Photo: Winding trees in the interior.

Transport



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Boat

A number of travel offices near the train station in Trang town sell all-in minibus/boat transfers to Ko Muk. Refer to the Trang transport section for info on getting there and onward transport overland. All prices listed here are per person.

To/from Trang
All year round, a minibus departs the train station area in Trang at 11:30 and connects to the local ferry for Ko Muk at Kuan Thung Khu pier, costing 250 baht all up. If you're coming to the pier on your own, the local ferry departs at 13:00 and costs 100 baht. It disembarks at the main pier off Ao Kham on Ko Muk, where you can catch a sidecar motorbike taxi to Haad Farang for 50 baht per person. The ferry returns to Kuan Thung Khu and a waiting Trang-bound minibus at 08:00.

In high season (roughly November to April), a minibus departs Trang at 11:00 and connects to a shared longtail boat, also at Kuan Thung Khu, for 350 baht all up. Depending on demand, additional transfers may depart Trang at 09:00 and 16:00. These boats also disembark at Ao Kham pier and return to Kuan Thung Khu at 09:00 and 14:00.

A private transfer between Trang town and Ko Muk will cost 1,400 baht total (per group, not per person). Private longtail boats to Ko Muk can also be arranged at Pakmeng for around 1,500 baht.

Other islands
From late October to March 31 (perhaps into April for Tigerline and Petpailin), four different boat companies connect Ko Muk directly to a number of other islands. Tickets can be booked through resorts and travel agents on Ko Muk; whoever sells you the ticket will need to call ahead to tell your boat of choice to stop here, so it's best to give prior notice. The speedboats pick up at Haad Farang while the larger ferries dock at the main pier off Ao Kham.

Heading north, the Bundhaya and Satan Pakbara speedboats pick up on Muk at 11:00 and reach Koi Ngai at 11:30 for 350 baht; and Koi Lanta at 12:00 for 900 baht. The Satan Pakbara speedboat then continues up to Ko Phi Phi for 1,600 baht and Phuket for 2,400 baht. Bundhaya also sells tickets to Phi Phi and Phuket but these require changing boats on Lanta.

The cheaper and slower Petpailin ferry departs Muk at 09:00 and runs to Ko Kradan for 400 baht; Ko Ngai for 400 baht and Ko Lanta for 600 baht.

Heading south, speedboats pick up on Muk at around 11:00 and reach Ko Kradan at 11:45 for 300 baht (Satun Pakbara only); Ko Bulon Lae at 12:30 for 900 baht; and Ko Lipe at 13:30 for 1,400 baht.

Speedboats to Ko Muk depart Ko Lipe at 09:00; Ko Bulon Lae at 10:00; Ko Lanta at 10:30; Ko Kradan at 10:45; and Ko Ngai at 11:00. Don't be surprised if your boat runs late.

The Tigerline high-speed ferry also connects Ko Muk directly to Ko Phi Phi, Phuket, Hat Yao pier in Trang, and Langkawi Island in Malaysia, plus all of the other islands listed above except Ko Bulon Lae. The southbound boat departs Phuket at 08:00 and picks up on Ko Muk at 12:00, while the northbound boat departs Langkawi at 09:00 and picks up on Muk at 13:00.

You can also take a private longtail boat to Ko Kradan or Ko Ngai for around 800 baht from Haad Farang, slightly more from Ao Kham. Expect to pay around 2,500 baht for a private longtail to Ko Libong. As with Ko Sukorn, Libong is most often reached via a cheaper minibus/ferry transfer from Trang town.

Bundhaya: T: (074) 783 111;(080) 549 4545 www.bundhayaspeedboat.com
Petpailin: T: (075) 667 033 ; (081) 979 9001
Satun Pakbara: T: (081) 959 2094 www.spcthailand.com
Tigerline: www.tigerlinetravel.com

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Getting around

Muk’s single cross-island road is a little long for walking but perfect for pedalling. Pushbikes can be rented at Koh Mook Resort and Coco Lodge for 50 baht per day, while mountain bikes are available at Village Bungalows for 100 baht and Charlie Resort for 200 baht per day. Motorbikes can be rented for 250 baht per day at several places in the village; D.N. Service (T: 082 261 2783) is located next to Good Luck Restaurant and can deliver to resorts. Charlie Resort rents motorbikes for 400 baht per day.

Otherwise you can hop in a sidecar motorbike taxi for a flat 50 baht per-person ride across the island; unless it’s past midnight these are readily available behind Haad Farang and next to the pier on Ao Kham, among other places. The only other ways to get around are by kayak (available at most resorts for 100 baht per hour or 500 baht per day) and longtail boat.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Ko Muk? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.


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