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Koh Kut Archipelago

The last group of islands in Thai waters, the Koh Kut archipelago, is less-explored than Koh Chang. Koh Kut, the second biggest island in the Koh Chang group, and the fourth largest in Thailand, is mountainous and heavily forested over half of its land area.

There are several fine waterfalls on the island with coastal coconut groves and excellent beaches on the west coast. Originally developed for package Thai holiday groups, the island has recently become popular as a foreign tourist destination.

Koh Kut Archipelago
  • A


31 miles from Ao Khlong Son

KOH MAISI LEK. 11° 42.411N, 102° 31.847E

This island protects the bay on the NW end of Koh Kut. Beware the rock in the northern channel between Koh Maisi Lek and Koh Kut and anchor in 10-13 metres in the centre of the bay.

This makes for excellent year-round holding with spectacular views and beaches. There is a small bungalow resort and minimart ashore.

The top of the hill that forms the island of Koh Maisi Lek has been levelled to provide a private airstrip servicing the luxury Soneva resort to the south on Koh Kut. This is unlikely to increase inbound traffic as it is only suitable for light aircraft. The Soneva resort is now open but does not welcome visiting yachtsmen.

The southern end of the bay at Anchorage ‘B’ – Photo by Grenville Fordham
  • B


farawayfrom: 3 miles from Koh Maisi lek

KOH RAET. 11° 40.532N, 102° 31.224E

Further south, Koh Raet provides similar protection for the bay and makes for a good year round anchorage. Anchor in 6-7 metres off the Captain Hook Resort, which has a dinghy jetty. In the southwest season, if the swell gets uncomfortable, move to the lee of Koh Raet. There is no passable channel between Koh Raet and Koh Kut.

Fireflies can be seen in the small creek that leads to a waterfall beside the restaurant. The mooring in the bay is for yachts wishing to fill water tanks, but ask the staff to explain the procedure.

  • C


6 miles from Koh Maisi Lek

AO KHLONG CHAO. 11° 37.727N, 102° 32.492E

Sufficient protection here during the northeast season. The best spot is in 5 metres on sand off the mouth of the klong in the centre of the bay. One of Koh Kut’s larger rivers enters the ocean here. Up river beyond the bridge is a small wooden jetty with a 20-minute walking track to a jungle waterfall and plunge pool.

Both banks of the klong have small resorts. The Peter Pan Resort on the southern bank is interesting in that it is entirely built on a sand spit no more than 30 metres wide.

There is a supermarket at the top of the steep hill behind the Away Resort. If the Peter Pan looks to be hosting one of its frequent weekend parties, it is best to move down to the southern end of the bay near to the Na Talay resort for a quiet night.

  • D


Anchor off the jetty in 3-5 metres on a muddy bottom near the lighthouse. This spot is sheltered in both seasons and is an interesting mix of local fishing activity and tourism.

The 1-km jetty is lined with an eclectic range of shops and restaurants on pilings. which offer a complete range of fare.

This is the main departure point for tour and dive boats and ferries to the southern islands; it’s a hive of activity. There is a dinghy dock at Buddha View Restaurant on the pier’s north side.

  • F


17 miles from Koh Maisi Lek

AO YAI. 11° 36.575N, 102° 35.549E

Anchor in no less than 8 metres just north of the village, which boasts a small resort and a few restaurants on stilts. Ao Yai is the closest haven for Thai and Cambodian fishermen from the border and caters to the karaoke needs of those that have been at sea for weeks. A very interesting spot indeed…

  • G


7 miles from Koh Maisi Lek

AO SALAT. 11° 42.542N, 102° 34.205E

The east side of Koh Kut offers limited protection during the southwest season and little of interest to sailors. Ao Salat supports a significant fishing community of various nationalities but does not make for a good anchorage.

Sand spit at Ao Khlong Chao - Photo by BillO’Leary
Sand spit at Ao Khlong Chao – Photo by BillO’Leary
  • E


12 miles from Koh Maisi Lek

LAEM KHLONG PROM. 11° 35.531N, 102° 33.186E

Anchor in 5 metres on sand off a long white sand beach backed by casuarinas and sand dunes.

An outstanding spot with a small resort, with a jetty, that is sure to be snapped up in the near future for a luxury resort.

There is a small road that crosses the island and the western corner of the bay has a few shops and very local cafés around the entrance to a sizeable river. The river is navigable by dinghy for two miles and leads to a large monastery and temple complex well hidden in the jungle.

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