Dec 01 2011
Idyllic Ko Mun Nork is a good island to have up your sleeve when it comes to traveller “who has been where” competitions as you’ll likely be greeted with a sea of blank faces when you mention it. It’s also an incredibly beautiful spot that is rarely crowded and goes to bed early. Calm waters and shady beaches make it ideal for young kids. So if I had to pick somewhere at the drop of a hat for a few days in December, this would be high up on my list.
The island is a blip of a place, located over the horizon to the east of the far better known Ko Samet, and just three hours from Bangkok. There’s a single place to stay and the only way to do it is on a “package” of sorts that includes board and accommodation.
Ko Mun Nork Resort has been around for years. In the guidebooks too — you just need to read closely to find it — a paragraph here, a sentence there — who says travel writers keep the best places secret?
So while it doesn’t attract tribes of backpackers, it is a popular spot among flashpacking Bangkokians (Thai and foreigners) who head there for weekends. We’ve been to two weddings on Ko Mun Nork, which sort of says something about how special it is.
The resort has its own boat for carting people out from Klaeng, which will deposit you near the open-decked restaurant. From there the rooms are a five- to 10-minute walk away. While the bungalows and rooms adhere to shabby chic style, the emphasis, at least with some of the rooms, is more on the shabby side of chic — “don’t expect five stars” they say on their website — we’d agree with that. Don’t let that bother you though as you’ll be spending precious little time indoors.
The real attraction here are the beaches. Beautiful white sandy affairs with a bunch of well placed salas and piers, ideal for a spot of yoga, book reading or just, you know, relaxing. The waters are clear, and, if you head here through the week, you could well have the waters to yourself.
The only minus is the food. It’s average at best. So load up on wine and cheese (or somtam and Beer Chang) before heading out here and that should tide you over till you get back to the mainland.
All things considered prices are moderate, but this isn’t a budget destination — so think of it more as a Christmas present to yourself — you’ve earned it, right?
Ko Mun Nork Resort
T: (02) 860 3025-7
F: (02) 860 3028
Rates start at 3,990 baht for two for two days, one night full board, 5,990 baht for two nights, three days. Rates include the ferry transfer from Klaeng. You do need to book in advance.
Buses from Ekamai can deliver you near Klaeng, from where it is a motorbike or songtheaw transfer to the pier.
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