Koh Kradan, this beautiful island of Trang, is like one of those tropical paradise islands we mostly see on the postcards. Pristine white beaches, crystal clear and turquoise Andaman sea, lush jungle and a few bungalow resorts are basically all the things this tiny island has to offer. Being just an hour and a half boat ride from the island of Koh Lanta, many travelers decide to make a day getaway to Koh Kradan. One day on Koh Kradan island will be filled with the great snorkeling, romantic beach walk, spectacular sunset and an intimate island atmosphere.
What’s the best time to visit Koh Kradan?
Ko Kradan is a seasonal destination which means most of the resorts close down from May to October due to rainy season. Due to the limited accommodation the island doesn’t get super crowded even in a high season (December to February) but it requires some advanced booking. If you can choose, pick March or April.
What’s good to know about Koh Kradan?
This 240-square-hectares island has no roads, villages, markets nor ambulance. The main part of the island is controlled by Hat Chao Mai National Park. Except the mesmerizing nature, with 2 kilometers of the sandy beaches, only a few resorts can be found there. The resort owners and staff are the only people living on this, otherwise uninhabited island. The island was hit by tsunami in 2004. but it’s fully recovered today.
One Day on Koh Kradan Itinerary
Top things to do in Koh Kradan, Thailand
Follow this guide and make the best of your trip even if you’re short on time. These are the top sights and things to do on your one day on Koh Kradan.
Boat ride to Koh Kradan
Take a boat tour that operates each morning from the Koh Lanta ferry port. There are also daily snorkeling tours to the Trang islands, including Koh Kradan, but spending at least one night at the island is recommended.
Spend a morning on the beach
Start your morning at 800 meters long Niang Beach Gulf beach. Enjoy the morning low-tide sandbars and explore the east-coast of the island. Visit he Ao Phai Beach for some spectacular views onto the Trang Islands. Enjoy the swim in the clear waters of Andaman sea.
Explore the rich underwater life
When the tide gets high it’s time for some snorkeling and exploring the island’s rich marine life. The island is famous for its snorkeling tours as one of the best snorkeling destinations in Thailand. Even when snorkeling right off the shore, various species of fish and colorful coral reef can be easily noticed.
Relax in the hammock
The snorkeling can be really tiring, especially when the sun is strong. Jump into a hammock, take a nap or just relax while reading a book.
Enjoy the lunch at the beach
Those few restaurants along the beach are all part of the island resorts, and the only choice when it comes to food. If you’re into some delicious Thai food, Kradan Beach Resort Restaurant can be your good choice. They serve great salads and even better Thai seafood dishes.
Do some kayaking
Kayaking can be a very exciting activity too. Most of the resorts provide kayaks for free so why don’t use it. Paddle all way to the southern horn and explore some very nice, more private beaches along the way.
Enjoy the marvelous sunset at the Sunset beach
The Chonglom Bay beach, also known as a Sunset beach is THE spot to enjoy Andaman’s dependably marvelous sunsets. Walk the half-kilometre long trail through the island’s lush jungle and find this island’s hidden gem. Due to the tiny size, it won’t take you much to reach the other side of the island, but still, make sure you’re on time.
Enjoy the intimate atmosphere of the Paradise lost restaurant
After the sun gets down, you’ll surely crave some food. The Paradise Lost Resort, located on the hill above the Sunset beach is the best (if not only) place to spend an evening there and enjoy the dinner. The owners always make sure the atmosphere is romantic and intimate, so it’s a perfect place to meet either owners or the fellow travelers. Show up early so you can grab a table on time.
Where to stay in Koh Kradan?
Paradise Lost Resort
Paradise Lost Resort is a lovely little resort with bungalows and dorms – pretty simple but still cozy and relaxing. It is perfectly located – just in the middle of the island, only a short walk to all the different gorgeous beaches around. It features one of the most famous restaurants on the island – so even if you don’t manage to find an accommodation here – don’t hesitate having a dinner here.
Paradise Beachfront Bungalows
Paradise Beachfront Bungalows offers four bungalows in a peaceful area of Koh Kradan, right on the water. The area is super peaceful since it’s located at the end of the main stretch to the north. There’re no crowds and restaurants around. The best snorkeling spot on the island is right in front of the resort and pretty accessible from the beach.
The Reef Resort
The Reef Resort is another exquisite beach stay on the Koh Kradan island. You can enjoy an amazing beach with turquoise waters only a few meters away from your room, or you can enjoy the pool with a relaxing lounge area. The resort also provides kayaks and snorkel gear for no extra charge.
Extra tips for visiting Koh Kradan
– Due to the limited capacities, it’s recommended to book an accommodation in advance.
– You don’t need to bring your own snorkels. Most of the resorts provide them for free.
– Keep in mind there are neither markets nor grocery stores on the island. There is one tiny shop next to the Kradan Beach Resort, but that one really doesn’t sell much.
– Sleeping in a tent is possible if you bring your own camping equipment.
Make your trip to Koh Kradan even more exciting! Check out Tripadvisor for the detailed list of all the activities and organized tours on Koh Kradan or around the area.
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