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Koh Kood Island

The Third largest Island of Thailand

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The Third largest Island of Thailand

Koh Kood, also spelled Ko Kut, is situated in the Gulf of Thailand, close to the Cambodian border and just south of Koh Chang. The island is a bit harder to get to than its beautiful neighbor Koh Chang, which accounts for its peace and quiet. Despite being Thailand’s third largest island, Koh Kood has managed to remain unspoiled and boasts pristine beaches and natural surroundings. This island is a true tropical getaway; Koh Kood is very mountainous and covered with tropical forest. There are great sandy beaches, lovely waterfalls, jungle, and picturesque fishing villages—something to see or do for every taste.

You will find our BB divers shops in either Klong Chao central village or in the relaxed Bang bao Bay, in Siam Beach resort. See “link our offices”

Some of the activities include serious sun tanning, swimming, diving, freediving, and snorkeling, kayaking, tours of the island, biking, hiking into the jungle, and visiting the waterfalls… do keep in mind that it is first and foremost the perfect destination to relax. Then again, there are a few small bars to hang out for a beer or a cocktail, and we even get a nice party once in a while!

There are some great beaches and bays such as Ao Tapao beach, Klong Chao beach, Thakian beach, Ao Phrao beach… Just west of Koh Kood, there are the small islands Koh Raet and Koh Mai Si, which are also nice for snorkeling. They can be reached on one of the boat trips or with a kayak.

A tour of the island should include a visit to the lovely villages Baan Ao Salad, Ao Yai, or Klong Mad, the place to find fresh seafood and get good pictures; the waterfall in Klong Chao or the big tree, some of the great viewpoints in the rocky bays. The island is mountainous but quite easy to get around on a motorbike. The few roads are small, but there is not much traffic, the only danger you might run into is an unexpected pothole or a wild boar running out from the jungle.

The best time to visit is from October to May/June. During this time, it is hot and sunny most days, the sea is very clear, the beaches are white and sandy, and the sun is waiting for you. The “green season,” as we call the monsoon these days, offers a nice wild island feeling with only a few visitors to share your beach with. Although it is hot and very often sunny, do count on unexpected rain showers and wavy seas during monsoon months.

 

 

Some practical tips:

  • There are 4 ATMs, which sometimes do not function well, so either bring enough cash, preferably baht; other currencies are accepted but the exchange rate is quite low. Many places accept credit cards (with a surcharge of 3% to 5%).
  • Limited shopping, if you need any medicine, etc., bring enough.
  • WIFI is available in many places, but do not expect very fast connections.
  •  Hospital available.

HOW TO GET HERE

The transport to Koh Kood is getting a bit more organized these days. A few years ago most resorts supplied private speed boats as they mostly catered to tour groups but now that individual travelers have discovered Koh Kood, the public transport has improved a lot. The only way to get to Koh Kood is by boat. There are boat connections from the mainland Trat (Laem Sok) or from the neighboring island Koh Chang and Koh Mak.

Leaving from Laem Sok pier

There are 4 companies operating from Laem Sok. They all include a transfer to your resort on Koh Kood or pick up from your hotel in Trat.

  • Boonsiri Catamaran
  • Koh Kood Express
  • Koh Kood Princess:
  • Seudamgo

From Koh Chang (via Koh Mak)

  • Bang Bao Boat only in high season
  • Kaibae Hut Speedboat only in high season
  • Boonsiri Catamaran all year around 
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