Bangkok is the capital of Thailand
Thai, English is widely spoken
Thailand’s fourth largest island, lies close to the Cambodian border and is covered almost entirely with native forest or coconut and rubber plantations. Located in the Trat Province, the southernmost of the Koh Chang island chain, Koh Kood is about as far removed from the main beaten track as you can get, and access involves a flight from Bangkok followed by a boat ride from the mainland, across the clear blue waters of the Gulf of Thailand, sometimes accompanied by a dolphin-escort-pod. Once here, you’ll discover an unspoiled, beach paradise, with soft sands, crystal clear water and very little else. Relaxing is the predominant pursuit with snorkelling or exploring the island’s beaches and forests the most adventurous of activities.
Klong Chao Waterfall
Koh Kood itself is the main attraction, but tucked away in the rainforest is the impressively beautiful Klong Chao Waterfall, which cascades over three tiers into a large pool. Visitors can swim and bathe in the waters all year round.
Kayaking is a great way to explore the island’s waterways and mangrove swamps - if the sea is calm you can kayak to totally deserted beaches that are inaccessible by road whilst if you kayak at dusk you may be see thousands of small, glowing jellyfish in the waters below. The waters surrounding Koh Kood are home to a treasure trove of exotic marine life – guests at Soneva Kiri can enjoy snorkelling trips with trusted experts, including the exclusive option of a marine biologist, to seek out rock formations teeming with wildlife and coral gardens bursting with colour.
Not that you’ll probably need them, but it’s worth knowing that there are no banks or ATMs on the island!
Whilst the best time to visit Koh Kood is from November through to February, when temperatures are relatively cool and days dry and mostly sunny, you can still visit at other times of the year if you enjoy the heat and even during the monsoon when the rains are moderate.
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Koh Kood.
British Airways and Thai Airways from London Heathrow to Bangkok. Etihad Airways from London Heathrow and Manchester (via Abu dhabi) to Bangkok. Emirates from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow (via Dubai) to Bangkok.
Onward connecting flight to Trat Airport available.
London Heathrow to Bangkok: 11 hours, 15 minutes.
Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
Visa and Advance Passenger Information
All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.
Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.
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Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit Insect and tick bite avoidance.
In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.
Visit the FCDO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: Foreign Travel Advice. Additional sources of information include: Public Health England, The National Travel Health And Network Centre, Foreign And Commonwealth Office and your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.
Mosquitoes are common in Koh Kood and can spread disease (Malaria). We recommend seeking the appropriate advice prior to travel. Insect repellents and clothing that covers your skin (including arms and legs), especially at evenings and night-times, can reduce the risks. See our Holiday Information pages for more details.