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.
Ko Kut (or Koh Kood) is one of Thailand's most beautiful islands. With more than a dozen beaches to explore, many of them picture-perfect, white-sand affairs with Maldives-like turquoise water, this is a truly idyllic beach destination. The development is mostly very low key, the beaches are almost uniformly clean and well kept and the island's rugged jungle interior is both largely untouched yet... Read our full review of The best places to stay on Ko Kut, Thailand.
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.
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 made from recycled wood and each is unique. They're oversized, lovingly decorated and well furnished. Each room has a different aspect, with the cheaper ones looking back over the mangroves and the... Read our full review of Bann Makok.
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 we visited there was a large wedding getting ready to kick off so the only room available to look at was a five-bedroom villa that kicked off at 520,000 baht (around $17,000) per night. Yes, that's... Read our full review of Soneva Kiri.
This is the tiniest sliver of a beach, though there is a nice pier by the khlong at the fishing village here.
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 lumbung-style bungalows towards the rear of the property, overlooking the lawn, the swimming pool, and the ocean beyond. They're bigger than the ones at Ao Noi and they're in better condition too, with very... Read our 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.
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 and we were unable to see inside a room. We did take in the grounds though and they're lovely. The more affordable bungalows are to the south of the restaurant and look over a lawn garden running... Read our full review of Shantaa Resort.
This is one of Ko Kut's best beaches but all the beachfront accommodation is pretty upmarket and not great value.
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 on the wrong side of the khlong and has no real beach of its own. This means you'll be needing to swim or kayak to the beach (or walk for 30 minutes to loop around to get to the beach). There is also... Read our full review of Away.
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.
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 to get the remote) and these were some of the cheapest air-con huts we saw on Ko Kut -- and they even had TVs (and empty Sangsom bottles out front). In a nod to the mosquitos, bungalows are fully... Read our full review of Cozy House for Backpackers.
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 looking for a riverside retreat. The setting is just before a bend on the river, the far bank is all mangroves, and bungalows are either directly overlooking the river or a row back. Over the river... Read our full review of Mangrove Bungalow and Restaurant.
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 -- very clean throughout with hot water bathroom, flat screen TV and minibar. They're furnished in a cheap Ikea style though and so are not all that memorable. The restaurant however is well... Read our full review of Ban Klong Chao Home Stay.
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 squat toilets -- the only ones we saw on the island. Interiors are lino-panelled and the mattresses are old. The Garden referenced in the name is just the lawn area -- we assume once, many moons ago... Read our full review of Khlong Chao Garden View.
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.
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, but from the rooms you can't see the signs and this friendly family-run resort is great value. The bungalows encircle a large lawn area criss-crossed with coconut palms and an obviously extremely well... Read our full review of Dusita Resort.
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 that are, for Koh Kood, quite fair value. All bungalows come with hammocks on their verandas and just about all have a view to some extent. They're thoughtfully designed and are fully screened in which... Read our full review of Koh Kood Ngam Kho Resort.
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, half-open-to-the-air bathrooms to the rear. The decks are of a reasonable size and the bungalows are spaced out sufficiently to keep the neighbours' racket to a minimum. The better bungalows have concertina doors,... Read our full review of Hin Dard Resort.
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 floor, and there is an attached restaurant out in front of the accommodation building. Rooms are all with private cold water shower and fan-cooled (with the option of air-con for a surcharge). The... Read our full review of Happy Days.
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 affairs, looking over a small garden and then the road, and you're a solid 30-minute-walk from any beach. However if you don't mind being off the beach, and you have your own transport, this is one of... Read our full review of Jimmy Huts.
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-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 facilities through to fairly deluxe bungalows with air-con and hot-water bathrooms. It has two swimming pools, one hidden away overlooking the southern beach and the other a small splash pool affair by some... Read our full review of A-Na-Lay.
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.
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 slice of the beach. The rooms are, for the money, quite spacious but the bathrooms have an odd configuration where you have to walk through a low-ceilinged area with the atmosphere of a dank sauna to... Read our full review of Koh Kood Resort.
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 strikingly similar fare to their neighbour just to the north, Koh Kood Resort, but at higher rates and we weren't convinced of the extra value. They have a variety of rooms from quite aged wooden bungalows to... Read our full review of The Beach Resort.
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 at Siam Beach and walking via the beach. Bungalows are clean and quite well looked after and this is easily the cheapest place on Bang Bao but it is a very isolated location. Cheapest rooms have... Read our full review of Sand and Sea.
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 are just ordinary, while some of the larger rooms are deep blue and white cinderblocks back off the beach. On the upside, the beach is so good here that you'll probably be spending little time in your... Read our full review of Siam Beach Resort.
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.
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 they're mostly oversized, with beds just mattresses on the floor and little in the way of creature comforts aside from lazy deck chairs and a table to place your drink on. The bathroom in the room we... Read our 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.
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 out of the woods, across the wooden bridge over the khlong and into their green grounds packed with coconut palms. Sedate and low key, it felt the polar opposite to the hectic madhouse back at Khlong... Read our full review of Koh Kood Neverland Beach Resort.
The southernmost of Ko Kut's developed beaches, Ao Phrao has three options, two of which are firmly focussed on Russian tour groups.
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 thanks to their website but the resort really fails to deliver on most counts. Staff while friendly enough were glued to the TV most of the time and the restaurant is only open limited hours through... Read our full review of For Rest.