Photo: Winding trees in the interior.

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Low-key fishing lifestyle meets low-level tourism on Ko Muk, a fine alternative to the busier islands in Thailand’s Andaman Sea. This mid-size island off the coast of Trang province boasts a pair of good beaches within easy boating distance of a sea cave opening to a stripe of coral sand rimmed by vertical cliffs.


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Muk’s claim to fame, Tham Morakot or “Emerald Cave,” starts with a swim or kayak through a dark passage where echoes resound from the surf—and sometimes the cries of freaked-out travellers. After 10 minutes an emerald shade grabs the water, brightening as you approach a sheltered sinkhole biome and beach. The beauty and drama of it are unforgettable, so it’s no surprise that boats full of travellers venture here from Ko Lanta, Pakmeng and other places every day in high season. Staying on Muk makes it possible to hit Tham Morakot when it’s not crammed full of people.

Hello hammock, I‘m back! Photo taken in or around Ko Muk, Thailand by David Luekens.

Hello hammock, I‘m back! Photo: David Luekens

Longtail drivers will also whisk you to the superior beaches and reefs of Ko Kradan and Ko Ngai, or further out to stunning Ko Rok, and prices for private boats are very reasonable. Though Muk is far from a big tourism hub, it is the busiest of Trang province’s islands and makes a fantastic base for island hopping.

Muk’s two main beaches are no slouches, even if you won’t find stunning reefs off their shores. A white-sand bar known as “the wing” on east-facing Ao Kham affords tremendous views to Hat Chao Mai National Park on the mainland. On the west coast, the shorter but wider Haad Farang is just beautiful, with deep water no matter the tide and a fat stripe of fluffy white sand stretching up to a ... Travelfish members only (Around 900 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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