Guesthouses, hotels and resorts
Anyone looking for more than one or two eating options will be best off at Ngam Kho, Bang Bao, Taphao or Khlong Chao -- head just off Khlong Chao to find some of the island's better budget offerings. Ko Kut's smaller beaches with at least one place to stay include Ao Phrao, Ao Jak, Ao Ta Khian, Sai Daeng and Khlong Mat. North of Khlong Mat you'll find the island's most famous (and expensive) resort.
North of Khlong Mat beach
Further north of Khlong Mat beach there are two places we found worth a mention. One is our favourite on Ko Kut, the other the most famous.
Look no furtherKhlong Yai Ki, Ko Kut
T: (081) 643 9488;
Set on the southern bank of Khlong Yai Ki, Bann Makok absolutely charmed us -- we showed up planning just to do an inspection and promptly booked a stay for the next night. The eclectic rooms are all ... Read the full review of Bann Makok.
Living the high life?Laem Pong Lak Uan, Ko Kut
T: (039) 61 9800; F: (039) 61 9808
This astonishing resort sits to the north of Captain Hook Resort and offers around 30 super deluxe private villas overlooking a couple of semi-private beaches towards the northern end of Ko Kut. When ... Read the full review of Soneva Kiri.over 8,000B 1 vote Luxury
Khlong Mat beach
This is the tiniest sliver of a beach, though there is a nice pier by the khlong at the fishing village here.
A good family-friendly spotKhlong Mat Beach
T: (081) 908 8966;
We rode past this sprawling resort a couple of times, writing it off as a tour group joint before finally venturing in, and we're glad we did. The main accommodation is in a single row of ... Read the full review of Koh Kood Beach Resort.
This long, whitish sand beach has one of Ko Kut's main ferry piers on it alongwith a great resort nearby.
T: (01) 817 9648;
We'd talked to a couple of Californian guests the day before we visited Shantaa -- they were gushing in their praise -- and we'll have to take their word for it as the resort was full when we visited ... Read the full review of Shantaa Resort.
Khlong Chao beachfront
This is one of Ko Kut's best beaches but all the beachfront accommodation is pretty upmarket and not great value.
Oversized rooms43/8 Moo 2, Baan Klong Chao
T: (087) 136 4036;
Away is first off the rank on your right as you enter Khlong Chao from the north and while some of the rooms and the khlong-side salas offer commanding views of the beach, the resort is unfortunately ... Read the full review of Away.4,000B to 8,000B 1 vote Toprange
Khlong Chao off the beach
While the beachfront is given over to overpriced resorts, back off the beach, especially along the mangrove-lined river, are some good backpacker/flashpacker options.
Backpacker crash pad2nd on the waterfall road
T: (089) 094 3650;
Cozy Corner is one of two backpacker crash pads on Ko Kut. It's right beside Mangrove Bungalows and the bungalows here are very similar. Regardless of fan or air-con you get the same hut (pay extra ... Read the full review of Cozy House for Backpackers.
Our pick of the khlong-side spots3rd on the waterfall road, Khlong Chao
T: (08) 9936 2093;
Mangrove is one of the better over the river mangrove type joints along Khlong Chao and while the mosquitos come free (and, according to staff, there are quite a few) this place could appeal to those ... Read the full review of Mangrove Bungalow and Restaurant.
A comfortable khlong-side option1st on the waterfall road
This is more a typical bungalow operation than a homestay, with a bunch of quite sharp, wooden air-con bungalows looking over a lawn garden and the khlong beyond. The bungalows are of a good standard ... Read the full review of Ban Klong Chao Home Stay.
An affordable off-beach basic spotAt the T-junction back off Khlong Chao Beach
These are the cheapest bungalows within easy walking distance of Khlong Chao beach, but they are cheap for a reason -- they're pretty basic fare. Bathrooms are cold-water only, open-air style with ... Read the full review of Khlong Chao Garden View.
Ngam Kho beach
This is a small beach to the south of the more upmarket Khlong Chao. Flashpackers or backpackers willing to put a little more coin down for close beach access will be comfortable here.
Flashpacker by the seaSouthern end of Ngam Kho Beach
T: (08) 1825 7076;
Koh Kood Ngam Kho Resort is pushing things by calling itself a resort, but this old-style bungalow joint wedged between Dusita Resort and the southern headland offers sold wood and thatch bungalows ... Read the full review of Koh Kood Ngam Kho Resort.Under 600B 6 votes Backpacker
Top spotNgam Kho Beach, Ko Kut
T: (081) 945 9920; F: (02) 935 4166
We were initially a bit put off Dusita when we walked by along the beach by strings of barbed wire in places and signs on coconut palms declaring don't steal coconuts, don't trespass and don't camp, ... Read the full review of Dusita Resort.
