Koh Kood is a small island near the maritime borders between Thailand and Cambodia. In fact, on a clear day you can see both countries as you travel by boat to the island.
It’s a place less-ventured by tourists because of its location, but it’s actually rather easy to reach! Once you arrive, you will be treated with miles of sandy beach that you can call your own, lush jungle and glistening rivulets running from waterfalls that abound the island. It’s one of my favourite places in Thailand.
I will be referring to costs in B (Thai Baht), the local currency – do your currency conversions yourself to get the most up-to-date costings.
Here’s how to get to Koh Kood Island.
Having its own private beach and private bungalows, it was a luxury option at a very good price.
Accomodation: <1000B per night / <5000 five nights
Food/Drinks: 40-300B per meal (local food vs resort food)
It is ideal to arrange your accomodation ahead of your arrival, as they can help you to arrange the boat transfer to the island and then pick you up from the pier in a jeep to take you to your lodging.
I stayed at Koh Kood Resort – having its own private beach and private bungalows, it was a luxury option at a very good price. It was 850B per night and the accomodation was fantastic – medium sized bungalow with attached bathroom (and rainfall shower!). The front porch had a hammock and overlooked the garden down to the beach.
Take the first bus Ekkamai Central Bus Station (E7 on the BTS in Bangkok) to Trat. (final destination is Trat) : purchase your bus ticket on the morning of your trip, go to Counter 5.
The bus is very comfortable with AC and an onboard toilet (but sometimes the door can be locked, so go before you leave!)
Bus fare 254B
Once you reach Trat Bus Station, you should go and find your shuttle bus directly. The first boat leaves between 12:00-12:30PM, otherwise the next one will be at 14:00.
Shuttle bus transfer to the Pier at Laem Sok is free.
From the pier, you’ll be taken on to the ferry. I took Koh Kood Princess as it was the cheapest option (350B) compared to other operators which were more expensive (500B+).
Ferry service 350B (each way)
At the pier in Koh Kood, you will be picked up by jeep and driven to your accomodation.
Jeep transfer to your accomodation is free.
So many long stretches of beautiful sandy beaches will allow you plenty of space and serenity. The water is a comfortable tropical temperature and even at night its not too cold for a swim!
Your hotel or resort may offer free use of their kayaks – a very fun way to explore the island.
Motorbikes can be rented for around 400B per day (24hr period), but the roads aren’t sealed so expect a bumpy ride.
Enjoy the serenity, you may even feel like disconnecting from the digital world for a while. Read a book, meditate, relax and recover.
Khlong Chao Waterfall is around the middle of the island at the top of a hill. It’s reachable by road, but again it is unsealed so best to take a jeep. If you’re feeling up to it, hike to the waterfall, its only 3km from the main road.
The first boat back to the mainland leaves at 10:00AM. Your hotel can arrange the jeep transfer back to the pier, it should be free. It takes about 45 minutes to go back to the pier, so they will usually arrange your transfer by 8:45-9:00AM.
Jeep transfer is free
Board the ferry by 10:00AM and put up your feet for the next hour and a half.
Ferry service 350B
From the pier on the mainland, the ferry company will have already arranged a shuttle bus to take you back to Trat Bus Station – this is included in your boat ticket price.
Shuttle bus is free
There’s a mini-van going back to Bangkok at 12:30PM, it’s very comfortable and has AC also. The driver will make multiple pitstops so you’ll have a chance to go to the bathroom, pick up some snacks and drinks.
Mini van 270B
You’ll be dropped off at Ekkamai Central Bus Station, where you can meet a connecting bus for onward travel, or walk 2 minutes to the BTS station (E7 – Ekkamai).