The oldest village in Koh Kood is the Klong
Mad Village where the people are of Thai and Cambodian origins.
These early dwellers had migrated from neighboring Koh Kong
since the turn of the 20th century. Koh Kood has a mountainous
terrain in the central region. About 70% of Koh Kood are covered
by tropical rainforest. Development is scarce and mostly at
coastal areas. Koh Kood boasts of scenic beauties, crystals
clear sea, pristine beaches, breathtaking waterfalls and a
very pure nature environment.
Boats from the piers in Laem Ngob and the
Dan Kao pier on the mainland take about 4 to 5 hours to reach
Koh Kood. Speedboats takes slightly over an hour. The resorts
which cater to the higher priced market include this trip
in their packages. There are several resorts, most of them
are on the west coast. Koh Kood is little known to foreigners.
Most of the visitors are Thais who find it a paradise. Most
resorts have, a minimum requirement on number of guests per
package, usually 10. However, if you do not have your own
group you can join the others to meet the minimum required.
The west coast is lined with a series of
pristine beaches, sparkling clear sea, captivating views and
a great place to catch the magnificent sunset. Most of the
best known beaches are along the bays which include the Ao
Pak Waeng, Ao Klong Ta Tin, Ao Klong Yai Kee, Ao Ta Pow, Ao
Klong Chao, Ao Klong Hin and Ao Prao. Noted fishing villages
include the Ban Klong Mad and Laem Hin Dan.
The east coast is equally beautiful with
fascinating views of the glorious sunrise.
The prime areas include Ao Sapparos, Ao Klong Kwaen, Ao Yai
Kerd, Ao Hin Yai and Ao Chak. Ao Salad and Ao Yai are the
major fishing villages here. The Khao Paenthee is the highest
hill and has just been recently discovered as a superb viewpoint
for the sparkling island-dotted seas.
Two of the most beautiful islands closest
to the shores of Koh Kood are Koh Mai Si Lek and Koh Raet.
Both are small islands of coconut trees, fine beaches, healthy
corals and excellent sunset viewpoints.
MOO KOH MAK
Lying between Koh Chang and Koh Kood, about 40 kms. from the
mainland is a group of 9 islands called the Moo Koh Mak. Only
4 of these islands, including Koh Mak, Koh Kradad, Koh Kham
and Koh Rayang Nok are occupied. Koh Mak, with an area of
only 16 square kilometers and a 27 kms coastline, is the third
largest island of the Marine Park. It has a flat terrain with
plenty of coconut and rubber plantations. The main attractions
are the long beaches and clear seawaters.
There are only a few hundred people living
here, most of them related. There are about 10 resorts mostly
situated at the northwest or southwest of the island. Almost
all the resorts are sold on full board packages with sightseeing
trips and transportation. A good example is the Koh Mak Cococape
Resort which offers a 3,800 Baht package that include 2 nights
accommodation plus snorkeling trips to Koh Rang, Koh Kra and
Koh Yak by speedboat or 2,800 Baht by fishing boat.
The main pier to Laem Ngob is the Ao Nid
Pier, east of the island. Infrastructure is limited but there
is a road system that conveniently link up the island. Ao
Suan Yai, to the northwest has the longest and most beautiful
beach where you can view Koh Raet, Koh Phee, Koh Kham as well
as the captivating sunset. The beach is lined with lazy coconut
There are some fine restaurants here too.
During low tide a sand dune appears between Koh Mak and Koh
Kham allowing you to walk across. Ao Khao on the southwest
is another spectacular site of fine beach with clear waters
and great views of Koh Kood, Koh Rayang Nai, Koh Rayang Nok
and the beautiful sunset. There are some reefs teeming with
plentiful of fishes and is a favourite site for the anglers.