It is no secret that Thailand has a large abundance of paradisiac islands, known for their crystalline waters and their incredibly vast shores of sandy beaches and perfectly laid out scenery. But at times there seems to be even a competition within those to see which one has the better amenities, the most stretches of beauty and the greatest amount of charm. Out of all the Thai islands Koh Kood has been dubbed as one of the most beautiful islands in the country.
Early tenants of Koh Kood were Thais and Cambodians who fled to the Thai region when the French assumed control over the city of Padjantakiri in 1904. The most original people are those in Klong Mad Village, whose inhabitants still plant rubber and coconut trees as part of their subsistence along with fishing. Be that as it may, the biggest village on the island is Ao Yai Village, where numerous fishing boats take shelter.
Furrowed fields have made way to numerous inland rivulets, streams and waterfalls. The Klong Chao Waterfall is likely the most amazing due to its size. With three levels, it enables guests to swim and bathe in the waters all year around. King Rama VI visited in 1911 and it was given the illustrious name “Anamkok Waterfall” in remembrance to Ong Chiang Lue, a Vietnamese ruler who sought shelter in the country amid the reign of King Rama I in the late eighteenth century.
The Island is 25 kilometers in length and 12 kilometers wide, covering a territory of near 105 square kilometers. Its characteristic highlights are mountains and fields where numerous streams begin and progress toward becoming waterfalls. A definite must see for those who make it to this piece of paradise.
Located in Trat, in the easternmost point of Thailand, near Cambodia and about 315 kilometres from the capital, Koh Kood is the fourth biggest island in the country and the second biggest island in Trat Province after Koh Chang.
The shorelines with crystal clear waters are extremely well known amongst guests, especially Taphao Beach, Khlong Chao Beach, Khlong Hin Beach, and Phrao Beach. Private housing is granted for guests both in Koh Kood and another two islands, Koh Rat and Koh Mai Si, inverse to Koh Kood.
In case you’re in question about where to stay overnight during your visit, there are various hotels and cabins however, none is as popular (and luxurious) as the Soneva Kiri resort.
Situated on the shoreline of the rainforest, it is equipped with beautiful infinity pools, classy furniture, buggies and private butlers.
This luxurious resort features 12 different kinds of villas. All more luxurious than the previous one, but none lacking grandiosity, they go from the one bedroom villa of about 400 square metres to the beastly 6 bedroom villa at near 3,000 square metres. This latter one offers a private pool, water slide, a fitness room and even an outdoor cinema across a fabulous pool and tree pod dining, an exceptional experience.
The whole island has a generally untouched eco-framework above and beneath the water. The island has developed an eco-traveller ethos, requiring divers to sign an eco-mindfulness document prior to engaging in any activity.
The Klong Chao Waterfall is especially stunning. This brilliant waterfall overflows with sparkling water throughout the entire year, wonderful for a nice little swim.
The Coastal street keeps running down the west side of the island round toward the south and at that point cuts over the island and through the wilderness, ending up in Aow Yai.
But if you’d rather get on the back of a bicycle and be more active, there is also that option. The street is a blend of dirt roads, rough pavement and newly cemented roads which makes it an energizing and engaging course for mountain bikers. This course takes one past Bang Bao and the immaculate Siam shoreline which everybody is enticed to swim in.
The street brings you down to another delightful shoreline called Klong Hin, this is the place the beach front way begins. The way is steep most of the way up to give the traveller a stunning perspective of the shorelines – and on a sunny morning, it is possible to see Cambodia. This bluff edge way brings you down to a little angling town with a staggering shoreline called Baan Aow Pharo. At Baan Aow Pharo one begins to head inland and through numerous palm oil plantations (fields of tall coconut trees) and rubber plantations. Aow Pharo, Bang Bao and Siam Beach are probably the most flawless and confined shorelines you will find in the bay of Thailand.
Fishing trips are led by local fishermen who take visitors for an entire day of boat adventures on their customary wooden fishing pontoons. Food and drinks are both included.
Since Koh Kood and the encompassing waters are not inclined to the big business of commercial fishing, there are an abundance of fish to be had.
All in all, be it for the splendiferous beauty of its geography or the priceless quality of the beaches in which it lies Koh Kood is a must go destination if your idea of heaven is a tropical island paradise.