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Thailand is home to some of the most sought after islands both for backpackers and family holidays. And whilst the most well known of them can be very busy and are catered to tourism, there are still quite a few gems dotted around that will give you the paradise experience you are dreaming of! Koh Muk is home to beautiful white sand beaches, rustic bars and leafy jungle treks! Keep on reading for the ultimate Koh Muk travel guide.
Koh Muk isn’t an island to head to if you are looking to party. If you want to take the days slowly by relaxing on the beach and soaking up the sun then you really won’t want to leave! Even though the main attraction of the island is to relax and it is the best place to do that, I have compiled a few activities below that might inspire you to stretch your legs just a little.
THINGS TO DO
If you head North past the village and to the end of the main road you will come across a sign for a jungle trek. We followed the arrows on the moped, going over lots of bumps and slippery paths to reach the end of the track and a massively steep incline! The trek took us about 30 minutes including breaks to the top. Some of it is so steep that they have installed ropes to help you get up and down without falling! Also watch out for the leaves on the floor, they are surprisingly slippery!
We made it to the top and got a gorgeous view out to the ocean, it was definitely worth the climb!
CHARLIE BEACH SUNSET
If you have enjoyed this beach in the daytime, make sure to go back again for sunset. You can either enjoy it with a beer at a bar or sat on the white sands with only a few people on the beach around you. The sunset here was one of the best I have experienced, made even better by the hermit crab migration I saw in front of me. I think I counted about twenty of them all moving in the same direction at once!
Whilst the restaurants in the village where all very busy, there weren’t many bars to choose from for an evening drink. But if you want an authentic chilled island experience, there is a reggae bar a couple of minutes from the main road in the village. Complete with the ultimate Bob Marley playlist!
WHAT’S IN MY BACKPACK
WHERE TO STAY
Despite being a small island there are quite a variety of different accommodation options for both budget travellers and more luxury holidays. We ended up staying at Smile Bungalows, which we chose as it was close to the pier and at only £22 per night seemed the best option for us. It is a family run business, with the cutest kids shouting out their English at you!
HOW TO GET AROUND
The village is located just off the pier where most of the restaurants and bars are grouped on both sides of the main road through the island. The island is small enough that you would be able to walk from one side to the other within an hour. Or you can easily hire a moped for about 200 baht per day, which is a great way to explore the island quickly and without getting too sweaty!
Make sure to read my guide to Koh Lanta here!