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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.

How to Get to Koh Kood

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 all the airports are the easiest way to make the catamaran, speedboat and express boat connections at Laem Sok Pier.

In high season, selected flights (PG301, PG305) to Trat Airport will make the island in one day. Always check in low season before booking as timetables change.

You can also take a daily direct bus/boat connection from Khao San area direct to the pier. Public buses and share minibuses to Trat complete the options.

Private Transfers

Head here for full details and information on private transfers to Koh Kood, by SUV car or by minibus, from your door to Laem Sok Pier, arriving on the island in one day.

Transfers are available from all the Bangkok hotels and all the main airports including Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, U Tapao (Pattaya) and Trat. If coming from Koh Samet, we can meet you off the boat at Ban Phe Pier. Any other locations, please just ask, we are sure we can cover it.

Prices for a Bangkok to Koh Kood transfer start at 3,800bt, excluding boat tickets. We can supply child seats and then book those boat tickets too.

All transfers are, of course, available in both directions.

Cambodia

Due to the pandemic, Thailand’s land borders are closed, so this transfer service is currently suspended.

We also provide international transfers from Siem Reap, Sihanoukville, Phnom Penh and Battambang in Cambodia as well as the borders at Aranya Prathet, Had Lek and Ban Pakkad.

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Flying to Trat Airport

Some of these services are currently either not running or on reduced timetables due to Covid-19. Always check ahead before making plans or bookings.

Bangkok Airways flies 4 times daily from Suvarnabhumi to Trat Airport.

If using the morning 08.20 PG301 or lunchtime 11.40 PG305 flights, landing at 09.20 and 12.40 respectively, you can connect to selected Koh Kood boats. You use a private transfer by car or minibus to reach the pier.

On your return, the first boat, the 09.00 Boonsiri from Koh Kood will make the lunchtime 13.10 PG306 flight back to Bangkok. Using either the 13.00 Koh Kut Express Speedboat or the 12.00 Boonsiri, you can also connect to the PG310.

Bangkok Airways’ telephone number is 02 270 6699 or 039 551 654-5, www.bangkokair.com

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Express, Speedboats, Catamaran, Island Hopping

Some of these services are currently either not running or on reduced timetables due to Covid-19. Always check ahead before making plans or bookings.

3 companies, Koh Kood Princess (express boat, 100 minutes), Koh Kut Express (express boat 90 minutes, speedboat 60 minutes) and Boonsiri, (catamaran,  1 hour), lay on 5 boats daily leaving from Laem Sok Pier for Koh Kood. The first departure is 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.

Prices range from 300bt to 350bt for the slower express boats, 500bt for catamaran to 600bt for the speedboat.

We give you all the timetables and details as well as our definitive island hopping guide – speedboat, wooden boat or catamaran – to Koh Chang and Koh Mak.

Public Bus, Minibus

Some of these services are currently either not running or on reduced timetables due to Covid-19. Always check ahead before making plans or bookings.

In this section, we bring you full details on bus and share minibus options to Laem Sok Pier or Trat.

During high season, the Boonsiri bus and boat combo direct to the pier leaves at 05.00 or 07.30 from Bangkok with returns at 09.00 or 12.00. It’s 1,000bt per person and you can book it with us.  

As of June 2021, the Boonsiri service is at 07.00 for the 14.20 boat and 10.00 boat return (bus at 11.30).

Public services are also available to Trat from Ekamai and Morchit Bus Stations – take the night bus or the earliest daily departures and yes, you can make the boat connections to the island. 


Resorts and Bungalows

Due to Covid-19, resorts are opening and closing according to lockdowns and lack of customers. As of July 21, most are ready to welcome guests again but it’s still going to be a long wait till that is possible (mooted 1/1/22). We have removed those places to stay which we know to have gone for good.

Koh Kood resorts and bungalows now number around 130  so every visitor should find something to suit their budget.

At the top end,  Soneva Kiri by Six Senses offers privacy and luxury in equal measure on the far north west coast, with prices from 30,000bt a night upwards.

3/4 star resorts include High Season on Klong Chao Beach, The Beach Natural Resort over in Bang Bao, Cham’s House, Captain Hook and To The Sea.

