Did you know that there are up to 16 public holidays a year in Thailand?! We have just celebrated Songkran; the Thai new year celebrations and saw 3 consecutive days of public holidays from April 14th – April 16th (although being in hospitality I had to come back to work on the 16th) As all of my friends had the same days off we decided that we would escape Bangkok and hit the beach and so plans were put in motion for our trip to Koh kood a small island off the coast of Thailand and Cambodia.
We made our transport arrangements through Boonsiri http://www.kohkoodcatamaran.com/ who for 2,400 THB per person picked us up from Bang Na Shell station (other pick ups/drop offs are available from Khao San) in a shiny new air conditioned people carrier and drove us the 350 miles to Trat where we caught a catamaran for the last of the 90 minutes on our journey to Koh Kood itself. I had not been filled with joy at the prospect of travelling all this way in a rickety old mini van so you can only begin to imagine how happy I was with the comfy people carrier that was sent for us – and the fact that our driver was not only friendly but extremely capable – vital when you realize that there were 2000 road accidents in the first 4 days of Songkran.
We had booked 2 beach front bungalows for just under 5,000 THB per person for our 4 night stay at “S Beach” http://destinationkohkood.com/s-beach-resort/ which whilst definitely “rustic” could not have been in a better location and as all the other guests spent their times away on day trips visiting other islands it was as if we had the resort to ourselves, our own little piece of Paradise! On our first morning I walked to the neighbouring “Horizon” resort http://horizonresortkohkood.com/ where I was able to have a fantastic Thai massage on a platform over the sea for 300THB an hour (that’s £6 or $12sgd!) before grabbing an ice cold Leo beer and some delicious seafood fried rice with scallops, mussles, squid and prawns before heading back to spend the rest of the afternoon lying in the shallow waters of our beach drinking Prosecco with the rest of my friends – pure heaven!
That night we had a quick (unremarkable) dinner at a local restaurant before going to “Tawan Eco Bar” a brilliant little bar where requests for drinks are met with a friendly “please help yourself – the fridge is over there” needless to say I spent a fair amount of time mixing up pina coladas and other drinks for us all which was great fun and we had a great evening chatting with other travellers and the lovely owner Jong. The next day we headed back to Horizon for lunch ( a good but mild Tom Yum Goong for me) then walked along to the next beach the “Analay Resort “http://www.analay.com/2011/ which turned out to be even more beautiful than ours – I couldn’t believe it!
We spent the rest of the afternoon in the sea and sunbathing before a quick stop off to shower and get changed for our BBQ dinner at Tawan that Jong had said he would arrange for us the night before. Whole BBQ fish with fantastic home made Thai sauces and relishes, baked potatoes, corn on the cob and a clear seafood soup was just 200 THB a head and the evening was capped off beautifully when we were presented with a birthday cake for my friend which had been dropped off by one of the guests we had been chatting with the night before! Sadly we had to head back to Bangkok the next morning but I know that I will definitely visit Koh Kood again, it really is the perfect way to escape the city and relax and I had a truly unforgettable few days!