Looked promisingSouthern headland, Ngam Kho Beach
T: (039) 521 359; F: (039) 532 786
Hin Dard Resort sits atop the southern headland that separates Ngam Kho beach from Bang Bao beach to the south. The bungalows here are oversized with air-con within and hot-water, ... Read the full review of Hin Dard Resort.
Friendly and clean guest houseOff Ngam Kho Beach, Ko Kut
T: (087) 144 5945;
Happy Days is set in a two-storey building just back off the non-beach side of the road between S-Beach Resort and Dusita Resort. Rooms are simple and well kept, with hammocks strung along the upper ... Read the full review of Happy Days.600B to 1,500B 2 votes Flashpacker
Cheap huts good foodWell off the beach, south of Ngam Kho
Off the beach and just to the north of the turn-off to Koh Kood Resort, Jimmy Hut has a handful of old-school wooden bungalows right beside the Chiang Mai Restaurant. These are very much no-frills ... Read the full review of Jimmy Huts.
Sai Daeng beach
Just the one resort has access to this beach (though anyone can visit). Backpackers after a longer stay may want to try and haggle down one of the overpriced basic huts here to arrange some bargain beach access.
A mixed bagNorthern headland, Haad Sai Daeng, Ko Kut
T: (039) 52 0318;
A-Na-Lay sits on the southern side of the northern headland occupied by Hin Dard Resort along with most of Sai Daeng Beach. It has a bunch of room options, from simple thatch huts with shared ... Read the full review of A-Na-Lay.
Bang Bao beach
Bang Bao is a very solid beach with a handful of midrange options. Backpackers are mostly priced out but flashpackers and families will be most comfortable on the northern rim of the bay.
Solid flashpacker to midrange valueBang Bao Bay
T: (08) 1829 7751;
Koh Kood Resort is a sprawling resort at the northern end of Bang Bao Bay and offers solid and spacious though peculiarly designed wooden bungalows spread across the rise running back from their ... Read the full review of Koh Kood Resort.
Quiet retreat with great staffBang Bao, Ko Kut
T: (086) 009 9420;
This property needs to sort out their signposting as it's sometimes The Beach Resort and others The Beach Natural Resort. Regardless of which name you go with, this very popular joint offers ... Read the full review of The Beach Resort.1,500B to 4,000B 3 votes Midrange
Isolated backpacker optionSouthern end of Bang Bao
The very simple and almost dollhouse-like bungalows at Sand and Sea sit on the southern headland on Bang Bao and while they can be reached by road it is an absolute shocker -- we'd recommend parking ... Read the full review of Sand and Sea.
Bright rooms drab interiorsBang Bao Bay, Ko Kut
T: (081) 917 2447;
Siam Beach Resort occupies most of the real beachfront on Bang Bao and they've filled much of their landscape with orange-roofed bungalows in a variety of flavours. The cheapest fan-cooled bungalows ... Read the full review of Siam Beach Resort.600B to 1,500B 5 votes Flashpacker
Ao Ta Khian
Down a very bumpy and rocky road, Ao Ta Khian is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. It's home to the very upmarket Cham's House and something more interesting at the northern end of the beach.
Rustic flashpacker styleNorthern end of Ao Ta Khian
The very rustic Pa Hin Sai runs along the northern edge of glorious To Khian beach and that is every bit what you are paying for -- the beach. The wooden bungalows are each a little different but ... Read the full review of Pa Hin Sai.
Home to a single resort (the A-frame huts to the east were not in business when we visited), this could be a solid family getaway, depending on how busy it gets.
Charmed -- when not busyAo Jak Beach
T: (08) 1456 5486;
While Neverland can be reached by road it can also be approached by walking around the headland from Khlong Hin -- that's what we did, and we think that is the best approach as it's a dreamy wander ... Read the full review of Koh Kood Neverland Beach Resort.
Ao Phrao beach
The southernmost of Ko Kut's developed beaches, Ao Phrao has three options, two of which are firmly focussed on Russian tour groups.
Stay over the mangrovesWestern end of Ao Phrao beach
T: (081) 959 5858;
For Rest is wedged into the small fishing village at the western end of Ko Kut's Ao Phrao beach. It's set on stilts over water and surrounded in part by mangroves. We arrived with high expectations ... Read the full review of For Rest.
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