Koh Kradan – A Travel Guide to Paradise!
Koh Kradan is located on the West Coast of Thailand and is one of the absolute paradise islands in the south of the country. Part of Had Chao Mai National Park, this hidden gem is one of the ultimate highlights of the Andaman Sea. Here you will not just find soft sand beaches and turquoise blue sea water, but also an intact underwater world, a deep jungle and last but not least a lot of peace and an unique flair. Far away from mass tourism, 7Eleven and noisy nightlife, Koh Kradan is a popular island for travellers and backpackers who love to travel individually and discover Thailand on their own.
In this travel guide you get all the important information about Koh Kradan, best travel time and accommodations. In addition, we show you in this blog some pictures about the most beautiful beaches as well as the best excursions and activities.
The island has 2 amazing beaches. The main beach, the Paradise Beach is also actually the best beach of Koh Kradan. Here you will find on a length of about 1.5 kilometers a gorgeous white sandy beach and almost unbelievably turquoise blue sea. Already on arrival you will see the offshore coral reef out of the water! The beach atmosphere here is almost magical and sure you will also feel right on vacation right away! Paradise Beach is a really tranquil place and so everyone here finds his lonely place under the bright sun of Thailand. Also plenty cool shady spots are guaranteed along the beach.
The Sunset Beach is another wonderful beach on Koh Kradan. It is located directly across from the main beach, on the other side of the island. This beach is easy to reach, so just take the well-marked jungle trail (15 minutes) leading from Paradise Beach to Sunset Beach. If you are looking for absolute peace and solitude, then you will be more than happy with this secluded beach. Also, as the name may suggests, you can experience great sunsets here.
What to do on Koh Kradan
Koh Kradan has a size of about 4 square kilometres and so it is one of the smaller islands in South Thailand. Because of its size it can be well explored in one day. Nevertheless, the island offers some great activities for a successful holiday and it’s really worth to stay a bit longer. Just off the beach, you will find amazing spots for snorkelling. The island has super beautiful and intact coral reefs with a sheer infinite variety of colourful fish. Especially at low tide, snorkelling on the offshore reef is highly recommended. High tide is more recommended for swimming.
Also, divers will love Koh Kraden and its underwater world around. The Koh Kradan dive centre is located just in front of the Koh Kradan Sevenseas Resort.
If you would like to be get active, why not rent a kayak and circle the island. On the way you will get a very nice impression of this tiny green island and for sure you will have the opportunity to take some great pictures of Koh Kradan.
Excursions and attractions
Not far from Koh Kradan are the beautiful neighbouring islands Koh Ngai and Koh Mook. If you plan a visit, you can charter a longtail boat directly on the main beach and take a boat trip there. Especially recommended is a visit to the Emerald Cave on Koh Mook, a former pirate hideout and one of the top attractions in the region. This excursion to the Emerald Cave can also be easily organized from Koh Kradan.
When to visit
The best time to visit Koh Kradan is from November to April. In this time of the year you can expect great weather and hardly any rain. If you plan to visit the island in the rainy season like in June, July or August, you must expect limited ferry services as well as closed hotels and restaurants. The sea is often churned with high waves and rather unsuitable for snorkelling.
How to get to there
- Koh Lanta: The fastest way to get from Koh Lanta to Koh Koh Kradan is by speedboat. The ride will be under 45 minutes to 1 hour and the price is around 650 baht.
- Trang: From Trang you can take a boat (1 hour) Kuan Thung Khu Pier (mainland) for the cruise to Kradan.
Phuket: Speedboats run from Phuket to Koh Kradan for around 4hours and costs around 2,000 Baht.
- Koh Lipe: If you travel from Koh Lipe to Koh Kradan you will also have to catch a speed boat. The trip will take you around 2:30 hours.
- Koh Mook / Koh Ngai: From the neighbouring islands Koh Mook and Koh Ngai the best way to get to Ko Kradan is by longtail boat. There is also the possibility to book a speedboat transfer.
Under this link you will find all ferry times, speedboats and prices.
Restaurants, shops and ATM
There are a few small restaurants and bars on the island, but don`t expect a vibrant nightlife. Those who like to eat thai dishes, will certainly find here some great options where to eat. You will also find a small supermarket directly at the main beach right at the Paradise Beach Resort. There you can buy snacks such as cool drinks and snacks. Beware that there is still no ATM on Koh Kradan, so make sure you take enough cash with you.
Where to stay
There is just a little choice of accommodation and hotels on the island of Koh Kradan and honestly, the island is not the cheapest destination in Thailand. If you don`t mind paying a bit more you will get here a unique location right in paradise including stunning views of the turquoise blue sea. People love it and many stay here longer. It is advisable to reserve your favourite hotel in advance, because all good accommodations can be booked out quickly. One of the best hotels at Koh Kradan is the …. For backpackers who are looking for budget accommodation, Paradise Lost Resort is certainly the cheapest option.
Camping: Facilities for camping can be found at the National Park building. Here you can either pitch your own tent or rent one on site. Unfortunately, the campground and the sanitary facilities are not very inviting.
Koh Kradan was one of the highlights of our Thailand island hopping route and really worth a visit. If you would like to know more about our tour to the great islands, just have a look here: Thailand Island Hopping: Krabi to Ko Lipe (Route & Tips)
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