Koh Kood - Koh Mak Travel Guide

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Let’s pack our cases and get away from unbearable heat to some beautiful islands before the rainy season comes. This time we will go to Koh Kood and Koh Mak. 

Do you fit the following descriptions?

... You love beautiful beaches with crystal clear emerald water and mild waves.

... You love peaceful surroundings.

... You do not put large city with modern facilities on top priority. 

... You love cycling. 

... You advocate ecosystem friendliness. 

If you fit all the above descriptions, Koh Mak and Koh Kood should be the most perfect destinations for you. 

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General info 

Koh Kood - Koh Mak

Koh Kood

Koh Kood

Koh Kood is the fourth largest island next to Phuket, Koh Chang and Koh Samui. It is located at the furthest end of the Thai eastern maritime territory bordering Cambodia. It is rich in beautiful natural surroundings with a good number of wonderful white-sand beaches and crystal clear blue water. Unlike other islands, Koh Kood is not polluted by noises; therefore, it is the most ideal destination for visitors who enjoy a tranquil environment unspoiled by mass tourism. This is a true paradise for divers who want to admire the awe-inspiring coral reefs and eye-catching colorful fish.

Not only is Koh Kood endowed with highly attractive beaches, but it is also enriched with waterfalls, canals and well-preserved mangrove forests. It is best known as the Andaman Sea of the East, the name it truly deserves. 

Koh Mak

Koh Mak

Koh Mak is located near Koh Kood. It is not very large, but it is regarded as one of the most beautiful islands on the Gulf of Thailand. It has a shape of a 4-apex star or a plus sign. With many coconut and rubber plantations, the island retains its idyllic and natural surroundings. There are only a few resorts. It is the most perfect destination for those who want a peaceful seaside retreat. 

Journey to Koh Kood and Koh Mak 

How to get to Trat

  • Private car

Drive along Bangkok – Chonburi motorway toward Ban Bueng district  and Klang district. When you come to Klang junction, turn left.  Drive past Chanthaburi and go on to Trat to get a boat from Ngob peninsular to Koh Mak. You can leave your car at the pier for 50 baht per night. The total distance is 315 km.  The journey takes just over 4 hours.

  • Coach 
    • Eastern Routes Bus (Ekamai)Terminal: From here, you can either take a non-airconditioned bus or an airconditioned coach to Trat. The journey takes about 5 hours. 
    • Mo Chit II Terminal: From here, you can take a first-class airconditioned coach to Trat. 

Boats from Trat to Koh Kood  


 
Laem Ngob pier

  • Laem Ngob pier 
    • From Trat to Koh Kood: The boat leaves at 0900 hr. on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. The journey takes two and a half hours. The boat stops and Koh Kood Deep Water Port. The fare is 500 baht/trip/person. 
    • From Koh Kood to Trat:  From Koh Kood Deep Water Port, the boat leaves at 1230 hr. on Thursday and Friday; and leaves at 1000 hr. on Sunday. The fare is 500 baht/trip/person.
  • Dan Kao pier Speedboat takes one and a half hours. 
    • From Trat to Koh Kood the departure time is 0900 hr. every day. 
    • From Koh Kood to Trat the departure time is 1300 hr. every day.  
    • The fare is 550 baht/trip/person.
  • Laem Sok pier Speedboat takes one hour.  
    • From Trat to Koh Kood the departure time is 1300 hr. every day. The speedboat stops at Khlong Mat.
    • From Koh Kood to Trat the departure time is 1000 hr. 
    • The fare is 550 baht/trip/person. 

Boats from Trat to Koh Mak 

Maka Thani pier

  • Panan speedboat service: The speedboat stops at Koh Mak Resort, Suan Yai bay. 
    • Departure times: 12.30 hr. and 16.00 hr.  
    • The journey takes an hour. 
    • The fare is 450 baht/trip/person. 
  • Lilawadi speedboat service: The speedboat stops at Maka Thani Resort 
    • Departure times: 10.30 hr.,  14.00 hr. and 15.00 hr. 
    • The journey takes an hour. 
    • The fare is 450 baht/trip/person. 
  • From Koh Mak to Koh Kood 
    • The fare is 250 baht/trip/person 

Getting around Koh Kood and Koh Mak

Unlike Koh Chang, getting around Koh Kood and Koh Mak is not so easy. There are only a few public transports. You can either hire a local minicab or call for a car service from a hotel. 

