Up on the north west coast, the quiet fishing village of Klong Mad sits down by the ocean, with life centred on the parallel jetties and walkways which surrond the sea inlet.
In truth, there’s not much to see, but the area has a certain understated charm and in amongst the local houses, you will find a couple of places to stay alongside a few cheap restaurants (including a seafood option), an excellent coffee shop and the odd minimart.
The 3 star Koh Kood Beach Resort is the stand-out accommodation, but look out too for Klongmad Hostel on the pier and the cheaper bungalows at Wave-F and Baan Bua Cottage, both popular choices.
Getting to Klong Mad
Having shot past the hospital and the small petrol station in the central area of Hin Dam , the main road brings you to a crossroads. A left turn here takes you to the northern end of Ao Tapao Beach, but for Klong Mad, you should hang a right instead.
The road soon reaches the bungalows of Wave-F, a long running operation set in a pretty garden, before it then drops down to the little bridge. Baan Bua Cottage sits just the other side of this, followed by a ramshackle row of basic houses, Suanya Resort and the village itself.
In the Village
Suanya Resort, an old style Thai spot, offers rooms in all sorts of different styles on a grassy area which leads down to the only tiny beach in Klong Mad. Opposite its entrance, Suanya Coffee makes for a good place to stop. Walk dow to the jetty at the end of the lane and you can access the sand from there.
Meanwhile, the homestays of Klongmad Hostel, Canale and Rabieng Talay, are squeezed in among the local houses as you follow round the walkway of the inlet. There’s a little seafood restaurant too next door to Rabieng Talay.
Heading away from Klong Mad
Immediately before Suanya Resort, another route, branching off to the right, leads north up the island, with the uniquely styled cabanas of Koh Kood Beach Resort dominating the hill at the start.
A few hundred metres further into the forest, you’ll find a collection of houses and bunaglows for rent – Ban Por Homestay, Good View House, Kood Life and Koh Kood Garden.
Staying on this route, Koh Kood Forest Camp (formerly Koh Kood Guesthouse by Nooky) and Small Guesthouse (sic) are the last accommodation options, before you reach the turning to Klong Yai Kee Waterfall. If you continue straight at this point, you rejoin the main Ao Salad road.
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