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Where to stay on Ko Muk?

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Where to stay on Ko Muk?

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.

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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 range.

As one local made clear, the beaches belong to the King of Thailand, not Sivalai or Charlie, so anyone’s free to enjoy them. If you prefer to stay close to the village life, opt for Ao Kham, Ao Wua Nawn and Ao Kuan. If you want sunsets, great swimming and more of a traveller vibe, head to Haad Farang. On either side, those in search of good budget value have adequate options.

We're big fans of Coco.

We're big fans of Coco. Photo: David Luekens

Not far from the pier on Ao Kham you’ll find Coco Lodge’s 800-baht bungalows tucked in a grove of coconut trees and flowers. So long as you don’t mind using a mosquito net, the bungalows nail a tropical island vibe with vaulted thatch ceilings and bamboo floors tied together with twine. Throw in a helpful staff and beachfront location, and you’ve got our favourite bungalows on Muk.

A couple of hundred metres north of Coco Lodge, just past the pier, a handful of islander-run bungalow joints have popped up in more recent years. Of these, we took a liking to Nurse House thanks to its simple yet comfy seafront bungalows for 800 baht, and very welcoming staff. When not hanging around the charming restaurant that fronts the bungalows, the owner works in the nearby village health clinic, making this an especially good choice if you’re prone to injury.

Chill out on your deck at Nurse.

Chill out on your deck at Nurse. Photo: David Luekens

If you’re looking to save cash on the Ao Kham side of the island, the charming little Koh Mook Hostel serves up spiffy air-con bunks for 380 baht a piece. For less cash you could go for a tent at Garden Beach Resort on Ao Kuan, which also sells well-worn bamboo bungalows starting at 400 baht.

Over on Haad Farang it’s easy to get sucked into sprawling midrange Charlie Resort, but backpackers would be wise to poke around. At the far western corner of the beach, Sawaddee Resort should do the trick if you don’t mind keeping it simple. The white wooden bungalows have seen better days, no doubt, but the 800-baht rooms in such a prime location make this one of Muk’s better budget draws.

Typical beach bungalows at Sawaddee.

Typical beach bungalows at Sawaddee. Photo: David Luekens

If you don’t mind foregoing the beachfront location, Ting Tong has built a handful of large and artistic wood bungalows fetching just over 1,000 baht on a shady hill across from Mookie's, which has clean concrete bungalows of its own in the same price range.

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