A Weekend Away in Koh Kho Khao

IMG_5257 Even in Thailand, life can become mundane if you let it. Chad and I were both feeling a little unsettled being so settled recently and decided that we needed to get away for the weekend. Through chance and happenstance we ended up deciding on Koh Kho Khao.

We had heard many good things about Khao Lak and originally decided that we would go there. It is just about a 2 hour drive north of Phuket and is known to have a relaxed atmosphere, beautiful beaches, and relatively inexpensive resorts in which to play and stay. So we (meaning Chad… Thanks Chad!) did the research and found us an amazing looking resort with villa’s, a private beach, a massive pool and kiddie pool with slides, and a small playground.  It was called The Sunset Beach Resort and looked like it had the best of all things. We booked our fairly priced large room for the next night.  Yep, it was very spontaneous. We started packing, all the while thinking we were going to Khao Lak.

The next morning as Chad pulled up the directions to our destination, he realized that we were not actually staying in Khao Lak, but Koh Kho Khao! Oops! It turned out to be a wonderful mistake though.

Koh Kho Khao (or KKK as it is called here, though I hesitate to use those initials… I can just imagine the google searches that will show up on my stats for that acronym) is in fact about a half hour north of Khao Lak and is a large island that can only be reached by ferry! My love of adventure was in full effect and I was so excited to see somewhere that I had never heard of and that was so close to home!

Our drive was uneventful, at least for Thailand standards… We have learned to ignore the fact that there are lines on the road and there are speed limits. Passing on a double yellow line… with oncoming cars barreling towards you… pfft… normal stuff here. And ghost riders (people driving on the wrong side of the road) are a constant, but don’t worry, we don’t participate in that one.  I guess that makes us safe drivers,right? But seriously, I am exaggerating (a little).

Before I knew it we had arrived in a little village called  Ban Nam Khem. The small streets and local shops reminded me of the Thailand that I fell in love with. It felt like authentic Thailand. Not touristy Thailand. It was refreshing and exciting!

Thank goodness for Apple Maps, because it got us right to our tiny little ferry to Koh Kho Khao.  I have been on ferries numerous times in the past, but never one so small. Thank goodness Chad was driving, because in order to get on the ferry, you had to back up onto the minuscule ramp and park within inches from the edge of the boat. Yep… there is no way I could have done it. Chad made it look easy.

Wait... we are supposed to take that across a body of water... in our car? Ack!
Wait… we are supposed to take that across a body of water… in our car? Ack!


Just to show you how it was done, I took this video of another car backing onto the ferry.

We safely made it to KKK (woo hoo!) and drove on roads seemingly deserted roads for another 20 minutes until we arrived at the beautiful and surprisingly empty Sunset Beach Resort. The whole resort was ours until the evening and then it was just a few other families. We played in the pool, romped on the beautiful private beach looking for seashells. ate a wonderful dinner at the outdoor restaurant, and then slept like we had run a marathon.

The next day we played in the pool some more, ate a wonderful free buffet breakfast, and made our way back to Phuket. The ferry ride on the way back was even more fun, we were parked on top of the engines surrounded by a car, two other trucks, a large tractor, and a huge truck filled with some kind of fruit (maybe you can tell me what it is…see picture below). But, we lived to tell the tale. And made it back home to Phuket, whew!

Like sardines in a can!
Like sardines in a can!

I am going to post a full review of The Sunset Beach Resort next week, but I will say that it was the most fun and relaxing couple of days we have had in a long time. It felt so good to be on the road again for fun instead of a visa run.

If you are looking for a relaxing atmosphere with quiet beaches all within driving distance to Phuket, make the trip to Koh Kho Khao.

Now it’s your turn! Would you have been able to make it onto that ferry? Do you know what the kind of fruit is in the back of the truck in the picture above? We are going to be visiting other areas of Thailand once a month now, what area are you interested in reading about? Leave a comment and join in the conversation!


  14 comments for “A Weekend Away in Koh Kho Khao

  1. joylovestravel
    April 25, 2015 at 12:01 am

    Backing a car onto a ferry – my worst nightmare!! No way could I do that, the stress just thinking about it is too much!!!

    • andthreetogo
      April 25, 2015 at 9:49 am

      Yeah… I am so glad chad could do it… I would have made the ferryman do it for me otherwise.

  2. aviets
    April 25, 2015 at 2:15 am

    Wow,what a great adventure! My husband could handle getting onto the ferry without batting an eye, but I wouldn’t even dream of it!

    • andthreetogo
      April 25, 2015 at 9:49 am

      Thank god for husbands!!! 🙂

  3. Kimberly
    April 25, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Is the fruit durian, maybe?

    Oh man! I love reading about your adventures! It’s so inspiring 🙂 I need to get out more…

    • andthreetogo
      April 25, 2015 at 3:24 pm

      Kimberly… Maybe but durian is usually greenish and these were more like reddish brown pods… I just cannot figure it out… But your guess was close I’m sure!
      Come and visit us!!

  4. thehomeschoolingdoctor
    April 25, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    It sounds like it was the travel refreshing trip it was supposed to be! Yay! I can’t wait to see the resort! I don’t know what fruit that is. But we love strange fruit!

    • andthreetogo
      April 25, 2015 at 7:38 pm

      Me too! I keep seeing it but only in the back of trucks… So frustrating. I am excited to write about it! It was wonderful!

  5. expatlingo
    April 26, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Wouldn’t want to be on that tiny ferry the day someone forgets to set their parking brake! Sounds like you had a great weekend away.

    • andthreetogo
      April 26, 2015 at 9:07 pm

      There is no doubt about that! Oh my, I didn’t even think of that! It was so nice. 🙂 thanks for commenting!

  6. mamabyfire
    April 28, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    My thought was durian too… My husband would have been the one to drive onto the ferry also, I’m getting stressed thinking about it! Your relaxing getaway sounds wonderful!

    • andthreetogo
      April 28, 2015 at 2:10 pm

      I am so glad it wasn’t durian because their smell on top of the slight anxiety of being on a packed ferry might have made the ride unpleasant. 😉

  7. Yvette @ BigTrouble
    April 30, 2015 at 1:47 am

    Ooh this sounds so beautiful! Good find Chad (and driving skills too… that photo and description made me a bit anxious!) It sounds like the perfect break, and I love that it was so tucked away, yet with lots of fun and relaxing things for the three of you to do. Can’t beat an outdoor restaurant either – roll on our holidays!

    • andthreetogo
      April 30, 2015 at 3:39 pm

      It was a perfect break! I think it will be our go to place with friends as well…. A great way to relax and let the kids run and play 😉

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