Koh Kood is good

The island of Koh Kood, which is also known as Koh Kut, is emerging as Thailand’s latest destination for those who want the tropical island lifestyle without the crowds.  At present the island offers just mountains, waterfalls, and perfect white beaches along with minimal development and only a limited number of resort hotels.

Situated on the eastern side of the Gulf of Thailand, one hour by speedboat from the coast of Trat Province, Kood is the kingdom’s fourth largest island. It is in the vicinity of  Koh Chang, the second largest island in the country (Phuket is the largest).

The island is ringed by some sleepy villages and coconut plantations.  It is popular with Thais because they do tend to like family holidays, and Koh Kood is a perfect place for the family.

According to Travelfish.org, which I humbly believe is the best website for getting accurate information regarding South East Asia, Koh Kood can be difficult for independent travellers to explore as the resorts on the island cater predominantly for the packaged tour crowd.  Apparently, there are now some places in the Klong Chao Bay area that will cater for budget travellers, but there is not much in the way of backpacker infrastructure at this stage.

Apparently Bangkok’s mega-rich also keep some hideaways on the island, but these are not deliberately ostentatious, and with some you wouldn’t even know they were there.

The other thing that is not on Koh Kood is nightlife.  This is definitely not a party island, but, to be fair there are plenty of other places in Thailand where you can more than quench your first for active night life.

Koh Kood, therefore, is a popular destination for those who love nature and adventure, and a less boisterous atmosphere.    

Diving is a popular pastime and it is a good place to begin a diving course.  If you don’t dive, but wish to learn, the island has many qualified instructors who offer diving courses that will soon have even the inexperienced visitor exploring the crystal clear waters and enchanting reefs with their teaming marine life.

Other activities include canoeing and kayaking; island excursions; sightseeing tours; fishing; and car, motorcycle, and boat rental. Island tours are available and can be tailored to suit the time and interests of resort guests. Popular attractions on the island are the Klong Chao waterfall, Ao Salad Bay, the Rang islands, a pearl farm, and a firefly night trip.

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