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Where to stay in Ko Kut

Running them down from north to south, Khlong Yai Ki is remote amid the mangroves while Khlong Mat attracts families. Lengthy Ao Tapao begins the island’s more developed area anchored at centrally located Khlong Chao. A little further south, Ao Ngam Kho, Haad Sai Daeng and Ao Bang Bao are all quiet and beautiful beaches. Do also consider Ao Ta Khian, Khlong Hin, Ao Jak and Khlong Prao if you could go for seclusion in the south.




Introduction


600B to 1,500B
The best places to stay on Ko Kut
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B

Ko Kut’s accommodation reflects its relatively short history of tourism. On some beaches you’ll find only one or two old resorts that built their fortunes on Russian and Thai tour groups. Others have an upmarket scene. A handful of options have sprung up for those travelling independently on a budget, but this is not a 300-baht beach shack kind of destination. Which beach? If you’re... Read our full review of The best places to stay on Ko Kut.

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Khlong Yai Ki

Starting with Ko Kut’s northern beaches, Khlong Yai Ki flows through mangrove forest before emptying into the sea at a short but wide and stunning white-sand beach. On the coast sits the pricey Captain Hook Resort, which is only reachable by boat, but we’re partial to the boutique-style Bann Makok tucked a little further back along the canal and accessible by road. This is a quiet haven for kayakers and birders.


Khlong Yai Ki, Ko Kut
1,500B to 4,000B
Bann Makok
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
Khlong Yai Ki, Ko Kut
T: (081) 643 9488

Set on the southern bank of Khlong Yai Ki amid Ko Kut’s sleepy northern reaches, Bann Makok charmed us so much that we showed up to do an inspection and promptly booked a stay for the next night. If you’re a couple looking for a romantic few nights away, we highly recommend this spot. A narrow wooden walkway takes you past sleeping dogs and mangrove trees on the way to this boutique-style... Read our full review of Bann Makok.

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Khlong Mat beach

With Ko Kut’s oldest village leaning over its waters, Khlong Mat flows into the ocean just south of a tiny but pretty beach located a couple of kilometres north of the longer Ao Tapao. There are only a few places to stay, including one of our top picks on Ko Kut for families.


Ao Khlong Mat, Ko Kut
1,500B to 4,000B
Koh Kood Beach Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
Ao Khlong Mat, Ko Kut
T: (081) 908 8966

A very solid choice for families, Koh Kood Beach Resort’s large and comfy bungalows overlook a wide expanse of grass that tumbles down to swings, a swimming pool, volleyball net and a small beachfront. Sporting shaggy thatch sides and wooden furniture on good-sized front decks, the lumbung-style bungalows (dubbed “Bali houses” by the resort) are spacious and well kept with vaulted... Read our full review of Koh Kood Beach Resort.

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Ao Tapao

One of Kut’s longest beaches, Ao Tapao stretches for about a kilometre and has only midrange to upscale accommodation. You’ll find several little shops on the main road near the beach and the location is within relatively easy striking distance of Khlong Chao and other areas.


North end of Ao Tapao, Ko Kut
1,500B to 4,000B
Shantaa Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
North end of Ao Tapao, Ko Kut
T: (081) 817 9648

Shantaa’s luxurious villas sit scattered across a large hillside lawn and garden that touches down to the far north end of Ao Tapao on one end, and the resort’s own smaller beach on the other. We once 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 has been full on... Read our full review of Shantaa Resort.

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Khlong Chao

Most backpackers look to this central area for its cheapish bungalow joints and cheaper guesthouses set along the namesake river, where many spend their days kayaking amid the mangroves or swimming at Khlong Chao Waterfall. On Khlong Chao Beach itself you’ll find only midrange to high-end resorts; from the budget spots it’s a five- to 20-minute walk to the sand.


