Koh Jum is untouched by mass tourism, enjoys deserted beaches and an experience that few of Thailand’s other islands can match. Read our Koh Jum guide.
Koh Jum © Jani
Small, quiet and peaceful, Koh Jum is one of Thailand’s most relaxing islands. This tiny island is located halfway between Ao Nang and Koh Lanta and is home to some of Thailand’s most serene and uncrowded beaches, small bungalow resorts and none of the nightlife nearby islands are known for.
With none of the beachside nightclubs and throbbing bass that you’ll find on nearby Koh Phi Phi, Koh Jum is perfect for a relaxing holiday. Pack your sunscreen and some good books to enjoy this serene and peaceful island at its best.
Note that there are no ATMs on Koh Jum, so you’ll need to bring enough money to cover your expenses while on the island. Travel agencies on the island can exchange major currencies for Thai Baht, albeit at a poor rate.
Andaman Beach Resort © m.a.r.c.
Main Areas of Interest in Koh Jum
- Ting Rai Beach
Located in the north of Koh Jum, Ting Rai Beach is where you’ll find two of Koh Jum’s luxury resorts. The banyan trees along the beachfront offer protection from the sun, while the beach itself offers a great view out over Phang Nga Bay.
- Golden Pearl Beach
Stretching along Koh Jum’s southwest coast, Golden Pearl Beach is home to several resorts and beachside restaurants. Uncrowded yet convenient, Golden Pearl Beach is a good choice for day trips as its selection of resorts makes dining beside the beach easy.
- Andaman Beach
Connected with Golden Pearl Beach, Andaman Beach is a large and uncrowded beach on the southwestern coast of Koh Jum. Several mid range and budget bungalow resorts close to the beach offer convenient accommodation and great views of the sunset.
- North Beach
Quiet and secluded, North Beach is home to most of Koh Jum’s budget accommodation. Set back from the beach, you’ll find a selection of simple bungalow resorts. During low tide, North Beach can get quite rugged and rocky.
- Banyan Bay Beach
Home to the luxurious Banyan Bay Villas resort, Banyan Bay Beach is a small, rocky beach in the north of Koh Jum. Isolated from the rest of the island and very quiet, Banyan Bay Beach is one of the most secluded beaches on Koh Jum.
- Ao Si Beach
Clear water and amazing sunsets make Ao Si Beach one of Koh Jum’s best places to relax and enjoy life. The nearby Jungle Hill Beach Resort is one of the few accommodation options on the beach, with a restaurant and beach chairs available for guests.
- Magic Beach
Completely undeveloped, with the sole exception of a small beachside bar, Magic Beach is a beautiful beach located a short walk from the village at Ting Rai. Aside from Loma Bar, there’s nothing on Magic Beach, making it a great place for beach walks, swimming and sunbathing.
Hammocks © Tara Lucille
Things to Do in Koh Jum
- Beaches and Sunbathing
Koh Jum’s quiet and uncrowded beaches are perfect for relaxing and sunbathing. Aside from the occasional longtail boat, there’s little activity on most of Koh Jum’s beaches, making them a serene escape for people seeking warm water and sunshine.
Koh Jum’s rocky beaches are good places to snorkel. Many of the island’s resorts will have snorkelling gear on hand for guests or available to rent. For an even better experience, go on a snorkelling tour to one of the many small islands in and around Koh Jum.
There’s one dive centre on Koh Jum: Koh Jum Divers. Some of the best dive sites around the island include Koh Phi Phi, Koh Ha Yai and the King Cruiser Wreck. Koh Jum Divers offers a range of chartered dives and courses, including PADI Open Water Diver training.
- Hikes and Beach Walks
The mountainous northern section of Koh Jum is known as Koh Pu to locals. It’s home to a selection of good hiking trails, including a path up Koh Pu Mountain. Koh Jum’s long, sandy beaches are also fantastic choices for evening walks, especially as the sun sets.
There are a few roads that cover Koh Jum, although the smooth concrete roads you’ll find on the mainland are absent. If you’d like to explore the island, rent a motorbike from your resort and go — there’s very little traffic, making the island’s roads safe and easy to navigate.
