South West Beaches – Koh Kood Resorts and Bungalows

UPDATED MAY 2016

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As you move beyond the central area and down to the south west beaches of Ao Takian, Ao Klong Hin, Neverland (Ao Jak) and Ao Phrao, the Koh Kood resorts and bungalows become what is nowadays termed destination tourism.

Being so far down the island and with just a smattering of shops and outside restaurants to call on, you will be spending most of your time at your resort and its beach, certainly not popping out in the evening for something to eat or to hit a bar.

Yet, the resorts can make excellent choices for a couples’ getaway or for a group of friends to just hang out and the beaches are fabulous affairs. You can also easily rent a motorbike to get out and about exploring during the day.

Ao Takian Beach

Ao Takian, a lovely wild stretch of beach has one of Koh Kood’s newest 4/5 star resorts in the luxurious Cham’s House, prices for villas at 5,000bt upwards. The charming old style bungalows of Pa Hin Sai, 1,000bt a night or thereabouts, sit next door, with nothing else to trouble your thoughts bar the coconut trees, sand and sea.

Two backpacker operations have sprung up nearby off the main road, the excellent Eve House and the small basic Rung Aroeng. Simple fan rooms with cold shower come in at 500bt.

Klong Hin Beach and Ao Jak (Neverland) Beach

Further down the coast, Klong Hin Beach and its self named resort is popular with Russian tours, but Montana Resort at the far southern end is a sweet spot, prices around 1,500bt for a fan room.

Ao Jak or Neverland Beach once again picks up the J.M.Barrie connection so beloved of Koh Kood, though this time with a more mid range affair in the form of Neverland Resort, good wooden bungalows from 2,000bt a night. though perhaps showing their age a little. A small homestay at the northern point is all it has for company.

Ao Phrao Beach

That leaves the final beach in the far south west, Ao Phrao, which can count just four resorts along its long long undeveloped beachfront, For Rest Boutique House, Ao Phrao Beach Resort, I-Lay House and Sunshine Resort.

For Rest Boutique House is located at the northern end in the tiny village by the river, offering a handful of tasteful and excellent value rooms from 1,500bt a night. I-Lay House is a newcomer in 2016, offering very well priced bungalows right on the sand at 1,700bt per night.

Sunshine Resort, in its fabulous location at the end of the beach, has reinvented itself and no longer caters to packages. Its rooms go from 1,750bt a night and it’s already deservedly popular. Ao Phrao Beach Resort tends to play host to Russian tours and Thai packages.

There is also a nice chilled out homestay tucked away on the river at Gumm Lonely Club, 5 minutes walk from the beach.

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 on the South West Beaches

Cham’s House

Ao Takian Beach

Per Night: BBBB++

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At the northern end of Ao Takian Beach, luxury boutique resort of octagonal villas with plunge pools in the gardens and a small hotel style block at the rear. Infinity swimming pool, restaurant, beach bar. Spa. Very peaceful.

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Montana House

Klong Hin Beach

Per Night: BBB

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Small resort at southern end over the little bridge, well designed and equipped a/c or fan rooms on the canal behind, all with balconies. Bar/restaurant on the headland, three more simple rooms attached. Romantic spot, would suit couples.

Neverland Resort

Ao Jak or Neverland Beach

Per Night: BB-BBBB

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In the middle of Ao Jak or Neverland Beach, garden, river or seaview bungalows, fan or a/c. Good restaurant also backing onto the river, small bar, very scenic and relaxed spot.

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For Rest Boutique House

Ao Phrao Beach

Per Night: BBB

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On the river, at the northern end of Ao Phrao Beach, tucked away in the tiny village. A handful of standard fan or more deluxe a/c rooms off a central corridor. Good restaurant. Two minutes to the sea.

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Sunshine Resort

Ao Phrao Beach

Per Night: BBB

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At the far southern end of Ao Phrao Beach, wide selection of 26 a/c and fan rooms, seaview, garden and family style, all set in a pretty garden with restaurant and beach bar. Fishing and snorkeling trips arranged. Right on the sand.

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Recommended Homestays and Bungalows on the South West Beaches

Pa Hin Sai

Ao Takian Beach

Per Night: BB-BBB

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At the northern end of Ao Takian Beach, right on the sand and up onto the headland. Wooden fan bungalows with bathroom, good restaurant, small beach bar. A laid back friendly spot.

Eve House

Near Ao Takian

Per Night: B-BBB

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New backpacker bungalow resort set back from the road. 19 rooms, mixture of fan with cold or fan with hot water, plus a couple of larger style with a/c, tv and fridge. Taleh bar and restaurant, motorbike rental. 15 minutes walk to the beach. With its friendly Thai host, this could develop into a nice hangout.

Ao Jak Homestay

Ao Jak or Neverland Beach

Per Night: BB

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At the northern end of Ao Jak or Neverland Beach on the river by the bridge, Thai style homestay of 6 fan rooms with bathroom in a lovely wooden house on stilts over the water. No restaurant but Neverland Resort just next door.

I-Lay House

Ao Phrao Beach

Per Night: BBB

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Down on the sand on Ao Phrao Beach, nice new resort with 8 wooden style bungalows and 2 concrete units, a/c with hot water showers and balconies. Restaurant and bar, kayaks, hammocks, friendly owners. Wifi.

Gumm Lonely Club

Ao Phrao Beach

Per Night: BB

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Converted fisherman house at the northern end of Ao Phrao up on the river, just 2 rooms for homestay. Kitchen facilities or meals available too. Friendly Bangkok couple host this relaxed artsy hang-out.

Other Bungalows and Guesthouses in the South West Beaches

Klong Hin Beach Resort

Ao Klong Hin Beach
Per Night: BBBB (packages)

In the middle of the small bay, fan and a/c bungalows fronting the sea and on the grass behind. Almost exclusively for Russian packages.

Rung Aroeng Homestay

Ao Takian, Ao Jak Area
Per Night: B

By the main road as you head away from the Ao Takian turning towards to Ao Jak. 5 or so simple wooden fan bungalows with bathroom attached. Restaurant. Would need your own transport. Another backpacker choice at this end.

Ao Phrao Beach Resort

Ao Phrao Beach
Per Night: BBBB (packages)

Large resort in the middle of Ao Phrao Beach with fan and a/c bungalows in different styles. Restaurant, garden, beach bar. Popular with Thai and Russian packages.


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