Lush hills, secluded beaches surrounded by coconut trees and turquoise waters. Welcome to Thailand’s best kept secret, Koh Kood.
In the middle of the Gulf of Thailand there is a little dot, named Koh Kood. When we saw it on the map we instantly fell in love, and we were right. Two days later we were on the road, trying to reach this corner of paradise.
What we liked the most is Koh Kood’s authenticity: friendly locals doing their daily activities, smiling fishermen showing off their catch and a hippy community greeting the sun doing yoga. But also beautiful white sanded beaches all for ourselves… and Mango lassi (a tasty refreshing drink based on yogurt and fresh fruit)!
So here’s a mini guide with the essentials to visit the island!
Klong Chao Beach
Best beaches in Koh Kood
A central position, the 800 meters of fine white beach and crystal blue and warm waters make Klong Chao Beach the most popular beach in Koh Kood. But no worries, there’s no crowded beach on this island. Lining up along the beach are the most expensive resorts of the island named after the characters of Neverland: Peter Pan Resort, Wendy The Pool Resort & Tinker Bell Privacy Resort. The beach is a five minute walk from Klong Chao village which is a central area on Koh Kood with riverside restaurants and a few shops.
Ban Ao Yai fishing village
Lunch in Koh Kood: enjoy the freshest seafood of the island
A tiny little village made of traditional wooden fishermen’s houses built on the water and a wooden pier alongside. This secluded village has been very isolated up until a few years ago. It is a great day trip and a way to meet smiling and welcoming locals and find out their way of life. Here the beautiful Chonthicha Seafood Restaurant serves the freshest sea food you can dream of.
You actually get to pick your own fish, crab or scallops, and tell the chef how you like it cooked. If you would like to experience this authentic fishermen village for longer, Chonthicha Seafood offers a few home-stay rooms and fishing – snorkelling trips at competitive prices (ask the locals at the restaurant or in the village!).
Ao Jark Beach
Koh Kood secret spot: relax in the shade of the coconut trees
To get to Ao Jark follow the sign for Neverland Beach Resort, the only resort on the beach and no better name could have been chosen. When you see this 500 meter long pristine bay you will really believe you are in Neverland. Its beauty is jaw dropping. Surrounded by a coconut plantation, this beach is a perfect postcard. As all the secret places, Ao Jark is hidden and hard to be reached: only motorbikes can get there through a 15 minutes bumpy and dusty road!
View Point Cafè
Happy Hour in Koh Kood: the best mojito with sunset view
Famous for its “Real Coffee” Vietnamese style, the View Point Cafè is also the perfect place to enjoy a good mojito at sunset.
The menu offers fresh and home-made meals, delicious cakes, smoothies and lassi. I absolutely loved their mango with sticky rice, typical thai food, served with coconut milk! Not to miss!
Mata Guest House
Sleep on a budget in Koh Kood: a local guest house surrounded my mangroves
A little hidden in the forest in Khlong Chao, Mata Guesthouse offers peaceful low-budget rooms and bungalows, where you can relax and enjoy the nature. Breakfast is included and the owner, Miss Pla, does everything she can to help her guests.
5 minutes walking distance you will find the PD Guesthouse’s restaurant – super cheap and delicious – the popular Bartist bar and scooters on rent. Near the Guesthouse you will also find the Khlong Chao waterfall with deep freshwater pools surrounded by ancient tropical rainforest. From the road to the waterfall is a short trek through the jungle – about 10 minutes – with an easy path to follow.
Ancient tropical rainforest covers 70% of Koh Kood
HOW TO GET TO KOH KOOD ISLAND:
Koh Kood island is a six hour drive + 2 hour boat ride from Bangkok. Plan your itineray booking a bus from Bangkok to Trat (cost: 250 to 300 THB) and a ferry from the Laem Sook pier to Koh Kood (cost 350 THB each way). Alternatively book the full trip in a travel agency, just one or two days before the departure. Bonsiri Fast Catamarans offer all-in packages: minibus+boat ride from the Kao San area in Bangkok directly to the island. The departure from Bangkok is around 5 am. Price: 850 THB (around 22€) one way.
Trip duration: 5 days
Season we travelled: January
Season to avoid: June to September
Mango lassi drunk: 8