How to get to and from: Ko Jum

How to get to Ko Jum

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The closest airport is Krabi International (KBV), located 35 km north of Ko Jum off Highway 4. The airport is served daily by Thai Airways, Nok Air, Bangkok Airways and Air Asia.

If heading straight to Ko Jum from the airport, walk out to the highway and catch a light-blue songthaew bound for Nua Khlong. They pull off frequently throughout the day and will either bring you all the way to the local ferry pier in Laem Kruat, or take you to Nua Khlong for a transfer. Alternately you could pay around 2,000 baht for a private taxi or head to Krabi town for a night and take the high-season ferry from there.


Public local ferries from Laem Kruat Pier cost 100 baht per person and run to three different piers on Ko Jum. Most travellers take the boat to Mutu Pier because it runs most frequently, departing roughly every 1.5 hours from 09:00 to 18:00 and returning to Laem Kruat between 06:30 and 14:30. Ferries also run to the piers in Baan Ko Jum and Baan Ko Pu, but they depart only once every few hours or so. These local ferries run year round.

To reach Laem Kruat from Krabi town, catch a royal blue Nua Khlong-bound songthaew with orange and white stripes at the corner of Maharaj Rd and Maharaj Soi 6, or the corner of Uttarakit Rd and Maharaj Soi 10. The cost is 100 baht to Laem Kruat, which may entail a transfer in Nua Khlong.

For a ferry service from Krabi town, in high season from 1st November through 30th April, passengers using the Krabi—Ko Lanta ferry can be dropped at Ko Jum en route for 400 baht. The ferry departs Krabi at 11:30, returning from Ko Lanta at 08:30. Passengers are transferred to longtail boats at sea for the final distance to Ko Jum and the switchover at sea can be hectic. You should at least be able to tell the boat drivers the beach you’re hoping to arrive at.

Transferring from a Krabi–Lanta ferry to a longtail to Ko Jum. This can get hairy in rough seas. Photo by: David Luekens.
Transferring from a Krabi–Lanta ferry to a longtail to Ko Jum. This can get hairy in rough seas. Photo: David Luekens

In high season, a longtail boat and a speedboat each depart Ko Jum for Ko Phi Phi at 08:30 for 600 and 800 baht, respectively, both returning to Jum at 14:00. If heading to Phuket, make a transfer in Krabi town or Ko Phi Phi.

In 2018, a Tigerline high-speed ferry began connecting Ko Jum directly to a heap of other islands in high season. Heading south, it picks up on Jum at 09:45 and stops at Ko Lanta, Ko Ngai, Ko Kradan, Ko Muk, Ko Libong, Ko Bulon Lae and Ko Lipe, terminating there in late afternoon (if all goes as planned). Running north, a ferry picks up on Jum at 12:45 and stops at Railay, Ko Yao Yai, Ko Yao Noi and Phuket. Fares range from 1,000 to 2,400 baht.

Private longtail boats will take you from Ko Jum to Ko Si Boya for 1,200 baht, and to Krabi town, Ko Lanta or Ko Phi Phi in the 2,000 to 3,000 baht range. These rates are for the whole boat, not per person—making quite good value for groups.

Getting around

Ko Jum has no public transport so most travellers rent a bicycle for 100 to 200 baht per day, or a motorbike for 250 baht, to get around. The island is also great for long walks and jogs if you’re after a workout. Sidecar motorbike taxis start at 100 baht and are usually available at the local piers in high season. They can always be arranged through resorts as well.