Koh Mook – THE BEST unexplored island in Thailand?
April 9, 2019
When we decided to go island hopping in Thailand we only had a few weeks to fill and with so much choice it can be hard to decide on just a few. There were a few criteria that we wanted our tropical islands to meet – beautiful empty white sandy beaches and no crazy party atmosphere. After visiting Koh Lipe we had a pretty big task to complete because of how much we enjoyed it there. If you haven’t seen our Blog Post on Koh Lipe – check it out here.
After scouring the map to find islands on our journey we came across Koh Mook, found perfect accommodation and after viewing the photos we couldn’t wait to visit.
Located in Southern Thailand off the Southern Andaman Coast. Koh Mook is also known as Koh Muk, with Muk in Thai meaning Pearl. So welcome to Pearl Island.
How to get to Koh Mook?
There are several ways that you can access Koh Mook with the most common being by speedboat or van+ferry combo.
From the Islands– You can access Koh Mook from another island (we came straight from Koh Lipe) using the speedboat.
From the Mainland– If you travel from the mainland then you can go by ferry from Pakbara Pier with Hat Yai being the closest airport. Often the ferries are combined with vans to make a package – it is much better value and far easier.
Why Visit Koh Mook?
If you are looking for a quiet, undeveloped Thai island experience with a picture perfect beach then look no further.
Koh Mook is so quiet which means you get the relaxed island vibes. We also found food much cheaper here than in Koh Lipe with a great selection of low key restaurants. The local islanders were the friendliest we met which was the cherry on top of our visit.
There are few beaches on this island and if you are looking for the perfect white sandy photo there is really only one, where we spent all of our time. Sivalai Beach – if you google Koh Mook this is the poster child for the island.
Come to Koh Mook to unwind, relax and feel like you are in paradise. Because it is not as busy at the other islands it really is a fantastic place to visit.
What to do on Koh Mook?
Technically known as Hao-Laem Beach but because the Sivalai Beach Resort sits on this beautiful peninsula this is the most common name. If you stay at this resort you have direct access to this beach and if you don’t, then it’s not far at all to get here. Luckily for us we were staying a mere 10 minute walk away. This beach is a big reason we came here, most days there were only a handful of people enjoying it, soft white sand, clear blue ocean, frangipanis and palm trees. It was a tropical island bliss.
Beachside dining at The Perfect Bar & Restaurant
A very highly rated place (just take in the Trip Advisor reviews) because the food is delicious and reasonably priced, it’s located in a wonderful beachside setting BUT most importantly the staff are just insanely nice. Always wearing the biggest smiles which made you feel so welcome. We ate here a few times and loved each occasion (having such a fantastic time I didn’t take any photos)
Cycling around the Island to Charlie Beach
You can easily hire scooters in Koh Mook or grab a free bike like we did from our accommodation. My insta worthy yellow beach cruiser was the perfect companion to explore the island. We cycled through local villages, took a cruise to our moonlit dinner reservations and visited Charlie Beach (also known as Farang Beach) on the other side of the island.
That favourite past time to while away the hours on the beach whilst you search for mermaid treasure (that’s what I like to call the shells I collect – or hoard as my husband would say!) You have come to Koh Mook to relax right? So take in the views, stroll along the beach and see what treasures you can find
This is actually one activity that we didn’t do when we were there but we heard great things. There are tours that you can go on to visit the caves and it does look fantastic. If we had more time we would definitely had done this activity.
Offering simple bamboo huts in a palm tree grove located right by the ocean. Only a 10 minute walk from Sivalai Beach and an even shorter walk to the local town where all the restaurants are located, this was the perfect place for us. The sunsets here were incredible as you are nestled in a coconut grove.
They offer free bicycles to use, the huts are really clean ( they are also made up everyday for you) and come with free bottles of drinking water. They do have their own restaurant which we had breakfast in but wouldn’t recommend it. There are also a lot of wild dogs here which some may find a bit much but we didn’t mind them. The owners are very friendly but speak little English. All in all it was great value for money on the best side of the island.
Sivalai Beach Resort
Located on the best beach on the island you will want to come here if your budget is a lot larger than ours was. This is the luxury alternative with beach front properties you can stay in. This low level resort looked incredible, very quiet and nestled amongst palm trees. If budget allowed this would be a fantastic place to stay.
How Long to Stay in Koh Mook?
We stayed for 3 nights but you could easily spend longer in Koh Mook. If you are looking for a quiet little paradise then a week wouldn’t be a stretch.
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