Monday, April 14, 2014

Ko Kood/Ko Kut เกาะกูด

Ko Kood - a paradise
going upmarket


See the locations on Ko Kood Google Map


Picture by Sam@flickr

Picture by marco bono
Fishing boats at Ao Yai

Picture by marco bono
Klong Chao Beach

Picture by marco bono
Klong Chao Waterfall

What you discover
The New York Times has put Ko Kood as number 6 on its list of 31 places to travel in 2010. Ko Kood has wunderful white sandy beaches (Ta Pho Beach, Khlong Chao Beach, Thakian Beach, Phrao Beach), its less than 2000 inhabitants live from rubber tree and coconut plantation as well as fishing, and of course from tourism. The 2 fishing villages Ao Yai and Ao Salat are the biggest villages on the island and support the island with fresh seafood. Ko Kood has hideaways for the mega-rich as well as places for modest budgets (at Klong Chao.


Picture by Giladr

Read the guide by travelfish.org. Koh Kood "is reputed to be untouched", notes Jewie. He adds: "And so it is with only one main dirt road on the island. It is an island with only the occasional Farang spotted, it is an island full of Thai tourists. It is, their land, their playground and I could see they prefer to keep it that way. Though the island is truly backwards, there are hints that points to another making of Phuket, that which is the ever strong GSM signal on the island." There is a trend towards upmarket-developing, also Ian notes, who points out: "The island is already a lost paradise for backpackers". The room-rates go up. The hotel group Sixth Senses Resorts & Spas has bought a 150-hectare-plot of land in Yai Ke Bay, where they just opened Soneva Kiri. And they have built
a small airstrip on nearby Mai Sii Island. They fly guests with a 12-seater Cessna plane from Bangkok directly to Koh Kood. But still there is no ATM on the island, so you have to take your money with you. Many resorts don't take credit cards.


Ao Salad fishing village on Koh Kood, picture by Hanoix

Snorkeling at Koh Kood is average, means Ashley, a good site is Tapao Beach.

At Ao Klong Chao you find a river, thai is navigable and leads to Khlong Chao waterfall. "The last 800m must by done on foot", writes Tezza. You can also follow a road and then walk 600m.

How you arrive

From Laem Sok Pier: Siri White Speedboat departs at 13.00 daily, stopping at Koh Maak and continuing to Klong Mat Pier on Koh Kood. It takes 1-2 hours (for 500-600 Baht). Nilmungkorn ferry goes from Coral Beach Pier to Ao Salad on Koh Kood at 12.00 and takes around two hours. Leaves at Ao Salad at 10.00.

From Dan Khao Pier: A slow boat operated by War Choke Wuttichai, departs at 10.00 am on Tuesday and Friday and takes 4-5 hours (for 200-300 Baht). A speed boat operated by Ao Phrao Speed Boats departs at 9.00 am daily and takes 1-2 hours (for 500-600 Baht). A boat operated by Mark House leaves at Mark House Pier to Klong Chao Pier daily at 9.00 and 13.00 taking one to two hours /for around 600 Baht).

From Laem Ngob Pier: A ferry run by Koh Kood Seatrans departs at 9.00 am on Friday and Saturday and takes 2-3 hours (for 500-600 Baht).

From Kai Bae Hut on Ko Chang: In High Season Kai Bae Hut Speedboat leaves in Ko Chang at 11 am and goes to Ko Wai, Ko Kham, Ko Rayang and Ko Mak before arriving at Ko Kood at 13 pm.

From Bang Bao on Ko Chang: Bang Bao Boat goes to Ko Mak, where you can change to another boat to Ko Kood.

From Had Leck (Cambodian Border): A Thai Marine Express runs a speedboat leaving Had Leck Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 4 pm and arriving at Ko Kood at 5 pm. Departure from Ko Kood the same days on 13 pm.


Where you stay

Analay Resort: From 1400 Baht. Sai Dang Beach. Shuttle boat from Trat to the resort.


Picture by AeY


Analai Resort, picture by pandanoi


Aow Noi Resort: Huts from 1000 Baht, with fan and with aircon. "A very basic resort with a fantastic beach", comments TicinoMoLo on tripadvisor.com. And he adds: "It's quite normal to share the hut with wildlife; so if you are afraid of ants, geckos or even rats, you should choose another resort".


Aow Noi Resort, picture by flyvorbei


Bungalow, picture by flyvorbei


Aow Noi Beach, picture by zindysocool


Away Resort: For the lowest rate you get a tent. The beach is located opposite the resort, you get there swimming (two minutes) or paddling by boat. But swimming is not so easy, because there are rocks. "If you walk past the activity center and carry on down the paved road for 2 minutes, you can get a massage for 200 baht and there is a nice small restaraunt doing lovely food", recommends nealphillipsLondon on tripadvisor.com, where the reviews are mixed. There is Airconditioning only during the night.