You’ll find some excellent boutique spots too – the romantic’s favourite Shantaa on the hill above Ao Tapao Beach, Rest Sea in Ao Phrao, Hideout on its own private cove, Wendy the Pool and the esoteric Bann Makok, hidden away in the mangroves near Klong Yai Kee Waterfall. 

There’s plenty of excellent 3 star resorts where starting prices are from 3,500bt – Meedee Resort, Seafar, Koh Kood Paradise Resort, Koh Kood Beach Resort, Koh Kood Resort to name just a few.

Bungalows and Budget

For bungalow resorts in the 1,000bt to 2,500bt+ bracket, try places like Mangrove Bungalows, Dusita, I Lay House and Sunshine Resort.

Koh Kood has not forgotten backpackers and travellers either, with cheap rooms available from 250bt to 1,000bt at places like Ngamkho Bungalows, Cozy House, Klong Chao Garden View, Klongmad Hostel, PD Guesthouse and Eve House among others.


In the main page of our resorts section, we provide recommendations in all the different budget categories – from luxury to traveller. In addition,  we bring you our detailed snippet accommodation guides for each area.

You can then explore further by going to that individual area page for the full run-down. Choices made, all that remains is for you to head over to our affiliates at Agoda.com and Booking.com to make the reservation.


Beaches – Koh Kood Island Guide

WIth them all found on the west coast and often at the end of long lanes leading from the island’s only road, Koh Kood’s beaches are the epitome of picture postcard affairs – totally in keeping with the escapist feel of the island itself.

Each beach, such as Bang Bao, Ao Phrao and Ao Takian has no more than a handful of places to stay, with very little other development. For restaurants and minimarts, you head back to the main road or wander along the sand to the next resort along. In Klong Chao, you can find a couple of bars.

As well its wonderful beach, Ao Tapao is the main administrative area, with the hospital, police, school and town hall. The east coast of Koh Kood is home to the island’s two local fishing villages, Ao Salad and Ao Yai.


Things to Do in Koh Kood

Due to Covid-19, not all activities are currently available. Always check before making plans.

Though a very relaxed island, there’s still plenty to do and see on Koh Kood.

There are  3 long established and reputable diving companies, which teach all the courses including DSD (Discover Scuba Diving). They also head out daily for fun dives locally, over at Koh Rang (Marine Park) or even at the HTMS Chang wreck.

You can snorkel with the dive boats too but there are plenty of other trips available with local speedboats, both to Koh Rang and to sites nearer to Koh Kood, including the offshore island of Koh Raet. Fishing too is available.

Kayaks are another great way to explore, with most resorts having a few on hand, 300bt for a 1/2 day.

Waterfalls, Ancient Trees

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), easily accessible the inland road in Ao Ngamkho.


Koh Kood Weather

For the full guide to the climate and seasons on Koh Chang Islands, please head here.


Restaurants

The restaurant business has been ravaged by the business downturn. We have removed those we know to have gone but cannot be sure yet who else will follow – so far those listed are all open.

Our restaurant guide goes around all the areas of Koh Kood, picking out what we consider the best spots – from seafood to cheap Thai food, western to coffee shops, west coast and east coast.

Restaurants to look out for include the nightly BBQ at Fisherman’s Hut, Thai classics at Relax or cheap and cheerful at Waree.

For western dishes, try the homemade thin crusts and pasta at Pizza and Pasta or Heaven Sense and authentic French style at Koh Kood Bistro.

If seafood is your favourite, head over to Ao Yai on the east coast, where you’ll find Chonthicha Seafood and Noochy Seafood at either ends of the village walkway.

Nightlife

Koh Kood Nightlife has been hit hard by the pandemic, with business at a standstill. Bars are hanging on but only just, so some of those listed may yet disappear for good.

You don’t come to Koh Kood to party, but there are a few bars in and around Klong Chao Beach.

On the back road behind the sea inlet, you’ll find Tawan and Jah Thoom next door to each other, both offering drinks and live music. Inland on the way to the waterfall, Bartist draws the island’s hip crowd to its two storey venue.

For more live music, head over to Fisherman Hut Music Station just before Bang Bao Beach.

Within the resorts, Sea Bar at Peter Pan and Monkey Bar at Siam Beach Resort are also worth a look