About Koh Kradan
Ko Kradan is situated to the west of Ko Muk and is home to the Hat Chao Mai National Park Protection Unit (Cho Mo.3). It is also a popular location for hosting underwater wedding ceremonies in Trang province.
How to reach Koh Kradan
To reach Ko Kradan, tourists can charter a boat from Pak Meng Pier in Amphoe Sikao, which takes approximately one hour. Alternatively, they can purchase a tour package that departs in the morning and returns in the evening from the Pak Meng Pier or Trang area. Visitors can also charter a boat from Khuan Tung Ku Pier in Amphoe Kantang to visit Ko Kradan. Those booking accommodation on the island can arrange for a motor boat service from Khuan Tung Ku Pier, as it is the closest pier to Ko Kradan.
World Best Beach in 2023
Thailand’s Koh Kradan island, situated off the coast of Trang province, has been recognized as the best beach in the ‘Top 100 Beaches on Earth 2023’ by the esteemed UK website, World Beach Guide. The island’s unspoiled beauty and serene atmosphere make it a standout destination among the 40 Trang Islands located along Thailand’s Andaman Coast. Additionally, four other Thai beaches have been included in the top 100, namely Railay Beach in Krabi province (ranked 9), Freedom Beach in Phuket (ranked 18), Laem Beach on Koh Yao Yai island in Phang Nga province (ranked 21), and Tanot Bay Beach on Koh Tao island in Surat Thani province (ranked 44). Koh Kradan’s picturesque landscape and tranquil ambiance make it an ideal getaway for those seeking respite from the hustle and bustle of popular tourist destinations such as Koh Phi Phi or Phuket.
Koh Kradan has been recognized by the World Beach Guide as the best beach on earth due to its pristine natural beauty, serene atmosphere, crystal-clear waters, and powdery sand. The island’s main beach, Paradise Beach, boasts 1.5 kilometers of white sand and turquoise waters, while Sunset Beach, located on the west side of the island, can be accessed via a forest path.
Things to do at Koh Kradan
According to the World Beach Guide, the Andaman Sea surrounding the island is relatively sheltered and shallow, resulting in consistently warm waters that are perfect for swimming. Additionally, the clear waters provide excellent snorkeling opportunities in the protected areas. However, it should be noted that the water can be quite shallow during low tide, requiring a significant distance of paddling before reaching a suitable depth for swimming.
For individuals seeking an active pursuit, a well-liked kayak route encircles the island and can be accomplished in under three hours, even when proceeding at a relaxed pace.
Whilst vacationing on Koh Kradan, one has the opportunity to embark on exceptional excursions in the surrounding areas. In close proximity to Koh Kradan lie the stunning neighboring islands of Koh Ngai and Koh Mook. Should one plan a visit, a longtail-boat can be chartered directly from the main beach, providing a seamless boat trip experience.
Of particular note is the highly recommended visit to the Emerald Cave on Koh Mook, a former pirate hideout and one of the top attractions in the region. This excursion to the Emerald Cave can be effortlessly arranged from Koh Kradan.