The island of Koh Jum is located between Koh Lanta and Krabi Town in eastern Thailand. The southern end of the island is named Koh Jum while the northern part actually has another name, Koh Phu. Regardless, both the northern and southern parts of this island are perfect for those wishing to truly get away from it all. The island is relatively unpopulated and has yet to be covered in resorts and clubs. The western coast of Koh Jum has six exquisite beaches that are invariably quiet. HomeAway has several holiday homes and villas in Koh Jum. Child-friendly villas in Koh Jum located directly on the beach are available with HomeAway, as are Koh Jum villas with internet access and private swimming pools
Alternatively, nearby Krabi Town is a pretty place in which to book HomeAway holiday rentals. While on holiday in Thailand, many travellers enjoy exploring other parts of the country. HomeAway conveniently has accommodations in Koh Samui as well as holiday rentals in Phuket.
Explore the Beaches:
Koh Jum is home to six unspoilt beaches. Ting Rai Beach, Golden Pearl Beach, and Andaman Beach tend to the most popular, though visitors will never have to fight for privacy here. All have a backdrop of dense forest, soft sand, and clear, warm water.
Diving and Snorkelling:
Thanks to the fantastic water clarity in Koh Jum, snorkelling and diving make for ideal activities, with a wide variety of marine life calling the coastline its home. Organised trips to nearby Bamboo Island are easily arranged from any of the beaches.
Markets in Ao Nang and Krabi:
Located about an hour and a half away, the markets in Ao Nang and Krabi Town make for fun day trips. Local vendors sell indigenous fruits and vegetables and a large number of pop-up restaurants are found here as well selling delicious, freshly-made fare.
Ao Nang Beach:
A day trip to Ao Nang beach is highly recommended. Huge limestone formations and offshore rock towers provide an impressive backdrop to the bright sand and turquoise water. There are also open-air shops, bars, and massage parlours that dot the beach.
Wat Tham Seua in Krabi:
The Tiger Cave Temple is located about 5 miles north of Krabi. Here, a number of limestone caves cleverly hide Buddha statues and altars. For the fit of mind and body, 1,237 stairs lead up a 1950-foot-high peak; it may sound gruelling, but the views from the top are stunning.
Thung Teao Forest National Park:
This patch of untouched, virgin rainforest is located near Krabi and is home to several endangered flora and fauna species. A trail guides visitors through the forest as well as leading to the beautiful waterfall and the “crystal” or “emerald” lagoon. Visitors can swim in the warm and clear, green-hued waters.
The best time to visit Koh Jum is between November and April. Temperatures tend to average around 30°C during this time and though humidity is high, rainfall is limited. The rainy season lasts from May through October. Not only is the weather wet and quite hot, but the rains prevent ferries from travelling to and from Koh Jum.
The majority of, if not all, flights from Europe or the UK arrive at and depart from Bangkok airport (BKK). From here, Koh Jum is best reached via Krabi (KBV). A flight from Bangkok to Krabi takes 1.5 hours and then a pleasant hour and fifteen minute ferry ride brings visitors to Koh Jum.