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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Jam February 12th 2014

Hope all is well with everyone and if you are in Canada we wish we could send you warm weather!! We've had a great second week in Koh Lanta. As mentioned before, we're kind of just enjoying our resort, the beautiful weather and the wonderful people. It's amazing how we can put in a full day without having done much! We look forward to eating out at lunch and dinner as there are so many good restaurants to choose from. It's the major decision of the day! We've been having massages twice a week and are getting quite used to being pampered. We met a couple from Cambridge, UK and have had dinner with them a few times. They are about our age and travel around much like us. We've been to many of the same ... read more
My Sand Art
Glen and I
Glen and her girls

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Jam January 17th 2013

After our misadventure at Charley Barley's, we set out for Koh Jum, a less populated and more relaxed island nearby. We arrived around 9:30 a.m. on January 4th and immediately found a much nicer place to stay than before called New Bungalows. The island, as well as the family-owned group of well-kept-up bungalows, had been recommended to us by a couple we met on our last night in Vietnam, and we were very grateful for their advice! We got settled in before exploring the island a bit. We ultimately found it to be much less busy and touristy than Koh Lanta. There were only a handful of cars, a few tiny villages and only one major paved road. Within our first few hours of being on the island, we met numerous friendly locals and tourists, ate ... read more
New "Bangalow"
Our bungalow
What could be better than an old guy in a thong?

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Jam December 28th 2012

When we first heard of this island sitting around the communal table at Stuart's place in Kanchanaburi, we laughed at how it sounded like toejam. Also known as Koh Pu, we giggled at the unfortunate name but secretly hoped it wouldn't be so bad. In the middle of a conversation about the dog's mange, all sorts of pictures were going through our heads. I was thinking, great, we go from one place where the mutts are afflicted with mange to another likened to toejam. How little we knew... A slice of tropical paradise greeted us as we transferred from the ferry to a longtail boat. Wading to shore, we knew we'd hit the jackpot. A beautiful beach, clean bungalows and families with children Eleanor's age - we should have booked a week. Over the following four ... read more
Dean & Eleanor scooting around
Sun, sea and fun
Another glorious day in paradise

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Jam February 5th 2012

This island and it’s laid back way of life is really beginning to grow on us. Alan, an American we met at our resort, was renting the tree house there so of course we just had to climb up and see it. It’s right at the front overlooking the beach. From his veranda there was an amazing view of the many neighbouring islands. A perfect spot to watch sunset. I don’t think I could take the ladder on a regular basis though especially as there is no bathroom so after ‘ lights out’ it could be tricky. I don’t suppose Tarzan had that worry, mind you he wouldn’t have been sat in a bar drinking Chang beer until 10pm! Today we made the crazy decision to swim to the closest island, it didn’t look too ... read more
 Alan in his Tree House
Our New Friends From Finland
A Lizard comes to visit

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Jam February 3rd 2012

Back to Nature I am sitting typing this blog on the veranda of our wooden hut, but it will be a few days before you get to read it. Why? There is no electricity on the island. . The only noise I can hear are the cicadas humming in the trees, birds chirping and the gentle sound of the sea lapping the shore 50 metres away. An occasional long-tail can be hear purring and of course the friendly geckos. Our bungalow has a 4-poster bed, adorned by a highly prictical mosquito net, a set of three wooden shelves and a fan. A cold-water shower and a toilet with no flush make up the bathroom. Our bungalow operators have a generator they switch on from 6pm to 10.30pm. It’s then a mad rush to get the I ... read more
Longtail boat
The Beach Ko Jam
Our Home for a few days

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Jam March 26th 2011

We are off to the island of Koh Jum today. I'm not sure if we will get internet. The island doesn't even have a pier. We take a ferry close to the island, and another boat meets us and takes us to the island. We will probably be there for 3 days then head to Koh Lanta which is a little more popular. Koh Jum only has 1500 inhabitants on it. All there is to do is snorkel, suntan and walk around! ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Jam January 4th 2011

A week of island hopping. We traveled by ferry, bus, van, then longtail fishing boat from Koh Pha Ngan to Railay (east). next by longtail, van, pickup truck, ferry, then longtail to Koh Jam next by longtail, ferry, then tuk tuk to Koh Lanta.... read more
Phra Nang Beach, Railay
Food Boats on Phra Nang Beach, Railay
Railay East

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Jam November 13th 2010

Ko Jum ist wohl die am einfachsten zugaengliche "einsame" Insel Thailands. Sie liegt ziemlich genau auf der Mitte zwischen den beiden touristisch gut entwickelten Zielen Ko Lanta und Krabi. Dennoch ist Ko Jum auf andere Art und Weise meilenweit von dem ausgetretenen Pfad entfernt. Ko Jum wurde vom Tsunami 2004 hart getroffen, viele Bungalow-Anlagen wurden zerstoert. Mittlerweile wurde alles wieder aufgebaut, ohne aber dabei den Fehler der Ueberentwicklung zu machen, wie das bei dem bekannteren Ko Phi Phi der Fall war. Nach Ko Phi Phi fuhr ich uebrigens im Rahmen eines Schnorchelausflugs. Ko Jum beherbergt neben einem Fischerdorf nur wenige Bungalow-Anlagen, die meist sehr einfach sind. Es gibt keinen inselweiten Strom. In meiner Anlage kam der Strom vom Generator und wurde lediglich von ca. 18 bis 22 Uhr angestellt. Die Anlagen stehen weit voneinander entfernt und ... read more
Geisterhaeuschen der Bungalow-Anlage
Andaman Beach

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Jam December 2nd 2009

It’s off to Krabi Thailand. A train to KL airport was going to cost more than a mini bus for 5 of us. Just as well, the airport is 70 Km from the city. The flight was only 1 hour 15 minutes and picked up in Krabi. In the carpark Christine was surprised to see our transport was a ute, the kids couldn’t believe their luck! 20 minutes down the coast, into a long boat and across to Koh Saboya. Another ute ride for 20 minutes and we were there. This was one destination that I was quite nervous about. The website said no electricity and huts. As we arrived I knew I had got it wrong, not here long enough! This is paradise. No crowds, unbelievably peaceful and absolutely beautiful. It doesn’t have the long ... read more
Long Boat to Koh Siboya
Koh Siboya, looking to Koh Jum
Koh Siboya

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Jam November 24th 2008

KOH LANTA We decided to go back to Koh Lanta for a few more days but we stayed on a different beach this time. We stayed on Klong Dao beach. It was a nice wide beach with very soft sand. This beach is aimed more at package holidaymakers, with more families and buggies racing around the beach. The accommodation was more expensive but we found really nice bamboo bungalows for 350 baht called Mermaid beachfront bungalows. KOH JUM What do you do in Koh Jum? Nothing, It's brillant, so peaceful and all there is to do there is collect shells or just sunbathe. The beach has a lot of shells on it and most days it felt a bit like being on a deserted island, with the beach totally to ourselves. We stayed in the Andaman ... read more
Signs along the beach
Beach Klong Dao
Tsunami warning

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