Koh Kood; a remote island in Thailand's southeast, close to Cambodia
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Koh Kood is one of Thailand's most remote islands with true beachfront accommodations, lying at the end of the Koh Chang archipelago that runs down the country's southeast coast where it meets Cambodia. Koh Kood is the second largest island in this group that includes the much bigger, better-known island of Koh Chang and smaller neighbouring island Koh Mak, both of which also have multiple tourist hotels.
Koh Kood is used by many seeking a more isolated and natural tropical island, and by others seeking a beach stopover as part of a trip to see Angkor Wat in Cambodia. While Cambodia does have beach resorts of its own, it has (as yet) little to compare with Koh Kood's good quality, luxury beachfront accommodations and natural environment. Visitors can easily cross the road frontier from Thailand into Cambodia by bus or minibus at the nearby Trat-Koh Khong border post.
The level of development on Koh Kood is so low that there is no commercial centre on the island, no banks or ATMs and the only permanent settlements aside from the tourist hotels are a half dozen small or tiny fishing communities in mangrove channels. There is currently a police station, a hospital, two Buddhist monasteries, a power generating plant, several shops and perhaps half a dozen independent restaurants. These are scattered here and there along the small road network without forming a commercial nucleus.
Distance and travel time, plus lack of facilities and activities have kept Koh Kood isolated from mass tourism, preserving it for those willing and able to make the five-hour road journey from Bangkok plus a ferry crossing to find a pristine tropical beach. And Koh Kood is not likely to disappoint those travellers, for the beaches here are among the most beautiful in Thailand.
There is one interesting anomaly on Koh Kood however, that allows those with money to skip right over the road and boat journeys that help isolate the island. Guests booked into the super luxurious resort of Soneva Kiri are flown directly from Bangkok to a private airport on a small island adjacent to the resort. It's then just a five minute boat ride to Koh Kood's most stunning, luxurious hideaway. And Soneva Kiri is truly hidden, with the average island visitor unlikely to see more than a few rooftops and yellow beach umbrellas from a boat far offshore.
Note that Koh Kood is sometimes spelled Ko Kut, or Koh Kud.
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