( Find up to date information in the Koh Kood guide. )
We decided to take a quick trip down to Koh Kood for Christmas. Just a couple of days, as our guesthouse was full and we’d left the dog and staff to take care of guests.
I’ve posted a few pages of photos about previous trips to Koh Kood. On those pages you’ll find some details about places to stay and also sights that are worth seeing on the island, the waterfalls, massive 500 year old trees, deserted beaches etc. These are the two most recent posts:
So for this mini-update, here are three places that we always go to when we visit the island.
Peter Pan Resort Beach Bar
Where? Err, Peter Pan Resort, Klong Chao beach
Why? Because Aod, the barman makes some the best cocktails in this part of Thailand. There’s no Happy Hour, but prices are very good for the quality. There’s none of the headache inducing generic alcohol and flavoured syrups that many beach bars on Koh Chang favour.
How Much? 180 – 220 Baht.
View Point Cafe
Where? The estuary at the back of Klong Chao beach. Head over the road bridge, just before you reach Away Resort.
Why? Around 4 years ago Dick and Wan had to move locations from a vantage point above Klong Chao beach, to a fisherman’s house on the river estuary. Fortunately they still have a great sunset view and visitors still flock to try their home made cakes, smoothies and Vietnamese coffee. There are also 100 Baht mojitos served at sunset. But this isn’t a bar or night spot. Just a very friendly place to stop for a break when you’re touring round the island.
How Much? Most menu items are in the 50 – 150 Baht range. My favourite mid-morning snack, homemade banana cake with homemade yoghurt and a coffee is 135 Baht.
Where? Ao Yai. This restaurant is located at the end of the road in the southeast of the island.
Why? A locally owned seafood restaurant with seating on a rickety deck above the water. Some great seafood and you get to see a real, working fishing village. The food is why most people visit. . . BUT there’s more. You’ll only notice this if you go to the toilet – because then you’ll walk through the owner’s house. On a low shelf you’ll see a collection of earthenware jars. They had obviously been pulled out of the sea by fishermen. The owners didn’t know anything about them apart from they were old. So I did some Googling and asked for help on Facebook. It turns out that these jars are probably 400 – 500 or more years old and were made in central Thailand at the Singburi kilns. A nice bit of history right there in someone’s house.
How much? I don’t know about the jars – they aren’t for sale ( I asked ). But you can feed a family and have a few beers for well under 1,000 Baht.
And if it’s views and beaches you want to see. Then here 69 more photos taken in various locations around the island. Remember these photos were taken at Christmas – so a busy time on the island. Although you definitely won’t think that when you see the long expanses of almost deserted beach. If you visit outside Peak Season it will be quieter.