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Ao Tapao Resorts and Bungalows – Central Area (Hin Dam)

On the north west coast of Koh Kood, the lovely beach at Ao Tapao is home to 4 excellent resorts, Meedee, Seafar, Paradise Beach and Shantaa.

Combined with them, you’ll also find a handful of bungalows and homestays in and around the nearby main road in the central administrative area known as Hin Dam.

Put all those options together and it’s easy to see why the Ao Tapao has developed into one of Koh Kood’s most popular areas to stay.

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Ao Tapao Resorts – On The Beach

Continuing up the island away from Ao Noi, you pass a few shops, restaurants and the odd Thai small bungalow resort such as Sangtong, before you reach the central administrative areas of the island, home to the police station, hospital and town hall. Opposite the police station – look out for the football pitch – you will also find the turning down to Ao Tapao.

By following the wide newly paved road for a good couple of kilometres to the end, passing Little 9 Cafe and the 3 rooms of The Lodge along the way, you emerge out on the beach at the two 3 star resorts, Seafar and Meedee.

Each resort has a wide selection of bungalows running back from the sand, with swimming pools towards the rear. Expect prices from 4,500bt upwards.

Next door to Meedee – there’s a new connecting road behind – Koh Kood Cabana, once popular with Thai weekenders, stands firm as one of the island’s oldest resorts, but it is unfortunately showing its age. It also has no easy online booking, so it’s unlikely you will stay here unless on a cheap walk-in.

Located alongside Koh Kood Cabana, Koh Kood Paradise Beach, complete with its eye-catching bright red swimming pool, offers rooms from 2,750bt in its 2 storey hotel block at the back and villas in the garden or on the sand from 3,000bt to 4,000bt.

On the Hill

Perched up on the the hill above the pier, the romantic getaway of Shantaa, has a prime spot looking out over the ocean. One of the best resorts on the island, the villas go from 5,500bt to 6,500bt or more.

You can also get to this end of Ao Tapao by shooting on past the hospital all the way to the crossroads and then following the signs to the left for Nam Luek Pier. You circumvent the temple just before you drop down to the back of Koh Kood Paradise Beach.

At the beach end of the temple, the much cheaper homestay, Mateoasis is hidden away at the far end of the small lane. With on-site restauarant too, it has just a couple of rooms at 700bt a night, ensuite and a/c.

Pricing Code/Per night in Baht (B):
B= under 500; BB= 500 to 1,500; BBB= 1,500 to 3,000; BBBB= over 3,000;

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Per Night: BBBB

Hill above the beach

Above Nam Luek Pier on the hill overlooking the bay, this peaceful,boutique affair is one of the very best Ao Tapao resorts. A mixture of chic understated (think varnished floors, white linens) a/c villas and suites, with rain showers, open air bathrooms, terraces.

Restaurant with seaviews, small bar and beach by the pier. Another small beach at rear of the property together with Gathi Cafe, both overlooked by feature infinity pool. Salas and sunset deck, reading room, own speedboat pier. Popular with wedding parties and couples. No TV’s policy. WiFi.

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Paradise Beach Resort

Per Night: BBB – BBB

By the Ocean

Sister resort to Koh Chang Paradise, another large resort with Lanna style roofed villas in rows, all joined by raised wooden walkways. 2nd hotel style block at the rear with garden view rooms and balconies. Central reception area, restaurant and swimming pool, just steps from the sand and sea.

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Seafar Resort

Per Night: BBB – BBB

By the Ocean

Ever expanding number of bungalows at the back and on the creek combined with their brightly painted converted portacabins (from Soneva’s former construction site no less) located on the sand, all a/c. Swimming pool. Restaurant, motorbike hire, a peaceful spot. WiFi.

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Meedee Resort

Per Night: BBB – BBB

By the Ocean

Literally next door to Seafar, another very chilled out spot on the sane offering brushed concrete style, a/c ensuite bungalows in rows back from the sea. Restaurant, beach bar, swimming pool at the rear. Motorbikes available. WiFi.

They have an offshoot, Meedee 2, cheaper and more rudimentary double bungalows on the approach road, about 5 minutes to the beach. You head down to the main resort for all the facilities but the rooms do have fridges, tea and coffee making, WiFi.

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Other Ao Tapao Beach Resorts and Guesthouses

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Koh Kood Cabana

Per Night: BB

On the sand next to Meedee Resort, very ageing resort used mainly by Thai packages. Accommodation comprises wooden cabins, either standalone or split into doubles. Restaurant, beach bar. WiFi.

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The Lodge

Per Night: BB

Handful of standard a/c ensuite double rooms or bungalows on the back road to Ao Tapao Beach. Breakfast served on your terrace. 5 minutes walk to the beach, can use Meedee Resort facilities. WiFi. Near to Meedee 2, see above.

Hin Dam (Central Area) – Ao Tapao Resorts, Bungalows

In the central area known locally as Hin Dam, there are a few more options, but we feel staying here would be best with your own motorbike.

Opposite the hospital, Dara Homestay offers rooms at 1,500bt a night.

From the central area by the electricity centre, you can pick up a shortcut road, which takes you in a loop to the main road for Ao Salad, the fishing village on the north east of the island.

At the start, Mermaid B & B is set back in a forest clearing with old style bamboo and thatch bungalows, a/c nonetheless, from 1,000bt. At the other end, meanwhile, Kama Siri is a popular guesthouse with fan rooms from 700bt a night.

Emerging out the shortcut to the right, you find yourself on the main road towards Ao Salad. Along here, you’ll pass firstly the bungalows of Ton Tawan Resort, very much aimed at Thai weekenders but a good fallback with long stay options too. Prices start from 800bt in low season. Further on, you reach Koh Kood Little Hut, a compact resort with a lovely garden where their standard rooms go from 2,000bt.

One other almost unknown option is the delightful homestay at Nam Huang Keaw Waterfall. Absolutely at one with nature, it has just a handful of basic bungalows from 500bt a night. Note there is no electricity but the mobile (data, not WiFi) internet works very well. Food and coffee are available too.

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Dara Homestay

Per Night: BB – BBB

Opposite the hospital in the central area of the island, 6 or so a/c ensuite bungalows styled in brushed concrete. No real garden but practical and clean. Breakfast available. Best with your own transport, but can walk to Ao Tapao Beach. WiFi.

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Mermaid B & B

Per Night: BB

Set back in the forest on the shortcut road by the electricity station, collection of wooden, bamboo thatch roofs old style a/c ensuite bungalows in a pretty garden setting. Breakfast available. Quiet and peaceful, can reach beach and shops easily with motorbike, rental on site. WiFi.

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Kama Siri Guesthouse

Per Night: BB – BBB

Guesthouse located at the far end of the central shortcut road, offering a simple selection of 2 fan wih ensuite, 1 a/c room and a double family chalet, both ensuite and a/c. WiFi. Food available, motorbikes for rent. WiFi.

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Koh Kood Little Hut

Per Night: BB – BBB

On the road heading towards Ao Salad, 10 wooden cabins of varying shapes and sizes, all a/c, in mature garden setting. Breakfast included. Again, having your own transport is best so as not to feel too isolated. WiFi.


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