The west coast is lined with a series of pristine beaches, sparkling clear sea, captivating views and is a great place to catch the magnificent sunset. Most of the best known beaches are along the bays which include the Ao Pak Waeng, Ao Klong Ta Tin, Ao Klong Yai Kee, Ao Tapow, Ao Klong Chao, Ao Klong Hin and Ao Prao. Noted fishing villages include the Ban Klong Mad and Laem Hin Dan. The famed Klong Chao Waterfall is situated further inland between Ao Klong Chao and Ao Tapow. This a fabulous waterfall with a large pool at its front. A 20-minute boat ride from the Klong Chao Bay plus a short hike lead to the fall. Alternatively, you can hike up the 4 kms trail.
The east coast is equally beautiful with fascinating views of the glorious sunrise. The prime areas include Ao Sapparos, Ao Klong Kwaen, Ao Yai Kerd, Ao Hin Yai and Ao Chak. Ao Salad and Ao Yai are the major fishing villages here. The Khao Paenthee is the highest hill and has just been recently discovered as a superb viewpoint for the sparkling island-dotted seas.
The best time of year to visit Koh Kood is in early November until the end of February because of its relatively cool, dry and sunny weather. After the month of May it is the monsoon season which typically is the heaviest rainy period.
The climate of Koh Kood is tropical, with a mean annual temperature of 28 degree Celsius. The weather is warm and pleasant during the tourist season period, from November to May. Average temperatures on Koh Kood are 28° C (87° Fahrenheit) between November and February, and 30° C (84° Fahrenheit) between March and May. The tide is high in the morning in the cool season (in November) and at night in the summer time (in March).
Koh Kood Beaches
Klong Chao Beach
The white and pure sandy beach is the first attraction and charm of Klong Chao Beach. It is unbelivable that there is the canal flowing into the sea at this beach since the water is unspolited and looks very clear. Walking can be done from Tapao Beach to Klong Chao Beach. Klong Chao Waterfall is also located near the beach.
Klong Chao Bay is quite a large community divided by the Klong Chao Canal and the two portions are linked by a concrete bridge. Its main feature is the white sandy beach strectching along the area. Behind the beach is the road to some of the more important places and the western bays such as Ngam Kho Bay, Sai Daeng Beach and Bang Bao Beach.
Far beyond Klong Chao Canel is the site of Klong Chao Waterfall, Koh Kood's waterfall which can be reached by trekking along the sides of the canal or sailing. These are included in the resort's package tour. The boat will almost reach the waterfall and last few metres can be done by walking.
Klong Chao is so-called the most beautiful waterfall of Koh Kood though having only one level. The front has a large basin which tourists find enjoyable for swimming.
Besides the wonderful sea, Koh Kood also has fertile mangrove forests growing along both sides of the canal which can bne reached by kayaking, It is a highlight that one should not miss. Another special and memorable experience is to see the color and light of thousands of fireflies (Hing Hoi) in the mangrove area.
How to get there
Use the package tour service of Peter Pan Resort or Bai Kood Shambala. You could even, ride a bicycle or motorcycle from Taphao Beach to Klong Chao Bay.
Klong Yai Ki Bay
Located at the west of Koh Kood is Klong Yai Ki Bay, The bay is cut across by Klong Yai Ki Canal. Its an outstanding beach and also a good area for swimming or going offshore to dive, go to Klong Yai Ki Waterfall and enjoy the trip to the mangrove forest by kayaking, There is a resort at Klong Yai Ki Bay called Captain Hook Resort with complete facilities.
Klong Yai Ki Bay has the striking features not less than other bays and beach of Koh Kood. To visit Klong Yai Ki Bay is to see the wonderfull scenery including Koh Raed which lies not far from the shore, to touch the white clean beach and visit Klong Yai Ki Waterfall.
Klong Yai Ki Bay is passed by Klong Yai Ki Canal. Left of the bay is Captain Hook Resort, the only one resort here. Across the canal lies a long beach where swimming can be done. During low tide, you can walk to the other side of the canal. At the cape tip's stone yard is the waterfall is about 1.5 kms.
There is the 200 m walkway along Klong Yai Ki Canal to Klong Yai Ki waterfall is about 1.5 kms. Despite being a small waterfall, the large basin ahead is the tourists's favorite swimming area after bathing the sea.
