Located towards the end of Koh Kood’s south west coast, Ao Takian is home to just one resort, which sits on its fabulous, wild and undeveloped beach.
Within easy walking distance of the sand, you will also find a handful of cheap places to stay and eat scattered along the main road.
Getting to Ao Takian Beach
After leaving Bang Bao Beach, with the Italian restaurant Heaven Sense (closed for rainy season) at the bottom of the hill, the road meanders for a few kilometres, passing the odd house or building, until it reaches the turn-off for Ao Takian and Ao Klong Hin – look out too for the Hideout and Klong Hin Beach Resort signs. A few somtam, noodle and fruit stalls together with motorbike rentals line the roadside just before.
The inland road either forks to the left (Klong Hin Beach) or goes straight on (Ao Takian Beach) and by taking this option, you arrive at the back of the upmarket boutique resort of Cham’s House. To the right, another small track (increasingly unpassable) snakes off around the resort to arrive at the now abandoned Pa Hin Sai.
Incidentally, shortly after you turn in off the main road and before the narrow concrete section to the beach and Cham’s House, there is also another track on the right signed for Sand and Sea Bungalows. Be aware it’s in a poor state of repair, so only suitable for decent motorbike riders but by heading down here, you emerge out on the southern headland of Bang Bao Beach. It’s also walkable from Cham’s House.
On the Beach
Both Cham’s House and the ruins of Pa Hin Sai lie at Ao Takian’s northern end, with nothing else besides the large boulders and forest.
The middle section and southern end, meanwhile, remain completely untouched, with coconut trees and tall grass reaching back behind as far as the eye can see. It all has a terrific sense of wild isolation though the land is actually for sale – please do contact us if you are interested in what would be a serious investment.
By the Road
Back on the main road, a traveller enclave has developed over the next couple of kilometres and alongside it, a few decent places to eat.
The backpacker huts of Eve House and Wooden House sit side by side on one side, with the cafe Coffeat opposite and the simple Im-Yung restaurant just a few metres further down. Kuba Lounge offers both western and Thai food at its restaurant with bungalows out back. The cheap diner Happy Time completes the action. Bistro de Lyon has moved to Chiang Mai.
UPDATED June 23 for 23/24 Season
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