Set in a gorgeous bay with powder sand and clear blue waters, Bang Bao Beach is located midway down the west coast.
Accessed by paved tracks snaking though the rubber trees, its handful of excellent resorts line the beach, each with their own wooden pier stretching out to sea.
More bungalows sit at the southern end, just over the bamboo bridge spanning the little estuary, while a dive shop has pride of place on the far headland.
Back at the main road, a homestay with its own coffee shop and minimart as well as a couple of other restaurants, both with accomodation, complete the picture.
To either kick back and escape the world for a few days or as a base to explore the island, Bang Bao Beach on Koh Kood makes a great choice.
Northern End – Bang Bao Beach
Having left Ngamkho Beach behind, the main road continues up the hill passing the cheap diner Chiang Mai, great for the northern Thai noodle dish of Khao Soi, before reaching the turnings down to Koh Kood Resort, The Beach Natural Resort and To The Sea Resort.
By following the newly paved tracks down to the resorts, you initially pass Koh Kood BED’s, a small chic guesthouse set among the rubber trees and next door, Cicci Thai Cooking School.
Once at the end, the luxury resort, The Beach Natural Resort and its slightly cheaper neighbour, Koh Kood Resort spill down the slopes right to the water’s edge, whilst To The Sea Resort, looks down from its vantage point above.
If you continue onto the end of the road, you can follow a path onto the headland for some terrific views back onto the Bang Bao Beach itself. Shortly before, look out too for Jasmine Garden Resort (now closed down), hidden away to one side looking down on its own charming cove.
To reach the beach itself, park up at any of the three resorts to simply walk through down onto the sand and it’s then easy enough to clamber over the rock bed midway along to connect to the southern end.
Alternatively, retrace your steps back to the access street and before BED’s, you can cut down the small track which cuts across to the other street as described below.
Middle and Southern End
Back at the main road, the next clearly signed street leads down to Siam Beach Resort, with Baan Suan Homestay, coffee shop and minimart on the corner as you turn in. Bang Bao Home, a little open air diner, sits on the other side.
Once you arrive at the sea again, Siam Beach Resort, a large selection of mid range bungalows, dominates the the middle and far end of this simply wonderful stretch of sand, with its own wooden pier for the speedboat. BB Divers has their satellite office at the back of the resort as you drive in.
At the far end, an ingeniously constructed log bridge straddles the creek onto the southern headland and the esoteric mix of bungalows of Sand and Sea. Koh Kood Divers occupies a prime location at the tip of the bay, proudly boasting their own mini reef just offshore.
Behind Sand and Sea, there is a pot holed road, actually much improved since the old days, which brings you out at the top of Ao Takian Beach, home to the 4 star resort, Cham’s House.
UPDATED September 22 for 22/23 High Season
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