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A slender slip of an island off the coast of Trang province, Ko Kradan boasts a magnificent coral-sand beach stretching between fluffy green hills and the aquamarine Andaman Sea. Also home to some good snorkeling and low-tide sandbars that make for the beach walk of a lifetime, Kradan places among Thailand’s more visually spectacular islands.


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With some advanced planning, anyone from solo gap-year backpackers to groups of old friends to honeymooning couples and flashpacking families can enjoy a quiet getaway in a sublime setting on Kradan. Though you won’t find fishing villages like on neighbouring Ko Muk, a few of the eccentric resort owners give the otherwise uninhabited island some character.

Ko Kradan's main beach is quite lovely. Photo taken in or around Ko Kradan, Thailand by David Luekens.

Ko Kradan's main beach is quite lovely. Photo: David Luekens

The long but narrow beach (voted the ninth best beach in the world by Guardian readers in 2016) has powdery white sand and breathtaking views to Ko Ngai, Ko Muk, Ko Libong, the mainland, a number of karst islets and even Ko Lao Liang and Ko Phetra on a clear day. Daytrippers unload from around 10:00 to 14:00, but once they depart you’ll hear only gentle waves, the hum of longtail boats and the laughs of children playing with the beach dogs. If you’re dreaming of a postcard-worthy tropical island paradise, you’ll find it here.

The swimming is excellent at any time to the south, where the finest stretch of sand fronts a Hat Chao Mai National Park campground and Anantara Beach Club. To the north, at low tide you can stroll on sandbars amid crystalline water as sea eagles plunge for minnows. The shallows stretch so far out that it can feel like you’ve walked halfway ... Travelfish members only (Around 700 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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