How to enjoy Koh Kood in a nutshell: Snorkel at Koh Rang, play with the deers at Koh Kradad, and spend the night on Koh Kood. But How to get to Koh Kood from Bangkok? What should be my budget? What are the best months? We have the answers in the following posts.
What province is Koh Kood situated in?
Koh Kood is considered as the last island of Trat Province and is about 82 kilometers south of the main province.
What are the best months to visit Koh Kood?
- Winter: November-February, when the weather is cool and romantic.
- Summer: March-April, considered as the peak period, when the sea is at its clearest and is suitable for diving.
- Rainy season: May-October, the island’s low season is very quiet and not suitable at all for diving. Several accommodations are mostly closed while those that are open are fantastically affordable.
How to get to Koh Kood?
- First, you need to get to Trat, then take a boat at Laem Sok Pier for the ride to Koh Kood.
- Driving is considered the most convenient and should take about 4 hours from Bangkok to reach Laem Sok Pier.
- Bangkok-Trad tour bus takes about 5 hours, and then connect to a minibus to Laem Sok Pier.
- Bangkok Airways takes about an hour to fly to Trat, and then charter a car to Laem Sok Pier.
- The boat ride from Laem Sok Pier to Koh Kood takes about 1 hour.
- Boonsiri Speed Boat Co., Ltd., has a dedicated bus service from Bangkok direct to the pier, from which you can then take a boat to Koh Kood.
Getting Around Koh Kood
• Rent a motorcycle. However, if you’re not so good at riding bikes, we don’t recommend it because some roads are very steep.
• Rent a local minibus.
Hotels on Koh Kood
Most of the hotels on Koh Kood are situated very close to nature. There are both luxury beachfront resorts, as well as, small lodges that are a bit further inland but much more cheaper, to choose from.
Attractions on Koh Kood
Koh Kood has 14 beaches, Ban Ao Salat fisherman’s community, Ban Ao Yai fisherman’s community, giant banyan and black rosewood trees. Khlong Yai Kee Waterfall, Huang Nam Khiao Waterfall, Khlong Chao Waterfall, Ban Khlong Chao School Viewpoint, Ban Ao Yai Viewpoint.
Things To Do on Koh Kood
Snorkel at Koh Rung, kayak or SUP board at Klong Chao canal, learn about the crab bank, learn about growing corals.
There are local restaurants scattered across the entire island. Prices on the island may be a bit higher but the freshness of the seafood menus is fully guaranteed. Absolutely satisfying and worth every baht.
How much will it cost me? Below, is an estimation of the costs involved.
- Bangkok-Trat tour bus, approximately 300-400 baht.
- Bangkok Airways, 3,000 – 4,200 baht (roundtrip).
- Minibus charter to Laem Sok Pier, 400–1000 baht.
- Boat fare to Koh Kood, 300 – 600 baht per one-way trip.
- Motorcycle rental, 250 baht per day.
- Minibus charter on Koh Kood, 2,000 baht per day.
- If travelling with Boonsiri Speed Boat Co., Ltd., they have a bus that departs from Bangkok and connects directly with a boat to Koh Kood, for 1,000 baht per one-way trip.
- 500 – 200,000 baht per night.
- Several lodgings have packages that include meals and activities.
- A la carte, made to order, approximately 60-100 baht per dish.
Snorkeling at Koh Rung
Koh Rung is a tiny island that can be reached from Koh Mak and Koh Kood, and is highly popular for short diving trips as it doesn’t take up much time. Simply just jump into the water and small colorful fishes can be found swimming around right there right before your eyes. Even though I’m not an avid diver, I still find it fun and enjoyable.
How can I get to enjoy it?
- Buy a tour package at the resort, the minimum price is 1,000 baht per person (each resort has different prices).
- Some accommodations offer diving packages, bundled together with meals and room.
When is the best time to go?
- November – April: Sunny days are especially perfect to get close to fishes and corals. On the day we went, the sky was rather gloomy, but it was still acceptable.
Touring Koh Kradad
A flat island where in 1969, locals came up with an idea to develop it into a tourist attraction by starting off by breeding 3 pairs of deer. The deers have since proliferated over time and are now can be found in abundance all over the island. They are now so tame to the point that they approach tourists without hesitation.
