North West Beaches – Koh Kood Resorts, Bungalows, Homestays, Houses to Rent

UPDATED MAY 2017

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As you travel north away from the principal beach at Klong Chao, Koh Kood resorts, bungalows, homestays and even some houses to rent are found dotted along the different quiet roads in the forest, deep in the mangroves and spread out on remote beaches.

They all offer seclusion and wonderful tranquillity and an alternative to the accommodation further back down the island.

Ao Noi

Ao Noi is the first spot you reach as you emerge up the hill from Klong Chao Beach, a pretty cove with just one place to stay, the many different bungalows of Ao Noi Resort, popular with Thai packages.

Ao Tapao

Heading inland from there, you pass a few shops, restaurants and the odd Thai homestay before you reach the central administrative areas of the island. Dara Homestay has set up here opposite the hospital, but you will also find the first turning down to Ao Tapao Beach, where a growing selection of resorts are located along the long and very pretty strand, with Nam Luek Pier at the northern end.

The romantic getaway of Shantaa, looks down from the hill above, its sweetly named villas from 4,000bt to 5,000bt or more. Opened at the end of 2016, the huge resort of Paradise Beach sits the other side of the pier, complete with its eye-catching bright red swimming pool.

From there, you can walk along the sand past Koh Kood Cabana, an older small Thai resort, to arrive at Meedee Resort, prices from 4,000bt upwards. It’s almost identical in design to Sea Far Resort next door, itself a mixture of converted portacabins and bungalows at 3,500bt to 3,800bt.

Klong Mad

Continuing up the coast into the small fishing village of Klong Mad, Suanya Resort, a Thai resort that also attracts Europeans to its huge villas, is on the sea here with just a tiny beachfront area. On the approach road as well as in the village itself, you’ll find various cheap homestays at 500bt upwards a night, Waf-F, Baan Raw among others.

Leaving the area via the road behind Suanya Resort, the European owned Koh Kood Beach Resort sits high up on the hillside with great ocean views. Very popular with couples and families alike, its natural styled cabanas are again in that 3,500bt to 4,000bt range.

Beyond this and into the forest, there are a couple of houses to rent, Elephant House, Kood Life, prices at 2,500bt upwards, as well as the quiet bungalows of Koh Kood Garden House at 1,000bt a night.

Klong Yai Kee and Beyond

North from Klong Mad, you’ll find two great spots near the Klong Yai Kee waterfall.

Bann Makok the Getaway, is hidden away deep in the mangroves, 8 rooms only, all in the 3,500bt range, blissfully peaceful. A short kayak away to the sea and the exquisite Captain Hook Resort, accessible only by boat, sits on a secluded cape, with rooms starting at 3,500bt but going far higher. The two resorts share the tiny Palm Beach.

In the far north west, the yellow livery of the exclusive and ultra luxurious Soneva Kiri is clearly visible on the hillside as you approach the island by sea. Given the apparent A-List standing of some of their guests, the resort is understandably very private, with access to outsiders strictly prohibited. You can drive up that way on a motorbike and catch glimpses of what’s on offer, their private beach or the Benz Restaurant among the mangroves (dinner at 3,250bt per head) but without prior appointment, you won’t be going inside the resort itself.

Hin Dam – on the way to Ao Salad

On the road across the island to the north east fishing village of Ao Salad, Koh Kood Little Hut has a forested garden setting, its bungalows listed at 2,000bt a night, a price that is definitely negotiable.

Incidentally, you can pick up a rarely used back road towards the hospital and police station near to here, with another small guesthouse, Kama Siri just near the start.

Pricing Code/Per night in Baht (B):
B= under 500; BB= 500 to 1,500; BBB= 1,500 to 3,000; BBBB= over 3,000;

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Recommended Resorts North from Klong Chao Beach

Ao Noi – Resorts North from Klong Chao Beach

Ao Noi Resort

Ao Noi Beach

Per Night: BB-BBBB

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Just up the hill north of Klong Chao Beach, spread out right along the bay with seaview villas, a/c or fan bungalows and a restaurant, wooden piers and salas. Popular with Thai packages. Very pretty location.

Ao Tapao Beach – Resorts North from Klong Chao Beach

Sea Far Resort

Ao Tapao

Per Night: BBBB

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20 bungalows and brightly painted converted portacabins (from Soneva’s former construction site no less) located on the sand and by a small creek, all a/c. Restaurant, motorbike hire, a peaceful spot with the sea just metres away on an underated beach.

