Koh Kood

An Overview of Koh Kood

Koh Kood is the southernmost and last island of Trat Sea Waters. Located closest to the Cambodian border, Koh Kood is 82 kilometres from Lam Ngob pier (the mainland). Approximately 330 kilometres southeast from Bangkok, Koh Kood covers over the total area of 105 square kilometres, making it the fourth largest island of Thailand and the second largest island of the province of Trat after Koh Chang.

Although the landscape of Koh Kood is flat, unlike Koh Chang, the inner area of the island features lush rainforest and great attractions like mangroves, waterfalls and coconut and rubber tree plantations. The beaches are pure white and the seawater here is of the emerald green colour, similar to that in the Andaman Islands.

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There are several ways to get to the island. Buying a package tour (transfer, food and accommodation) offered by hotels and resorts seems to be the best and most convenient option. Speed boats leave from Koh Chang at Bang Bao pier and from the mainland piers at Lam Ngob and Navaree (Lam Sok). The boat trip takes about one hour to one and a half hours. Boat schedules vary depending on each operator and the season, so it’s best to first check with the resort you’re staying before traveling.

Getting around the island can be difficult as roads to accommodation on the island are still pretty much dirt roads, and can be dangerous when it rains. Main roads are concrete, but steep in some parts of the island. The best option is to rely on the resort’s transfer service. Motorbike rental is also available and is recommended only for short journey.

Attractions on the island can be divided into three different groups, the beach, waterfalls and fishing villages. Most beautiful beaches are on the western side of the island, where Ta Pao Bay, home to shallow-water reef great for snorkeling, is located. Getting to the eastern side of Koh Kood can be a bit of a mission, so hiring a skilled (local) ‘songtaew’ driver to take you there is the most sensible option.

Situated in the northeast part of the island, Aow Salad Village (Baan Aow Salad) in the Aow Salad (Salad Bay) is the island’s biggest fishing village where fresh seafood is available for sale everyday. Than Sanuk Waterfall, once visited by King Rama VI, is one of the most gorgeous attractions found on the island. The waterfall has three tiers, and great for bathing as the upper two are running streams and the lower one is a large pond. Snorkeling at the nearby islands of Ko Kra, Ko Maisi Lek or Ko Raet also comes highly recommended.

Most accommodation is located on the western side of the island. Full board packages, inclusive of tours and other activities, at Captain Hook Resort and Peter Pan Resort are particularly popular among bigger groups of people. As of November 2007, there are neither banks nor ATMs on Koh Kood. Some major hotels and resorts provide currency exchange service and accept credit cards and traveller cheques. However, to avoid all the hassles, it’s advisable to carry enough cash to cover your stay at the island. The best time to visit Koh Kood is between the beginning of November and the end of February.

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