Koh Jum Map
The best map of Koh Jum is provided by KohJumHotels.com, which also has a useful overview of each of the islands beaches, things to do and places to stay.
Best Luxury Hotels in Koh Jum
- Koh Jum Beach Villas
Koh Jum Beach Villas is a stunning five star resort offering a selection of private beach villas for guests. From small villas for couples to private beach villas with room for six people, this luxurious beach resort offers great accommodation and a relaxing outdoor spa area.
- Banyan Bay Villas
Located on quiet Banyan Bay Beach, Banyan Bay Villas offers four rustic beach villas that are ideal for guests that want a quiet, secluded holiday. With a private beach (Banyan Bay Villas is the only resort on the beach) and great views, this resort is a great place to relax.
Best Mid Range Hotels in Koh Jum
- Andaman Beach ResortLocated on Koh Hum’s southernmost beach, Andaman Beach Resort offers a range of bright and comfortable beachside bungalows for guests. A great location and large rooms, many of which are designed for families, make it a convenient place to stay.
- Koh Jum Resort
With just 20 bamboo cottages and villas, Koh Jum Resort is a small and charming resort that offers fantastic views of the ocean. The resort’s swimming pool and restaurant offer stunning views over the Andaman Sea.
Best Budget Hotels in Koh Jum
- Peace Paradise Resort
With simple, utilitarian accommodation and an excellent location close to North Beach, Peace Paradise Resort is a great budget resort that’s perfect for backpackers. The small bungalows are simple but more than comfortable enough for a good night’s sleep.
- Loma Sea View Bungalow
Located on top of a hill offering excellent views of the sea and Koh Jum’s mangrove swamps, Loma Sea View Bungalow is a good accommodation option for visitors to Koh Jum on a strict budget.
- Jungle Hill Beach Bungalow
A short walk away from Ao Si Beach, Jungle Hill Beach Bungalow offers a range of simple but comfortable bungalows with private balconies offering great sea views. The resort’s location in Koh Jum’s jungle bush means you might be able to spot wild monkeys from your room.
Coffee and Brown Sugar © Tara Lucille
Places to Eat and Drink in Koh Jum
- Golden Pearl Beach Restaurant
This beachfront bar and restaurant, located on Golden Pearl Beach, offers a great selection of Thai dishes, cold beers and tasty cocktails.
- Last Fisher
Last Fisher offers tasty, inexpensive cocktails (it has Koh Jum’s only 100 baht happy hour) as well as a selection of Thai dishes and seafood BBQ beside the beach.
- Sabaidee Luboh
Located in the north of Koh Jum, Sabaidee Luboh serves tasty fruit shakes, ice cream, wine and cool beers right on the beach. Free Wi-Fi and beach chairs are available for customers.
- Koh Jum Seafood Restaurant
Located on a pier in Koh Jum Village, Koh Jum Seafood Restaurant serves freshly caught fish and a great selection of Thai seafood dishes in a relaxing open air setting.
- Ban Ban
Great baked goods, pizzas and Western-style breakfasts make Ban Ban a great option if you feel like a break from Thai food. Ban Ban also serves a selection of Thai Muslim dishes.
Local Transfer © Tara Lucille
How to Get to Koh Jum
- By Boat
The nearest airport to Koh Jum is Krabi International Airport. Ferries to Koh Jum depart from Krabi’s Klong Jilad Pier several times per day. Once you arrive at Krabi Airport, take a taxi or bus to Klong Jilad Pier to catch the ferry. Tickets are available at the pier.
The Super Concorde ferry leaves Krabi for Koh Jum at 11 am. You’ll usually arrive at Koh Jum by 12:15 pm. After dropping guests at Koh Jum, the ferry continues to Koh Lanta. The ferry only operates from November to April — during other months, you’ll need to charter a longtail boat to get to Koh Jum from Krabi.
During high season (November until April) a ferry travels between Koh Jum and Koh Phi Phi, with tickets available from most travel agencies on Koh Phi Phi.
Nearest Airport To Koh Jum
The nearest airport to Koh Jum is Krabi International Airport. Check Skyscanner to compare airlines for the best prices and flight times to Krabi International Airport.