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Koh Jum – peaceful island

Beautiful beach

Koh Jum is a small island between Ko Lanta and Krabi Town. While the south end of the island is known as Koh Jum, the northern part is also called Koh Phu and local villagers take fierce pride in the two different names. Koh Jum has three main villages and is home to about 1500 permanent local residents. On the west side of the island are about 20 resorts which provide very simple bungalow accommodation.

Beautiful beach

Beautiful beach

Though there is plenty of accommodation on the island, there is nothing more than a handful of beach bars for evening entertainment, and little to do during the day except try out the half-dozen west-coast beaches. The beaches may not be pristine, and are in some places unswimmably rocky at low tide, but they’re mostly long and wild, and all but empty of people. Nights are also low-key: it’s paraffin lamps and starlight after about 11pm at those places that are off the main grid, and many do not even provide fans as island breezes are sufficiently cooling. Mekong river tours Thailand

You can enjoy the private long white sandy beach, crystal clear water under the blue sky at the very secluded and peaceful surrounding. An ideal place for people who just want to relax and get away from it all.

Diving at Koh Jum

Diving at Koh Jum

The low visitor density, plus the ease of access from Krabi airport, currently make Koh Jum southern Thailand’s most accessible hideaway island, and one which we highly recommend. This number one ranking does not look set to last, as with the island’s connection to the national power grid big developers are moving in, so visitors who like hideaway islands are advised to go there soon, before the hordes descend. Always a good sign for those seeking a pristine tropical idyll, Koh Jum has no jetty or dock – the ferry from Krabi Town stops offshore and is met by resort longtail boats, into which visitors hop for the ride ashore. Southern Cambodia 5D4N

Long white sand beach

Long white sand beach

There is nothing much to do on Koh Jum. And for the tourists who return there every year, that is precisely its appeal. No tour agencies, only one dive school, no ‘attractions’ on the island itself: in short, no pressure to be active, or be ‘on holiday’. You can just simply be: your time is entirely your own – these days, a luxury few enjoy. Of course, this is not for everyone – those who need to be entertained should stick to the more touristy areas of Krabi, or risk dying of boredom.

One can wander the length of the west coast by rock-hopping between the beaches. It takes less than 2 hours at an easy pace, and the rock-hopping is mostly simple, except at high tide.

Koh Jum is an extremely relaxing place.

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