This post was last updated on February 17th, 2020 at 02:58 pm
Thailand has plenty of islands, but islands where few tourists come, are scarce. Fortunately, there is Koh Kood, or Koh Kut, the fourth largest island in Thailand. Koh Kood is still a largely undiscovered island which is quite special in the most popular country in Southeast Asia. It is known for its tropical white sandy beaches and exceptionally clear turquoise water.
Koh Kood is often seen as the perfect Thai island. The white sandy beaches are impressive, the turquoise water in the bays is a feast for divers and the coconut palms provide the necessary shade.
Unlike its larger brother Koh Chang, you will not find extensive nightlife, traffic or noise here. On Koh Kood, you come for peace and beautiful nature. If you lift yourself out of your hammock you can also kayak, dive, and snorkel here.
You can rent scooters here for around 300 baht (US$9.70) per day.
Large parts of the coastline are surrounded by thickets and mangroves. The interior is still covered with virgin tropical rain forests, filled with palm trees and rubber plantations. And on most of the 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) long island, you will only find sandy roads.
Do you want to relax by the beach? Then Koh Kood is without a doubt the best option.
What to Do on Koh Kood
Koh Kood, or Koh Kut, is not an island where you come for cultural highlights. Your day here mainly consists of relaxation. Relax in one of the hammocks along the beach, immerse yourself in the turquoise water, and eat some delicious Thai dishes once in a while.
And you just repeat that for a few days. There are, however, a number of other things that you can do.
1. Explore Beautiful Beaches
It will not surprise anyone that the beaches of Koh Kood are beautiful. One of the best-known and most beautiful beaches is Hat Khlong Chao. A quieter beach is Ao Ngam Kho in the north.
TIP – Would you like to go island hopping? There is a speedboat 3 times a day between Koh Kood and Koh Chang. The cost is 600 baht (US$19.50) p.p.
2. Visit Nam Tok Khlong Chao waterfall
There are two waterfalls on the island. It’s a nice outing if you just want to walk through nature. The larger and more popular Nam Tok Khlong Chao is a wide waterfall with a lake where you can swim.
It is a short walk through the jungle. You can also combine it with a kayak trip to Khlong Chao. You also have Nam Tok Khlong Yai Ki, the smaller waterfall.
3. Explore the Underwater World
Despite the fact that not many tourists come here (yet), that is changing. With those changes come more commercial activities such as diving, snorkeling, and kayaking.
You can rent stuff here almost anywhere and the clear water is great for a day of snorkeling or diving. Do you want to explore the island? Then rent a kayak.
TIP – Check out Paradise Divers for more info.
Life on Koh Kood
Life here is mainly at a leisurely pace. Most of the fifteen hundred inhabitants live off of fishing and the growing coconut palms and rubber trees. The main village is Ban Khlong Hin Dam.
On the southwest coast, you also have a number of important beaches and small villages. Ao Khlong Chao and Ao Ngamkho are the best options for budget travelers. Both have a choice of a number of budget accommodations and restaurants and they are within walking distance of each other.
Ao Bang Bao also has a number of budget bungalows, but no village and is more isolated.
There is one ATM on the island, and this one does not always work (or is empty). So make sure you bring enough cash with you.
The larger resorts can change money (dollars).
Where to Stay on Koh Kood
In Khlong Chao, you will find the most budget accommodation, restaurants, bars, cafes and also the most beautiful sunsets. Sleeping directly on the beach is usually expensive, but definitely worth it.
If you don’t have the budget to sleep on the beach, head a little more inland. Often there are also accommodations available within a few minutes’ walk.
TIP – Check Booking.com for the best accommodations.
How to Get to Koh Kood
Koh Kood can be reached via Trat and Laem Sok from where you take the boat to the island. If you are coming from Bangkok, take the bus to Trat. This ride takes six hours and costs 260 baht (US$8.40) per person. From here you travel to Laem Sok, a short distance.
In Trat, everything points itself towards Laem Sok. There are three ferry services that sail to Koh Kood;
- Koh Kood Princess – They leave once a day. The trip takes 1.5 hours and costs you 350 baht (US $11.30) per person.
- Boonsiri – Sails twice a day with a catamaran. It costs 500 baht ($16.20) per person and takes 1.5 hours.
- Bang Bao Boat – This ferry sails along several islands. The boat departs at 9:30 a.m. on Koh Chang towards Koh Wai (400 baht, 30 minutes). Then they sail to Koh Mak (600 baht, 1 hour) to sail to Koh Kood (900 baht, 2 hours).
TIP – The Island has one season. Due to the rough sea, most boats only sail from November to May, only a few will sail after that. About half of all accommodations will be closed and the prices will fall.
Best Time to Visit Koh Kood
The best time to visit Koh Kood is from October to February. During these months, the temperature is pleasant and there is less rain. From March to May it gets hotter, but you can still visit the island.
Even during the rainy season (June to September), you can still visit the island as it does not rain all day. During the rainy season, most places will be closed and boats sail less frequently.
The island does NOT close during the rainy season. Half of all accommodation does indeed close and facilities are less, as well as boat services, but it does not close.