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Meedee Resort

Ao Tapao

Per Night: BBBB

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2 beachfront and 11 garden view bungalows at this new 2016 resort next door to Sea Far. Brushed concrete style, restaurant, on the sand. Activities and motorbikes available. Packages offered.

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Paradise Beach Resort

Ao Tapao

Per Night: BBBB

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Large new resort opened in late 2016, Lanna style roofed villas in rows, all joined by raised wooden walkways. 2nd accommodation block at the rear. Central reception area, restaurant and swimming pool, just steps from the sand and sea.

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Shantaa

Ao Tapao Beach

Per Night: BBBB+

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Near to NamLeuk Pier, very peaceful boutique resort on the hill overlooking the bay. A mixture of villas and bungalows with open air bathrooms. No tv’s policy. Restaurant and small bar, reading room. Beach at Ao Tapao a few minutes walk away, salas and sunset deck.

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Klong Mad – Resorts North from Klong Chao Beach

Koh Kood Beach Resort

Klong Mad

Per Night: BBBB

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On the north west coast at Klong Mad, European owned resort with Bali styled bungalows and luxury family suites laid out in a row on a huge lawn area. Swimming pool, beach nearby and restaurant, mountain bikes and kayaks.

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Ao Yai Kee and Far North Beach – Resorts North from Klong Chao Beach

Bann Makok The Getaway

Klong Yai Kee

Per Night: BBBB

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Inland from Captain Hook, nestling among the mangroves on the canal running from the waterfall. Eight fan or a/c rooms in charming sprawling house made from reclaimed wood. Kayak to the beach. Motorbike rental.

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Captain Hook Resort

Klong Yai Kee

Per Night: BBBB

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On the north west coast near the second waterfall on the cape, where river meets the sea. Deluxe, mini pool and pool suite villas. Kayak to small beach opposite, Palm Beach or round the cape to the next one along. Restaurant, transport provided, speedboat, accessed by sea.

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Soneva Kiri by Six Senses

Klong Yai Kee

Per Night: BBBB++

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Ultra exclusive luxury. Fly in by Cessna to a private airstrip on nearby island and speedboat across to Koh Kood. Personal butler, own buggy, restaurant in the trees, swimming pools, cinema on a lake, kids’ adventure playground, isolated beaches and more.

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Other Resorts, Bungalows, Homstays and Houes to Rent North from Klong Chao Beach

Dara Homestay

Cenytral Admin Area
Per Night: BBB

Opposite the Police Station in the central area of the island, new nicely designed a/c ensuite bungalows. Best with your own transport, can walk to Ao Tapao Beach.

Kama Siri Guesthouse

Central Area
Per Night: B-BBB

On the back road near the hospital, selection of double chalet, 2 fan and 1 a/c room. Food available, motorbikes for rent.

Waf-F Homestay

Klong Mad
Per Night: B-BB

Sweet little homestay as you drop down into Klong Mad village with a/c or fan bungalows and restaurant. Could make a backpacker choice at this end, but need own transport.

Suanya Resort

Klong Mad
Per Night: BBBB

Predominately for Thai packages, large resort by the sea in Klong Mad, with Thai styled villas and a small private beach, rough sand. Restaurant, transport, activities.

Baan Raw Homestay

Klong Mad
Per Night: BB

Tiny little homestay in the heart of the village, with bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and terrace. Would need own transport.

Koh Kood Garden House

Klong Mad
Per Night: B-BB

Inland after leaving Klong Mad village heading north, a/c and fan bungalows in a pretty garden area among the rubber trees. Seafood restaurant. Will need your own transport.

Elephant House

Klong Mad
Per Night: BBBB

Just before Kood Life, house to rent, ocean views with 2 bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen and sitting area. Rent your own bike to get around. Koh Kood Garden House offers food nearby, same owners.

Kood Life

Klong Mad
Per Night: BBBB

Opposite Koh Kood Garden House, whole house to rent with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen and sitting area. Would need your own transport to reach the best beaches.

Koh Kood Little Hut

Hin Dam
Per Night: BB-BBB

Inland heading towards Ao Salad, opposite the som tam centre at KM8 sign, 10 wooden cabins of varying shapes and sizes, all a/c, in pretty garden setting just back from the road. Breakfast included.


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