After a couple of hours comfortable drive from Ao Nang in our air-conditioned minivan, we finally reach Hat Yao Pier that will take us to Koh Mook – The Pearl Island.
It’s lunch time as we take our backpacks down to the speedboat that will take us to the first stop at Koh Mook and our relaxing days in paradise.
The wind blows in my face as the boat accelerates to top speed and only 15 minutes later, we arrive at our first island in this itinerary – Koh Mook.
- Transfer to Hat Yao Pier
- Speedboat from Hat Yao Pier to Koh Mook
- Koh Mook – The Pearl Island
- Relaxing days in paradise
- Thai food – the best and most affordable there is?
- The Emerald Cave
- Snorkeling – wait for it!
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- Your opinions please!
Transfer to Hat Yao Pier
We start early in Ao Nang. Our minivan goes from hotel to hotel, picking up fellow travelers from all across the globe. Just in time for lunch, we reach the pier (Hat Yao Pier) from where the speedboat will transport us to the first island. It’s really hot – around 32 degrees Celsius in the shadow. If you could find shadow anywhere this time of day.
Luckily, we brought several bottles of water, make sure to always do that. There is also a bar that serves both food and drinks at Hat Yao Pier. For a small price, you can order fried rice and other simple Thai dishes. After some waiting at the bar together with our fellow travel companions, it’s finally time to grab our bags and head for the speedboat that will take us out to the island.
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Speedboat from Hat Yao Pier to Koh Mook
The speedboat is soon fully packed with both travelers and bags of all sizes and models. I look around for a life vest and calm down a bit when I see that the boat is equipped with this important detail. The last couple of years, it tend to exist on most vessels trafficking the Andaman Sea. That’s comforting, especially when you travel with children.
The wind blows in my face as the boat accelerates to top speed and only 15 minutes later, we arrive at our first island in this itinerary – Koh Mook. As we approach the pier, you can see the beautiful beach at Sivalai Beach Resort. It’s absolutely fantastic and we can hardly wait to change to our swimsuits and to hit the beach!
At the pier of Koh Mook, all the bags are quickly unloaded. There are motorcycle taxis waiting out on the pier and we decide to grab one from here to our hotel. We pay only 100 bath for the transport (some kilometer) to the doorstep of the De Tara Beach Resort. Well worth every single bath.
Koh Mook – The Pearl Island
Koh Mook (or Koh Muk) is a small island in the Southern Thai province of Trang. It’s only 4.5 km from one side to the other, so you can practically walk anywhere. In the local language, Koh Mook means “Pearl Island” – and it’s a pearl all right! Here, you can find one of the most beautiful beaches in Thailand by the Sivalai Beach Resort. The beach there is shallow and a great place to visit with kids. It’s simply fantastic!
This is the largest island in our itinerary, but it’s by no means “large”. The population is about two thousand and there are just a few resorts and hotels here. Worth mentioning is that the price level at Koh Mook is the lowest in this itinerary. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from and the quality is very good.
There is no nightlife whatsoever at Koh Mook. The restaurants closes around 10 PM and after that, the island slowly goes to sleep just to wake up again early the next day. If you’re looking for a party island, this is not your choice.
Relaxing days in paradise
The calm and relaxed attitude and atmosphere is easy to adapt to. Almost immediately, we fall into the slow tempo that the locals live by. There are no stress here and the clock has no purpose. Perfect – that’s the reason we picked this island in the first place. Let’s grab a book and just relax in the shadow of the palm trees down by the beach! This is absolutely the beauty paradise we were looking for.
As mentioned before, if you’re looking for lots of action and activities, this may not be the island for you. The island has (still) managed to escape the hordes of backpackers invading Phi Phi Islands and Koh Samui.
Why is that? Maybe because it’s a bit complicated to come here?
You need some planning and initiative to make it happen, but the charter companies have started to get their eyes on this island as well. There are some arranged travels here, but you should really consider to plan the trip here all by yourself – it’s way more fun and will cost you much less.
Thai food – the best and most affordable there is?
One of the reasons I always come back to Thailand is the friendly people here. Anywhere you go, you’re meet with a smile. In addition to that, the service is great and finally – the Thai food is simply fantastic! The prices at the restaurants are also fantastic. A typical night out at a restaurant will cost you around 400 bath (€10 in April 2018).
The different curry dishes is particularly great. Make sure to try the Masaman Curry if you haven’t done that before! The fish dishes are also something to consider. There are fresh fish almost everywhere. You can have it in any kind of sauce you’d like.
If you’re not into Thai food, most of the restaurants have international alternatives. If you’re travelling with kids, the section of fried rice is a great tip to look into, and also extremely affordable. Most of the times you pay about 70-80 bath for such a dish ($2).
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The Emerald Cave
The most visited attraction at Koh Mook is properly Tham Morakot or the “Emerald Cave”. You have to swim through a dark tunnel to get there. The legend tells the story of ancient pirates that used to hide away there treasures in the cave, impossible to enter when the tide was high.
Whether you choose to believe that story or not, you should watch the tide, not to get stuck in the cave during the night. I would recommend to go on an arranged tour, the tour leaders knows when to enter and when to stay away.
Even though i would recommend the beach at Sivalai Beach Resort, you could also take a trip to Charlie Beach (south west part of the island). You can walk there or rent a scooter for a day. The best option though is to take a “taxi” there from the village. It cost no more than 100 bath one way.
Snorkeling – wait for it!
This is not the best island for snorkeling, there are no reefs near the beaches. You can of course book a day-tour going to nearby places for that purpose, but I suggest you wait until you get to Koh Kradan where the snorkeling should be one of the best snorkeling in Thailand. So have patience.
We spent three amazing days at Koh Mook, mostly on the beach. Our hotel, De Tara Beach Resort, turned out to be a great hotel. They serve the best Massaman Curry you can get paying almost nothing. Make sure you book one of the rooms with sea view from the room!
If you’re looking for something a bit more luxurious, the obvious choice would be the Sivalai Beach Resort. There are a couple of other options on the island as well, but my recommendation would be to look into one of these two options as your first choice.
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