Koh Kradan

Ko Kradan, Thailand
Photo: © Rapisan Swangphon
Ko Kradan beach
Photo: © Mark Fischer / CC BY
Ko Kradan - Long tail boat
Photo: © Mark Fischer / CC BY

Thailand is well known for its beautiful beaches and to some extent this has meant that many of the most amazing beaches are now over-crowded and heavily commercialised. However, you don't have to go to far off the beaten track to still find a pristine gem and the island of Koh Kradan is home to just such a beach.This stunning stretch of powdery white sand remain a relative haven despite being only a few kilometres off the mainland.

Ko Kradan is one of the Trang Islands, a group of around 40 large and small islands which form a major part of the Hat Chao Mai national park. Of all these islands and islets Koh Kradan is perhaps the most beautiful and largely unspoilt. Despite only being a couple of hours south of Phuket and even closer to Koh Phi Phi, Koh Kradan is a world apart, sharing all the natural beauty but without the crowds and noise.

The waters of the Andaman Sea which surround the island are relatively sheltered and shallow, which means they are always warm i.e. ideal for swimming. On top of that they are crystal clear making for some excellent snorkelling in the protected waters. One thing to note though is the water is very shallow here at low tide and you'll have to paddle quite a way before it's deep enough to swim properly.
For those feeling particularly energetic there is a popular kayak route around the island which can be completed in less than 3 hours, even at a leisurely pace.

For those looking to just relax and soak up the sun and calm Koh Kradan is perfect. There are numerous hammocks suspended between the palm trees that fringe the beach.

The main beach at Koh Kradan is the aptly named east facing Paradise beach. However there is another, equally appropriately named, beach on the other coast. Easily reachable by a short trail through the forest is Sunset beach where you can enjoy a peaceful view of the sun setting over the Andaman Sea.

Getting to Ko Kradan involves taking one of the ubiquitous long-tailed boats and these are available from several locations on the mainland or many of the other islands. If you are planning on staying on the island there are several small resorts ranging from the upmarket but basic "flash-packer" style accommodation up to luxury beach bungalows.

Koh Kradan Weather Info

5 Day Koh Kradan UV Index

UV Index scale

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Temperature Averages

Average Water Temp

Koh Kradan tide times & sea state

Sun 19/05 »

Surf report for Sun 19/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 2ft 4s  °  ° 10mph
13:00 2ft 4s  °  ° 12mph
19:00 2ft 4s  °  ° 13mph
Tide times
Low 5:01am (0.76m)
High 11:00am (1.25m)
Low 5:29pm (0.62m)
High 11:56pm (1.25m)
Daylight
First light05:43
Sunrise06:05
Sunset18:33
Dark18:55

Mon 20/05 »

Surf report for Mon 20/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 2ft 5s  °  ° 10mph
13:00 2ft 5s  °  ° 11mph
19:00 2ft 4s  °  ° 12mph
Tide times
Low 5:51am (0.77m)
High 11:45am (1.25m)
Low 6:14pm (0.61m)
Daylight
First light05:42
Sunrise06:05
Sunset18:33
Dark18:55

Tue 21/05 »

Surf report for Tue 21/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 2ft 4s  °  ° 9mph
13:00 2ft 4s  °  ° 12mph
19:00 2ft 4s  °  ° 13mph
Tide times
High 12:45am (1.26m)
Low 6:39am (0.78m)
High 12:29pm (1.24m)
Low 6:59pm (0.61m)
Daylight
First light05:42
Sunrise06:05
Sunset18:33
Dark18:56

Wed 22/05 »

Surf report for Wed 22/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 2ft 5s  °  ° 10mph
16:00 2ft 5s  °  ° 12mph
Tide times
High 1:32am (1.25m)
Low 7:26am (0.80m)
High 1:13pm (1.22m)
Low 7:42pm (0.62m)
Daylight
First light05:42
Sunrise06:05
Sunset18:34
Dark18:56

Thu 23/05 »

Surf report for Thu 23/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
4:00 2ft 5s  °  ° 11mph
16:00 2ft 4s  °  ° 11mph
Tide times
High 2:18am (1.24m)
Low 8:13am (0.81m)
High 1:57pm (1.20m)
Low 8:26pm (0.64m)
Daylight
First light05:42
Sunrise06:05
Sunset18:34
Dark18:56

Fri 24/05 »

Surf report for Fri 24/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
13:00 1ft 4s  °  ° 9mph
Tide times
High 3:03am (1.23m)
Low 8:59am (0.83m)
High 2:41pm (1.18m)
Low 9:10pm (0.67m)
Daylight
First light05:42
Sunrise06:04
Sunset18:34
Dark18:56

Today's weather

Light rain

29 °C
(84 °F)

Light breeze, 10.4 km/h from W

Sea temperature

30.6°C / 87°F

Rating

Average: 5 (1 vote)

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