island is the farthest island from the coast of Trat. Its size ranks it
as the fourth largest island in Thailand or the second largest island next
to Koh Chang in Trat. The island, which is 25 km long and 12 km wide
covers an area of approximately 105 sq km or 65,625 rai.
Its natural features include mountains and plains where many streams originate
and become waterfalls. One famous waterfall is Nam Tok Khlong Chao, which
flows throughout the year and is an ideal place for swimming as it is comprised
of 3 tiers; of which the upper two tiers are running streams and the lower
one is a large pond. In 1911, King Rama VI paid a royal visit to this waterfall
and named it 'Nam Tok Anam Kok' to commemorate Ong Chiang Su. In addition;
there are beaches with crystal-clear seas which are popular among visitors
such as Taphao Beach, Khlong Chao Beach, Khlong Hin Beach, Phrao Beach,
with private atmosphere is available at the inner
sea of Koh Kood, and the other two islands, Koh Rat and Koh Mai Si, opposite
to Koh Kood .
Package tours including accommodation (on Koh Kood, Koh Lao Ya and Koh Ngam) as well as return fares are usually offered.
Those wishing to charter a boat can contact the Laem Ngop landing or make
advance inquiries at the Koh Chang Centre Point at Tel: 0 3953 8055, 0 3953
Infrastructure on Koh Kood
The island is rather flat compared to Koh Chang with the highest mountain
on the island, Khao Phaenth, measuring 315 metres. It has a good number
of wonderful beaches with crystal clear water (Ta Pho Beach, Khlong Chao
Beach, Thakian Beach, Phrao Beach etc.). Inland, the island is very wild
with a lot of coconut and rubber tree plantations located in the plains.
Population on Koh Kood
Most of the island inhabitants live off of the cultivation of coconut, rubber
production or fishing. But meanwhile the expanding tourism industry gives
more and more work to the less than 2,000 residents.
The best time to go to Koh Kood
The best time for a visit to Koh Kut is between beginning of November and
the end of February. At this time it is relatively cool, dry and mostly
sunny. But until the end of May, when it is hotter than the cool season,
a visit is still convenient. Even during monsoon season, Koh Kood is worth
visiting for it doesnt rain every day and all day long.
Activities on Koh Kood
Besides lazing on the beach, snorkeling at the beautiful coral reefs or
just watching stars at night; visitors can also visit nearby islands for
snorkeling and other activities.
Some of the more expensive Resorts
on Koh Kood offer Banana-, Donut-boat-trips and water-skiing. In addition
visitors can do drop line fishing at the beaches and bays or rent a boat
over night in order to try night time fishing.
Attractions and Surrounding Islands
• Aow Salad Village (Baan Aow Salad)
Aow Salad Village is located in the northeast part of the island. It is
the biggest fishing village on Koh Kood fresh seafood can be bought everyday.
• Koh Wai
This big island, which a part of Koh Chang National Park and is situated
next to Koh Lao Ya, has stone laden beaches. However, Koh Wai is famous
for its coral and is also the best place for fishing and swimming. As for
accommodations, Koh Wai Pakarung Resort is ready to serve tourists.
• Koh Rang
This small island at the west of Koh Mak does not have enough flat area
suitable for setting up of any resorts and bungalows. However, Koh Rung
is well known as the location for its birds nest concessions, sea turtle
eggs and bat's dung. The main attractions at the island are the stone knolls
and the magnificent deep-sea corals.
• Koh Pui
is an isle near the land of Baan Laem Aun. Therefore, transportation to
the isle is very convenient and safe in every season. Koh Pui is very convenient
and safe in every seson. Koh Pui is very cool and shady as it is plenty
of coconut trees and herb orchard. Situated on the isle is the well the
clay of which once was used to make white chalk, used by former Thai people
as an after bath. The well was once visited by King Rama V during his royal
trip to Trat. Beaches on Koh Pui are the mixture of slush and sand. Thus,
the area is not appropriate for swimming but for serene rest. A boat trip
for hire to Koh Pui is available at Laem Ngob and Laem Aun, 5 minutes from
Laem Ngob-Baan San Tung Intersection along 3156 Highway.
• Ban Salak Khok Community
The village of "Ban Salak Khok" is situated at Moo 3,
, King Amphoe Koh Chang. (After disembark
the ferry from the main land, turn left toward Ban Ao Luk). The villagers
have established Ban Salak Khok Community Tour Club to introduce a healthy
range of eco-tourism activities with a touch of modern management, fix tour
guide fees, detailed income statement, good rules of income distribution.
Additionally, trainings for tour leaders and local tour guides, as well
as trainings on how to implement environmentalism activities are also conducted.
This community won Thailand Tourism Awards in the category of The Most Outstanding
Tourism-based Community in the year 2007.
• Lan Sai Beach
is situated on Trat-Klong Yai Road about 5 km from the 31 of the right of
the 318 Highway.
lies on Trat -Klong Yai Road about 2 km from 31-32 of the right of the 318
Hat Banchuen, formerly called Hat Maro, is located in Trat before Amphoe
Khlong Yai on Highway 318 (Trat-Khlong Yai), between km 59 and 60. When
getting to the junction, turn right and go on for about 3 km This beach
has delicate sand grain and clear sea water where it is possible to swim.
Bangalows for rent are available near the beach.
is situated 5 km far from km 57-58 on the right of 318 Highway.
The footpath down to the beach is in front of the community center.
• Tan Ku Bay (Ao Tan Ku)
is situated in Tambon Bang Pid, 12 km from Amphoe Laem Ngob along 3156 Highway
and 8 km from Laem Ngob -Baan San Tung. Intersection.
The area is 4 km from
the main road. Beautiful sandy beaches that are popular with the local people
during holidays. Food shops are easily found Baan products such as shrimp
Paste, dried Shrimp and fish sauce are available in the village as well.
• Yai Ki Waterfall
Klong Yai Ki, a small waterfall is located in the west side of the island.
There is a walkway along Klong Yai Ki Canal to the waterfall.
• Aow Khluai
The bay is located in the east side of the island, 15 minutes walk from
Aow Yai Gerd It has powdery white sand beach, clear water, ideal for swimming.
Located far from the houses and bungalows, this beach makes a peaceful and
serene spot. It is also a pot to watch different species of birds. The sunrise
here is one of the most spectacular spot on the island.
Getting to Koh Kood
There are boats from Koh Chang to Koh Kood three times a week (Tuesday,
Thursday and Saturday). Please ask for the departure times of the ferries
from Laem-Ngop Pier to Koh Kood at the pier.