Ko Kut is the fourth island in Thailand in terms of area (following Phuket, Ko Samui and Ko Chang), and it is one of the least inhabited islands of the country, where its nature is still mostly virgin, characterized by sprawling areas of tropical rainforest. The urban expansion on the island is limited to a few small villages that live on fishing in general, and about 40 hotels and resorts, most of which adopt the concept of environmentally friendly hospitality facilities.
Cocote Island is a particularly suitable destination for those who want to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, including couples and families, as well as people who enjoy outdoor activities, such as walks and picnics in the woods and outdoor sports, as well as marine activities, such as diving and snorkeling. Swimming, rowing, sailing, and paddle boarding. It is not suitable for those who wish to spend their vacation time in urban activities, visiting city facilities and nightlife.
Kokot is located in eastern Thailand, close to the border with Cambodia, and there is no airport, so you have to travel by car or plane to Trat, or fly to Ko Chang Island, and take a speedboat from it to Kokot. The drive time from Bangkok to Trat is about 5-6 hours. Several companies offer speedboat trips to Cocote both from Trat and from Ko Chang, which take between one and two hours, depending on the departure point, sea conditions and number of stops on the way (some boats stop at several islands).
One resort, Soneva Kiri, offers flights on a small private plane (8 passengers) to and from one of the two airports in the capital, Bangkok, namely, Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang, and the departure or return airport is being determined. a day before travelling. The flight time on this plane is about 90 minutes, and it lands at a private airport on the island of Ko Mai Si, located opposite the resort. Passengers are transported to the resort by boat, a journey that takes no more than five minutes.
Relaxing on the beach or in the woods is the most prominent activity in Kokot, as its charming virgin nature and picturesque beaches make it mainly attract lovers of recreation and quiet activities.
Speaking of the beaches, it is worth clarifying that the eastern side of the island does not have many of them, as it is dominated by rocky nature, while most of the beaches and resorts are built on the western shore. This is a plus without a doubt, as the sunset view is very beautiful in Kokot.
There are about 40 hotels and resorts on the island, to suit all budgets, with accommodation prices starting at 500 baht (about $14).
There are also some restaurants and cafes on the island, and they are generally stationed in the area of the town of Kokot, a small town to the north on the western shore, and does not have many facilities, but there is a hospital, and a few hotels and resorts.
The most beautiful area to stay is Khlong Chao Beach, which is a beautiful beach that is very suitable for relaxing and recreation in the sunshine and enjoying the wonderful colors of the sea, sky and nature in this part of the world. There are some recreational and sports marine activities in the Klong Chao Beach area, as well as some restaurants and cafes, and it generally includes low to medium-cost hotels.
The North West Shore area is also pretty picturesque, with generally more expensive hotels. Another beautiful beach on the island is Tapao Beach, a short distance south of Klong Chao Beach and also home to a few hotels.
In addition to beach activities, the island has a number of tourist sites that can be visited, foremost of which are Khlong Chao Waterfall and Khlong Yai Waterfall. The first is larger in terms of the volume of flowing water and the basin, as well as its highest height of about 10 meters. Its large basin provides a very unique opportunity to swim in the fresh waters of the river. In contrast, Klong Yai Waterfall is lower in height, smaller and has a basin, but it is also possible to swim in it.
There is also an interesting mountain cave on Kokot Island, called Khao Rearub Cave, with a temple inside, as the site holds geographical, historical and religious significance. It is located on a walking path in the woods, which can be accessed by walkers and picnic enthusiasts.
Fishing villages are among the most interesting attractions on the island. During our stay we visited Ao Salat, a village on the eastern side of the island, in a bay of natural beauty. You can find out about local fishing methods, the most interesting of which is catching a very small type of prawn, which is used in preparing many of the popular Thai sauces and dishes. You can also buy fresh fish in the village, or have a meal in one of the restaurants. In the village, there is a private port for speedboats, from which trips to the islands and nearby areas depart.
For those who love diving and snorkelig, the area provides an ideal destination for these activities, namely Ko Raet Island. It is a small island characterized by its charming coral reefs, located at a distance of 2 km from the western beach of Cocote.