Khlong Chao Waterfall road, Ko Kut
600B to 1,500B
Ban Klong Jao Homestay
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Khlong Chao Waterfall road, Ko Kut
T: (087) 075 0942

Offering a bunch of good-value air-con bungalows overlooking a lawn garden and the estuary behind, Ban Klong Jao Homestay is more of a typical family-run bungalow operation than an actual homestay programme. Ban Khlong Jao’s 40 or so bungalows nudge up close to more bungalows at neighbouring Khlong Chao Garden View and almost within sight of more bungalows at Mangrove and Cozy House, all of... Read our full review of Ban Klong Jao Homestay.

Khlong Chao Waterfall road, Ko Kut
600B to 1,500B
Cozy House
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Khlong Chao Waterfall road, Ko Kut
T: (089) 094 3650

If you’re on a budget, want your own bathroom and don’t mind a 10-minute walk to the beach, Cozy House should be high on your list. The fan-cooled wood bungalows come with simple wet bathrooms and mattresses on polished wood platforms draped in mosquito nets. Windows are fully screened in but some bathrooms are not, so keep that door closed—mozzies can be a real nuisance in these parts.... Read our full review of Cozy House.

Khlong Chao Waterfall road, Ko Kut
600B to 1,500B
Mangrove Bungalow
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Khlong Chao Waterfall road, Ko Kut
T: (089) 936 2093

Mangrove’s simple wood-and-concrete bungalows stand on a slip of land overlooking the river, and on a hillside across the road. The property stretches alongside the khlong with mangroves blanketing the far bank, and the original bungalows are set directly beside the water or a row back and closer to the road to Khlong Chao Waterfall. Since our last visit the owners added hillside bungalows... Read our full review of Mangrove Bungalow.

Khlong Chao Waterfall road, Ko Kut
Under 600B
PD Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under 600B
Khlong Chao Waterfall road, Ko Kut
T: (080) 644 5233

If you don’t mind staying quite a bit farther from the beach on the Khlong Chao Waterfall road, PD Guesthouse has dirt-cheap private rooms along with bungalows that offer a good range of upgrades. Available for solo travellers and couples, the cheapest digs are set in a large wooden longhouse with high metal ceiling—expect voices to carry through the thin walls. These come with choice of... Read our full review of PD Guesthouse.

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Khlong Chao Beach, Ko Kut
4,000B to 8,000B
Peter Pan Resort
Toprange - 4,000B to 8,000B
Khlong Chao Beach, Ko Kut
T: (029) 661 800-3

A reasonable choice for families looking to stay right on Khlong Chao Beach, Peter Pan is the least expensive out of four resorts on Ko Kut run by the same group, all of them named after iconic characters out of J.M Barrie’s imagination. In this Thai spin on the Peter Pan theme, the expected green surfaces are matched by an underwater tropical twist—apparently Peter invited The Little... Read our full review of Peter Pan Resort.

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Ao Ngam Kho

This is a small and narrow beach stretching just south of the more popular Haad Khlong Chao. Backpackers and flashpackers who are willing to put a little more coin down for a room close to the beach will most likely be comfortable here. Do wander up to the southern headland for the view.


Ao Ngam Kho, Ko Kut
1,500B to 4,000B
Dusita Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
Ao Ngam Kho, Ko Kut
T: (096) 861 1316

With bungalows facing the sea beyond a large lawn crisscrossed with coconut palms and a well cared-for garden, Dusita is a solid choice for families and couples seeking creature comforts and beachfront access. Made from coconut wood logs, cement and smooth wood boards under green metal roofs, the bungalows are a good size and kept to a better standard than at Ngam Kho Resort next door. All... Read our full review of Dusita Resort.

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Ao Ngam Kho, Ko Kut
1,500B to 4,000B
Horizon Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
Ao Ngam Kho, Ko Kut
T: (088) 457 1551

Reborn under the name Horizon after its first incarnation as Hin Dard Resort, this place brings a heightened sense of style and service to a very pretty setting on the headland overlooking Ao Ngam Kho’s far southern end. Covering both sides of a hill filled with flowers and rocks tumbling down to a point where we’ve heard good reports about the snorkeling off shore, Horizon’s bungalows... Read our full review of Horizon Resort.

