KOH KOOD, THAILAND
Koh Kood, also known as Koh Kut, is a small island in Thailand not far from Koh Chang and Koh Mak. Koh Kood is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful islands in Thailand. There are peaceful white beaches with lush palm trees, crystal clear waters and beautiful waterfalls. Koh Kood is also part of the Koh Chang Marine Park, an area known for its beautiful underwater world.
On our first visit to this island, we were immediately hooked and seriously wondered why we hadn’t been here before… Koh Kood is really one of those islands you want to keep to yourself; it has all the tourist facilities, but still has that fine, authentic Thai atmosphere! For example, they like to keep a 7-Eleven right outside the door. But there are about four ATM’s on the west coast of the island.
See & Do
Koh Kood is a paradise for adventurers and beach lovers! Besides enjoying one of the beautiful beaches, there are also many cool activities to do on and around the island.
Snorkeling and diving
Koh Kood is part of the Koh Chang Marine National Park. It consists of no less than 52 inhabited and uninhabited islands. Koh Chang, Koh Kood, Koh Mak and Koh Wai are the most famous islands in the national park. A visit to Koh Kood is not complete without a snorkelling or diving trip. We spent a day with BB Divers visiting a 100 metre long shipwreck that you can see even if you’re just snorkeling, super cool!
The waterfalls of Koh Kood
Visit one of the three spectacular waterfalls Koh Kood is blessed with, Klong Yai Kee and Klong Chao are Koh Kood’s most famous waterfalls. You will quickly get that Indiana Jones feeling as they are located in the middle of a pristine jungle. Don’t forget your swimwear as both waterfalls are perfect for a refreshing dip. The more remote and less visited Huang Nam Khiao Waterfall is also beautiful. However, it is more difficult to reach as the road is full of potholes. But if you make it there, chances are you will be alone in this earthly paradise!
Koh Reat/ Sashimi Island
Are you a real sushi fan and looking for some adventure? If so, Koh Kood is the place to be! From Secret Beach you can take a trip to the virtually uninhabited island of Koh Rex. Here is a tiny floating seafood restaurant where the fish is fished out of the sea in front of your nose. Aside from the fish being super fresh, of course, it is the special setting and the friendly fisherman that makes this experience unforgettable.
Ao Yai Fisherman Village
Ban Ao Yai is a small fishing village built on stilts in the sea. It is also one of the best seafood spots on Koh Kood. The pier is located quite remotely on the east side of Koh Kood. The scenic drive over winding roads is quite beautiful in itself. On the way to Ao Yai Pier and Ban Ao Yai there is a nice viewpoint from where you can see the village. Worth a (photo) stop!
Big trees Sai Yai - Big Chai Tree & Makkayuk Tree
The Big Chai Tree and the Makkayuk Tree are gigantic large trees in the jungle of Koh Kood. These trees are over 500 years old and have spiritual significance to the Thai people. The spiritual Thai believe that when a woman dies on a Koh Kood, her spirit goes here. Several trees had orange cloths wrapped around thei their trunk and a dress with flowers hung from one of the trees. It was a special, mystical place that you should definitely stop at on your way to the nearby Huang Nam Waterfall.
Rent a kayak or paddle board
At SUP Point Koh Kood you can hire a kayak or a paddleboard for a day (500 baht) or for 3 hours (300 baht). Due to its perfect location, you can choose to go in one of two directions: either to the Klong Chao Waterfall or to the beach. If you choose to go to the Klong Chao waterfall, you will paddle for 1.5 kilometres through the beautiful mangrove forest of Koh Kood. Then you dock the canoe and walk another kilometre through the jungle to the waterfall, which is super cool! Don’t forget your shoes and mosquito spray. As you head out to sea, you can stop at the cute Viewpoint Cafe for a snack or drink. Then cruise along the beautiful coastline with its hidden coves. For an unforgettable colour spectacle, try to plan your kayaking and SUP adventure around sunset!
Food and drink Koh Kood
Koh Kood still has many small, locally run restaurants, allowing you to taste more authentic Thai flavors. Because Koh Kood is quite northern, you can also sample dishes not often found elsewhere in Thailand, such as the delicious Thai dish Khao Soi, highly recommended! On Koh Kood, you will have to miss your favorite cheese sandwiches because there is no 7-Eleven on Koh Kood.
Beaches Koh Kood
In our opinion, the beaches of Koh Kood are among the most beautiful in Thailand. When describing the beaches of Koh Kood, it is difficult not to repeat ourselves. Because it always comes down to the same thing: clear water, a white beach with beautiful palm trees. So you can hardly go wrong on Koh Kood. The differences of the beaches are mainly in the amenities, such as resorts, restaurants, atmosphere, activities and accessibility.
Hotels & Resorts
Koh Kood has a wide range of luxury hotels and resorts, most of which are right on the beach. Even the most luxurious resort in all of Thailand is on Koh Kood. There are some cheaper accommodations, but they tend to be further from the beach. However, this does not have to be a problem, because the beaches on Koh Kood are easily accessible by scooter. It is important to note that during the rainy season some hotels on Koh Kood are closed.