Having an island with long golden beaches almost all to yourself is a rare thing in a country like Thailand. But it is possible. One example is Koh Kho Khao north of Khao Lak in Phang Nga Province being peaceful all year and almost abandoned after the end of the high season.
April is the end of the high season meaning higher temperatures but not being the rainy season quite yet. While some restaurants and hotels shut down, some remain open with very few guests.
The island, which was totally wiped out by the 2004 tsunami has literally no shopping or entertainment, and there is not much to see more than grazing buffalo and some mangroves. But if you’re looking for a deserted beach destination, peace, and tranquility — this is the best thing ever!
When driving around the island, we saw a wooden sign with “Sun Beach” written on it and decided to stop and take a look and found this sweet spot with a bar and restaurant shut down. While I would normally be disappointed to see a closed beach bar, now we were exploring an abandoned island. And that is a pretty awesome thing to do! I just wished we brought some beer with us.
We continued north about 500 meters and found another paradise-like spot with leaning coconut trees looking out the somewhat turquoise water; not crystal clear water, but still great for swimming. Spending most of our time around Krabi when in Thailand, we’re not used to seeing an ocean with no islands in sight which give the feeling of being far away from everything.
After some beach hanging, we stopped for lunch at C&N Kho Khao Beach Resort being open until the end of April. Not a single human being on the beach and in the restaurant — just me and my wife sipping on our long-awaited beer and coconut drink while eating Thai food.
The sunsets are amazing going down the empty horizon with no land in sight. Standing in the soft sand smelling the warm ocean breeze, listening to the sound of the gentle waves, this could be a good spot to pop the big question or even having a ceremony. I’m sure the resorts can help you arrange a beach wedding if that’s what you’re looking for.
Where to stay at Koh Kho Khao
There are several beachfront resorts and bungalows along the 18 km long casuarina-tree lined Andaman coast, and we choose to stay a couple of nights at The Sunset Beach Resort with a lovely garden and pool area. Another popular place is Hapla Beach Cottage situated by one of the finest stretches of sand on the island.
How to get there
Fly to Phuket via Bangkok. Airport transfers from Phuket to Koh Kho Khao takes about 2 hours including a short ferry ride. If you drive a car yourself, head north from Khao Lak towards Takuapa and watch for the sign to the ferry area in Baan Nam Khem. The car-carrying ferry ride to Koh Kho Khao takes about 10 minutes.
To go in April or not
April is hot and humid if that’s an issue for you. But don’t worry, Koh Kho Khao is a quiet island even during the cooler high season months of December to February. It’s just that April is so extremely peaceful you have to see it to believe it. April is also the month to witness the biggest water fight in the world when Thailand celebrates Songkran Festival marking the Thai new year. But then you need to go to the nearby town of Khao Lak or even better Phuket.
When taking the ferry back to Baan Nam Khem, don’t miss to visit the heartbreaking but beautiful site of Tsunami Memorial Center.
Directions from Phuket to Koh Kho Khao