Besides deers, there are also other unseen attractions, such as Koh Khai Huaroh, leaning coconut trees, and a furry cat, named Si Thong (translated literally as gold-colored), who likes to play dead.
Koh Kradad Resort
Is the only hotel on the island. The price, which includes three meals and a tour of the entire island, costs only 1,200 baht per night. However, if you also want to go diving at Koh Rung, Koh Mak, as well as, other activities, they also have a 2-days 1-night package that includes meals and accommodations for only 2,500 baht, and 4,500 baht for 3-days 2-nights.
How to get there?
- Take a boat from Laem Son Pier on Koh Mak to Kradad Island. The trip takes about 10 minutes and costs 300 baht per person.
- On the island, there will be local “e-tans” (modified farm truck) to take you around.
What are the best months to visit Koh Kradad?
- November – April
History of Koh Kood
Koh Kood was first mentioned in Chinese inscriptions since the Ming Dynasty, as stated in the “Zheng Hhe Hang Haitu” book, which recounts the nautical journeys of Lord Zheng Hhe. On map number 13, it mentioned “Xiao Shilan as being located to the north of the Gulf of Thailand”, or meaning Koh Tao Mo, which is on the southern side of Sattahip. Some say it refers to Koh Kood.
During the reign of King Narai the Great, maps of the Kingdom of Thailand and surrounding countries that were drawn up by the Dutch mentioned the name of an island at the location of Koh Chang as Macora and the location of Koh Kood as Pealan.
Koh Kood also appeared for the first time in historical documents during the reign of King Rama I, in the year 1782, which was the same year when Bangkok was established as the capital.
Lord Chiang Sue and his family had escaped from the army of Lord Gaisen, Mayor of Guiyen, who attacked the city of Saigon, and came to seek safety from His Majesty the King in Bangkok. Later, in 1796, Lord Chiang Sue hatched a plan to reclaim his township. However, personally bidding farewell to the King was not a good idea as the war with the Burmese was still raging. So, he wrote a letter to the King and fled with many other Vietnamese lords.
Upon consultations on where they should flee to, Lord Jung recommended that they should seek shelter Koh Kood in Trat. At that time, there were not many people living on Koh Kood. Lord Chiang Sue resided at Koh Kood for 1 year at what was later on to be known as “Khlong Chao Waterfall”, the name of which stuck until this present day.
During the reign of King Chulalongkorn, or King Rama V, His Majesty made at least 12 visits to the province of Trat. From those visits, HM visited Koh Kood twice, in his 8th visit in 1887 and in his 12th visit to Trat in 1907.
Later during the reign of His Majesty King Mongkut, King Rama VI, visited Koh Kood in the year 1911 and bestowed the name of “Anam Kok Waterfall” to Khlong Chao Waterfall to commemorate Lord Chiang Sue, as well as, carved his monogram on a rock, which is still intact and can be seen to this present day. The rock is located on the first tier of the present Khlong Chao Waterfall.
Koh Kood is considered as the last island of Trat Province as it borders the waters adjacent to Cambodia. It is the largest island after Koh Chang (2nd in Trat, and 4th in Thailand), with an area of approximately 65,625 rai (approx. 105 sq. kms.). It is classified as a district of Trat, situated 82 kilometers south of the main province.
Due to its distance from the main province center, very few people in the past experienced the island’s natural beauty. However, the reputation of Koh Kood is of much interest to nobles and adventurous tourists who loved nature and welcomed challenges, as can be seen from since the reign of King Chulalongkorn, Koh Kood had become a major tourist destination for the nobles.
When traveling to the east coast, HM would often visit many of them, possibly as a result of the beauty of its sandy beaches and clear emerald waters that has been dubbed as the “Andaman of the Eastern Seas”. Koh Kood has several waterfalls, notably the Khlong Chao Waterfall, where water flows abundantly all year round. It usually leaves a lasting impression for those who visit it and appears on several occasions in past travel records of the nobles, thus establishing it as early historical evidence for later generations to study from.
Special thanks to the information received from the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Trat Office. Compiled by Bear Duck.
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