Travel Destinations in Thailand – Koh Kood

Posted by on July 25, 2020

The exotic, Eastern charms of Thailand have attracted visitor from across the world for years. The fascination and intrigue exuded by the kingdom have acted as a magnet to millions of traveling explorers. They come for the history, the culture, for a spiritual experience, sunshine and excitement. There is no doubt that Thailand offers all this, and much more.

Although mainland Thailand has, and remains, popular with millions of visitors every year, there is a very obvious shift in destination trends. The kingdom’s 1430 islands have had the spot light focused on them due to their diversity, uniquity, tranquility, beauty, and of course, fun. Thailand’s shores, in The Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea, are peppered with delightful islands that offer all that the traveler could possibly desire.

Nestled in, and bathed by, the warm waters of The Gulf of Thailand and a little North of the Cambodian maritime border, lies the island of Koh Kood, or Koh Kut. The island is 40 kilometers off the mainland and is the pearl in the Koh Chang archipelago. Koh Kood is a district, or amphoe, of Trat province and in terms of population, around 2,000, is the nation’s smallest.

Getting to Koh Kood

Being an island with no air links, the only way of getting to Koh Kood is by boat. As interest in Koh Kood has increased in recent years, so have the boat links that service the island. Old rickety boats have given way to modern, safe vessels that offer fast, frequent and efficient connections.

Around 30 minutes South of Trat town is Laem Sok Pier, from here there are regular services to the island. A little further South are the ferry piers which offer connections to Koh Chang. During the high season, fares to Koh Kood from Laem Sok Pier are around 350 Baht. The sea link, can in itself, be a great experience, particularly if taking one of the two services operated by the high speed Boonsiri Catamaran. The Boonsiri Catamaran departures are at 10:45 and at 14:20.

Many travelers visit Koh Kood as part of an island hoping tour. A popular route is from Koh Chang, taking in Koh Mak and onto Koh Kood. Throughout the tourist season there are numerous speedboats providing this service, Bangbao Boat and Kai bae Hut operate regular efficient links. These powerful speedboats plying the sea links are an exhilarating, wind in the hair experience.

Staying on Koh Kood

Accommodation on Koh Kood never disappoints. With around 50 resorts and hotels, the entire spectrum of living styles and locations can be experienced on the island. From the budget traveler to the well-heeled, there is something for everyone, young and old, singles, couples, groups and families. Excellent service and perfect locations are the common thread throughout the gamut of accommodation.

For excellent value for money there is the Mata Guest house. Set within a wonderfully botanical location to the West of the island, staying here can be from as little as 500 Baht a night. Perhaps the most popular choice of accommodation are the three-star stays which are plentiful.

Located on Tapao Beach, the Seafar Resort typical of the three-star resorts on the island. Seafar has hotel rooms and individual bungalows on the beach. It has a tour desk and ticketing service and offers a massage service. And, for those that require it, Seafar is pet-friendly! Another well recommended three-star stay is the Medee Resort with its private beach, lush green backdrop and superb restaurant.

At the top of the accommodation tree are the five-star boutique resorts that offer everything a traveler could desire, of which there are numerous from which to choose. One such resort that epitomizes holiday luxury is Soneva Kiri. Stroll along the private beach, lounge beside the pool, expel excess energy in the fitness center and indulge in world class culinary delights in the resort’s varied dining options. Soneva Kiri is certainly luxury in paradise.

Seeing and Doing on Koh Kood

With the East of the island being largely inaccessible, the island’s beaches are to be found along the West and South coast, and they are beautiful. Centrally located on the West coast is Klong Chao, 500 meters of white sand that is accessed by 4 boutique style resorts. Longer still is the ever popular, 1-kilometer-long, Ao Prao Beach on the South coast.

Arguably, the most scenic beach on the island is Bang Bao. To be found on the Western side of the island, the beach is in a secluded bay and is perfect in every sense of the word. Just off the beach is some of the best snorkeling to be found anywhere on the island. However long your stay on the island, a visit to Bang Bao is a tropical experience not to be missed.

Koh Kood is gaining a reputation as an excellent stay for scuba diving. The pristine, clear blue waters are a perfect idyll for divers, whether experienced or a beginner. There is an amazingly varied world beneath the surface waiting to be explored. Sloping reefs, pinnacle of coral and the wreck of the HTMS Chang make for fascinating underwater exploration.

The marine life is equally varied with a plethora of colourful fish supported by the coral reefs. Sea turtles, eels and barracudas reside in the coastal waters, and you may be lucky to come across whale sharks if visiting between December and January. If visiting Koh Kood for the diving, the best time is from November to May, this is when the cooling waters are at their clearest.

But there is more to Koh Kood than the sea and the beach. Go elephant trekking, or trek on foot through the jungle and get up close to the amazing flora and fauna. Take a Thai cookery course and learn how to create some of the most wonderful Thai dishes with the help of expert chefs. Seeking inspirational serenity? Find the inner you, learn to live at peace with yourself and the world around you with yoga and meditation classes.

Koh Kood can be what you want it to be, exhilarating, peaceful, enlightening, and the island is there to be seen, lived and felt. You may be on a fleeting visit, but Koh Kood stays with you forever.

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