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 sandbar

Coming 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 the bar and restaurant Sea Dog, BB Divers office and High Season’s soon/never to be opened Italian restaurant and coffee shop. Koh Kood Divers is up 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 the original buildings of PD Guesthouse, a noodle shop and a small cafe/bar, Bartist. Turn left here for Klong Chao waterfall, one of the island’s best natural attractions, with the 3 bungalows of Baan Sangjun and Rak Restaurant along the way.

Alternatively, if you instead go straight on by following the little concrete path, you come to the 20 or so new bungalows of PD Guesthouse’s expansion. Mata Guesthouse is located at their rear, as is the nature trail to Khao Ruearab (Battleship Mountain). This nature trail is more of an interesting rock formation than an actual peak, but it’s worth the 45 minute stroll. Unfortunately, the mini suspension bridge that used to mark its start is currently out of action, but there is a temporary marked route to get around it.

Continue past PD Guesthouse and you very quickly arrive at the impressive new resort, Jungle Koh Kood, with its swimming pool, raised walkways and wooden cabanas. Beyond that, it’s a dead end at some local houses in the forest.

The Northern End

klong chao beach koh kood viewpoint

In the centre of Klong Chao, The Fisherman Hut has now moved further north on the island and a new very quiet diner occupies its spot by the bridge, while around the corner, the cheap and cheerful Rimtan Kitchen sits next door to a good minimart.

After them, the road then curves around the corner behind the water’s edge, passing Tawan, a live music venue perched up on the hillside, the Issan restaurant Hin Suay and Jah Voom, another bar very similar to Tawan. Opposite them, the tiny I Ra restaurant is located next door to the wooden walkway entrances to Sunset Bar and the expanded Viewpoint Cafe, two converted stilt houses sitting out over the sea.

At the far end, Away Resort runs along the headland, with its bar/pub on the grass at the bottom of the hill. This marks 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, Ao Tapao Beach, the waterfall at Klong Yai Kee, the ancient trees and third waterfall, Huang Nam Keaw. Ultimately, you can head across also to the Koh Kood fishing village on the eastern side, Ao Salad, home to the arrival and departure pier for boats from the mainland.

The Southern End

klong chao beach koh kood

Back at the crossroads by Klong Chao Garden View and Koh Kood Divers, a right turn brings you to the southern end of the beach at Tinkerbell Privacy. From here, 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 away from Klong Chao, with a sharp turn halfway up to a school and the excellent cafe at Good View. You can also access this up the steep steps at the very end of the beach.

This route now heads 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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