Pictures by Astudothailand


Baan Klong Jao Homestay:




Captain Hook Resort: From 4700 Baht. Located on the cape between Klong Yai Kee stream and the beach. By the stream you find Deluxe rooms with private balconies. By the cliff there are Pool Suite Villas and Mini Pool Villas.

Picture by Tom Puchner


Deluxe Villa


Happy Days South of Klong Chao. A few minutes walk to the beach. Basisc rooms, good review on tripadvisor.com.


Bungalows at Happy Days


Hindard Resort: From 2000 Baht. Ao Ngarm Ko.


Bungalow, picture by beejung


Khlong Hin Beach Resort:


Khlong Hin Beach, picture by I am Kat


Klong Jao Resort: Mixed reviews on travelfish.org


Ko Kut Ao Phrao Beach Resort:






Ao Phrao Beach Resort, pictures by a-nopparat.blogspot.com, see more of the gallery


Ko Kood Beach Resort: From 2200 Baht. Quite good review on tripadvisor.com. See video on youtube.com




Bali Bungalow


Thai Twin House with Jacuzzi


Picture by cp_6000


Ko Kood Cabana


Ko Kood Coral Beach


Ko Kood Dusita Resort: Palmgarden in front of the bungalows and seaview, white sand beach. Good reviews on tripadvisor.com.


Ko Kood Far East Resort:


Ko Kood Resort: Bang Bao Bai. Good reviews on tripadvisor.com.


Kood Island Resort


Mark House Bungalow:


Ngam Klo: From 650 Baht. Klong Chao. Bungalows. Good reviews on travelfish.org.


Neverland Beach Resort:


Neverland, picture by Marco


Picture by Marco


Ngamkho Koh Kood Resort:


Peter Pan Resort


Peter Pan Resort, picture by Perayut


Shantaa Kood Resort: From 3500 Baht. On a small hill by the main pier (where cars can go on land), with a small beach and another one beyond the pier. "Idyllic getaway", means acbw_8 on tripöadvisor.com. "The most attractive and elegant resort on Ko Kut", comments travelfish.org. See picture by gillou29 and gallery by Jomphop. Aircon only during the night.






Shantaa room, all pictures by sOmSiLp


Siam Beach Resort: Read the review by Tezza.

Picture by tokyofortwo

Picture by tokyofortwo


Siam Beach Resort, picture by Wimbledonian


Siam Beach, picture by I am Kat


Soneva Kiri. See photogallery by lentexx. This brand new luxury resort of the Six Senses Group is promoted as eco-resort, there is rainwater harvesting and solar power. And there are special attractions as Tree-tops Dining: You board a pod, then you are elevated 5 metres above the ground, food and beverages are brought by a flying waiter. Soneva Kiri also offers an observatory for stargazing. Then there is the Eco Villa. Read more about the founders Sonu and Eva Shivdasani








Pictures by Dennis


Suanya Kohkood Resort And Spa:


The Beach Natural Resort: From 1200 Baht.


Tinkerbell Resort:

Picture by marco bono


Wuttichai Garden


X2 Koh Kood: X2 resorts is building at Klong Chao Beach and will open the resort in 2010.


Cheap stay on Ko Kood
Its not so easy anymore to find huts for 300 Baht. But some hare listed on thorntree forum.


Onlinebookings are possible on kokood.com (with map of locations) and on kohkood.com

Sunday, January 9, 2011

There are more islands

As I told you before, Ko Chang is part of the Mu Ko Chang Marine National Park with 50 islands. The Thai Tramp tells you how to go there by boat.


Koh Maak เกาะหมาก
also Koh Mak


See the locations on Koh Mak Google Map

Picture Mathieu van den Berk

Picture Mathieu van den Berk

What you discover
White sandy beaches, crystal clear water and 27 kilometers coastline: Koh Maak lies south of Koh Chang and is not part of the National Park. Around 800 people live here in three fishing villages and around 20 resorts wait for guests. There are plantations of rubber trees and coconut palms, rainforest and two beaches, Khao Beach (Southeast, great for windsurfing) and Suan Yai Beach (Northwest). You can rent bikes and motorbikes to discover the island. You will find some small shops. See a map of Koh Maak and see a guide for Koh Maak. And read the history of Koh Maak.

How you arrive
From Laem Ngop you take a speedboat (daily at around 9.30, 11.00, 13.30 und 16.00), which arrives after 45 to 60 minutes at Suan Yai Pier. There is also a slow boat (daily at 15.00). It takes 2.5 hours to arrive at Ao Nid Pier. See the timetable here.
From Bang Bao on Koh Chang there are speedboats and slow boats too, see the timetable here.

These times are for high season between November and May. In the low season and if the wether is bad, some boats can't leave due to high waves.

Where you stay on Ao Kao Bay:

Baan Koh Mak From 800 to 1650 Baht. 18 rooms. Read review of travelfish.org

Picture ml22
View from Ban Koh Mak Resort Restaurant southwest direction

Ao Kao Beach Resort From 850 to 1500 Baht, 30 bungalows at the beach, open all year round.






