Koh Kood beaches are all found along the west coast.
The natural centre and principal beach is at Klong Chao Beach, which also has the most development – some high end resorts, a few bungalows along the river, a scattering of restaurants, local shops and bars.
Heading south from Klong Chao Beach, Ngamkho Beach and Bang Bao Beach both have long, sweeping sands, Bang Bao Beach the prettier, but apart from the bungalow and resort accommodation, there is little else, an air of near perfect escapism.
That mood is repeated as you move down through the south west beaches, four of them in total, Ao Takian Beach, Ao Klong Hin Beach, Ao Jak and Ao Phrao Beach, once again all very beautiful and remote, with just a handful of resorts on each.
Heading the other way from Klong Chao Beach, the north west beaches include the hugely impressive Ao Tapao Beach, now home to 4 resorts and then the Klong Yai Kee area, with just the odd exclusive place to stay.
Ao Yai and Ao Salad are the two fishing villages on the east coast, the only development on that side of the island.
We have summarised the Koh Kood beaches here and when you visit their individual pages, we give a more leisurely island paced tour for those with time to spare. Happy exploring!
Klong Chao Beach is the most central of the Koh Kood beaches, with accommodation in 4 or 5 star resorts such as Wendy the Pool, High Season and Tinkerbell Privacy on the sand or cheaper bungalows along the river including Mangrove Bungalows, Cozy House and Klong Chao Garden View or inland at PD Guesthouse.
Along the road from the bridge, it plays host to some good restaurants and even some bars like Tawan and Sunset, whilst Bartist is the hip hang-out inland.
You can also visit Klong Chao Waterfall.
Heading south away from Klong Chao Beach, Ngamkho Beach is spread out over a couple of kilometres, with a narrow sandy beach, not the best of the Koh Kood beaches but still very pretty.
Accommodation is in 2/3 star bungalow resorts including A-Na-Lay Resort, Dusita Resort and Horizon Resort, while there are also guesthouses and a backpacker spot at Ngamkho Resort.
You will find restaurants dotted here and there along the road, as well as a few cafes.
Inland, you can visit Khao Ruearab (Battleship Mountain), one of Koh Kood’s natural attractions.
One of the classic Koh Kood beaches and next along down the west coast, Bang Bao Beach is set in a gorgeous bay with perfect sweep of white sand and blue waters.
Accommodation is in a handful of 3/4 star resorts at the northern end, Koh Kood Resort, Beach Natural Resort, To The Sea or alternatively, in a couple of mid-range and cheaper bungalows operations in the middle and on the southern headland including Siam Beach Resort.
Off the beach, there are just a couple of restaurants, music at Fisherman Hut Music Station, a coffee shop, a homestay, another guesthouse, Koh Kood BED’s and a local minimart up by the road.
On the south west coast, Ao Takian Beach is an impressive sweep of sand with just two resorts at the northern end, the 4 star Cham’s House and traveller bungalows of Pa Hin Sai.
Up by the road, you’ll find some cheaper backpacker huts including Eve House, as well as restaurants like Koh Kood Bistro and Kuba Lounge.
Continuing on down the south west coast, Klong Hin Beach is set in a lovely horsehoe bay.
Klong Hin Beach Resort, popular with the Russian tour groups, sits just back from the sand in the middle of the beach. Homehug@kohkood and A La Kood are located at the far end on the lagoon.
Apart from those three spots, there are no other restaurants or bars.
Ao Jak Beach, also sometimes referred to as Neverland Beach is the third beach on this south west coast.
Accessed down a long winding track through the coconut fields, the bungalows of Neverland Resort have pride of place in the central area running down to the sand. Rim Talay, accomodation with a restaurant, sits at the northern end on the river.
Like Klong Hin Beach, there are no other restaurants outside of the resorts themselves.
Ao Phrao Beach is the final spot at this south west end of the island. A fabulous, long sweep of white sands, it plays host to four resorts – Sunshine, I Lay House, Ao Phrao Beach Resort and Rest Sea.
At the northern end, a small fishing village straddles the sea inlet, with other houses on the river behind including two guesthouses, Escape Life and Gumm Lonely Club.
Relax Restaurant, a popular diner, with advance booking only, is found back up by the main road.
Heading north up the island, Ao Tapao Beach is an increasingly popular area, with visitors drawn to its lovely long beach and collection of great resorts – Seafar, Meedee Resort, Koh Kood Paradise and Shantaa.
In the same area, Koh Kood has its administration centre, with the hospital, police station and town hall.
There are plenty of cheap diners dotted around the main road, including Fisherman Hut and Pizza and Pasta, as well as a few homestays and guesthouses, including Kama Siri.
Located up on the north west coast, the small fishing village of Klong Mad sits on the sea inlet, with just a tiny beach nearby.
It’s a very local spot, with only a handful of places to stay, of which Koh Kood Beach Resort is the stand-out. Cheaper bungalows and homestays include Ban Bua Cottage and Rabieng Talay.
Down by the sea, you’ll also find a couple of cheap restaurants and opposite the resort of the same name, the excellent coffee shop, Suanya Coffee.
Up in the remote north west of Koh Kood, the area of Klong Yai Kee lays claim to one of the island’s waterfalls, a couple of deserted beaches and just three places to stay.
The resorts, Bann Makok, nestled in the mangroves and Captain Hook, accessible by sea only, are downstream from the waterfall itself. Further up the island still, the luxurious 5 star Soneva Kiri is spread out over the hillside and down the coast in its own private zone.
The tiny unihabited island of Koh Raet, terrific for snorkeling, sits offshore from a fabulous deserted beach, itself well worth hunting out.
The two working fishing villages on the east coast, Ao Salad and Ao Yai, are found at either end of the island’s road.
On the way to Ao Salad on the north east, you’ll find a few shops and Huang Nam Keaw Waterfall and the nearby ancient trees. Once there, you can eat in a couple of local seafood restaurants, Captain Nhong among them as well as stroll along the pier.
The mainland boats from Laem Sok all dock here. Ao Salat View provides the only accommodation beyond a couple of homestays.
Ao Yai down in the south east is another charming local village, where a few seafood restaurants, Noochy and Chonthicha have now sprung up.