UPDATED for 2018/19 Season
Set in a gorgeous bay with powder sand and clear blue waters, Bang Bao Beach is located midway down the west coast.
Accessed by newly paved tracks snaking though the rubber trees, its handful of excellent resorts line the beach, each with their own wooden pier stretching out to sea.
More bungalows sit at the southern end, just over the bamboo bridge spanning the little estuary, while a dive shop has pride of place on the far headland.
Back at the main road, a homestay with its own coffee shop and minimart as well as a couple of other restaurants, both with accomodation, complete the picture.
To either kick back and escape the world for a few days or as a base to explore the island, Bang Bao Beach on Koh Kood makes a great choice.
Northern end – Bang Bao Beach – Koh Kood Beaches
Having left Ngamkho Beach behind, the main road continues up and down before reaching the turnings down to Koh Kood Resort, The Beach Natural Resort and To The Sea Resort. Jimmy Huts, just 5 bungalows on stilts by the road and its popular Chiang Mai restaurant sit opposite on the crest of the hill.
By following the newly paved tracks down to the resorts, you initially pass Koh Kood BED’s, a small chic guesthouse set among the rubber trees and next door, Cicci Thai Cooking School. Once at the end, the 3/4 star Koh Kood Resort and The Beach Natural Resort spill down the slopes right to the water’s edge, while their more expensive neighbour, To The Sea Resort, looks down from its vantage point above.
You can get down onto the sand by parking up and walking through, but once by their wooden piers, it is an all together trickier proposition to connect to the southern end of the beach due to the rock bed about halfway along. Far better to retrace your steps back to the main road, though there is also now a small connecting track which cuts across to the other access road as described below.
Middle and Southern End – Bang Bao Beach – Koh Kood Beaches
Back at the main road, the next clearly signed street leads down to Siam Beach Resort and Siam Huts Resort, with Baan Suan Homestay, coffee shop and minimart on the corner as you turn in. Bang Bao Home, a little open air diner, sits on the other side.
Once you arrive at the sea again, Siam Beach Resort, a large selection of mid range bungalows, dominates the the middle of this simply wonderful stretch of sand, with its own wooden pier for the speedboat, while BB Divers has their satellite office at the back as you drive in. If you walk down the beach, you quickly reach the two rows of cheaper accommodation of Siam Huts Resort.
At the far end, an ingeniously constructed log bridge straddles the creek onto the southern headland and the esoteric mix of bungalows of Sand and Sea. Koh Kood Divers occupies a prime location at the tip of the bay, proudly boasting their own mini reef just offshore.
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