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I wasn’t planning on another trip to Koh Kood so soon, but 10 days after I was first on the island I was back again for a couple of days. This time I stayed at Mangrove Bungalows, on the river in Klong Chao. 800 Baht/night for a large fan hut with lovely views. No noise. Free kayaks. Paddle or walk to the beach. Friendly local owners. Definitely recommended and they even have a website in English & Thai kohkood-mangrove.com.
I went back to find the 500 year old tree, as this eluded me last time and I had to make do with the 200 year old tree, that appeared to be larger. And I managed to find it. The maps that are available aren’t particularly accurate in relation to distances. ( Big opportunity for someone to do a good map of the island.) Also had time for a paddle in the mangroves and a couple of drinks at the excellent Viewpoint cafe which is a great, shady spot with cracking views. The owner makes his own yoghurt cultures and turns out a nice banana cake too. Some excellent seafood too in Ao Salad, prawns which still had a tang of sea salt – the sign they really are fresh and crabs and fish caught, weighed, killed & cooked on the spot.
Checked out a few more resorts too including Koh Kood Cabana which was one of the first on the island but now appeared to be occupied by just two guests. Also met a friendly wild pig that was wandering around outside the hospital and went to see the public library which has free internet for anyone. Also a pretty good collection of translated books, including several untouched copies of Bill Clinton’s autobiography – Donald Trump’s was in there too.
On the way around the island stopped off at Ban Phor Coffeeshop, where for some reason good coffee and variants ending with ‘chino’ are much cheaper than you find in just about any coffeeshop on Koh Chang. Likewise cocktails, not may posh hotels on Koh Chang that sell excellent cocktails for 180 Baht and don’t then add on tax and service charge. But Tinkerbell Privacy Resort on Koh Kood does.
Getting to Koh Kood from Bangkok by public transport can be done quickly for 650 Baht total and you can be on the island in time for lunch. Take the 0600 minibus from Victory Monument to Trat, price is 300 baht. You will arrive in trat just after 10am and will be dropped off at the minibus depot in Trat town, which is also a gas station with 7-eleven and good coffee shop. Koh Kut Express boat operates a free pick up service for their boat to Koh Kood. This will pick you up from outside SA Hotel at 1100 and take you to the pier at Laem Sok. The boat departs at 1200 and you will be on Koh Kood at around 1300. Ticket price for the boat is 350 Baht. This will take you to the main pier on the island. When you get to Koh Kood, either your hotel will pick you up – if they know you are coming, or someone with a pick up will be found for you who will get you where you need to go. There’s no public transport. For tickets for Koh Kut Express call: 039 501 150
If you want to leave Bangkok later, in addition to speedboat services run by Siriwhite & Ao Thai Marine at 1300 & 1400, for 600 Baht/person, there is also a boat run by Nimmungorn that departs at 1530, reaching Koh Kood at 1700 and also costs 350 Baht. The speedboats cost more but have the advantage that they will drop you off at the pier of your resort – virtually all resorts have their own pier or boat moorings.