Koh Mook

Koh Mook

Koh Mook

Ko Muk is an island in the Southern Andaman Coast region of Southern Thailand, Trang province. Muk is the Thai word for pearl, so Ko Muk in Thai means Pearl Island. Koh Muk is positioned just off the mainland, near the islands of Koh Kradang and Koh Ngai. It's one of the largest islands of Trang province and offers some decent beaches and excellent food. You will find great bars and restaurants, comfortable resorts and cheaper backpacker fare. High season tends to be from mid-October to mid-April. There are more facilities there for tourists, but is still rustic enough to give you the feeling you are getting away from it all. It's a great place to bring the family.

There are many activities to keep you active in Koh Muk. Whether it's a hike through the jungle along the island's high cliff shorelines, kayaking or snorkeling among the islands of a national marine park, sunbathing on a sandy beach or visiting the intriguing Emerald Cave, Koh Muk offers both the relaxed traveller and the adventurer with plenty of things to see and to do.

The limestone karst geology of Koh Muk have created gorgeous high cliffs on its western side, a perfect nesting ground for tropical and migratory birds (especially swallows). A walk, bike or motorcyle through the mountainous island's interior takes you through rubber plantations and natural forest, allowing you to enjoy birdsong and the sounds of other wildlife. The paved surfaces of the paths on the south and west make travel easy across the island, which isn't very big.

One of Koh Muk's most famous features is Tham Morakot, or Emerald Cave. Not really a cave, but a collapsed sinkhole, visitors can swim (or kayak or boat at low tide) through a narrow passage, to be let into a large interior space with clean white sand and walls that open to the sky.

Koh Muk can also be your base for day-trips to islands like Koh Kradang, Koh Cheuk, Koh Ma and Koh Waen, where excellent beaches, snorkelling and diving adventure await.

With about 2000 locals (mostly Muslim), Koh Muk also has services like a police station, health centre, mosques, and schools. People make their lives fishing, working in the tourism industry, or harvesting coconut and rubber. Life is laid-back here, the locals are friendly, and visitors can get a glimpse of the old ways of life on the Andamans.

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