Koh Kradan rated #1 of ‘Top 100 Beaches in the World
Five of Thailand’s beautiful beaches are included among the ‘Top 100 Beaches on Earth’ published by the worldbeachguide.com website, with Koh Kradan in Trang province #1 on the list of the worlds best 100 beaches. Railay Beach in Krabi is #9, Freedom Beach in Phuket #18 and Laem Had Beach on Phang-nga’s Koh Yao Yai placing at #21. Ao Tanote in the Gulf of Thailand on Surat Thani’s Koh Tao was ranked 44th.
Kho Kradan is to the west of Ko Muk, situated on the west coast of Thailand. It is a long, narrow island which boasts a phenomenal stretch of pristine sand running along its east coast, verdant green hills and surrounded by aquamarine sea. Among the top cruising destinations in Thailand, Koh Kradan is a must see for any sailor, a true paradise and an ultimate highlight of the southern Andaman Sea. To the west of Ko Muk on the west coast of Thailand, the long, narrow island boasts a phenomenal stretch of pristine sand running along its east coast and verdant green hills surrounded by aquamarine sea.
“Far removed from crowds, convenience shops, ATM’s and nightlife, Koh Kradan is one of Thailand’s paradises and a highlight of the Andaman Sea”, said Gordon Fernandes and Captain Charlie Dwyer, co-founders of Asia Pacific Superyachts along with Captain Scott Walker and based in Thailand.
On nearby Koh Muk is the Emerald Cave, an inland lagoon that is only accessible by entering the mouth of a cave on the island’s west coast. “We went to Koh Kradan many times aboard sailing yacht, Yanneke Too. Fantastic beaches. The Emerald Cave is a must see. To the south of Emerald Cave is Charlie’s with great food and cold beer on the beach!” reports Captain Charlie.
The island is part of the Hat Chao Mai national park and to the south of Phuket near Phi Phi Island. It is said to possess all the natural beauty of the two but lacks the crowds of Phi Phi. Anchorage is available off Koh Kradan’s small southeast bay, about 10-12 metres from the shore. The east and west coasts are better suited for overnight holding, with anchorage no less than 12m from the shore on a muddy bottom.