Set off the far eastern coast of Thailand, to the south of better known Ko Chang, lies glistening Ko Kut (also Kood). We’re just back from a week or so there and can happily report that not only does it have a lot of beaches, they’re some of the best we’ve seen anywhere in Thailand. But what makes a beach great for us may make it stink for you, so here’s the wrap on the 12 beaches we saw ... Read more about The best beaches on Ko Kut .
If you happen to follow us on Twitter or Instagram you’re probably aware that one of the places we’re currently exploring is Ko Kut (also Kud and Kood) in eastern Thailand — you’d know that because we’ve been posting pictures of glorious beaches more or less non-stop since we got ... Read more about Meet Ko Kut .
From the parking lot, it's a 10-minute walk along a jungle trail to the falls. There is a large swimming hole at the base (to your right when you exit the woods) but there are also some small pools downriver to the left. There is a second, rougher trail you can follow that will take you up to the top of the falls, and this gives you a far better view. This is one of the primary stops on the ... Read more about Khlong Chao Waterfall .
You need to head north and follow the signs to Bann Makok (as the waterfall is only signposted here and there) and take a right turn to the parking lot. If you reach the dirt turnoff to the left that leads to Bann Makok you have gone too far. Once at the car park it's down a steep set of stairs you go -- they're now well sized but if wet, watch your footing very carefully. Once at the base, ... Read more about Khlong Yai Ki Waterfall .
It's a bit of a scramble down from the parking lot, then you need to climb up over some boulders to reach the main pool. The levels were a little too low to warrant a swim, but the falls still generated plenty of water for an impromptu refreshing shower. You're also able to follow the river's course downriver a little to some more pools. A visit to Huang Num Kaew works well when combined with ... Read more about Huang Num Kaew Waterfall .
Prices range from around 800 to 1,000 baht for a half-day trip, generally including pick-up and drop-off at your resort, snacks and drinks and a couple of snorkelling stops. We did a 1,000 baht trip with BB Divers and they took us to Ko Rad off the coast of Ko Kut (nearish to Sovena Kiri) and then to a spot out from An A Lay Resort. In between we had a beach break at Haad Taphao. We asked ... Read more about Snorkelling on Ko Kut .
However we spent a good deal of time chatting to Mike from Paradise Divers at Happy Days -- he has been on the island for ten years -- and he was more positive. Yes, by the end of the season (which is when we were visiting) the fish were mostly gone (fished out) but they repopulate through the wet season and at the start of the next season there should again be plenty of fish. As for the coral -- ... Read more about Diving on Ko Kut .