With its quiet rocky coves and mangrove estuaries, Ko Kut is great for snorkelling and kayaking. Most resorts have equipment on offer.
White-sand beaches with gorgeous aquamarine water are strewn along the western side of the island. Hat Khlong Chao is the island’s best and could easily compete with Samui’s Hat Chaweng in a beach beauty contest. Ao Noi is a pretty boulder-strewn beach with a steep drop-off and steady waves for strong swimmers. Ao Prao is another lovely sweep of sand.
There is no public transport on Ko Kut, though taxi services exist and you can rent motorbikes for exploring the west-coast beaches. The road is mostly paved from Khlong Hin in the southwest to Ao Noi in the northeast.
During low season many boats stop running and some bungalow operations close altogether. On weekends and holidays during the high season, holidaying Thais fill the resorts. Call ahead to book so you can be dropped off at the appropriate pier by the speedboat operators or transfer drivers.
Where to Sleep
Each of the southwestern beaches has a handful of options. Hat Khlong Chao hosts some pricey boutique options but also has budget guesthouses tucked behind the main beach road. Families might like the midrange and budget options on Ao Ngam Kho, which has a small sandy section in the far northern corner of the bay, though the rest is an old coral reef and rocky. Bring swim shoes.
Most guesthouses have on-site restaurants but there are also lots of independent places, mainly specialising in seafood.