The best beaches on Ko Kut

The best beaches on Ko Kut

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Out of all the Thai islands, we think Ko Kut owns the most beautiful collection of beaches. As a whole, they won’t disappoint if you seek clear aquamarine water lapping up to sand so soft that it made our bare feet want to sing.

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Crystal waters and a pier at Bang Bao. Photo by: David Luekens.
Crystal waters and a pier at Bang Bao. Photo: David Luekens

Soneva Kiri Beach Set in the western corner of north-facing Luk Uan Bay on the north coast, a sand pinnacle juts out to sea at the centre of a gorgeous off-white sand strip in front of the ultra-lux Soneva Kiri Resort. We met some kayakers who made it to shore, but there is typically no land access to this beach for non-guests. The beach stays sheltered thanks to Ko Mai Si, a satellite island with nothing but rocks and forest hiding Soneva’s private airstrip.

Kayakers with some strength to spare could keep paddling east past Soneva’s beach to a second “secret beach” set beyond a headland in the far eastern corner of Ao Luk Uan—we’ve heard it’s worth a look. As far as we know, this beach also cannot be reached by land unless first gaining access to the Soneva Kiri grounds.

Khlong Rahan Rather than trying to climb the walls at Soneva Kiri, look left while cruising north on the same northern road and pull off when you see several sandy trails piercing into a large coconut grove. Just beyond the towering palms stretches this little-known beach with no development save a stilted house near the mouth of the namesake canal.

Get busy leaving footprints at Khlong Rahan. Photo by: David Luekens.
Get busy leaving footprints at Khlong Rahan. Photo: David Luekens

Backed by tall casuarina trees in addition to the coconut palms, Khlong Rahan’s curve of soft sand stretches across the channel from Ko Rad, a small satellite island visited on many of the snorkeling tours around Ko Kut. The water was deep enough for a swim when we visited at high tide, and apart from one family and one couple, we had the whole beach to ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 1,600 words.)

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David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.

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