Beaches on Koh Kood and Koh Mak 

Koh Kood 

Baan Klong Mat

Baan Klong Mat

A short beach used as a quay – it is the old Dan Kao pier. It is unsuitable for swimming.  The oldest community of Koh Kood is here. 

Hin Dum Peninsular

There are no beaches. On this peninsular, you can only find Laem Hin Dum pier, a large fishing community, government buildings and Ratbamrung (or Khlong Hin Dum) Temple where the locals go to perform religious rites. 

Ao Tapao

Ao Tapao

The beach is 400 m. long with crystal clear water which is ideal for swimming. It is near Ban Khlong Hin Dum, Ban Khlong Mat and Ao Khlong Chao communities. 

Ao Klong Chao

Ao Klong Chao

A beautiful powder white sand beach which measures 600 m. long with a long wooden bridge for crossing over to Ta Phao bay. Klong Chao waterfall is another tourist attraction. It is also the source of fresh water. To get to the waterfall, take a long-tail boat and walk for 1 km. 

Ngam Kai Bay

A beautiful beach which is much longer than other beaches. It is not too quiet because there are quite a few resorts and local villages. 

Haad Bang Bao

Haad Bang Bao

A curve bay that measures approximately 800 m. with a small canal at the back. There are low-priced food shops and homestay accommodations. This bay is ideal for swimming and admiring the stunning sunset. 

Klong Hin Bay

The beach is about 300 m. long with rambutan and durian plantations on the back.  It is ideal for swimming. From here, you can walk to Phrao bay. This bay is the most perfect site for admiring the stunning sunset.  

Ao Phrao Beach

A nice and cool curve beach that measures approximately 800 m. and is lined with rows of coconut trees. It is ideal for swimming. The word ‘phrao’ is short for ‘ma phrao’ which means ‘coconut’. The bay has acquired this name because it has a lot of coconut trees.   The statue of Admiral Prince Abhakara Kiartivongse Prince of Chumphon, who contributed significantly to the advancement and modernization of the Royal Thai Navy, stands on this bay. You can also pay respect to Luang Phor Dum, the Buddha image highly revered by the locals. 

Ao Noi 


 

Ao Noi 

Located near Khlong Chao beach and Ngam Koh bay, Noi Bay has a beach with some rocks on one side and soft powder white sand fringed by crystal clear blue water on the other side. This bay is ideal for swimming. 

Thien Peninsular

On the furthest south of Koh Kood and near Krathing bay, lies a beach-less Thien peninsular which is designated as the Royal Thai navy restricted zone. 

Krathing Bay

A small beachless bay which lies south of Koh Kood and near Thien peninsular. It is not suitable for swimming. The only attractions here are high cliffs from which you can admire the very enchanting sunset. 

Yai Bay

There are no beaches. Here, you can find fishing communities where you can buy fresh seafood in a small or a large quantity. 

Jak  Bay

Jak Bay

It lies on the east of the island, and it is one of the best sites for admiring the stunning sunrise. There is a beach which measures about 500 m. with clean white sand fringed by crystal clear blue water which is ideal for swimming. 

Hin Yai Bay

The beach is full of rocks that it is unsuitable for swimming. The words ‘Hin Yai’ mean ‘large rocks’. It is the reason why the bay has acquired this name. Here, you can find coconut plantations and the most stunning sunrise. 

Kluay Bay

A tranquil bay with no communities or residents.  It is the habitat of Red-whiskered Bulbuls and other migratory birds. There is a white sand beach which measures about 300 m. long. 

Yai Kerd Bay

A semicircular bay which measures about 800 m. long.  It is near Kluey bay.  The beach is nice and quiet which is perfect for private swimming. The bay front is an ideal site for diving and admiring underwater corals. 

Salad Bay

A U-shaped bay with no beaches where fishing communities are located.  

Khlong Kwan bay

A clean white sand beach which measures 300 m. and is kept nice and cool by the coconut plantations at the back. It is ideal for swimming. 

Sapparod Bay

A quiet beach which measures about 300 m. It looks similar to and is located quite near Khlong Kwan beach. 

Yai Tui Peninsular

A beachless peninsular which lies on the furthest north of Koh Kood. It is unsuitable for swimming.   From here, you can admire the picturesque views of the other islands such as Koh Mak, Koh Kradad and Koh Rung.  

Phak Wang bay

A quiet and uninhabited small bay which measures only 200 m. long. From here, you can admire the scenic beauty of the other islands such as Koh Mak, Koh Rung, Koh Mai Si Lek and Koh Kradad. 

