Following the Mekong
Your Southeast Asia tour follows the Mekong River, taking in region's highlights.
With its palm-fringed beaches, beautiful bays, secluded coves, jungle-clad mountains and secret waterfalls, the island of Koh Kood is a tropical paradise.
Located in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Kood is the easternmost island before Cambodia and it is part of the Koh Chang archipelago, which comprises of hundreds of islands and islets, most of which are still uninhabited.
Often referred to as ‘Thailand’s last unspoiled island’, this relatively undeveloped island has a distinct local feel, reminiscent of what popular Thai islands such as Koh Samui and Phuket were like back in the 1970’s and 80s.
Koh Kood has a laidback atmosphere, making it perfect for those who wish to simply relax after a busy itinerary exploring the sights of Thailand or Cambodia. The accommodation on this quiet island tends to be mostly mid-range resorts and luxury retreats, so you’ll avoid the bustling crowds of backpackers.
For those seeking an adventure, there are incredible opportunities to snorkel or dive in the crystal clear waters, trek in the lush jungle, discover secret waterfalls, explore the white sandy beaches in the west, kayak in the calm bays, or visit the small fishing villages for an insight into the local way of life.
With its spectacular natural scenery and slow pace of life, Koh Kood is one of our favourite Thai islands. It's no surprise that many Wayfairer travellers return to this ‘off the radar’ destination year after year.
Koh Kood has a tropical climate, and from October to May you can expect dry, sunny days with blue skies and little chance of rain. Average temperatures between October and February float around 28°C, with March heralding the start of the hot season when temperatures rise significantly.
The monsoon season starts in June and lasts until mid-October, and the island typically experiences its heaviest rain between June and September. It is still possible to visit Koh Kood during this period as there is usually plenty of sunshine in between the short, heavy showers. If you’re interested in diving or snorkeling, the best time to visit Koh Kood is between November and April when you can enjoy lovely weather and excellent water visibility.
Koh Kood can be included in any of our Thailand itineraries, and due to its location in the Gulf of Thailand, it can also easily be added to our Cambodia or multi-country itineraries, such as our Following the Mekong holiday. Alternatively, you can make this paradise island the main focus of your holiday and transfer directly from Bangkok. We recommend staying at Soneva Kiri on Koh Kood, and to reach this luxurious retreat you’ll take a one-hour flight on the resort’s private plane from Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport to Koh Mai Si (Soneva Kiri's Airport Island).
Our favourite Koh Kood resort is Soneva Kiri, a barefoot luxury retreat set within dense rainforest along a secluded bay on the northwest coast. A stylish, eco-friendly resort, Soneva Kiri is the ultimate place to stay on this paradise island. You'll adore the spacious villas with private infinity pools, the unique dining options (including Treepod Dining where guests sit in bamboo pods high above the rainforest canopy), and endless experiences, including snorkeling on the vibrant house reef or watching a film under the stars at the outdoor cinema.