KOH KOOD – THE ISLAND
It's hard to believe that Koh Kood remained so relatively
undiscovered for such a long time, especially
considering the close proximity to Gulf of Thailand
islands Koh Chang and Koh Mak. For a long
time Koh Kood was an insiders tip and even today
most people choose to visit the island because
they appreciate the quiet and relaxed atmosphere
and want to escape the chaos of mass tourism.
The local residents of Koh Kood have lived mainly
from rubber plantations and fishing but in the
last few 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 today a lot
of the roads are dirt tracks. But there are some
amenities like the islands only ATM. Its
reliability is sometimes a little shaky so to be
safe, bring enough cash to last your visit.
If you choose to explore the island by motorbike, you'll
find scenic waterfalls, traditional fishing
villages and many white sandy beaches. Motorbike
rentals can be found all over the island.
The nightlife on Koh Kood is generally quiet, but if
you do want to have a drink or two there are a
few cozy bars to choose from. Sometimes you'll find
live music being played at them too.
How to get to Koh Kood
There are daily boats leaving from Laem Sok Pier,
30km south of Trat city, to Koh Kood. It takes
around 1,5 to 2 hours from the mainland to the island.
The taxi from Trat to Laem Sok as well as the
transfer to your accommodation on the island are
included in the boat ticket.
There are also daily boats from Koh Chang
and Koh Mak to Koh Kood.
Busses from Bangkok to Trat depart from
eastern bus terminal Ekamai and take
around 5 hours. It’s a bit faster by minivan
or private taxi. Besides that you can go
by plan from Bangkok toTrat within an hour.