Kood (or “Kut” to the locals) is located on far eastern side of the Gulf of Thailand, in Trat province close to the more larger, more developed Koh Chang.
Like many other Thai islands, Kood has a coastline of palm-fringed sandy beaches and a tropical rainforest interior with rivers and waterfalls. What makes Kood so special is that it has managed to maintain a delicate balance between accessibility and tranquil remoteness.
There is just enough development to make the island accessible, with a good choice of low-key resorts (all independently owned and no chain hotels, except the ultra-exclusive Soneva Kiri). The resorts are well spread out and take advantage of the prime west coast white sandy beaches, offering bungalow-style accommodation. The resorts serve great locally sourced meals. Many have their own beach bar and direct speedboat connections to the mainland.
Kood is, and feels remote and almost uniquely undeveloped. No large-scale developments, no ‘walking street’,no disco beats or nightlife, beyond your own resort bar. This is not for everyone, but if you are looking for a hideaway destination, this is the place.
The Captain Hook Resort is only accessible by boat and truly delivered a week of blissful relaxation and some cherished memories.
The resort features spacious mini pool villas with fabulous sea views, tucked almost out of sight among rocks and trees. More villas border a beautifully tranquil mangrove lined river estuary.
The resort’s handsome boatman is on hand to take you up the river and dock at the end of a long boardwalk. This connects with the only paved road on the island. He also takes guests to a stunning waterfall and fresh water plunge pool in center of the island. He seemed happy to show off his prowess by diving from the highest point into the cool clear water. This is what dreams are made of, but this was all very much real!
The staff are genuinely charming, on hand whenever needed and very aware that people come here for peace and quiet.
There are other resorts on Koh Kood worth considering to make that escape to Neverland a reality. Most are relatively small and full in peak season (November to March) so book early.
Here are our top hotel choices on Koh Kood.
Alternatively, you can click here to search all hotels on Koh Kood.
Published: October 2014
Updated: January 2016
Published: 01-Nov-2018 by Tod | Last Updated: 17-Sep-2019
On: Koh Chang