Thursday, 16 December 2010

Lazy Days in Ko Kood, Thailand

Less about food and more about travel, this latest post brings tales from the glorious island of Ko Kood (pronounced, and also sometimes written Koh Kut).

Ko Kood is one of the four main islands in Thailand's Ko Chang archipelago, found on the Cambodian/Thai border.

Ko Kood, What’s The Deal?: Ko Kood is a honeymooners' island. Plush resorts are dotted all along the palm-fringed coastline and bungalows are anything but rustic – air con, satellite TV, tea and coffee makers, power showers, room service, you’ve got it.

Delve a little deeper though and it’s still possible to seek out the backpacker experience.

We arrived in fashion by a very fast speedboat. The driver stopped just once in the ocean to witness a fisherman haul A HUGE fish out of the water and onto his longtail boat. Serious skills!

We got dropped off at the jetty at Hat Khlog Chau bay, one of the best beaches on the island which is great for swimming due to the wide calm bay of sparkling blue sea which stretches gently out into the ocean.

Ko Kood, Where to Stay: Got cash? Ko Kood 'is your oyster'. We spent three nights in a luxury tent, overlooking the ocean, in the Away Resort. Tent doesn’t really do the canvas-clad dwelling justice, which comes complete with a comfortable double bed, wardrobe, kettle, air con, fan and a bamboo-walled bathroom.

Strapped for cash? Meander down the river (you can rent a kayak or take the road) and you will find lots of less expensive accommodation. We stayed at the Cozy Guesthouse which was cheap, friendly and clean. There’s even free Wi-Fi and tea and coffee.

Ko Kood, Where to Eat: Next door to Cozy you’ll find The Mangrove - a popular restaurant overlooking the river. Try the soft shell crab - some of the best I've ever tasted!

If you’re after a cheap lunch, perched on the hill overlooking the Hat Khlog Chau bay is a low-key bar and eatery, The Chill House. The view is beautiful and you can choose from a menu of local Thai dishes all priced at £1 or under.

Last but not least, be sure to visit The Sunset Bar for a couple of sundowner cocktails mixed by the lovely owner Jay. Each night his wife Ouy cooks up a feast of local dishes, which the evening’s guests share communally. Not only is it terrifically tasty and inexpensive but you also get the chance to try local Thai dishes that you may not have tried before, and make some new friends.

Flash-packer: Away Resort 1,500+ baht a night

Back-packer: Cozy Guesthouse 250 baht a night (sorry, no website)

Party time: The Sunset Bar

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