Koh Pu (Koh Jum) Accommodations
Photo Above: Andaman Beach, Koh Jum


Accommodations on Koh Pu (Koh Jum)

Koh Jum is for the low-key, easy going visitor.

Jum Island, or as it's officially known on maps, Koh Pu, is undeveloped with a rudimentary road system and very few cars. Not all of it has electricity yet. As a result, it's a quiet, rural island with a low population. Muslims predominate in the villages of Koh Pu and Ting Rai. Koh Jum Village is more Sino-Thai with a small, short street of shops.

Most of the simple bungalows are bamboo or wooden structures without air-conditioning. In the 3 northern beaches, the bungalows climb up hillsides, giving many of them good sea views. Several complexes have brick or concrete, air-conditioned bungalows, and one very high-end property has large, multi-room villas.

Some locations do not have permanent electricity and generate only over night. These places will have restricted Internet connections and usually do not have Wi-Fi.

The interior is mostly rubber plantations. The fishing villages are on the protected east coast, and the bungalows are all on the western, Andaman Coast on 5 main beaches: Luboa (North Beach), Ting Rai, Ao Si, Golden Pearl, and Andaman.

All the beaches are uncrowded. The water is clear and calm in the dry season (December to April). The sand is not as white as it is on Koh Lanta, and tends to larger grains of light brown/yellow sand. The best sand is on the North Beach. Some areas are quite rocky, but a short walk will take you to stretches where you can swim easily. Even though the water is clear, during some time of the year, considerable flotsam and jetsam is blown to the shore and washes up onto the beaches, so the areas where there are no bangalows can accumulate stuff.

Koh Jum is for the visitor who wants a quiet, relaxing time and prefer to cycle or motorcycle around. There is no party scene and choices for eating and drinking are limited.

Except for private transfers, there are 2 main ways of getting to Koh Jum. The first is by passenger ferry from Krabi Town to Koh Lanta. This once-a-day ferry stops in 2 spots off the coast, and long-tail boats motor out to transfer the passengers to the beach. (The ferry from Ao Nang does not stop.)

The second route is to take a public minivan to Laem Kuat and then a boat to the island. Boats leave at different times from 3 different locations in Laem Kuat, going to 3 different place on Koh Pu/Jum. This can be confusing. The most reliable route is to take the hourly cargo/passenger boat to the Mutu Pier where there are motorcycle taxis to drive you to your destination. The boats to Pu and Jum Villages run less frequently.

The map of the island below shows the location of the bungalows and important landmarks, listed from north to south.

Koh Jum Bungalows & Beaches: Luboa, Ting Rai, Ao Si, Golden Pearl, and Andaman Beach
Map of Koh Jum (Pu)