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Koh Kradan is a tiny but beautiful island in the Andaman Sea, not far from the transportation hub of Trang. Yet somehow it has avoided the type of overtourism that is so common in this part of the world. So far, there is no town on the island, no roads and, thankfully, no 7-11. Just a handful of wonderful Koh Kradan resorts and amazing scenery.
Not to mention, several gorgeous beaches, phenomenal snorkelling and some surprisingly excellent restaurants. And, although relaxation is the order of the day on Koh Kradan, there are actually quite a few things to keep you busy if you choose. For the entire list, plus useful travel info, check out:
There are not many places to stay on Koh Kradan, just 7 in total, with 5 of them all located on the same beach. So, to help you decide where to base yourself on your next visit, here is our breakdown of every Koh Kradan resort, listed from north to south:
Best Koh Kradan Resort: Mali Resort
We spent a week here right at the start of the high season and loved it. It is also called Mali Kradan or Mali Resort Koh Kradan to differentiate it from its sister resort on Koh Lipe. And, yes, we are probably biased after our enjoyable stay but we also did our best to research each of the other places and, in the end, stand by our claim.
It was clearly the most popular place on the island, and for good reason. It is a very organized place with a lot of friendly, helpful and attentive staff who go out of their way to improve your stay in any way they can.
Still, the bungalows were the big selling point for us. We stayed toward the north end in a gorgeous, comfortable “Bungalow – Beach Front” just metres from the beach. The views were outstanding, the room comfortable and well-equipped and it was incredibly quiet at night (there were some loud cicadas in the afternoon but those eventually just blend into the background).
We were impressed with all the thoughtful touches – a hose at steps, broom on the wall, drying rack, big TV, reusable glass water bottles, individual wifi for each unit and a comfortable chair with footstool.
The breakfast buffet was excellent, there is a masseuse on-site and they also have snorkelling equipment (deposit required) and free paddleboards, kayaks and even floating beanbag chairs.
Best Italian Food: Kalumé Eco Boutique Resort
The authentic Italian restaurant at Kalumé Eco Boutique is a bit pricier than some but features superb pizza and pasta. The bungalows at Kalumé are very similar to those at Mali Resort, with comfortable rooms, good views and nice terraces.
For some reason, though, most of them are located a bit farther back from the beach, although there is a variety so it pays to look closely at the booking options.
Best Restaurant: Reef Resort
Reef Resort doesn’t have the same top beachfront options as some of the others as most of their bungalows are set in a tidy horseshoe around a small pool in the centre. But the beach is still just steps away and we had some of the best meals of our stay at their good value restaurant (especially the cashew chicken and the grilled garlic fish).
Best Pool and Lounge Area: Seven Seas Resort
With a very nice pool, comfortable loungers and the most romantic restaurant on Koh Kradan, Seven Seas Resort offers nice, modern bungalows. However, they are set quite far back from the beach and don’t have the same ocean views and easy access as those at the resorts above.
Best Budget Option: Kradan Beach Resort
Closest to the dock and the first place most people see, Kradan Beach Resort (often simply called KBR) is also the most basic of the 5 resorts along Kradan Beach. They have a range of huts, with a few of the front ones offering similar views to the best huts at the other resorts (and at similar prices) and another whole row of huts toward the back that are more affordable.
Best Jungle Hideaway: Paradise Lost Resort
Paradise Lost, a collection of basic huts in the middle of the island, is perfect for those looking for a quiet stay among the trees and don’t care about staying on the beach (or having wifi). There are both private and shared bath options, a small restaurant and it is only a 5-minute walk to Kradan Sunset Beach and 10 minutes to the dock on Kradan Beach.
Best Choice for Peaceful Seclusion: Ao-niang Beach Resort
Mainly accessible by boat, this line of classic Thai huts is set about 30-40 metres back from a lovely beach with swaying palm trees. Rooms have fans, private bath, no A/C and little decks for around 1000-1200B/night. I assume there is no wifi but forgot to ask.
The friendly owners run an on-site restaurant and other than some day trip snorkellers, this is about as quiet as it gets. There is a very overgrown path leading to Paradise Lost but the only realistic way to get there is by boat or you can (very carefully) walk around the point at low tide.
Koh Kradan Map
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Koh Kradan Resorts Summary
Unlike many Thai islands that are heaving with tourists and covered in large hotel developments, Koh Kradan has so far retained its quiet, natural feel and pristine beauty. And even though there aren’t many Koh Kradan resorts to choose from, there is still a surprising amount of variety to help you choose the perfect fit for your vacation.
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