Photo: Breakfast at Jungle Hill.

Eat and meet

Ko Jum has some good seafood restaurants and many of the resort kitchens cook up food of a decent quality. Expect to pay island prices—80 to 200 baht even for simple Thai dishes—unless you’re lucky enough to meet the chicken and sticky rice vendors of Baan Ko Jum.





The place to start is Baan Ko Jum, where Koh Jum Seafood is an island institution thanks to heaping plates of fresh local seafood served to a terrace overlooking a serene river lined by mangroves and longtails. You’ll find several varieties of whole fish along with squid, mussels, crab, lobster and more done Southern Thai or Western style. The whole red snapper wrapped in tin foil, grilled, and served with punchy lime-chilli sauce, really hit the spot.

<i>Pad khing pla</i> at Mama Cooking.

Pad khing pla at Mama Cooking. Photo: David Luekens

Koh Jum Seafood is the longest-running restaurant in the village and the second oldest is Mama Cooking, but both are owned by members of the same family. Lacking the sea view, Mama’s place is more modest and less expensive, but she still makes a mean pad khing pla, ginger and fish stirfry. Having held down the restaurant for nearly three decades, Mama is one of the sweetest people you will ever meet. Her daughter has inherited her kitchen skills.

Elsewhere on the island, the villages of Baan Mutu and Baan Ko Pu each have a namesake seafood restaurant of their own, for rivalry’s sake.

Panang seafood at Fighting Fish: Looks delish.

Panang seafood at Fighting Fish: Looks delish. Photo: David Luekens

Set on the beach over at Woodland Lodge, the Fighting Fish is worth an out-of-the-way visit for food that expresses the tastes of both the Southern Thai and English owners. The chilli-laced oil of simmered coconut cream dancing with oversize prawns, tender squid and a fully packed punch of house-made curry paste in our panang was a ride for the tastebuds. On the English side of the menu you’ll find fish and chips, sausage and mashed, and chips with melted cheese and gravy, plus a full English breakfast, of course.

Beyond these and the restaurants attached to nearly every resort you’ll find perhaps two dozen freestanding eateries scattered along the main road near the beaches. Hongyog Cafe near the road entrance to Jungle Hill is a go-to spot for coffee, pizza and sandwiches, popular with long stayers. We’ve heard good things about the food at Luboa Hut if you’re hanging around Haad Lubo, which also hosts several classic beach bars. Laid out with picnic tables beneath umbrella tree branches, our favourite is Peace Paradise.

Lose a few hours/days/weeks at Peace Paradise Bar.

Lose a few hours/days/weeks at Peace Paradise Bar. Photo: David Luekens

Ko Jum is not a nightlife island, but you might find a little action in high season. Fu Bar on Golden Pearl Beach threw a rousing DJ party during our last visit just shy of Christmas 2018. A gang of islanders and long stayers often gather at Bo Daeng to jam after dark—visiting musicians and other creative are welcome to join. Set on stilts above the rocks between Ao Si and Golden Beach, with access from either, Rock Bar is one spot flying the Rasta flag. Another great sundowner venue is Coco Bar down on Andaman Beach, which has some awesome oversized swings tied up along the beachfront.


Map of eating options for Ko Jum
Map of eating options for Ko Jum
Legend
(1) Bo Daeng (2) Coco Bar & Bungalows (3) Fighting Fish Bar & Restaurant (4) FU Bar (5) Hongyog Cafe (6) Koh Jum Seafood (7) Luboa Hut (8) Mama Cooking (9) Peace Paradise (10) Rock Bar

Bo Daeng Andaman Beach, Ko Jum; .
Coco Bar & Bungalows Andaman Beach, Ko Jum; T: (081) 376 7786; Mo–Su: 10:00–22:00.
Fighting Fish Bar & Restaurant Woodland Lodge, Andaman Beach; Mo–Su: 08:00–21:00.
FU Bar Golden Pearl Beach, Ko Jum; https://www.facebook.com/goldenpearlbeach/ .
Hongyog Cafe Near the road entrance to Jungle Hill; .
Koh Jum Seafood Baan Ko Jum; T: (081) 893 6380; Mo–Su: 10:00–22:00.
Luboa Hut Haad Lubo, Ko Pu; .
Mama Cooking Baan Ko Jum; Mo–Su: 09:00–21:00.
Peace Paradise Haad Lubo, Ko Pu; T: (085) 692 9269; Mo–Su: 10:00–24:00.
Rock Bar Above the rocks between Ao Si and Golden Beach; .

Bo Daeng
Andaman Beach, Ko Jum; Ko Jum, Southern Thailand
Almost free - most dishes under 50B
Coco Bar & Bungalows
Andaman Beach, Ko Jum; Ko Jum, Southern Thailand
T: (081) 376 7786; Almost free - most dishes under 50B
Fighting Fish Bar & Restaurant
Woodland Lodge, Andaman Beach; Ko Jum, Southern Thailand
Almost free - most dishes under 50B
FU Bar
Golden Pearl Beach, Ko Jum; Ko Jum, Southern Thailand
Almost free - most dishes under 50B
Hongyog Cafe
Near the road entrance to Jungle Hill; Ko Jum, Southern Thailand
Almost free - most dishes under 50B
Koh Jum Seafood
Baan Ko Jum; Ko Jum, Southern Thailand
T: (081) 893 6380; Almost free - most dishes under 50B
Luboa Hut
Haad Lubo, Ko Pu; Ko Jum, Southern Thailand
Almost free - most dishes under 50B
Mama Cooking
Baan Ko Jum; Ko Jum, Southern Thailand
Almost free - most dishes under 50B
Peace Paradise
Haad Lubo, Ko Pu; Ko Jum, Southern Thailand
T: (085) 692 9269; Almost free - most dishes under 50B
Rock Bar
Above the rocks between Ao Si and Golden Beach; Ko Jum, Southern Thailand
Almost free - most dishes under 50B
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