Despite being a beautiful mountainous island with white sandy beaches and crystal blue water, for the independent traveller, Koh Kood is a difficult destination to explore. Resorts cater specifically to package tourists, and although most will take walk in guests, there are few restaurants, shops or travel services available for those not booked on a package.
Koh Kood is the fourth largest island of Thailand and the second largest in the area behind Koh Chang. It is the closest island to the Cambodian border in Trat province, approximately 330 km southeast from Bangkok. Koh Kood extends over approximately 23 kilometres in length, almost 9 kilometres in width and has a size of about 129 square kilometres.
The island is rather flat compared to Koh Chang with the highest mountain on the island, Khao Phaenth, measuring 315 metres. It has a good number of wonderful beaches with crystal clear water (Ta Pho Beach, Khlong Chao Beach, Thakian Beach, Phrao Beach etc.).
Koh Kood is very wild with a lot of coconut and rubber tree plantations located in the plains.Most of the island inhabitants live off of the cultivation of coconut, rubber production or fishing. But meanwhile the expanding tourism industry gives more and more work to the less than 2,500 residents.
Even during monsoon season, Koh Kood is worth visiting for it doesnt rain every day and all day long. Activities on Koh Kood – Besides lazing on the beach, snorkeling at the beautiful coral reefs or just watching stars at night; visitors can also visit nearby islands for snorkeling and other activities.