Ao Yai Kee

Ao Yai Kee

It lies on the west of Koh Kood. The beach is 300 m. long, and it is perfect for swimming.   You can also enjoy swimming in natural surroundings at Kholng Yai Kee waterfall. This bay is an ideal site for admiring the stunning sunset. 

Koh Mak 

Nid Bay

This bay has no beaches, but it is unrivalled in its natural and scenic beauty. Besides, it is the most perfect site for admiring the stunning sunset. There is a pier where people traveling to Koh Mak have to disembark; and many people who want to go to other places come here for a boat connection. There are local communities, shops, car rental service, etc. Cuttlefish hunting is a highly popular activity.  

Ao Khao

Ao Khao

This bay has a powder white long beach which stretches to Krathing bay. The beach is nice and cool because it is lined with luxuriant coconut trees. The word ‘khao’ means ‘white’. The bay has acquired its name because it has a white sand beach. 

Phra Bay

A long curve bay which lies only 400 m. from Suan Yai bay. It has a powder white beach which is quite soft to walk on and is ideal for swimming. From this bay, you can admire the picturesque views of Koh Chang, Koh Wai and Koh Kham. The stunning sunset here makes you feel like the time is standing still.  No resorts are available. 

Ao Suan Yai


 
Ao Suan Yai

It has a 2 km. long beach (the longest one on Koh Mak) with powder white sand of  gradual slope fringed by crystal clear blue water and mystified by the dazzling sunlight.   The waves are not so strong. It is ideal for swimming and taking photos. 

Son Peninsular

A tranquil beach lined with lush pine trees. From here, you can see Koh Kradad. It is perfect for a picnic under a pine tree and swimming. 

Phai Bay

A long red sand and stone beach which is quite attractive when the sun shines. From here, you can see Koh Kood. It is not suitable for swimming. 

Tatan Bay, Ta Kai Bay and Ta Long Bay


 
Tatan Bay

These three bays are so close to each other that you can walk or cycle from one to another quite easily. Cycling lanes are available. There are small beaches which are not suitable for swimming. Tatan bay is kept nice and cool by the sea breeze. It is  one of the most perfect sites for admiring the picturesque views of the islands. Tak Kai bay has a small beach beyond coconut plantations. The sand is rather rough, but it is perfect for swimming. Ta Long bay is home to fishing community that leads a simple way of life. 

Hotels

  • Koh Kood 

  • Koh Mak

Sightseeing and other activities

  • Kayaking

Kayaking around all the islands is a fun and exciting experience. You can hire a kayak from most resorts. 

  • Mangrove Forest Tour

The mangrove forests on Koh Kood and Koh Mak are still rich and luxuriant. We should help retain their natural conditions by not littering.  

  • Diving 


 

 
Koh Kham

Koh Kham, Koh Kradad, Koh Rayang Nai and Koh Rayang Nok  are the islands nearby that are ideal for diving. During your diving sessions, you will be able to admire the exotic and eye-catching underwater corals and fish. Remember to take you underwater camera with you. 

  • A tour to Klong Chao Waterfall  

Klong Chao Waterfall  

Koh Kood has a famous 3-tier waterfall with plenty of water flowing all year round.  A switch over from beach going to waterfall going can be a fun and exciting experience. By the time you reach Khlong Chao waterfall you will not be able to resist the temptation to jump into it. 

  • Luang Phromphakdi House

On Koh Mak and at the far end of Suan Yai beach stands the house where the relics of Luang Phromphakdi, the first settler on Koh Mak, are kept. 

  • Cycling

Although Koh Mak is not too large, walking around it can be tiring. Cycling is the most common activity here. Cycle lanes are provided. Those who have never cycled before should learn it before coming here so that you can go around Koh Mak a lot more easily. 

  • Koh Mak Temple

Koh Mak is the only temple here. Many Buddhists come here to pay respect to the sacred beings.  

High Season and Monsoon Season 

The period from June to October is a rainy season. However, you can still visit Koh Kood and Koh Mak because it does not rain every day. You might even go through one whole week without any rain. The natural scenic beauty of Koh Kood and Koh Mak attracts tourists all year round. It is nevertheless advisable to check the weather conditions before coming here.  

After finding out all the info, you should take your friends or your loved one to Koh Kood and Koh Mak to get some fresh air. You will be back feeling fully revitalized that you can resume work more energetically.  

Editted on 11 Feb 13 15:04

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