Klong Chao Beach – Koh Kood


Klong Chao Beach at a Glance

Situated on either side of a large concrete bridge at the point where the river meets the sea, Klong Chao Beach is generally regarded as the tourist centre of the island, with its mixture of bungalows, guesthouses and backpacker rooms on the river or inland and fabulous upscale resorts by the sea.

At its northern end, there are a couple of restaurants and shops, a bar and cafe out over the water and even some live music but everything is very low key, so there are no sarong sellers or massage beds, tattooists or ticket sellers, just a nice laid back atmosphere.

The beach is one of the Koh Kood’s finest with a long stretch of powder sand and calm, blue waters and it is within easy walking or kayaking distance of those guesthouses back on the river. Overall, Klong Chao Beach has become a popular choice for travelers on a budget or for those wanting high end accommodation on the beach and given its position, it makes a great base to explore the island itself.

Klong Chao Beach at an Island Pace

The Central Area

klong-chao-beach-koh-kood-sandbarComing in from the sea, speedboats head for the northern end of the bay, passing Away Resort on the peninsula, and then curving around the sandbar with its wind bent trees. As the boats chug upriver, the boutique style bungalows and the landing jetty of Peter Pan Resort are on the southern side with the old style wooden styled Doy Homestay, base for Koh Kood Boats, on the bank opposite.

Crossing under the concrete bridge, the boats either continue upstream to the quaint little landing jetties of the guesthouses on the river or finish their journey at Mark House, itself a small mid-range bungalow operation, where you step ashore via the restaurant. Going south away from the bridge, the road passes the backs of Peter Pan Resort, Wendy The Pool Resort and the new exclusive pool villas of High Season Resort.

TinkerBell Privacy, the fourth large deluxe resort, is at the far end of the beach. Behind it, you’ll find the backpacker huts of Klong Chao Garden View opposite BB Divers office and High Season’s Italian restaurant and coffee shop. Koh Kood Divers is next door by the the crossroads.

Out to the Waterfall

klong-chao-beach-koh-kood-bridgeBy taking a left turn at these crossroads, you reach the remaining guesthouses, Klong Chao Homestay, Ra Beang Mai, Ta Yai Homestay, Mangrove Bungalows and Cozy House, all of which are located on the southern bank of the river, opposite the mangroves.

Continuing inland through the coconut trees for another couple of kilometres, the road reaches PD Guesthouse and a small cafe/bar, Bartist, which marks the turning for Klong Chao waterfall, one of the island’s best natural attractions. The brand new resort, Jungle Koh Kood has just opened its doors here too.

If you go straight on here into the interior, it is a dead end with just some local houses in the forest, but a small track to the right does lead to the cheap bungalows of Mata Guesthouse and the start of the nature trail to Khao Ruearab (Battleship Mountain), more of an interesting rock formation than an actual peak, but worth the stroll.

The Northern End


In the centre of Klong Chao, The Fisherman Hut Koh Kood, a popular restaurant and bar, sits just over the main bridge on the northern side. Around the corner are a collection of minimarts and cheap restaurants, Chill Cafe, Rimtang Kitchen, even an Indian at Masala Haat to a name a few. The road is at its narrowest now and it works its way behind the river’s edge past Tawan, a tiny live music venue and bar, perched up on the hillside and the entrances to Sunset Bar and Viewpoint Cafe, two converted stilt houses sitting out over the water.

At the end, Away Resort runs along the headland, with its bar/pub on the grass at the bottom of the hill. This is the end of Klong Chao and the road now leads north towards the island’s administrative areas, its hospital and police station, the island ATM, Nam Leuk Pier at Ao Tapao, the waterfall at Klong Yai Kee, the ancient trees and third waterfall, Huang Nam Keaw. Ultimately, you can head across to the Koh Kood fishing village on the eastern side, Ao Salad.

The Southern End


Back at the crossroads by Klong Chao Garden View, a right turn brings you to the southern end of the beach at Tinkerbell Privacy, from where you can walk all the way back along the strand to the sandbar at the other end, though it is not possible to cross the water to Away Resort on the other side.

The road, meanwhile, climbs a steep hill, with a school and a couple of bungalows, Good View, at the top, before heading out down the west coast to the central beaches at Ngamkho Beach and Bang Bao Beach, the south west beaches and ultimately to Ao Yai, the second of the island’s fishing villages, over in the far south eastern corner.

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