A couple of friends of mine were staying at Bann Makok resort on Koh Kood Thailand, so my wife and I decided to join them for a few days.
The island is located in the Gulf of Thailand and is part of Trat province, which is near the Cambodian border. Koh Kood is also spelled Koh Kut.
There are 3 options to get to Trat city and Koh Kood, you can fly, go by bus or by minivan. I took the quickest option and flew with Bangkok Airways, the cost was 5400 Baht. The flight only takes 1 hour and there are 3 flights per day. The minivan and bus take between 4 to 6 hours to reach Trat.
Once my wife and I arrived at Trat airport we took minivan to take us to Dankao pier and the speedboat to the island. We used Ao Marine speedboat service, the cost was 600 Baht per person and the journey time was 1 hour. Trat airport to Dankao pier takes 30 minutes and on arrival we had to wait another 30 minutes for the speedboat to arrive.
If you like large speedboats crashing against the waves and picturesque scenery of the neighboring islands, then this is for you! I enjoyed the journey, but others on the speedboat not so.
Arrival at Bann Makok resort
I had pre-booked a room at Bann Makok resort on Koh Kood island, the rooms are expensive for Thailand at 3200 Baht. There are 8 rooms at the resort priced at 3200 Baht and 3800 baht, a restaurant/bar and reception. As you can see from the photos the resort looks fantastic. Bann Makok is situated in a klong (canal) and there is a free shuttle boat to take you to beach which is 5 minutes away. At the other end of the canal there is a beautiful waterfall.
Bann Makok can arrange the speedboat for you and pay when you check out, this is what we did. The rooms at the resort are all individually styled and it looks/feels exotic. The restaurant/bar is open until 11pm, although we bought extra beers and stacked them up on the table in the restaurant so we could drink into the early hours!
The food at the resort is delicious, but beware when it closes there are no shops in the area and it does not open again until breakfast time. Due to the island having a lack of electricity the rooms have no air con between 7am and 7pm, just fans, and it was very hot and humid when we stayed at Koh Kood.
The beach, the bar, the temple, the waterfall and the sunset
We did not travel around the island too much, there are not many roads and not many shops, but there were a couple of beach side bars near the resort. The beaches near Bann Makok were unspoiled and quiet, you could be the only one on there at times. The beaches were stunningly beautiful too! At the other end of the klong was a waterfall called Klong Chao and a small Buddhist temple, we also explored the jungle near the resort too.
In this part of Koh Kood there is no nightlife or other parts of the island too, entertainment is at your resort. Sometimes a late night bottle of Singha beer and a moonlit klong is the perfect chill out vibe!
It was possible to catch a sunset at the beach and still get the last boat back to the resort, and what a sunset it was on Koh Kood Island!
Getting back to Trat from Koh Kood
Bann Makok arranged a speedboat to pick us from Koh Kood, the cost was the same, 600 Baht per person and duration about an 1 hour. The journey back was not as pleasant for me this time, it was midday and the sun was very strong. The speedboat did have a roof, but the sea breeze, plus the salt in the air, soon I was feeling burnt and we arrived at Trat, I was very burnt indeed! The speedboat dropped us off at a different pier on the return journey, this time it was Laem Sok pier.
The flight back to Bangkok was at 6.30pm, we arrived at the speedboat jetty at 1.30pm. So we decided to have a look around Trat city for a few hours. We caught a minvan into town and found that there is not much in Trat city to look at. As we had time to kill, we had a walk around, took some photos of some temples, ate in KFC, this was the only fast food restaurant in town.
Trat airport reminded me of Koh Samui airport, which is not surprising as it’s owned by Bangkok Airways, same as Koh Samui airport. The airport is small with beautiful gardens, some covered ornate wooden shelters and a small shop with ice-cold cans of beer, fantastic!
Koh Kood is an idyllic and unspoiled island, if you want nightlife like Koh Phangan or Koh Samui you will not find it here. You will find stunning scenery, white sandy beaches, crystal clear blue seas and a laid back chilled out vibe…
Some useful links on Koh Kood
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Have you been to Koh Kood before? If you did let me know what you think and comment below? Or maybe just leave a comment if you did not and you just want to say hello…