The longest beach on Koh Kood is Ao Tapao Beach (also spelled as Haad Tapaw & Aw Taphoa) with more than 1 kilometer of powdery white sand along a crystal clear blue sea. Although quite some development has taken place in the past few years here the surroundings are still beautiful with coconut plantations, a small river in the center and large plots of (yet) undeveloped land.
The Sapan Namleuk pier (or Khlong Hin Dam pier) in the Northern part is home to the Ko Kut Express ferry and the Boonsiri Ferry. Shantaa Resort is located on the hill next to this pier with a small private beach and cocktail bar. A new resort is currently (2015) being built on the other side of the pier (The Paradise). About 300 meters Southern of the pier are Koh Kood Cabana, the new Medee Resort and Sea Far Resort with its remarkable but very nice recycled shipping containers and coconut garden bungalows. Next to Sea Far Resort follows 600 meter of untouched tropical scenery.
The pictures below were taken between low and high tide. Some small stretches of beach disappear during high tide but only in the most Southern part.
Usually there are some street vendors at the entrance of the pier to buy a drink but of course people can also visit one of the resorts.
To get to Tapao Bay just follow the main road and signs to Sapan Namleuk pier. The road passes a new temple (2015) and soccer field before arriving at the pier.