In our opinion, Haad Farang is the best beach on Ko Muk. Travellers seeking more of a local vibe should consider the village and Ao Kham west of the pier, or Ao Kuan, while those after more comfort can look to Sivalai Beach and Haad Wua Nawn. Advance reservations are recommended around the Christmas / New Year holidays and are a good idea at any point in high season if you’re set on a specific resort. Some resorts close for all or part of rainy season from May to October; discounts can be expected at the ones that stay open.
If you're not sure where you want to stay on Ko Muk, here's a primer to get you going.
Ko Muk is a two-sided island. Civilisation, beach and accommodation are found only on relatively small stretches along the east and west coasts, connected by a narrow lane. The best beaches on both sides are each dominated by a single resort, Sivalai on Ao Kham to the east and Charlie on Haad Farang to the west. While both of these are solid, they’re also beyond the backpacker price... Read our full review of Where to stay on Ko Muk?.
West-facing “Foreigner Beach” or “Charlie Beach” hosts one mid-size midrange resort (Charlie) along with a smattering of cheaper choices, all but one of which (Sawaddee) are located just off the beach along the bumpy inland road. Great sunsets and good swimming no matter the tide are perks of staying in this part of Ko Muk.
Stretching almost for the entire length of Haad Farang under coconut and umbrella trees, long-running Charlie Resort seems to pull everything in its direction. Even if you're not staying here, you'll probably have to walk through the fairly large resort any time you go to the beach. The majority of rooms are concrete air-con villas, some with direct sea views. The one we peeped in had a faint... Read our full review of Charlie Beach Resort.
Had Farang Bungalows are actually spread over a hillside that's a good 300-metre walk from the beach they’re named after. You’ll find a few different options to choose from here, including tents with fans, mattresses on the floor and shared bathrooms that are among the cheapest options on Ko Muk. Next up are standard fan rooms in an attached concrete building reminiscent of a bunker, with... Read our full review of Had Farang Bungalows.
Named after the islands where its owners hail from, Ko Yao Viewpoint expanded beyond the restaurant in 2016 to open a handful of large bamboo-and-wood bungalows set atop a sunset-view hill. Built on tall stilts on a wooded slope that stands as the southern border of Haad Farang, the bungalows have wooden floors and woven bamboo walls along with decent beds with mosquito nets and fans. Wet... Read our full review of Ko Yao Viewpoint .
If you prefer a family-run spot and don't mind a rustic bungalow, pop into rag-tag Mayow Bungalows located just behind Charlie and across from Rubber Tree. The half-dozen huts sit clustered around a lawn of four-leaf clovers (we kid you not). They're made almost entirely of knobby wooden planks and come with springy beds, mosquito nets, fans and large bathrooms with bucket-flush toilets,... Read our full review of Mayow Bungalows.
The only place on Haad Farang offering beachfront accommodation other than Charlie, Sawaddee has basic bungalows that are not a bad deal given the setting. The white bungalows made of wood and woven bamboo are basic and similar to the Ko rooms at Had Farang Bungalows located up the inland road. The advantage here—and it’s a big one—is a porch within steps of the best beach on Muk.... Read our full review of Sawaddee Bungalows.
Located a little further up the road beyond Had Farang Bungalows, Ting Tong rents out big and funky wooden bungalows set up amid the rubber trees across from Ting Tong Bar and Mookie’s Bungalows. Mookie’s used to be a go-to backpacker spot run by a Swedish/Thai team, until they left in 2013 and the land owner built simple concrete bungalows along with a few bamboo bungalows covering a hill... Read our full review of Ting Tong.
This area has seen a bunch of small family-run bungalow spots opened since around 2012, making it a good place to find a room if you arrive at a busy time without reservations. We also suggest it for those who like to interact with the locals. You can swim here at high tide but the water tends to be dirtier than elsewhere; the better Sivalai Beach is a roughly 10-minute walk to the east.
With 30 bungalows peppered among trees strung with hammocks and bearing coconut, cashew, papaya and all sorts of flowers, Coco Lodge is hands-down the most atmospheric place to stay on Ko Muk. Fan-cooled woven bamboo bungalows are simple but intelligently designed with multiple windows and covered gaps in the vaulted thatch ceilings to allow for maximum airflow. Mattresses placed on platforms... Read our full review of Coco Lodge.
The Ban Koh Mook Nurse House sounds like some kind of medical facility, but in fact this small beachfront bungalow spot’s name comes from the fact that owner Mr Bell works in the village clinic—it’s a great little spot for a more homely and intimate experience. The personable Trang native offers four sea-view woven-bamboo bungalows with thatch roofs fronting a small lawn with lots of... Read our full review of Nurse House.
Opened in the village in late 2016, Koh Mook Hostel is a charming islander-run spot that’s the only dorm option on the island at time of writing. The unassuming single-floor blue building sports two spacious air-con dorm rooms, one for women only and the other mixed gender. Bunks have a high level of privacy thanks to curtains and wood dividers, and each bags you a reading lamp and... Read our full review of Koh Mook Hostel.
One of several small family-run bungalow spots to have opened in the village over the past few years, Smile serves up spotless and affordable concrete bungalows painted bright pink and blue. The freestanding bungalows are crammed in side-by-side on either side of a small property set across from modest homes. Inside they come with quality beds raised off tile floors, portable fans and small... Read our full review of Smile Bungalows .
Also known as Jungle Beach, this small bay stretches directly northwest of Ao Kham and the village. While not as pretty as the others, it looks good at high tide and makes a good base if you plan on hiking to the island’s remote northern and western reaches.
One of only two places to stay on Ao Kuan, the Garden Beach Resort is another family-run spot serving up some of the cheapest beds on Muk in tents and simple huts and two-floor family bungalows. The resort covers a fairly large piece of land with lots of shade and hammocks spread over lightly sloping hills just back from the beach’s eastern corner. There’s even a lotus pond fronting the... Read our full review of Koh Mook Garden Beach Resort.
The beach gets a lot better as you head east from the pier, culminating at a beautiful wing of sand in front of the large and luxurious Sivalai Resort. Turn the corner and the fine coconut-fringed sand keeps stretching past some not-so-inspiring midrangers built on Ao Wua Nawn after 2012.
Though not nearly as good as neighbouring Sivalai, Pawapi Resort struck us as the best out of three midrange resorts that have been built on Ao Wua Nawn since around 2012. We had a good experience at reception, where a Thai man who spoke fluent English brought us to check out one of the wood-and-concrete bungalows set in two rows facing the sea. While not particularly memorable, it appeared... Read our full review of Pawapi Resort.
Sivalai is the Thai rendition of the English word, civilised, which tells you something about the guests that this large upscale resort tries to attract. With the cheapest villas running 5,000 baht in high season, this is not a backpacker hangout. The smoothly run but impersonal resort sprawls on a squeaky patch of white-sand on either side of a sandbar that juts out for a good 30 metres into... Read our full review of Sivalai Resort.
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