Photo: Another busy day on Ko Jum.

Introduction

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The dueling name island of Ko Jum, or Ko Pu, happily preserves a Muslim-Thai lifestyle in surrounds that will transform even the most wound-up individual into a puddle of relaxation. It remains a favourite of ours, even if the beaches don’t quite sparkle like those on some islands.


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We use the name Ko Jum because it covers the island’s busier half, but do give Pu its due too.

Late light on Golden Pearl Beach. Photo taken in or around Ko Jum, Thailand by David Luekens.

Late light on Golden Pearl Beach. Photo: David Luekens

The name Ko Pu (Crab Island) covers the island’s northern half, from ultra-mellow Lubo Beach to the traditional Muslim village of Baan Ko Pu and mangrove forest tangling up into Ko Si Boya. In between stands Khao Ko Pu, a lush 422-metre mountain that would surely be featured on Ko Pu postcards, if anyone ever made them. We call it Mt Puji.

The name Ko Jum covers the island’s narrower yet busier southern half, including five-km-long Haad Yao (Long Beach) and the smaller, rockier beaches of Ao Si and Ao Ting Rai. The southeast corner is home to sedate Baan Ko Jum, the island’s largest village with a population of maybe 150. It’s home to Muslim- and Chinese-Thais who run some good seafood restaurants.

Beaches are pram friendly. Photo taken in or around Ko Jum, Thailand by David Luekens.

Beaches are pram friendly. Photo: David Luekens

While Jum can look darn handsome with the weather turned on, the island is close to the mainland and murky water can conspire with the many rocks and sea urchins to make low tide swimming a painful adventure. Travelfish member Amnicoll also reported sandfly bites during her 2018 visit. Rising seas push high tide lines back a little further every year, bringing fresh tidal garbage with them each day.

Yet Jum’s seemingly endless soft tan beaches are beautiful, backed by casuarina trees with small bungalow resorts peppered here and there. Expect plenty of breathing room, even in ... Travelfish members only (Around 800 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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