UPDATED for 2019
At 25 kilometres long by 12 kilometres wide, with 2500 or so inhabitants, the island is an area of outstanding beauty.
Its beaches, with their powder sand, clear waters and picturesque bays are all on the west coast, with Koh Kood’s 50 or so resorts scattered along its length. There are just 2 fishing villages over on the eastern side. Largely untouched rainforest fills the centre, mangroves line the rivers and 3 very pretty waterfalls are hidden away deep in the forest.
Its development as a tourist destination is, for now, relatively low-key and carefully managed. This wonderful sense of isolation is considerably helped by the lack of car ferries, its remote location and its room prices being that bit more than its neighbours at Koh Chang and Koh Mak. We can only help that it continues down the same path well into the future.
Koh Kood resorts and bungalows range from ultra high end offerings at Soneva Kiri by Six Senses and High Season with prices from 20,000bt a night upwards to luxury resorts including Cham’s House, Captain Hook, Wendy the Pool, Shantaa, To The Sea and Tinkerbell Privacy, where rooms are nearer to 6,000bt.
There’s plenty of excellent 3/4 star resorts too with starting prices a little cheaper at 4,500bt, Rest Sea, Meedee Resort, Seafar, Koh Kood Paradise Resort, Koh Kood Beach Resort, Koh Kood Resort, The Beach Natural Resort, Baan Makok to name just a few.
You’ll find bungalow resorts in the 1,000bt to 2,500bt bracket at places like Mangrove Bungalows, I Lay House and Sunshine Resort, while backpackers and travellers are not forgotten, cheap rooms available from 250bt to 1,000bt at Ngamkho Bungalows, Cozy House, Klong Chao Garden View, PD Guesthouse and Eve House among others.
Getting to Koh Kood has become steadily easier over the last few years as new travel services are added to meet demand.
Private transfers from Bangkok hotels and Airports are the easiest way to make the catamaran and express boat connections at Laem Sok Pier.
In high season, selected flights (PG301, PG305) to Trat Airport will also make the island in one day. Always check in low season before booking as timetables change.
Public buses and minibuses to Trat complete the options and there is now a direct bus/boat connection from Khao San area to the pier.
Head here for full details and information on private transfers to Koh Kood, by car or by minibus, hotel door to Laem Sok Pier, arriving on the island in one day. Transfers are available from Bangkok hotels, Suvarnabhumi Airport, Don Mueang Airport and Trat Airport. We also provide international transfers from Siem Reap, Sihanoukville and Phnom Penh in Cambodia. Prices for a Bangkok to Koh Kood transfer start at 4,000bt, excluding boat tickets.
Head here for full details and information on public buses and share minibuses to Trat from Ekamai and Morchit Bus Stations as well as the direct bus connection at 900bt from Khao San Road to Laem Sok Pier.
All the timetables, prices and connections in our Bus and Minibus guide.
3 companies, Koh Kut Express, Koh Kood Princess and Boonsiri, provide 8 boats daily leave from Laem Sok Pier for Koh Kood, with the first departure at 10.00 and the last departure at 15.00. From Koh Kood back to the mainland, boats start at 09.00 and end at 13.00. Head here for all the prices (350bt to 600bt), timetables and details as well as a guide on island hopping by speedboat or catamaran to Koh Chang and Koh Mak.
Bangkok Airways flies 4 times daily from Suvarnabhumi Airport into Trat Airport. Head here for all the details and information but as a quick guide, the PG301 morning and PG305 lunchtime flights landing at 09.20 and 12.40 will make the connections in high season. Returning, you cannot make the morning flight, PG302. You will need a private transfer by car or minibus from Trat Airport to Laem Sok Pier, prices from 1,500bt.
Koh Kood’s beaches are all found on the west coast, more often than not at the end of long tracks leading off the only road.
The beaches are picture postcard affairs, totally in keeping with the escapist feel of the island itself. Each beach has no more than a handful of resorts, with very little other developemnt. You will find some restaurants and the odd bar back at the main road.
