Ahhhh Koh Kood, how I miss you. Ok, so you guys know that when I’m not on the road, I base myself in Thailand. I’ve been traveling for most of 2012 actually, so I was in the dog house with my girlfriend, who was stuck at work in Bangkok all year and waiting patiently, so I sorted out some flights back to Thailand in October (before I move back properly in December) and I had some serious making up to do!
That’s where the Peter Pan Resort, Koh Kood came to my rescue! I wanted to hit up a Thai island and enjoy some quality time with my mrs, but I didn’t even entertain the thought of the tourist hotspots of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao etc, I wanted empty beaches, hammocks, cocktails and a ‘real’ Thai island experience again.
Last year, my girlfriend and I went to Koh Phayam, which is an awesome find, so the bar was set quite high. I had heard good things about an island on the Cambodian border, about 6 hours east of Bangkok so we made a beeline for Koh Kood on my first weekend back.
In an apologetic bid to get back in my gf’s goodbooks I organized for us to stay at the magical Peter Pan resort in Koh Kood. The resort is found right on the coast of the island’s best beach, with the sun setting perfectly every night right in front of the place. It’s perfection.
I sorted out a villa at the front of the resort, so we were looking right out to the ocean, 20m from the water and all the privacy you could wish for. The room itself was lush. First of all it was huge, complete with a waterfall shower, balcony, fridge, speaker system etc, but none of that was the highlight. On the balcony, with nothing but white sand between us and the sea was a private Jacuzzi. Awesome.
The resort bar is on the beach too, and happy hour kicks in between 5-7pm where it’s buy one-get one on cocktails, meaning that not only are you jumping from amazing bed, to jaquzzi, so the ocean 20m from your door, now you’re drinking delicious cocktails at 100 baht a pop, right on the water (yup, that’s $3 each!).
After sunset, every evening I headed to the resort restaurant and the food was killer. Normally I’m not such a seafood fan, but being so close to the water I exclusively ordered seafood for the duration of my stay, and I’m now a convert. The food there meets every expectation. For two of us, with drinks, dinner normally came to around $20. With the sun setting, cocktail in hand, the villa just a few metres away, these prices are out of this world.
Anyways, I had the most amazing time here, and I’d recommend both the island, and certainly the Peter Pan Resort to anyone who wants to feel the ‘real’ Thailand again. Happy travels!