Longing for beautiful beaches and exotic landscapes plus a magical cave? Koh Mook may have all the answers for you. The island lies between Krabi and Trang and is another must-visit here in the Andaman region. Rumour has it that it was here at Emerald Cave where pirates used to hide their treasure.
The place was known only a few decades ago, accidently found by locals searching for edible bird’s nests (a delicacy in Chinese cuisine). Koh Mook (also spelled Koh Muk) has subsequently also been ‘discovered’ by paradise seekers from all over the world.
Highlights of Koh Mook
Emerald Cave (aka Morrakot Cave) located on the west coast, has been the centre point of interest of Koh Mook all along. Basically, the only way to enter this place is to swim into the island and then walk single file while holding on to a rope, following the tour guide. The experience can be a little scary not knowing where you’re headed, but all of a sudden a lovely white sandy beach surrounded by high cliffs and small glade will appear. The emerald-green colour is created by sunlight filtering through the water and this is why it was named Emerald Cave. Getting in and out of the cave can only be done at low tide.
Apart from the famous cave, Koh Mook also features a few lovely beaches including Hua Laem Beach, Haad Farang Beach and Phangka Bay. Take your time and explore them all.
What not to miss at Koh Mook
A few fun activities should not be missed while on Koh Mook are: a) Go on a snorkeling tour to the surrounding islands such as Koh Kradan and Koh Ngai and b) Join a guided jungle tour.
The local community is very friendly and has been settled on the island for a few generations. Currently there must be 300-400 families living here. Most of them are farmers (with rubber and coconut plantations) and fishermen. Staying here will give you an opportunity to see the villagers’ simple but interesting lifestyle.
Good to know about Koh Mook
There are a handful of accommodations on the island. Many are located on Haad Farang Beach and are active only in high season between Nov – April but a few of them stay open all year round. Most Koh Mook hotels are in the budget to mid-range category, meaning you can chose from a basic bamboo chalet with fan to a comfortable bungalow with air conditioning.
There are also beach bars, restaurants, and shops as well as places to rent a motorbike or bicycle available here.
Koh Mook is officially part of Trang Province. The ferry takes about 45 minutes from Trang to Koh Mook while it can take up to almost four hours from Krabi.
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- Opening Hours: All year round
Best time to go: Nov – April
- Location: Andaman Sea under the supervision of Mu Koh Lanta National Marine Park
- How to get there:
From Koh Lanta: A daily morning boat from Koh Lanta to Koh Mook departs from Ban Saladan Pier.
From Krabi: From November till April, there is a ferry company operating once a day from Krabi to Koh Mook. But there is no service available in the low season. Contact: Tigerline Ferry, Krabi Office on Tel: +66 (0)81 3588989
From Trang: There are a couple of ferries from Trang Province to Koh Mook. One of the better-known operators is Tigerline Ferry, Tel: +66 (0)75-590489 (Trang Office). Or you can hire a speedboat at Pak Meng Pier or any other pier for a private trip; the closest pier to Koh Mook is called Kuan Tungku Pier. A ride from there usually lasts only about 15 minutes.