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Bang Bao holds some of the most beautiful beaches on an island famed for its stunning beaches

Bang Bao Beach is another of Koh Kood's outstandingly beautiful strips of coconut-crowded sand with the image of tropical paradise. This beach is set in and protected by a deep bay, and is split into two sections by a low rocky patch. This can easily be walked over. Two resorts share the northern sector while the long Siam Beach Resort holds an exceptionally long beachfront in the south.
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Like most beaches along Koh Kood's southwest coast, this is rather narrow and the water is shallow. At low tide there is a wide area of exposed sand and shallow water, requiring a good walk to get to swimming depths. At high tide little sand is left dry, but what there is feels fine and soft. The water is always clear through the calm high season months. With such good protection by the deep bay, plus shallow water, this is an excellent, safe beach for children.
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The view along Bang Bao Beach shows a jetty in the middle and a few beach umbrellas, but no buildings. The bungalows along the middle of the beach are set well back into the spacious lawns among the coconut palms, while the two northern resorts run up a hillside and are well hidden among trees and gardens. Viewed from offshore we see the distinctive red roofs of Siam Beach Resort along the longer beach zone, and little else.
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Bang Bao Beach is home to the island's fastest ferry, the big catamaran of Boonsiri. This overnights at the jetty in front of Siam Beach Resort, departing for nearby Koh Mak and the mainland in mid morning, returning, again via Koh Mak, in the early afternoon. As with the two other big ferry companies, Boonsiri delivers each passenger to his/her resort on Koh Kood within the price of the boat ticket. This catamaran is faster than the craft of the other two companies, is more modern and costs more. Prices and timetables change year-to-year, so do check. Boonsiri also sells a ticket from Bangkok right to Koh Kood, using 10-seater minibuses, or call them vans, for the 5-hours trip from Bangkok to Laem Sok pier in Trat province.
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Of the three resorts on Bang Bao Beach, Siam Beach Resort has the largest area and the longest beachfront. Here the simple but comfortable bungalows are set in the green lawns of an expansive coconut garden. Bang Bao's more modern and upmarket resort is The Beach Natural Resort, which has good quality accommodations set among the trees running up a gentle hillside. It offers several pleasant public areas for enjoying the views of the ocean and its cuisine. Natural Resort also has its own wooden jetty that runs out to good swimming depth, and has a sun deck and lounges at the end. This is a relaxed, family-run resort where guests can intermingle with owners and managers.
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The beach at the bottom of our map, on which Cham's House is located, faces southwest and, in season, the monsoon waves. It's quite wide and sandy in places, and narrow and a bit rocky at the northern end. This is a particularly tranquil, little-seen corner of Koh Kood. Cham's House is one of the top luxury resorts on the island, offering garden pool villas as well as hotel rooms in a block to the back. The hill slope up which Cham's is built gives most rooms good ocean views. This offers a stylish restaurant at the back with grand vistas right across the resort, and another right by the beach. See the photos in the hotel gallery for an overview of this well-designed, high-end resort.
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The small, rustic bungalows of neighbouring Pa Hin Sai are near impossible to book, for this has neither e-mail nor website. Bookings are controlled by Russian travel agents in Pattaya whose clients fill it in the high season. Increasing numbers of Russians are coming to Koh Kood each year, much as they are becoming the dominant visitor in many other Thai beach destinations.
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Cham's House and beach is ideal for those seeking exceptional tranquillity in a luxurious setting.
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by John Everingham
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