The sight of palm trees got you feeling a bit nostalgic? Same! Especially these funky looking ones on Koh Kood; our favorite Thai island. Koh Kood was part of an island hopping tour we had put together, and when we didn’t think we would find anything more beautiful than Koh Mak, where we had just come from, we were wrong. The pristine beaches, the relaxed island vibe and the tranquility will never make you want to leave, and this Koh Kood travel guide will help you do exactly that!
While Koh Kood isn’t really a backpackers destination due to the many many resorts, exclusive beaches and the lack of nightlife, it more than makes up for it with everything it does have to offer.
Getting to Koh Kood
Since we came to Koh Kood from Koh Mak, everything was completely stress-free. We told our hotel when and where we wanted to leave, they booked the tickets and dropped us off at the pier. The Boonsiri ferry dropped us off about an hour later, and a drop off at our guesthouse was included. If you’re going from Bangkok to Koh Kood, there are direct buses from Ekkamai station directly to the pier (book early though), or you can take the regular bus to Trat and then a minivan to the pier. The express ferry from Laem Sok will take about 90 minutes. Check schedules here.
Taxis are scarce and quite pricey on Koh Kood, a 10 minute ride easily adds up to $10. Your best bet is (of course) a scooter. The roads are long and winding, but not busy. Rental will set you back at about 300 baht per day.
What to do
What else to do but see the turquoise waters and white sands for yourself? These 3 beaches were our favorite:
Ao Phrao Beach
This one was, hands down, the most beautiful beach we had seen. Our guesthouse was 100 meters away from here, and because there are only 2 small resorts by this beach, it was never busy. Whatever time we went, not once did we feel it was crowded. The palm tree lined shore that curves off into the distance is so pretty, especially from the water. Sunset here does not dissapoint!
Nang Yai Beach
A bit of a drive when you’re coming from the southern end of Koh Kood, but worth it! There’s nothing here but crystal waters and a lone fisherman waiting to take your snorkeling.
Ao Noi Resort
This was the only paid beach we decided was worth it. It was not expensive, and has a cute little pier, swings and a fantastic sunset to watch off said pier.
There are 3 main waterfalls on Koh Kood; Klong Chao, Klong Yai Kee and Huang Nam Keaw. None of them are very hard to reach. Because we visited in dry season, we were a bit unlucky, and where wasn’t much water to fall. But surprise surprise, when we got to Klong Yai Kee mid-morning, there was no one there. We had the entire jungle pool to ourself for about 45 minutes before someone else showed up. Totally worth it!
A lot of resorts and guesthouses will have kayaks available. Take it up the river and the mangroves, or out to sea. Kayaking along the shore might land you upon some deserted beaches. We brought drinks and snacks and had ourselves a little picknick on one of them! Be careful though, a rough sea will wear you out quickly.
There’s a lot of decent places to snorkel just off the beaches, especially a bit further up north. If you’d like a take a trip a bit further out, there are many dive shops. Your resort will also be able to help you out!
Where to eat
- Chaiyo Restaurant. A hole in the wall, but it doesn’t get more authentic than this. Really deserves a post on its own!
- The Fisherman Hut for late night live music and cocktails
- Relax House Restaurant. Classic, inexpensive Thai food, so popular you need reservations at least a week in advance.
- Pizza ‘n Pasta if you’re craving western food. Run by Italians
Where to stay
We stayed at Gumm Lonely Club for almost a week. This homestay that’s run by Gumm and his wife Jaeng is the best we’ve come across! They only have 3 rooms, a huge outdoor deck with hammocks and they make the best food. They were incredibly friendly without getting in your space. We paid around $35 for a basic room with fan and shared bathroom.
For the last few days, we stayed at Suan Maprao Resort. We splurged on a little bungalow with aircon and paid about $50 per night with breakfast.
Other decently priced places are:
- Rest Sea Resort: on Ao Phrao beach.
- Koh Kood Resort: by Bang Bao beach
- Neverland Beach resort.
Koh Kood travel guide: Good to knows
- There are 2 or 3 ATMs on Koh Kood, though we were never able to find all of them. Have cash on hand! Some resorts will allow you to take out cash on your credit card for a fee
- Those funky palm trees in the first picture can be found on Klong Chao Beach!
- You might not always get a helmet with your scooter rental, but do get one. The roads are bendy and hilly
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Oh this looks exactly like the place I wanna be right now and escape the cold autumn weather here in Austria!
We’re hoping to go to Austria in December. Fingers crossed…
Such a dream destination. I would love to be there right now.
So would we! 😉
I can’t wait to visit beautiful places like this one in Thailand 🙂 I still need to explore the Asian continent.
So cool, you still get to explore it for the first time!
Koh Kood looks amazing! I definitely need to get back to Thailand and explore more of these beautiful islands. I only went to Koh Samet during my trip there and it was a bust because I went during monsoon season.
Oh I really wanted to go to Thailand this year, but of course all of my travel plans after March 1st have been canceled. Hopefully, I can make it in 2021 if things get better. Thank you for this comprehensive guide on Koh Kood!
I hope you make it! 🙂
Wow, your trip looked fantastic. You’ve got me intrigued to visit. Thanks for sharing.
This is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing your adventure in Thailand.
Wow, isn’t this place so amazing. The Ao Noi Resort is just so beautiful. I love that picture of the sunset. I can understand why you had to spend money there, the beach looks just too pretty. Haha I love your “good to knows”. Those are really helpful details that changes everything. Thank you so much for sharing. I am so glad I discovered your blog. I plan to come back for some more amazing posts 😀
Thank you so much! 😀
Looks like a wonderful destination. I hope to go some day.
Guys honestly, you have such a talent for writing incredibly detailed and useful blogs; I love it! In case I didn’t miss traveling, this blog article for sure made me miss it haha. Great one, thanks for sharing all this information!
Ah thank you so much, what a nice compliment 🙂
Beautiful! I’ve not been to Thailand, but i keep hearing about the islands and beaches there. And, I haven’t heard of Koh Kood at all! I’m pinning this to save it for travel dreaming…thank you!
Ah this looks like such a blissful experience – makes me dream of the island life.
I’ve been to Thailand few times and love it! but unfortunately not to koh mak. It looks another beautiful island. Will save it incase I travel again to Thailand soon. Lovely blog and pictures. Thank you for sharing.