On the east coast of Koh Kood, the only development is at the two local fishing villages at Ao Salad and Ao Yai.
The island centre is at Klong Chao, a wonderful sweep of white sand and a mangrove-lined river, where you’ll find luxury resorts such as High Season, Tinkerbell and Wendy the Pool as well a bungalow accommodation at Mangrove and Klong Chao Homestay,
Inland, you can visit the impressive waterfall and there is also cheaper backpacker accommodation at places like PD Guesthouse. Klong Chao also has a smattering of restaurant and bars.
To the south of Klong Chao, Ngamkho Beach is not the best sand but still very pretty.
Mid range resorts like Dusita Resort, Horizon Resort and the cheaper Ngamkho Bungalows line the sand, whilst inland, Khao Ruearab (Battleship Mountain) is a natural attraction with its easily walked forest trail. Various small restautants dot the main road.
Analay Resort sits in its own cove at the far end, next stop Bang Bao Beach.
To the north of Klong Chao, Koh Kood has its administrative centre, including the hospital and police station as well as a few restaurants. Ao Tapao Beach is increasingly popular, a long stretch of sand as well as Shantaa, Koh Kood Paradise, Meedee and Seafar.
Klong Mad is home to a small fishing community by the ocean, with Koh Kood Beach Resort and Baan Bua Cottage a couple of places to stay.
Beyond that, Klong Yai Kee boasts its own waterfall, the boutique resort Baan Makok nestled in the mangroves and the upmarket Captain Hook accessed only by water. The ultimate luxurious getaway Soneva Kiri is hiden away in the far north of the island
Bang Bao Beach is one of Koh Kood’s prettiest spots with a mixture of resorts and bungalows – Koh Kood Resort, Natural Beach, To The Sea, Siam Beach and Siam Huts.
There are a few restaurants up by the main road and also a homestay.
The stunning south west beaches include Ao Takian (Cham’s House, Pa Hin Sai), Ao Jak (Neverland Resort), Ao Klong Hin (Montana Huts) and Ao Phrao (Rest Sea, Sunshine and I Lay House).
Each sits at the end of long access roads, with little else beyond the resorts themselves – perfect destination escapes. You will find a few restaurants along the road winding its way down the coast and by the turnings to the beaches themselves.
Ao Salad is located in the north east of the island. The larger boats, catamarans and express from Laem Sok Pier all dock here. It is a local and very active fishing commmunity with the odd restaurant. There are a couple of homestays and one resort at Ao Salat View.
Ao Yai is down in the far south east of Koh Kood, another thriving fishing village, very local. That said, a few good seafood restaurants have now sprung up to cater to tourist demand.
Though a very relaxed island, there’s still plenty to do and see on Koh Kood. Here’s our guide to the activities from diving or snorkeling to visiting the waterfalls.
There are 3 dive companies – BB Divers, Kooh Kood Divers and Paradise Divers – who explore the waters off the island and also travel across to the Koh Rang Marine Park or even the wrecks south of Koh Chang. Snorkeling day trips are available with local boats as well as private speedboat trips – please just ask and we can organise these for you.
Koh Kood boasts three waterfalls, Klong Chao, Klong Yai Kee and Huang Nam Keaw. If you head for Huang Nam Keaw, you will also find two vast ancient Makka trees of between 300 and 500 years old, well worth a visit. There is a gentle hike inland from the Khao Ruerab (Battleship Mountain), now much more easily accessible with its new inland road.
Our restaurant guide goes around Koh Kood, picking out the best spots. We cover everything from seafood to coffee shops, west coast and east coast. Look out for Fisherman’s Hut and Pizza and Pasta in the Ao Noi central area, Chonthicha Seafood and Noochy Seafood in Ao Yai.
You don’t come to Koh Kood to party, but there are a few bars, all in Klong Chao Beach such as Jah Thoom, Tawan and Sunset. Inland, Bartist draws a nice crowd from the nearby cheaper accommodation.