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Koh Kood (Kood Island)

Koh Kood is located at the very end of the Thai eastern maritime territory bordering Cambodia.

Covering 105 square kilometers, it is the second biggest island of the province of Trad , after Koh Chang. Due to past political problems in Cambodia , it was unaccessible for many years but it is now popular with those who seek an untouched paradise. What draws visitors, mostly locals, to come to this island is its completely pristine nature, both inland and underwater. Small mountains and ridged plains have given rise to many inland brooks, streams and waterfalls. Klong Chao Waterfall in particular is particularly spectacular. With three tiers, it brims with glittering water all year round, superb for soaking and swimming. It was once visited by King Mongkut (King Rama VI) and was given the royal name ‘Anamkok Waterfall’ in commemoration to Ong Chiang Lue, a Vietnamese king taking refuge in the Kingdom of Thailand during the reign of King Rama I in the late 18th century.

Ko Kut Beach

The original inhabitants were Thais and Cambodians who fled to the Thai territory when the French took over the city of Padjantakiri in 1904. The oldest community is Klong Mad Village whose residents still make a living out of planting rubber trees, coconut trees and basic fisheries. But the biggest community here is Ao Yai Village, a harbor where many fishing boats seek refuge during rough weather.

There is no regular public ferry route to Koh Kood. Some tourists catch a local boat that transports goods to the island, a trip of four to five hours. The boat leaves on Friday and returns on Monday. Chartered boats to the east side of the island take approximately 2 hours twice that for the west side. There are also speedboats, mostly operated by the resorts, that reach this tropical haven in about 90 minutes. The best bet is to buy a package tour that covers accommodation, meals, activities and most importantly transportation. Common activities here are island excursions, a visit to a fishing village, boat tours to nearby islands, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving and coral reefs.
Bays dot the perimeter of the island with accommodation on Ao Prao, Ao Tapao, Ao Yai Kerd, Ao Klong Jao, Ao Klong Ta Din, Ao Klong Yai Kee, Ao Klong Hin, Ao Klong Hin, and Ao Ngam Kho. The resorts and hotels on the beaches listed above also offer tours. There is no commercial accommodation on Ao Prao, but it’s possible to camp on the beach or to take shelter at a nearby temple.

Before heading out you may want to pack a few essentials such as imperishable instant foods, sunhat, sandals, sun block, insect repellent lotion and balm, seasickness pills and a basic first aid kit. And don’t forget to bring enough money, there are no banks on the island.