Koh Kood (Kood Island sometimes spelt Ko Kut) Thailand is located in the eastern part of the Gulf of Thailand, close to the border with Cambodia. This tropical island paradise is mostly made up for jungle national park and surround by a marine park with great snorkeling and scuba diving.
Koh Kood island is does not receive heaps of tourists like Koh Chang, Koh Samui or Phuket so is perfect for a nice relaxing holiday, getting away from the crowds. It takes around 5 hours to drive from Bangkok to the Laem Sok ferry port with ferries leaving in the morning to take you across to Koh Kood island. The ferry takes around 2 hours, stopping at Koh Mak.
The majority of Koh Kood island is National Park land with thick forest / jungle with small mountains in the centre of the island. There are some excellent treks you can do through the forest to see some of the wildlife as well as some beautiful waterfalls.
Water sports on Koh Kood
There are plenty of different types of water sports on Koh Kood including swimming, kakaying, paddle boarding, sailing, snorkeling and scuba diving. So far there are not alot of motorised water sports like jet skiis which is a good thing. I am sure in the future the noisy jet skiis will arrive. Leave your surf board at home as there are no good surfering beaches on Koh Kood.
Scuba Diving Koh Kood
There is some good scuba diving in the waters around Koh Kood or you can do a day trip to Koh Rang where the diving is much better. Around Koh Kood there are around 20 dive sites. Altough it is a marine park, fishing still occurs around Koh Kood which has taken a toll on the number of marine life. There is still some good soft and hard corals around Koh Kood.
There are a few PADi certified dive centres on Koh Kood. BB Divers is located right at the Siam Beach Resort in Bang Bao Bay. They organise dive trips around Koh Kood as well as to Koh Rang and they can complete all levels of PADI dive courses.
Some other dive shops in Koh Kood include:
Hotels on Koh Kood
There are only around 25 hotels on Koh Kood and many are space around the island in secluded spots away from all the other hotels.
Check out a full list of Koh Kood Hotels
2 hotels on Koh Kood and I can recommend are the Siam Beach Resort which has fairly cheap bungalows only 10 meters away from the beach at Bang Bao Bay. The room prices at Siam Beach Hotel start from 1400 Thai Baht (around US$43). This is for a room with a fan at the back of the resort. Bungalows with air conditioning down facing the beach cost 3000 Thai Baht (around US$93). There is a nice restaurant and seperate chilled out bar at the resort serving a range of Thai food and western food including pizza. See more pics and review of Siam Beach Resort.
For a true getaway vacation check out the Captain Hook Resort which is located in a secluded spot away from other hotels. Captain Hook Resort is only accessed by boat. Most of the rooms at Captian Hook have private plunge pools with amazing views over the sea, a great place to sit back and watch the sunset. See more pictures and review of Captain Hook Resort.
Getting to Koh Kood
There are a few ferry companies that go from Laem Sok ferry port on the Thai mainland across to Koh Kook. The fatest boat is with Ko Kut Express which takes around 1 hour and 15 minutes to cross to Koh Kood. This ferry only leaves once per day at 12.30pm and arrives at 1.45pm. For the return trip The Ko Kut Express leaves Koh Kood at 10am and arrives on the mainland at 11.15am. Ticket price for the Ko Kut Express ferry is 350 Baht.
Koh Kood Fantasea Catamaran is a large boat which leaves from the same ferry port in Laem Sok. The ferry trip goes via Koh Mak and takes around 1 hour 45 minutes to arrive in Koh Kood. The Koh Kood Fantasea Catamaran leaves twice a day at 10.45am and 2pm. You can also organise a bus transfer from Bangkok or Pattaya to join the ferry at Laem Sok. The ticket price for just the ferry trip is 500 Baht. For a transfer from Bangkok to Koh Kood costs 850 Baht. The transfer from Pattaya to Koh Kood costs the same at 850 Baht but this also includes a pickup from your hotel in Pattaya. For the Bangkok transfer you need to make you way to departure point.
There are also ferry services that go direct from Koh Chang to Koh Kood. The quickest way to transfer from Koh Chang to Koh Kood is via speedboat. Check out Koh Chang Boats.
Flying to Trat Thailand
You can also fly from Bangkok to Trat airport which is 30 kilometers from Laem Sok ferry port. Bangkok Airways flies from Bangkok to Trat 3 times a day, at 8.20am, 11.40am and 5pm.