Ao Phrao is a must-see bay on Koh Kood. The beach is exquisite, but it is mainly the river trip that gets the plaudits. A National Geographic-like journey that seems forgotten by time, with its water village, monastery, and life-sustaining river, make it a cultural delight.
You may notice little signs of the accommodations hidden among the palm trees and dense rainforests that line the Ao Phrao shore. The beach looks almost pristine with the white foam of waters lapping lavishly as you walk around at your pace. Rubber and coconut plantations fill the flat land immediately behind Ao Phrao beach. Venture deeper on a kayak along the river that begins here, to witness big hills that create a lush backdrop of unblemished, primary forest. The overall panorama up and down Ao Phrao is one of a near-pristine environment with just minor specks of color indicating the creep of civilization and the arrival of tourism.