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.
- 4 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 are direct bus and boat combinations.
- 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 the reefs at Koh Rang. The waterfalls too are well worth a visit as are a couple of ancient trees deep in the forest.
- Concerning those holiday essentials, Koh Kood has a hospital, ATMs, 4G/5G mobile coverage. You won’t find any 7-11s or superstores.
UPDATED January 24