Discover hotels and villas with private pools in Koh Kood, Thailand

Most travellers still head south-west of capital Bangkok for island larks, but these secretive shores are 350 kilometres south-east on the Gulf of Thailand, a boat-hop from the Cambodian border. Part of pristine archipelago the Koh Chang Marine National Park, Koh Kood is home to less than 2,000 villagers and fishermen and an intimate clutch of hotels, including the jewel in its crown Soneva Kiri. Seductive white sands, secluded coves and hilly rainforest beckons, as well as that endless blue ocean. Spend your days snorkelling, diving, playing tennis or trekking (or just enjoying some quality spa and hammock time). Come evening, catch an open-air movie under the stars. Slow food is celebrated here, as is chilling out.

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