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    Sunset Beach | Koh Kradan Travel Information
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    In recent years Koh Kradan has become the most popular of the Trang beaches. With sands the colour of Carrara marble and azure waters, it’s easy to see why. Cashew trees lend their distinctive fragrance to the air, and at low tide the ripples of the Andaman Sea recede to reveal wide sandbars so bathers can stroll far out into the sea. Even if this island no longer quite qualifies as untouched, the majority of the land is protected by Hat Chao Mai national park, keeping development to a minimum. Bucket bars, beach parties, and other tourist trappings are conspicuously absent, as are convenience stores and ATMs. Most visitors stay and sun on Kradan Beach, a skinny, 2km palm-fringed strip. For a more secluded spot, ride a longtail boat for roughly half a kilometre to this cove on the western coast. The beach’s popular nickname says it all: go at the end of the day to watch the sky flare into magenta, scarlet and saffron.
    • Accommodation:
      Accommodation on Koh Kradan runs from a high-end boutique resort to more rustic bungalows. If you don’t mind staying a few metres off the main beach, the quirky Paradise Lost (bungalows £14) offers plenty of personality and a terrific value.
    • Getting there:
      As per entry for Haad Farang (Haad Sai Yao), Koh Muk

    Haad Man Sai, Koh Rok Nai & Koh Rok Nok
    Ringed by a sprawling coral reef submerged just a few metres below the water’s surface, Koh Rok Nai and its twin Koh Rok Nok lure eager snorkellers from Koh Kradan, Koh Ngai, and Koh Muk. Technically, both are part of Krabi Province, but the spectacular scenery more than merits the more than two-hour longtail boat ride from the Trang islands. Mu Ko Lanta National Park has shielded Koh Rok from greedy hoteliers, meaning monitor lizards still outnumber humans and an unruly tangle of jungle occupies most of the land. The majority of the boats moor at Haad Koh Rok, an expanse of crushed-coral sand that looks as if it has been plucked from the pages of a glossy magazine. If even a few fellow travellers are too many, walk to neighbouring Haad Man Sai, an equally lovely beach hidden from view by a few boulders. Note that a number of tours shut down during the rainy season between May and October.
    • Accommodation:
      Since this is a protected national park, there aren’t any fancy resorts or even scruffy bungalows here. A few government-run tents are available for rent on Koh Rok Nok for £10. While the likelihood of scoring one is high, if you want the peace of mind that comes with a guaranteed reservation, it is worth considering a service such as Freedom Adventures, a Koh Lanta-based tour company run by a Thai-English couple that offers private, chartered overnight camping trips to the island (two days from £295 for two including all meals, snacks, national park fees, transportation, accommodation and guide).
    • Getting there
      Longtail boats lead snorkelling tours from Koh Muk, Koh Kradan, and Koh Ngai for around USD 60.00 a boat.

    Koh Kradan in Trang set to reopen in October 2023 after long closure

    Situated within Hat Chao Mai National Park in Trang province, this two-kilometer-long paradise boasts fine white sand, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant marine life. After receiving the prestigious title of the world’s best beach from the World Beach Guide earlier this year, Koh Kradan is now preparing to welcome visitors once more as it reopens its shores on October 1st. The island will remain accessible until May 31st next year. Situated within Hat Chao Mai National Park in Trang province, this two-kilometer-long paradise boasts fine white sand, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant marine life. After a four-month seasonal closure, the island is ready to welcome travelers seeking natural beauty and tranquility.

    Koh Kradan’s recognition is well-deserved, thanks to its pristine environment. Its azure waters are perfect for swimming and water sports, offering captivating views of coral reefs and tropical fish. During the closure, conservation efforts were prioritized to protect the island’s fragile ecosystem. Visitors can look forward to a diverse array of activities such as snorkeling, diving, kayaking, and pure relaxation. The available accommodation choices cater to a wide range of budgets. With the island’s reopening, travelers from across the globe can once more immerse themselves in its natural beauty and timeless allure, solidifying its status as a top destination for nature enthusiasts and beach lovers.