In the south of Thailand, you can find an island for any type of holiday. So, fans of beach discos, noisy parties and active nightlife choose Phuket. For a more relaxed atmosphere and uncrowded beaches, go to Koh Samui. Those who look for a break from civilization, but don't mind to dancing once a month on the seashore until dawn, sail to Koh Phangan. Why go to Koh ("Koh" means “island” in Thai) Kood, or Ko Kut?
Where is Koh Kood
The small island of Koh Kood is the last of the group of islands Mu Koh Chang, located in the southeast of Thailand, near the border with Cambodia. This remoteness from the center has led to the fact that the island is not yet particularly populated by tourists, and there are almost no locals on it, only the population of a couple of fishing villages and hotel staff.
How to get there and when is the best time to go to Koh Kood
If you arrived in Bangkok, you can take a ferry from Trat to Koh Kood. The bus from the capital of Thailand to Trat takes 5 hours, costs about 8 euros and departs from the Northern Bus Station (New Morchid) or from the Ekamai Bus Terminal. In Trat itself, you will need to find the Laem Sok pier.
Ferries to Koh Kood also operate from neighboring islands - Koh Chang and Koh Mak.
If you prefer air to other types of transportation, then you still cannot avoid the ferry, since there is no airport on Koh Kood, the nearest one is in Trat.
The most comfortable season for a holiday in Koh Kood is from November to March. At this time of the year, southern Thailand is warm with occasional pleasant refreshing rains. This season is called high, and the prices, respectively, are also the highest. The dry season begins in March and lasts until the end of May. This is the hottest season, and it may not rain even once for all three months. The rainy season is from June to October. At this time, the heavens burst with showers almost every day, but they usually last for an hour or two. During the rainy season, the island has the least number of visitors and the lowest prices. It's a great opportunity to relax sparingly, and you can wait out the rain in a cafe.
Why go to Koh Kood
Koh Kood attracts tourists, first of all, for its wildness. There are no package tours here, there are no multi-storey hotels of international chains, and on the beach, you are not pounced on by travel agents offering all kinds of entertainment. At the same time, you will not be left completely without the benefits of civilization, there are cozy bungalows on the shore, and you can rent a moped to move around the island.
There are no attractions on Koh Kood. But there are many almost deserted and very clean beaches, several waterfalls and the fishing village of Ao Yai. You can lie in the sand for hours, dipping in cool water to cool off. You can help yourself to freshly caught fish in the café overlooking the surf. You can buy or rent snorkelling or diving equipment and go explore the underwater world around Koh Kood. Paddlers can board a kayak and go up the Chao Phraya River to the waterfall, splash around in the pool under it, and swim back.
By the way, if you don't just rent a kayak on Koh Kood, but also use the services of a guide, you can get an unforgettable experience of traveling along small rivers, lakes and mangrove forests. In the dark, there is a good chance of seeing fireflies, sometimes in such numbers that the jungle itself seems to be glowing.
In the virgin forests of Koh Kood, there are several especially old and large trees, which can be reached on paths from dirt roads. Don't be afraid to get lost, there are signs along the way marked as Makayuk-Saiyai.
Beaches and hotels of Koh Kood
The central beach of Koh Kood is called Klong Chao, and it is on this beach that most cafes, hotels and equipment rental agencies are concentrated. Naturally, you can see here most tourists, but given the general sparseness of the island, this does not mean at all that you will not find a free spot. Not far from the beach, there is a waterfall, the main natural highlight of Koh Kood.
The beaches in the south of the island, Ao Jak, Ao Phrao and Klong Hin, are often visited by excursions, so they are periodically noisy.
The beach in Bang Bao Bay is perfect for families with children, there are no waves here, and the perfectly clear water makes it a paradise for snorkeling fans.
Near the village of Klong Mat in the west of the island, there is Taphao Beach, where you can arrange an unforgettable romantic date. It is framed by shady palms so you don't need an umbrella, and the sunsets are fantastic too.
It is worth looking for privacy on the small beaches of Koh Kood - Ao Noi, Yai Kee, Maphut. By the way, "Ao" is translated from Thai as "bay".
All hotels in Koh Kood are located on the first line, that is, by the sea itself, so the pacifying sound of the surf is guaranteed around the clock. Budget accommodation options occupy the western coast of the island, the most expensive are the eastern ones.
Peculiarities of the island of Koh Kood
There is no public transport on the island. Hotels offer their guests a transfer from and to the pier, but that's it. There are only three options for moving around the island. The first option is on foot, it's an economical and convenient way for short distances. The second one is by bike, it's suitable for people with good physical fitness, since the relief of Koh Kood is very hilly. The third and most popular one is a scooter (or a motorbike). You can rent an iron horse in any hotel, it will cost you about 7-8 euros per day, you don't need to show a driving license. The main thing is not to accelerate too much, not to drive under the influence of alcohol and always wear a helmet.
There are no banks or ATMs on Koh Kood either, bank cards are accepted literally in a couple of hotels. So withdraw money Thai baht (for example, in Bangkok) or exchange dollars or euros in advance.
Due to its remoteness, Koh Kood is the most expensive of the islands in Thailand. Prices here are on average one and a half times higher than at popular resorts.
Koh Kood is a piece of paradise in Thailand, a perfect place for those seeking peace and silence surrounded by unspoiled nature. Getting to it is more difficult than to the more popular resorts in the country, but for all the efforts, you will be rewarded with a truly unforgettable vacation.