We are a family from Denmark with two children aged 11 (boy) and 8 (Girl) coming to Koh Kood from december 19-25 2013 staying at Peter Pan resort. Guess we are just curious if other families are coming also...
Kind regards Kent
#1 Husly has been a member since 1/7/2013. Posts: 3
No, but a review would be good.
#2 LeonardCohen1 has been a member since 24/7/2012. Posts: 2,148
Well, tough for me to write a review of a place i haven't been to yet!!!...
#3 Husly has been a member since 1/7/2013. Posts: 3
HaHa I meant after
#4 LeonardCohen1 has been a member since 24/7/2012. Posts: 2,148
The beach Peter Pan is on is one of the nicer beaches on Ko Kut -- very fine sand and very pretty. The hotel is popular with Thais on group tours and what not, but has a solid beach bar There was a new resort going in between it and Tinkerbell when I was there earlier this year -- I assume it will be finished by the time you are there.
If you're planning on checking out some of the other beaches on the island, this story might be of interest.
I stayed at Peter Pan last year. Thought it an excellent base on account it is a well run joint, pretty central on Kut, has a real nice beach, immediate access to a good river stretch if you like kayaking etc and had accommodation options from midrange+ to budget (that's me).
Do the ferries from the mainland to Kood operate daily in June/July?
#8 LeonardCohen1 has been a member since 24/7/2012. Posts: 2,148
Even though it's not particularly densely settled, Kut's size means it has a reasonably big local population. These people have to get to the mainland and back. I think you will find that the express boat from Laem Sok south east of Trat to Kut's Taphao pier runs all year. When I caught it in high season it had 80% locals on board. And a good connection as part of the fare between Trat and Laem Sok. I think there is also a slow boat to one of the northern piers. Anyway any travel desk in Trat should be able to fix you up.
Thanks. Don't think the agents in Bangkok will sell them though. Not sure some of them even know the island exists.
#10 LeonardCohen1 has been a member since 24/7/2012. Posts: 2,148
As per Tezza - the express boat into Salat goes year round I believe, though I think the Taphao boat switches to the more sheltered Ao Salat on the northeast across the wet season, the car ferry is weekly though (I think) and tourists not allowed to take a car on anyway -- it's more of a barge.
Your main issue in June/July (aside from the very likely filthy weather) will be that quite a few of the joints will be closed or running on a skeleton staff -- perhaps that's an attraction though.
Room prices online appear to be very high by Thai standards though. They seem to charge 2500 baht for what goes for 1600 baht on Chang.
cheapest here is 2500 baht then jumps to 7000 baht for a 4 star job, crazy prices
Is this the most expensive island in Thailand? Even Phuket offers better value than that low season.
#12 LeonardCohen1 has been a member since 24/7/2012. Posts: 2,148
Peter Pan rooms jump from a 1500 baht fan room to 4500 baht deluxe and up to 10,000 baht. Hello, is this Thailand or southern France? For 4500 baht the aircon only operates at night to 9am. Wonder if the tv works.
#13 LeonardCohen1 has been a member since 24/7/2012. Posts: 2,148
Cham's is a bit of a trainwreck -- some very very funny stories about it which I am not going to put into electrons, that Away rate is nuts, thought KK Beach Resort was ok - not worth 2,500b in wet season tho, Soneva I had a very mixed experience at, but overall, given what the weather would be like then, no way.
There are FAR more places on the island than those listed at Wotif. We're holding my best places on the island piece till start of season, but Dusita's is pretty solid flashpacker fare (hit beach, turn right for some good sand, food also very good) - likewise at Ngam Kho nextdoor -- but in both cases these are joints offering fare at about a 30% markup of what you'd pay on any other Thai island (More are listed here -- though many places I didn't list - there is a good deal of rubbish there.)
BUT Ko Kut is not any other Thai island -- the beaches are superb & there are some fab places -- Baan Makok was excellent for eg -- perhaps a bit exy for a mangrove house, but very charming and chilled -- I loved it.
Bear in mind also the primary market is semi-upmarket domestic travellers (save the far-southern beaches which are primarily two night exiles from Vladivostok via Pattaya) and backpacker/flashpackers are not all that well catered for ... if they want to be close to the beach.
My experience at Peter Pan's very different to Tezza's. As with Tinkerbell (same beach, more expensive), we don't list it. They do have a good beach bar though.
Agoda lists more and most are expensive!
#16 LeonardCohen1 has been a member since 24/7/2012. Posts: 2,148
Baan Makok is 2800 baht up and closed low season. This site says 2500 baht and open but that appears to be out of date.
#17 LeonardCohen1 has been a member since 24/7/2012. Posts: 2,148
And how was your experience at Peter Pan in general?
#18 Husly has been a member since 1/7/2013. Posts: 3
I didn't stay there -- only inspected it. The beach is great -- the resort is perched on arguably the best stretch of it. I just found the staff especially unhelpful and arrogant -- I didn't appreciate getting a bucketful of entitled attitude just because I wasn't dressed in the style of a wealthy Thai holidaymaker. Though to be fair, Tinkerbell was even worse.
However, the rooms are fine -- they're premium prices for one of Ko Kut's more premium beaches -- and the beach should be great for your kids -- I wish I'd had mine with me when I was there.
Leonard, you're really set on going there in July?!
Are there any 7/11s or convenience stores around the beach areas?
#20 LeonardCohen1 has been a member since 24/7/2012. Posts: 2,148
@Leonard -- no branded Circle-Ks, 7-elevens, Minimarts but there are small, old style convenience stores dotted around the place.
@SBE - my research was in May (from memory) right before the onset of wet season. There was little point posting an accommodation feature that would have people all excited about going there only to find that half the island was going to close and the weather totally sucked. We'll run in most likely in September or October when it should be of more use to people planning their travels over the Xmas period.