Is Koh Kradan Worth Visiting? 

Koh Kradan is a serene and picturesque island located in the Andaman Sea, part of the Trang Province in Southern Thailand. It’s accessible most easily from Phuket via a speedboat tour. Known for its stunning beaches, clear turquoise waters, and vibrant coral reefs, Koh Kradan is a true paradise for nature lovers and those seeking a more tranquil escape compared to many of the other crowded Phuket island regions. 

Koh Kradan Voted the Best Beach in the World for 2023

Koh Kradan was indeed voted the best beach in the world for 2023 by the UK-based World Beach Guide. This recognition highlights Koh Kradan’s exceptional natural beauty, featuring pristine white sands, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and a serene, unspoiled environment. 

Getting There with Simba Sea Trips

Koh Kradan is situated some 117 kilometres from Phuket so journeying there involves either a popular, but lengthy boat trip, or by engaging in one of the many alternatives to journey to this exciting destination. While visitors to Phuket can travel closer to the location via taxi, bus or car hire, the most popular route is to avoid the traffic and to travel to the location via ferry or speedboat. A speedboat tour to the region can be accomplished as part of a multi-day private charter and this can be booked by contacting the team at Simba Sea Trips and enquiring about one of our private charter tours

Natural Beauty

Koh Kradan is celebrated for its unspoiled natural beauty. The island is part of the Hat Chao Mai National Park, which helps preserve its pristine environment. Among the highlights are the incredible Paradise Beach, an incredible local wonder that has to be seen to be believed. In addition the region is blessed with sensational coral reefs to be explored, and for those more in search of a hiking adventure, lush tropical forests offer memorable hikes and nature walks.


Koh Kradan offers a range of activities for visitors, centered around its natural attractions:

  1. Snorkeling and Diving: The clear waters and abundant marine life make snorkeling and diving the top activities. Equipment can be rented from local resorts or dive shops.
  2. Kayaking: Explore the coastline and nearby islets by kayak. It’s a peaceful way to take in the scenery and enjoy the calm waters.
  3. Hiking: While the island is relatively small, there are a few trails that cut through the forest, offering a chance to see the island’s flora and fauna up close.
  4. Beachcombing: The long stretches of beach are perfect for leisurely walks, collecting shells, and simply enjoying the stunning views.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Koh Kradan is during the dry season, from November to April. During this period, the weather is generally sunny and the seas are calm, making it ideal for beach activities and water sports. Simba’s experienced staff highly encourage consideration of a visit to this serene location during this time.

Conversely, the monsoon season, from May to October, brings heavier rains and rougher seas, which can limit access to the island and impact activities.

Environmental Considerations

As part of a national park, Koh Kradan places a strong emphasis on environmental protection. Visitors are encouraged to follow sustainable tourism practices, such as not littering, avoiding touching or stepping on corals, and using reef-safe sunscreen. These measures help ensure that the island’s natural beauty remains intact for future generations.


Koh Kradan is a hidden gem in the Andaman Sea, offering a peaceful retreat with its stunning beaches, clear waters, and vibrant marine life. Whether you’re looking to relax on the beach, explore underwater wonders, or simply enjoy a serene natural environment, Koh Kradan provides a perfect getaway. Its proximity to Phuket and to Simba’s departure point at Boat Lagoon, makes it an accessible destination for travellers seeking to experience the quieter, more pristine side of Thailand.