Peace and Quiet

Trip Start Feb 23, 2006
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Trip End Jun 24, 2009


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Sunday, February 11, 2007

Since I didn't make it to Koh Jum on my way back from Koh Lanta after Brian left last month, I decided to head back to see if I was right about this island. It's pretty strange that this island hasn't developed as quickly as islands like Phi Phi and Phuket or Railey Beach and Ao Nang on the mainland near Krabi. It's only 1 hour away from Krabi by ferry and even closer to the eastern coast of Phang Nga Bay. Development is definitely coming and coming quickly, but in 2007 Thailand, I would never think I'd be able to find a quite relatively untouched island so close to other major tourist attractions. You can even take a long tail boat in an hour to Phi Phi.

We lucked out when we got Shanghaied by the travel agent that told us we were booked into one place and shoved us off to another. Koh Pu Peace Paradise Resort had just opened in late January, 3 weeks before we got there. I think we were the 3rd tenants in our bungalow fitted with blue satin sheets on the bed. This place's decor was very bizarre, but I liked it a lot! The Bar was filled with American Indian pictures and decorations, but they somehow still fit. There were only 3 bungalows at this place and most of the time we were there, the other two bungalows were empty. Nothing like having your own private beach front property. It'd be a perfect place to spend a romantic holiday with that someone special. Yai and Mat, the owners, are very friendly as are the two handy men that help you with your bags and sweep the paths and beach every day. I even spent one evening drinking a bottle of 12 year old Scotch that I got at the Duty Free with them.

But after a few days, we were getting bored of all this peace and tranquility and felt like checking out a different part of the island. They loaned us their motorbike for a few hours so we could drive around the island. Unfortunately, there isn't much of a road on the island. To even get to the "road", you have to drive down the beach about 600M in deep sand. We didn't get very far before having to head back. So the next day we took a long tail boat down to the part of the beach that I had originally set out to see. The southern tip of Koh Jum is more developed with a few more bungalow operations and more restaurants and bars. Although the island is very nice, the food here was let's say not inspiring. Unfortunately, it took us the entire week to find something that was worth eating and not just to fill our bellies. The lady at Bo Daeng Restaurant and Bungalows was the best! She spoke excellent English and was so friendly she'd come and sit down with you for breakfast just to have a chat and say hello. She also served the "Big Farmer Breakfast" which was "heaps of jacket potatoes" with home made bread, eggs and some other stuff I can't remember. It sorta reminded me of "Haystacks" back at the Homestretch Inn at the University of Illinois. ILL INI! The beach down at this end of the island was much better and less rocky than up at Koh Pu. It was great to be able to swim and not worry about anything stinging you or cutting up your feet. I even took a swimming challenge from my friend and almost drowned myself when I swam too far out into the ocean. How the heck do you people swim in a straight line like that? Fortunately, the air in my snorkel mask is enough to keep me positively buoyant in the highly saline waters of the Andaman Sea.

Unfortunately, progress is definitely encroaching on this pristine stretch of beach with an ultra luxury resort being built by this canadianguyImet's uncle that should be finished in a few years. It won't be long before there is direct limo service from Krabi Airport to Koh Jum.
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Where I stayed
Koh Pu Peace Paradise Resort

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