Thailand Koh Kood Guide
Many things come together to make Koh Kood one of the most memorable island-hopping destinations in Thailand. Stunning bays and beaches, waterfalls, charming Thai-style resorts, over-the-water fishing villages, and a relaxed feeling island-wide. White powder beaches cover most of the island, while cozy retreats are located on the western coast of Koh Kood. The rest of the island features thick jungles, steep hills ideal for hiking, magnificent waterfalls, and a variety of rare and colorful birds. Koh Kood is known for its majestic hidden waterfalls Klong Chao, Klong Yai Kee, and remote Huang Nam Keaw.
Koh Kood is located in the southernmost part of the Trat province of Thailand, just next to a Cambodian border. Koh Kood remains underdeveloped as it’s still out of a regular tourist route. The island is a perfect getaway from busy Bangkok or Pattaya, as well as from neighboring Koh Chang, the third largest island in Thailand. Koh Kood belongs to Mu Koh Chang Marine Park that covers over 50 splendid islands. From Koh Kood, you can island-hop to Koh Mak, Koh Kham, Koh Rang, Koh Wai, Koh Ngam and Koh Chang itself. Each of these island destinations is unique and can add plenty of adventures to your vacation. Also, if you’re doing island hopping, Koh Kood is just next to the most exquisite Cambodian islands of Koh Rong and Koh Rong Sanloem.
Despite being a quiet island with a relaxed vibe suitable for families, Koh Kood offers many activities to do, and you will not have time to get bored. Scuba diving, exploring the island by motorcycle, kayaking, or hiking through thick jungle. If you’re looking for pure relaxation, roasting under a coconut tree in front of turquoise blue waters reading your favorite book is a thing to do. One of the best activities that enable you to explore turquoise waters and surrounding nature is getting a kayak and slowly dip into the exploration. The island is known for a healthy mangrove forest that features narrow stream passes suitable for kayaking. But the one feature that makes Koh Kood stand out in Koh Chang Marine Park is its hidden waterfalls: Klong Chao, Klong Yai Kee, and remote Huang Nam Keaw. All three waterfalls are in the middle of the jungle, so prepare yourself for a challenging hike. The waterfalls feature fresh and cold waters as well as small pools where you can relax and recharge yourself. If you want to cover a longer distance with the scooter, you can drive to the Huang Nam Keaw waterfall, but mind slippery and sharp rocks on the way!
Arguably, the best months to visit Koh Kood and surrounding islands is from late October to early May. These months feature sunny weather, calm waters, excellent visibility, and the abundance of tour and accommodation options.
The ideal area to stay would be Klong Chao Beach since there are many accommodation options, cozy cafes providing you with lovely views and a variety of snorkeling tours. No matter where you stay, Koh Kood features mostly paved roads in good condition and excellent connectivity, which makes the island ideal for scooter exploration. If you’re looking to spend time during the high season, be sure to book your stay in advance as the island is slowly getting to a tourist radar.
Koh Kood belongs to over 50 islands in Koh Chang National Marine Park. The most notable include Koh Ngam, Koh Wai, Koh Kham, Koh Mak, as well as Koh Rang archipelago. Most of the islands are untouched by humans offering a real Robinson Crusoe experience. Witness secluded beaches, dense rainforest, and shallow waters filled with corals, and thriving marine life. The tiny isles around Koh Rang promise a world-class diving and snorkeling spots.
Although nowhere near the size of Koh Chang, Koh Kood houses some beautiful beaches that would give those on Koh Chang a run for their money. More things come together to make Koh Kood a memorable holiday destination in Thailand. While less developed, Koh Kood offers plenty of charming Thai-style resorts, over-the-water fishing villages, spectacular waterfalls, and a relaxed feeling island-wide.