west beaches are truly destination spots, where most of your time will be spend relaxing and enjoying the peace and quiet where you stay.
The two working fishing villages on the east coast, Ao Salad and Ao Yai, are found at either end of the island’s road.
On the way to Ao Salad on the north east, you’ll find a few shops and Huang Nam Keaw Waterfall and the nearby ancient trees. Once there, you can eat in a couple of local seafood restaurants, Captain Nhong among them as well as stroll along the pier.
The mainland boats from Laem Sok all dock here. Ao Salat View provides the only accommodation beyond a couple of homestays.
Ao Yai down in the south east is another charming local village, where a few seafood restaurants, Noochy and Chonthicha have now sprung up.