White beaches stretching as far as the eye can see. Palm trees thrown over the cool emerald green water. And the scent of the Thai pots filled with hot spices and light-fried vegetables.
There are many good reasons why people have become wild with Thailand. Then it’s still incredibly cheap to stay in the country.
But with the popularity comes a list too. That many Thai destinations drowning in insistent salesmen with indifferent copiers, go-go bars with young women in search of rich westerners and bland restaurants with loud karaoke music and menu in seven different languages.
But if you look a bit away from tourist magnets such as Phuket, Koh Samui and Koh Phi Phi, where thousands of people each year spend winter holidays, then there are still lots of gems where life continues its quiet, charming walk – and where they probably live off tourism, but also in balance with Thai culture and nature.
One of the places is the small island of Koh Jum close to the hugely popular Koh Lanta. But because it is a bit more difficult to get there, mass tourism has not yet really come to an end on Koh Jum’s well-over 30 hotels.
There are only few places with pools, cars are even fewer, and the wifi is not the highest speed. In return, there is peace and quiet to enjoy the fantastic beaches, green jungle hills and the well-known Thai hospitality.
Facts about Koh Jum
- The island, situated between Krabi and Koh Lanta, houses only about 1500 permanent residents – a number that obviously rises considerably during the tourist season, which runs from November to April.
- There are three small villages on Koh Jum, but there is not much to see here. Then it is far better to be on the tropical beach along the island’s west coast, where the island’s 30 resorts are located with perfect views of the sunset.
- There are small supermarkets on the island that sell the most necessary, but there is no cash machine in some places. So either you have to have cash, or you have to rely on various payment cards that are received in most places.
- Excursions and activities can be arranged from most of the island’s hotels – either to nearby islands or up to Koh Jum’s highest point,