It's hard to believe that Koh Kood remained relatively undiscovered for such a long time, especially considering the close proximity to the popular islands Koh Chang and Koh Mak. For a long time Koh Kood was an insider tip and even today most people choose to visit the island because they appreciate the quiet and relaxed atmosphere and want to escape mass tourism.
The local residents of Koh Kood have lived mainly on rubber plantations and fishing for a long time, but in the last years more and more people have found work in tourism which is developing slowly but steadily. A great part of this 25 km long island is still covered by jungle and even though they are getting less over the years, there are still some dirt roads.
By now there are four working ATMs on the island and you can find WIFI almost everywhere.
The best way to discover the island is to rent a motorbike. You'll find scenic waterfalls (though they tend to dry out by the end of February), traditional fishing villages, 500 year old trees and many white sandy beaches.
The nightlife on Koh Kood is generally quiet, but if you're up for a drink there are some cozy bars to choose from. Sometimes you'll find live music being played at them.
How to get to Koh Kood
There are daily ferries leaving from Laem Sok Pier, 30km south of Trat city, to Koh Kood. It takes around 1 - 1,5 hours from the mainland to the island. The taxi from Ao Salad pier on Koh Kood to your accommodation on the island is included in the ferry ticket. During high season there are also boats operating between Koh Chang, Koh Mak and Koh Kood.
You can find the ferry schedule here.
Busses from Bangkok to Trat depart from Ekkamai Eastern Bus Terminal and take around 6 hours. It's a bit faster by minivan or private taxi. Besides that you can book an organised transfer by bus and ferry or even go by plane from Bangkok to Trat airport.