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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Muk February 22nd 2020

Saturday 22nd February 2020 Koh Muk translates as Pearl Island. We said it was a little gem! Like Koh Jum and Koh Yao Noi, it is rated as one of the few remaining truly exotic islands of Southwest Thailand, with very limited tourism and stacks of local flavour. We love it here! Well, we have stayed in countless bamboo thatched huts in our time, in different countries, but none as charming as the one we have now on the eastern side of Koh Muk: Everything is bamboo, the floor, window shutters, doors and furniture. Often the bed is just made of cheap boards with a hard mattress. This bed is chunky and solid bamboo, with a lovely deep mattress and soft pillows. The chunky furniture is made in the same rustic style. Of course, being bamboo, ... read more
Gorgeous crispy Papaya salad with prawns
Coco Lodge from the beach
Lodung Beach

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Muk February 20th 2020

Thursday 20thFebruary 2020 On Tuesday, after yet another challenging journey, we arrived on the beautiful little island of Koh Muk. The idea of island-hopping was to enjoy the boat journeys as well as the destinations, however, these journeys haven’t all been idyllic (the first few were). The speedboat was overloaded when we started off from the pier in Koh Lanta, because another boat had a problem, so all of the passengers on that speedboat (heading for Koh Lipe) climbed over on to our boat, with their luggage, and with folk sitting on the floor once again, we headed off down the eastern side of Koh Lanta, under the bridge that connects to the mainland on the north east of the island, through mangrove channels then out to the open sea. The sky was heavy and overcast, ... read more
Love it here!
Enjoying the evening sun
Leaving Koh Lanta

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Muk February 9th 2020

So after what was a bit of a disastrous start, I got up early and went for breakfast and then walked to Charlie Beach, which was a lovely road through the trees and took about 25 minutes. The local people were so friendly but I was shocked by the state of their houses, rubbish everywhere around them, no attempt to even bag stuff up. Houses on stilts over a muddy area with concrete walkways. It was really poor. One local woman had bought an ice cream and just dropped the wrapper on the floor without a thought. To tourists the place looks uncared for and scruffy and they need to clean up their act and improve the accommodation if they want to to profit more. In spite of this, I grew to really like it. At ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Muk February 6th 2020

The day started well, Grandma’s Kitchen was open at 7.30am as promised and my pick up came exactly at 09.30, despite my last minute jitters that they’d forget me. At the ferry we Ko Mook people got on first and they put our bags downstairs, as we were the last to get off. It was much nicer sitting upstairs on the deck although there was no seating. The first stop was Ko Ngai, which looked VERY nice from the boat and I wished I was getting off there. Then we went past Ko Mook and stopped at Ko Kradan, which looked better for a day trip than an overnight. You had to get off the front of the boat onto the sand, and for people with suitcases along came a guy with a trolley and wheeled ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Muk February 7th 2018

On atteint Ko Muk par un petit quai perdu de Kuantungku. L’île est située au large de la côte d’Andaman (l’ouest du sud !), et fait partie groupe d’îles de Trang, entre Ko Lanta au nord et Ko Lipe au sud. Des transferts sont possibles de partout (aéroports de Krabi, de Trang, mais aussi par bateau depuis Ko Lanta). Ko Muk est une petite île (encore) préservée, un petit paradis selon le côté où on l’on appréhende. Il faut vraiment poser son sac de l’autre côté de l’île par rapport à l’arrivée du bateau, aux alentours de la Farang Beach (la plage des étrangers) où se concentrent des resorts de bungalows un peu chers en haute saison, mais toujours abordables selon les standards occidentaux. On peut également rester aux abords de l’arrivée du bateau où quelques ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Muk January 29th 2017

Getting into Thailand did not go as smoothly as I had hoped mostly due to (as always) my lack of planning and knowledge. I basically looked at the map and decided to make Koh Muk my first destination. After saying my goodbyes to Celine I hopped onto a ferry boat bound for Satun on the Thai mainland. Once in Satun immigration was a breeze as I had my prearranged visa. At the ferry terminal their were many direct "tourist" options for $400b ($13USD) to get to the island of Koh Muk. I shunned them of course and hopped onto a local bus bound for Trang ($120b) where I would try and transfer to another bus for Kuantungku Pier where I could get to the island. Didn't happen - at least not right away. Arriving at the ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Muk September 9th 2012

Early start leaving the Perhentians on the speed boat which was a lot smoother than the one we caught over which threw us all over the place! Hopped in a taxi to the border with an English lass then walked back across into Thailand. Bit of a mission to get back up through Thailand. A lovely hot and sticky train to Hat Yai then a mini bus to Trang where we finally got see our Surf again! After a night in Trang (nothing to write home about) we got on another boat across to Ko Muk. We arrived at the GH recommended in the Lonely Planet which was closed. Come to think of it everything was pretty much closed. There was the three of us alone on the beach. Peace and Quiet. The islands was gorgeous, ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Muk July 18th 2012

It has been a couple of years since my last update. I’ve done some traveling during that time, but not much, and mostly to places I have already written about. I think an update is finally in order though because Saai and I just visited another place that was new to us. We spent the last couple of days on Koh Mook (also spelled Koh Muk), an island in the Andaman Sea (Thailand). Before I get started with Koh Mook, however, I would like to mention the biggest news from the last two years – the arrival of our daughter, Kimberly Joy, on May 8, 2011. Since this is primarily a travel blog, I will focus on Koh Mook, but you can check out a couple of pictures of our little girl at the end of ... read more
The View
Leaving the Mainland

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Muk January 3rd 2012

… “babe, can you pass me the light”… I oblige, still sleeping…“Ahhh! I knew it! That thing crawled down my side and my whole leg! I knew it!”… Now I’m awake. Staring, with one sleepy-eye, at a cockroach that Kels is shining the headlamp on that is trapped INSIDE our mosquito net that is supposed to keep the bugs OUT of our bed! Kels is freaked, and rightfully so - cockroaches are disgusting - so I jump into action… I bolt through the overlapping gap in our apparently malfunctioning bug net and turn on the one low-watt light in our bamboo bungalow. I first look at my paperback sitting on the night table, but squishing that bastard would leave a big mess in the bed, and I also remember something about squishing cockroaches releases something like ... read more
In the bungalow

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Muk March 12th 2011

On the 7th February, after spending 2 nights in Trang we decided to go move onto Koh Mook, a small island just off Trang. This involved a minibus then our first (of many) trip on a Thailand longboat to Koh Mook. After arriving on a beautiful beach we set off to look for accommodation, when I say set off to look I actually mean accepting the first place we saw despite it being one of the most expensive we had stayed in to date at 800 Baht a night. The next day we went on a trip on a longboat to the Emerald Cave, this involved swimming for about 5 minutes through a cave with only the guide's torch to see where we were going before emerging in a beautiful lagoon. This really was an amazing ... read more

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