I have been here before, but this is the first time for MH. On my previous visit I flew from Bangkok to Trat (45 minutes) then took taxi to ferry point. From there a swift speedboat to Koh Kood Island. Total travel time was about 2 hours.
This time we flew on a private 6 seater charter by Soneva Kiri to adjacent island and then speedboat for a few minutes. I will do a separate summary on Soneva Kiri as it is so unique and special, so here I will just concentrate on Koh Kood itself.
As is typical with Thailand there are two names: in Thai it is Ko Kut. It is located on the eastern side of the gulf of Siam, just before you reach the border with Cambodia. It is the 4th largest Thai island, the first three being Phuket, Samui and Koh Chang. It is wonderfully tropical with hardly any commercialism. The main “industries” here are rubber, coconut plantations and fishing.
Despite its size the population is just over 4,000. It has one school, one hospital with one doctor, one ATM machine, no town with just 4 small villages. When I was last here a few years back, they only had two policeman. Now they have eight. I suppose to some it is a paradise posting.
It is lush and green. Small roads, 4 waterfalls – I managed to visit one and it was so good to have a few minutes rock pool swimming. And a collection of some of the very best beaches I have experienced anywhere in this region, with gloriously soft sand and clear turquoise waters.
It is quite seasonal and I am told the months to try and avoid would be July to October, when heavy rains are experienced. Now it is April and its hot and sunny.
We are both loving Koh Kood. This takes me back to the Thailand of yesterday when the pleasures were simple. Although our accommodation is rustic chic at the very top of the scale with every contemporary comfort catered for. However, our TV only plays DVD’s, so we have to use our phones to catch up on the negative news and the football results!
If your requirements are night life, glitz and shopping, Koh Kood is not for you, although there are plenty of places in Thailand that will appeal. If you prefer a slow pace, natural beauty and simple elegance, then you will be loving Koh Kood as much as we are.