Photo: Sivalai Beach (Ao Kham east).

Beaches on Ko Muk

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Ko Muk boasts a bunch of beaches, ranging from the classic resort style to village beaches with stilted houses and remote stretches of sand accessible only by sea or hiking trails. The best of them don’t quite match those found on islands like Kradan, Ngai or Lipe, but Muk’s beaches do tend to have more character.





Haad Farang Also known as Haad Sai Yao or Charlie Beach, Haad Farang is the best beach on Ko Muk. Though only a few hundred metres long, its exceptionally wide stretch of fine off-white sand is sheltered by an outcrop of rocks to the south and a limestone massif to the north. You can swim comfortably in the clear emerald water any time except at lowest tide. Some longtails and speedboats park here but a roped off section fronting Charlie Resort makes it safe to swim, and the beach is ideal for families. You also get incredible sunsets, best enjoyed from Mong’s or one of the other little beach bars. With a name meaning “Foreigner Beach”, Haad Farang has a resort / traveller vibe, and you don’t have to worry about offending the locals by wearing bikinis or speedos here.

Farang Beach is none too shabby. Photo taken in or around Beaches on Ko Muk, Ko Muk, Thailand by David Luekens.

Farang Beach is none too shabby. Photo: David Luekens

Mermaid Beach Located just south of Haad Farang and accessible by kayak or a 20-minute walk over sharp rocks at low tide, this rocky beach takes its name from an image of a mermaid spirit that’s believed to watch over the local fishers. There’s no development and really not much of a beach at all, but the rock formations are striking and strips of sand collect a lot of sea glass. You might place the prettiest pieces on the mermaid’s lap as an offering.

Ao Panka This muddy mangrove-lined beach on the southeast coast has only one place to stay, a midranger called The Sun Great Resort, and we couldn’t see staying here unless other options are sold out. While not good for swimming, you could pop over here at low tide to watch hundreds of tiny crabs speed around before ducking into holes to avoid the human ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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