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Ao Ngam Kho, Ko Kut
600B to 1,500B
Koh Kood Ngam Kho Resort
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Ao Ngam Kho, Ko Kut
T: (084) 653 4644

Long-running Ngam Kho Resort is pushing things by calling itself a resort, but this old-style bungalow joint set between Dusita and the southern headland offers budget huts that are, for Ko Kut, quite fair value. Some sporting walls of woven bamboo and others built of wood or brushed cement, most bungalows sit along the hillside as it stretches upwards towards Horizon Resort and out to a... Read our full review of Koh Kood Ngam Kho Resort.

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Haad Sai Daeng

Wedged between Ao Ngam Kho and Ao Bang Bao, just the one resort has access to this small, sheltered beach and the headland with its scenic wooden pier and footpath. Budget travellers after a longer stay may want to try and haggle down one of the basic huts here to arrange some bargain beach access.


Haad Sai Daeng, Ko Kut
1,500B to 4,000B
A-Na-Lay
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
Haad Sai Daeng, Ko Kut
T: (039) 520 318

We’d consider staying at A-Na-Lay for the beautiful setting while keeping in mind that the eclectic mix of flashpacker to midrange rooms could prove solid or below average depending on your choice and luck. Covering much of the headland just south of Horizon Resort and all of the beachfront on Haad Sai Daeng, rooms at this fairly large resort include little blue cottages with enclosed front... Read our full review of A-Na-Lay.

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Ao Bang Bao

Home to a few quality midrange resorts and a backpacker joint in the corner, this is one of Kut’s most reliably beautiful beaches thanks to its sheltered position and long wooden piers reaching over the clear water. Popular with families, Bang Bao is around four kilometres south of Khlong Chao but is not as isolated as the beaches found further south.


Northern end of Ao Bang Bao, Ko Kut
1,500B to 4,000B
Koh Kood Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
Northern end of Ao Bang Bao, Ko Kut
T: (092) 271 4785

Koh Kood Resort sits in the northern corner of Bang Bao Bay and the midrange rooms and beachfront area offer more style than you might expect given the generic name. The freestanding wooden bungalows are quite good for the money but bathrooms in some rooms have an odd configuration where you have to walk through a low-ceilinged area with the feel of a dank sauna to reach the shower, and the... Read our full review of Koh Kood Resort.

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Southern end of Ao Bang Bao, Ko Kut
600B to 1,500B
Sand and Sea
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Southern end of Ao Bang Bao, Ko Kut

The very simple and almost dollhouse-like bungalows at Sand and Sea sit in a quiet spot on the southern rim of Ao Bang Bao with an outlook spanning this entire spectacular bay. Sand and Sea overlooks a coastline of sand, grass, trees and rocks on the south side of an estuary forded by a wooden footbridge from Bang Bao Beach or avoided by a very bumpy and long road that cuts here from closer... Read our full review of Sand and Sea.

Ao Bang Bao, Ko Kut
600B to 1,500B
Siam Beach Resort
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Ao Bang Bao, Ko Kut
T: (081) 907 1940

Siam Beach is the large and long-running resort occupying most of the real beachfront on Bang Bao and if we stayed here it would be specifically for the setting, which really is sensational. Six forgettable room types are categorised by the letters A, B, C, D, T and H. We guess the H stands for “Huh?” The A bungalows are not acing any room inspections—one that we peeked into gets a C-... Read our full review of Siam Beach Resort.

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Ao Ta Khian

Turn off the main drag in the south of Ko Kut to find the long and bumpy dirt road that ends at Ao Ta Khian, a sensational beach hosting only two resorts right on the sand. On the main road in this vicinity you’ll also find a few cheap bungalow spots that are worth considering as alternatives to those found up in Khlong Chao.