Island Huts From 150 to 250 Baht, 7 simple bamboo huts at Ao Kao Beach. Pictures by kohmak.com


Makathanee Resort สำนักงานขาย From 1500 to 3000 Baht. Wooden houses in Thai style, pool. Read review on travelfish.org






Makathanee Resort


Palm Beach Resort From 3500 Baht. 8 Bungalows with private roof top terrace on every bungalow. Read review on travelfish.org. See also video on youtube.




Palm Beach Resort


Baan Chai Lay Resort From 650 to 5400 Baht. Four beach front bungalows and rooms at the back. Read review on travelfish.org


Holiday Beach Resort: From 350 to 1300 Baht. Read review on travelfish.org


Lazy Day The Resort: From 2500 to 3000 Baht. Bungalows. Read review on travelfish.org


Bamboo Hut: For 300 Baht. 6 Bungalows in the rear of Lazy days.


Monkey Island Resort From 600 to 1800 Baht.


Monkey Island


Pano Resort 900 Baht. Four houses with two rooms.


Pano Resort


Koh Mak Villa: From 1000 to 2500 Baht. Off the beach, at the top of the hill between Ao Suan Yai beach and Ao Kao beach.

Goodtime Resort From 2300 to 5200 Baht. With spa and pool. You live in thai houses or villas. Off the beach between Ao Suan Yai Beach and Ao Kao Beach.

Picture Naomi


Baan Ing Kao: From 200 to 500 Baht. Huts on a hillside.


Sunset Bungalows: From 200 to 400 Baht. There is no sand here, but rocky headland.


T. K. Huts: From 400 to 990 Baht.


Where you stay on Ao Suan Yai Bay:

Coco Cape Resort From 500 to 10 000 Baht. Wooden cottages above seawater on stilts. Read reviews on travelfish.org


Baan Talay Bungalow with shared bathroom (romantic, of course there are also more comfortable villas...)




Pool


Koh Mak Resort From 600 to 4800 Baht. Read review on travelfish.org


Koh Mak Resort


Suchanaree Bungalows: For 400 Baht. Six basic bungalows.


Where you stay on Ao Tann Bay:

Green View Resort: Offside in the north east of the island.


Where you stay on Ao Nid Bay:


Buri Hut Natural Resort: From 700 to 1800 Baht. North from Ao Nid Pier at Banlang Bay, not at the beach. Pictures by Elke & Christian


Pictures and videos:
Pictures by Heinz Albers I Pictures by Heinz Albers II
Pictures by Happy Sleepy I


Koh Rayang หมู่เกาะระยั้ง

See the locations on Koh Rayang Google Map

Just a few hundred meters from Koh Maak.

Where you stay:

Rayang Island Resort From ???. 15 wood bungalows. No aircon during the day. No motorbikes on the island.

Picture Olivier Languepin



Koh Kham เกาะขาม

See the locations on Koh Kham Google Map

Picture Heinz Albers

Picture Heinz Albers
Black lava rock on the beach

From Koh Mak you can walk here during low tide - or take a boat. In 2008 a wealthy Bangkok family has bought the island. They are turning it into a luxury resort, notes luxury-thailand-travel

See LimeWaveVideo



Koh Wai เกาะหวาย

See the locations on Koh Wai Google Map

What you discover
Quiet paradise. But may be not for long time now, because a korean company has bought Pakarang Resort. Read the report of The Nation Good place for snorkeling and diving (corals on the west side). No shop. Be prepared for mosquitoes. And be aware, that day trippers come by boats from Koh Chang and elswhere. Find a good description by Tales of Asia

How you arrive
From Laem Ngop see the timetable here.
From Bang Bao on Koh Chang see the timetable here.
Krom Luang Pier near Trat Every day at 8 am and 12 am. See the timetable

Where you stay

Paradise Bungalow

Pakarang Resort From 800 to 2000 baht. 38 wooden and concrete bungalows.






Pakarang Resort


Ao Yai Ma Bungalows From 250 to 350 baht. 12 bungalows.


Good Feeling 300 Baht. 11 Bungalows.


Koh Lao Ya เกาะเหลายา

See the locations on Koh Lao Ya Google Map

Picture isriya

Picture isriya

Beautiful white sand, clear water, corals: Koh Lao Ya lies south of Koh Chang and is a group of islands: Koh Lao Ya Nok, Koh Lao Ya Klang and Koh Lao Ya Nai. The main island is around 1 kilometer long and 300 metres wide. There is a wooden bridge from Koh Lao Ya Nai to Koh Yao Ya Klang. At low tide you can walk to the island without using the bridge.

Where you stay

Lao Ya Island Resort From 2100 to 4800 Baht. See also: Kochang2.com


Pictures and videos:
Pictures and by Ulrike


Read also:
Koh Kood - a paradise going upmarket