Koh Kood (Kut), lies on the maritime border with Cambodia and is the second largest of the Koh Chang Islands – 25 kilometres long by 12 kilometres wide, with 2,500 or so inhabitants.
Largely untouched rainforest fills the centre, mangroves line the rivers and 3 very pretty waterfalls are hidden away deep in the forest.
Though very popular with Thai tourists and weekenders, Koh Kood’s development remains relatively low-key and carefully managed. The abscence of car ferries helps immeasurably in maintaining its unique sense of isolation and as a result, it truly is a wonderful Thai island to visit.
At A Glance
- Koh Kood accommodation ranges from ultra luxurious 5 star through boutique resorts to family bungalow operations and traveller options. Room prices tend to be more expensive than its neighbours, Koh Mak and Koh Chang.
- 3 boat companies operate out of Laem Sok Pier, the mainland departure point for the island. To get there, you can use use private transfers, fly into Trat Airport or there’s a direct bus and boat combination.
- Koh Kood’s wonderful beaches, with their powder white sand, clear waters and picturesque bays, are all on the west coast – look out for Klong Chao, Bang Bao, Ao Tapao and Ao Phrao. There’s two authentically local fishing villages over on the eastern side.
- Once on the island, you’ll find plenty of decent Thai and western restaurants but don’t expect much nightlife – no strips of bars or nightclubs, that’s really not Koh Kood’s vibe.
- To keep you busy there’s good local snorkeling and diving or you can head over to Koh Rang. The waterfalls too are well worth a visit.
- Concerning those holiday essentials, Koh Kood has a hospital, ATMs, 4G/5G mobile coverage. You won’t find any 7-11s or superstores.