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Islands around Koh Kood

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Koh Rang islands
Koh Rang islands are a group of islets off Trad’s coast and about 30 minute boat ride from Koh Kood. It consists of 6 islets; namely Koh Tien, Koh Kra, Koh Thong Lang, Koh Rang Yai and Koh Rang Lek. Most of them are a popular site for snorkeling. Only Koh Rang Yai and Koh Kra have a beach suitable for swimming. There is a park ranger unit at Had Ao Cho on Koh Rang Yai. The office provides water supply and toilets for campers who like to stay over night here.

However, the best beach on Koh Rang Yai belongs to San Chao Beach. Located at the end of the eastern side of the island, San Chao Beach has powdery sand and the water is clear. From here, you can go to Koh Rang Lek, which is another good snorkeling spot in the area. A significant feature of this islet is its small reservoir that serves as the main water supply for Koh Rang Yai.

Koh Mak
The third largest in Trad Province, Koh Mak covers an area of 13 square kilometers. It is surrounded by 8 small islands. Inland are steep hills except at the northwestern and western bays where plains hug the seashore and where most resorts and bungalows are located. Most tourists are found in this area.

Islanders are scattered around the island in the hills and most beach areas. Coconut farming has been the villagers’ main occupation since the reign of King Rama V (1868 – 1910 AD).

Beaches in Koh Mak

Nit Bay and Nit Bay Pier
Boats arrive at Nit Bay pier from Laem Ngam pier making this the center of transportation. Despite not having any outstanding beaches, Nit Bay’s location on the southeastern part of Koh Ngam makes this a great spot to view fantastic sunsets looking towards the west. Roads, as well as walkways, start from Nit Bay pier to other beaches around Koh Mak. It is also possible to rent a boat here to visit nearby islands such as Koh Rang and Koh Kood.

Pai Bay
Located on the east coast of Koh Mak, Pai Bay beach is of reddish-colored sand running parallel with a grove of coconut trees. It is not suitable for swimming but is a good spot to observe villagers’ lifestyles and to watch sunsets. Villagers engage in coconut farming, rubber tapping and the fishery industry. From Pai Bay there is a very clear view of the larger island of Koh Kood in the distance.

Laem Son
Located in the northeast, near Tan Bay, Laem Son has sandy beaches stretching for hundreds of meters and is a good place for fishing. The island of Koh Kradad can be seen just one kilometer away and is accessible by boat in just 15 minutes. Laem Son area is inhabited and there are coconut plantations where the laterite road connects the cape with other bays on Koh Mak.

Had Ao Suan Yai
Situated in the west of Koh Mak, Had Ao Suan Yai is considered the best and longest beach in the island. The waters here are crystal clear with beaches of white powdered sand, an excellent place for swimming. The beach offers views of Koh Chang, Koh Phi and Koh Kham, which can be reached by long-tail boat in 10-15 minutes. At low tide, you can walk from the beach to its nearest island. There is several nice small resorts on this beach as well as a post office, phone booths and restaurants.

Na Nok Bay and Ban Yai Bay
Further down the island, on the western side, are Na Nok Bay and Ban Yai Bay. Tourists call each beach along the way by the resort name. Holiday Beach Resort has fine areas for swimming, and a wonderful beach of shallow waters shaded by coconut groves close to the beach. Views overlook Koh Rayang Nai and Koh Rayang Nok, which can be reached by long-tail boat in 10-15 minutes. Koh Kood can also be seen in the distance. Another beach, called Lazy Day Beach, is close to this area.

Lazy Day Bay
Also a wonderful spot for swimming, Lazy Day Bay is shaded by coconut palms and a great spot for watching sunsets over Koh Mak. Tourists favor the hut-style resort here. They also access other beaches around the island via the beach road.

Khao Bay
Located in the northwest of Koh Mak, Khao Bay has a wonderful beach and is a great place for marveling at sunsets and views of the scenic Koh Kook, Koh Rayang Nai and Koh Rayang Nok. Rocky pools here are homes to schools of fish and a favorite fishing area.