We are going from overcrowded Pukhet and family-oriented friendly Ko Lanta to try out 3 days on a little island of Ko Jum in vicinity of Krabi. Already arriving to the island was a bit of adventure. The ferry from Ko Lanta stopped on open sea and we jumped into a little long-tail boat throwing our luggage through air:)
When we arrived, my first reaction was a bit of shock – what will we do here, in the middle of nowhere for few days? We were in a little bay called Coral Bay of about 500 metres long, completely isolated from the rest of the island that is a bit more developed (the northern part where we stayed, is called Ko Pu, the southern part, where all the other accommodation facilities are is called Ko Jum – and includes the biggest village on the island. )
Our accommodation was in a (later becoming quite controversial) facility called Coral Bay Resort. From outside it looked really nice.
We chose the most simple bungalows which turned out to be really simple… and honestly didn’t feel super clean. The mosquito net became our best friend to separate us from the mosquito – bugs – ants – all sorts of other insects-party which was happening each night.
So we tried not to spend too much time in the bungalow, and were on the beach ALL THE TIME, including our work time (anyway, what does it say about life of 2 free-lance trainers if they work almost each day on their honeymoon?!? :))
The Coral Bay was unfortunately not suitable for swimming in the morning (low tide), but became a fantastic little piece of paradise and beach “dolce far niente” in the afternoons.
We realised that our resort is quite a rip-off, so gradually we moved our center of activity to a neighboring resort Bon Homie. It was owned by a 76-year-old Thai men Po (Paul) who bought the place as his retirement hobby. He was in top shape, spoke perfect English, was spending his days reading books in a hammock and evenings in conversation with his guests, strolling around with a glass of wine. We fell in love with Poo, his place and fast internet that on an isolated island is hard to get 🙂
One day we had to go to the village to find a doctor (well, better to say “THE doctor” – it was one lady, who worked during the day on mainland, and after 5pm was receiving patients in her home:)). We needed a simple antibacterial cream, but as there was no pharmacy on the island, it was our only option. For me as a doctor the experience of Thai village doctor was a funny one – she had everything on stock, including all possible antibiotics and opium drugs, all neatly stored in little drawers beside her kitchen. Also, there was no privacy whatsoever – we have been observed and commented on by half of the village:) And so our days of island isolation went on…
On our last day we had only one option of getting back to mainland, and that was a morning ferry to Krabi. Since our flight Krabi – Chiang Mai was only at 8pm, it left us with all day in Krabi in hand. As fanatic beach lovers we took the opportunity and visited a famous nearby Railay beach . It is a peninsula with impressive high limestone cliffs.
It is famous – which means that when we arrived, everybody else was already there 🙂
By the afternoon situation improved, many day-trippers left, and we were able to enjoy our last few hours of beach and sun.
And—– off to Chaing Mai – will we miss the sun in a city??? Read the next post 😉