Ao Ta Khian, Ko Kut
600B to 1,500B
Pa Hin Sai
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Ao Ta Khian, Ko Kut
T: (089) 898 8444

Pa Hin Sai’s large and rustic bungalows stretch for some distance in a single row overlooking glorious Ao Ta Khian. After a kilometre on a bumpy dirt lane you reach the resort marked by a large restaurant and reception pavilion just off the beach. Just beyond it sits the first of perhaps two-dozen bungalows that were built with plenty of space in between and causing minimal damage to the... Read our full review of Pa Hin Sai.

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Main road near Ao Ta Khian, Ko Kut
Under 600B
Wooden Hut
Backpacker - Under 600B
Main road near Ao Ta Khian, Ko Kut
T: (083) 294 5443

The wooden huts at Wooden Hut should do the trick for backpackers after a cheap room and potentially fun social scene, but only if renting a motorbike or bicycle to get around is in the cards. Set towards the south of Ko Kut at a curve in the road and right next to the similarly laid-back Eve’s House (more on that below), Wooden Hut’s graffiti-sprayed facade and reggae beats sounding from... Read our full review of Wooden Hut.

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Khlong Hin

This beautiful south-facing beach is almost entirely occupied by Khlong Hin Beach Resort, which draws Russian package tourists and pretty much no one else. Independent travellers could check out one small flashpacker resort overlooking an estuary at the eastern end of the beach, which also places you around the corner from Ao Jak via an easy headland trail.


Khlong Hin, Ko Kut
1,500B to 4,000B
Montana Koh Kood
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
Khlong Hin, Ko Kut
T: (095) 253 8729

Montana’s six cottages overlook the clear water of Khlong Hin as it flows into the sea at a sheltered beach of the same name. If you’re okay with a large Russian package tour resort backing most of the beachfront, this is an unforgettable setting and we’re glad to see some accommodation geared towards independent travellers popping up here. ###16034 Above the estuary stand three... Read our full review of Montana Koh Kood.

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Ao Jak

This picturesque beach and related khlong are found just around the bend from Khlong Hin and its own great beach. It’s a very sleepy beach with only a few stilted houses and one old resort that remains a decent choice for couples and families on a flashpacker budget.


Ao Khlong Jak, Ko Kut
1,500B to 4,000B
Koh Kood Neverland Beach Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
Ao Khlong Jak, Ko Kut
T: (099) 109 2722

The ageing Neverland Resort is the only place to stay on Ao Jak with its countless palm trees set between a great beachfront and turquoise-water estuary. Made of coconut wood and woven bamboo with metal or thatched roofs, the rooms have dated interiors with old block TVs, firm mattresses and hot-water wet bathrooms that could use some upgrades. All rooms have a rustic cabin feel and seem to... Read our full review of Koh Kood Neverland Beach Resort.

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Khlong Phrao

As the southernmost of Ko Kut’s developed beaches, Khlong Phrao takes its name from the canal flowing through a wide tract of coconut trees that still backs most of the sand. Two resorts to the east focus mainly on Russian tour groups, but a couple of interesting spots are worth a look near the river at the western end of this sweeping kilometre-long beach.


Khlong Phrao, Ko Kut
600B to 1,500B
Gumm Lonely Club
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Khlong Phrao, Ko Kut
T: (098) 886 3704

Wonderful little Gumm Lonely Club was named not after Juicy Fruit but rather the owner himself, a laid-back guy offering four budget rooms in a wooden house standing on stilts beside the mangrove-lined canal. Set at the far western corner of Khlong Phrao Bay and within easy walking distance of the same-named beach, Gumm’s spot appears in an understated way as you stroll around the small... Read our full review of Gumm Lonely Club.

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Khlong Phrao Beach, Ko Kut
1,500B to 4,000B
Rest Sea Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
Khlong Phrao Beach, Ko Kut
T: (090) 897 8844

The cabanas at Rest Sea lack views due to the long and narrow layout of the property, but if you don’t mind that, the modern rooms bring a level of comfort, style and privacy that’s otherwise non-existent in southern Ko Kut. When first walking down to this end of Khlong Phrao Beach we found it odd how Rest Sea’s villas were squeezed into a long but very narrow parcel of land, with only... Read our full review of Rest Sea Resort.

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