The period of 2 night and 3 days is appropriate for the package tour program at the Captain Hook Resort which will include diving, swimming, tourring the waterfall and watching the scenery of Klong Yai Ki Bay especially the panoramic view that can see Koh Raed lying not far. There are some good photo taking spots to choose particularly for the amateur photographer.
Located near Klong Yai Ki Bay, opposite Koh Raed is Rahan Beach, another beautiful beach of Koh Kood. The distance from Klong Yai Ki Bay is around 300 m that can be reached by walking. The long white sandy beach, emerald sea and very wide beach area during low tide is suitable for relaxation, sunbathing and swimming. The beach is of private atmosphere lined with shady coconut palms it is knows as the good place to admire wonderfull sunset.
How to get there
Reached by using the package tour of Catain Hook Resort with the provision of speed boats from Laem Sok Pier, Trat Province. It takes about 1.15 hours to Klong Yai Ki Bay which is the location of Captain Hook Resort.
Klong Ta Tin Bay has a long beach of very clean and white sand, a clear and colorful sea so that you can swim along the beach line. Klong Ta Tin Canal flows across the beach into the sea. Koh Mai Si as well as the wonderfull sunset view is seen from the beach. Any tourists can visit the beach only by boat makes the area full of privacy.
Ta U Bay rested near Mapud Bay with the small beach of good swimming area. The beach is also passed by a small canal while the resort is at the left and coconut trees shaded the other side. There are a few houses of villagers at the area, accessible only by boat. So, it is another beach of private atmosphere.
Mapud or Bon Bay (The Upper Bay), the bay of long beach that can swim along the beach line. Coral reef is found at the head of the bay as well as the giant clam (Genus tridacna) which are found here more than at other bays. The sunset view at Mapud Bay is marvelous. Koh Mai Si is seen from the beach. The beach is also the pier for the Sea Ball Spirit Cruise which will come to Thailand and board at this bay every year. Mupud Bay can be reached only by Boat. The package tour service is provided by Koh Kood Laguna Resort.
Ngam Kho Bay, Located next to Klong Chao Beach. There is a small road up the hill side and down to Ngam Kho Bay. The distinctive feature of this bay is its very white and long beach which is good for swimming. In front of the bay is the pile of stone's in the sea which is the coral reef and a white pagoda rested on the stone's pile. This place can be reached at low tide. There is a small village near the beach, the peacful area of shady coconut trees and also the fine place to see beautiful sunset. Ngam Kho Bay is convenient to visit due to the accessed road that will also lead to other nearby beaches.
Sai Daeng Beach, Located closed to Ngam Kho Bay, between Ngam Kho Bay and Ban Bang Bao, the owner of the small beach where the sand has darker color than other beaches. So it was named Sai Daeng Beach ("the Red Beach"). The beach is a delightful swimming offering, peace and privacy.
Bang Bao Beach, Located near Laem Bang Bao and Ngam Kho Bay. It is the white sandy beach of curved shape looking like the crescent moon and has shallow water, suitable for swimming. The Beach during low tide looks very wide and white. It is another wonderful part of the scenery of Koh Kood. In front of the beach is full of coconut trees while Klong Bang Bao is behind. You can use a kayak to see the mangrove forest.
|Getting to Koh Kood
Finding a boat across to Koh Kood on your own is not an easy job and will be quite expensive especially during the tourist season but Koh Kood Laguna has prepared a return transfer boat for your trip and is already included in the package. You only need to come to the pier on the schedule.
The cruising time normally takes about 50 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the wind condition. There are different kinds of boats as follow;
- Speedboats with 8, 20 and 30 seats, which takes about 55 minutes cruising time.
- Tourist boat with 25 seats, which takes about 2 hours and 15 minutes cruising time.
Usually depart from the pier at 7 am. and 11 am. It takes about 50 minutes to arrive Koh Kood. Depart Koh Kood around 8 am. and 1 pm.
Koh Mak Island
|Koh Mak Island lying between Koh Chang and Koh Kood, about 40 kms. from the mainland
is a group of 9 islands called the Moo Koh Mak. Only 4 of these
islands, including Koh Mak, Koh Kradad, Koh Kham and Koh Rayang
Nok are occupied. Koh Mak, with an area of only 16 square kilometers
and a 27 kms coastline, is the third largest island of the Marine
Park. It has a flat terrain with plenty of coconut and rubber plantations.
The main attractions are the long beaches and clear sea. There
are only a few hundred people living here, most of them related.