Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Koh Kood Island, Trat, Thailand

This island located at the end part of the Thai eastern maritime territory near the border of Cambodia. It is the last Island in the Trat with an area of 105 square kilometers; it is the second biggest island of the province of Trat, after Koh Chang. 
The island is flat compared to Ko Chang. It has highest mountain on the island called Khao Phaenth, measuring 315 metres. It has many wonderful beaches with crystal clear water namely Ta Pho Beach, Khlong Chao Beach, Thakian Beach, Phrao Beach and many others.

The best time to visit this island is between beginning of November and the end of February. At this time it is relatively cool, dry and mostly sunny.

How to get there?

BUS FROM BANGKOK TO TRAT Only by riding the first bus out of Bangkok (at approximately 06:00 - 06:15) from either Ekkamai Station or Mor Chit station, you will you be able to make the Siriwhite pick up in Trat City at Noon. Catch the last bus (approximately 23:15) from the Ekkamai or Mochit bus terminals in Bangkok to meet our shuttle at the bus station in Trat at approximate 04:30. The shuttle will be waiting at "gate" number 25 at the bus station. During the low season these times will differ, so may sure to indicate that you will be traveling to Trat by bus.

TRAT AIRPORT PICK UP'S are now available, but only by using the private Limousine or paid Song Teaw service that is being provided by the Siriwhite speedboat company. If you arrival time is after 12:00, or if you have enough time or prefer to pay a little less, you can also take an airport limousine or (shared) taxi to Trat City and / or spend a night in the very affordable, yet comfortable S. A. hotel to find some of the cheapest sea food in the country in an open air restaurant next to the street, nearby.

BANGKOK AIRPORTS or DOWNTOWN BANGKOK PICK UP'S are available, but note that if your flight lands after 07:30 you will have to spend a night in a hotel in Trat or in a simple bungalow at the Laem Sok pier, as the minibus won't be able to get you to the pier before 13:00 (last departure from the mainland to Koh Kood island) . For more comfortable Limousine transfers from Bangkok, contact the Siam Resorts Bangkok Limousines, which also offer family sized minibuses. There is also the 07:30 Bangkok airport to Koh Chang bus that makes a scheduled stop at Trat's bus station, but that won't allow you to make it on time for the 13:00 departure of the speedboat.

FROM KOH CHANG ISLAND there is a twice daily speedboat service from Koh Chang to Koh Mak and Koh Kood that takes guests directly to our own pier in Bang Bao Bay on Ko Kood island. Departures are at 09:00 and 11:00 from Kai Bae Beach on Koh Chang. A free pick up service by car is provided by the Koh Chang Speed boat company and is available from any of the resorts on the west coast of Koh Chang, starting pick ups around hour prior to the departure of the speed boat to Koh Mak and Koh Kood. This speedboat service from Koh Chang to Ko Kut is currently not available during the low / "green" season. The new Lonely Beach Express shared minibus service has a departure at 00:00 from Suvaranbhumi Airport which will put you on Lonely Beach a little before 06:30. From there you can request a pick up at 08:00 for the 09:00 boat from Koh Kood to Koh Kut, after you've had time for a nice cup of coffee at the Siam Hut Lonely Beach coffee

 FROM THE MAINLAND: The Koh Kood resort has joined forces with the Siriwhite speedboat services, which sail from the Laem Sok pier on the mainland, to ensure our guests a safe journey all the way from the mainland to Ko Kut island. Siriwhite speed boats / Laem Sok Group Speedboat currently offer twice daily speed boat or ferry boat transfers to Koh Kood island. The first boat departs from Laem Sok pier at 09:00 to take you to the Koh Kood Resort, while the second speedboat or power ferry departs from Laem Sok at 13:00 stipt to take you nearly direct to our own pier in Bang Bao Bay. A free pick up service from the S.A hotel, the bus station or any of the hotels in downtown Trat is available at one hour prior to departure, but it will have to be requested at least 24 hours in advance. Note that If you are staying at the Koh Kood Resort, you will NOT have to book the speedboat tickets via the Koh Kood boat website: we will gladly do that for you once your reservation is final.

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