One of our favourite places in Thailand was the tiny island of Koh Mook. It had taken us a long time trying to decide which islands to visit in the Andaman Sea and make a rough plan as Jack isn’t the fondest of boats; and of course, all these islands are reached by boats!
However, I did manage to persuade him it would be worth it, so we decided that Koh Mook, which belongs to the Trang Islands, would be on the list. It’s as far as we would go by boat, but once I knew we were going I was beyond excited.
And thank goodness we went as it turned out to be one of the best parts of our visit to Thailand and Jack’s favourite island!
Koh Mook Island: Everything You Need To Know To Plan Your Trip!
In this guide, I’ll share our experience of visiting Koh Mook island and why we believe it’s one of the best islands to visit in Thailand. I’ll also cover topics including:
- The best things to do in Koh Mook are to make the most of your trip.
- I’ll discuss how long you need on the island and when the best time to visit.
- The best ways to get to Koh Mook so you can plan your trip!
- I’ll also share three accommodation options on where to stay on the island depending on budget.
- And finally, I’ll share with you my favourite places to eat in Koh Mook!
Koh Mook Island Guide
Jack and I visited Koh Mook earlier this year after reaching Thailand and getting caught out with Covid. We had to quarantine in Phuket before we could leave and explore the rest of Thailand.
To say we were itching to go was an understatement, but luckily for us, in the time it took us to finish quarantine, I had convinced Jack that a stop at Koh Mook would be worth the 3-hour boat journey from Koh Lanta.
We had a 2-week plan set to go from Phuket to Phi Phi to Koh Lanta and then to Koh Mook before heading back to Krabi and Railey Beach on the mainland.
In truth, we ended up staying an extra 3 nights at Koh Mook as we loved it so much!
In total, we spent 6 days at Koh Mook and could have easily stayed longer. If you’re looking for a laid-back, tropical island which isn’t overrun with tourists, quiet and relaxing then Koh Mook is for you!
How Long Should You Stay In Koh Mook?
If you’re passing through the islands you are definitely going to want at least 4 days on Koh Mook. It’s tiny but there are a few fun bits to do.
If you’re looking for a holiday spot in Thailand and happy with chilled vibes, cocktails and beach days, then it’s easy to spend a couple of weeks on Koh Mook.
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Best Things To Do On Koh Mook
Even though Koh Mook is a small island that doesn’t mean there aren’t some fantastic things to do. There are plenty of activities to fill your days and one of the most amazing attractions in Thailand.
1. The Emerald Cave
The Emerald Cave is actually a sinkhole which has formed a small hidden cave inside the limestone cliffs. There’s a tiny beach inside which is surrounded by cliffs, trees and vegetation. It’s really a wonderful place to visit and there are even monkeys in there too!
It’s one of the most popular attractions of Koh Mook and actually gets visited a lot by day trippers from the mainland and other islands.
However, they tend not to stay on Koh Mook island very long which is great for you guys as you won’t have to share your little slice of paradise!
There are a couple of ways to visit the Emerald Cave, you can either arrange to go on a boat or take a kayak. We decided to kayak.
The day trippers tend to get there during mid-day as this is when the sun is directly above the cave turning the water emerald green – hence the name. However, this also means it’s the busiest time.
If you go later in the day as we did, you will get the whole place to yourself. You just have to decide if you want to miss the emerald part or the people part. For us, it was better to have the cave to ourselves!
You can organise a boat trip from the island, it’s easy to find someone offering a trip or if you prefer to pre-book activities check out the link below.
You can rent kayaks from Charlie Beach for 100 THB p/hour for a double seater. The trip takes about 20 minutes to reach the cave.
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Good to know: To reach the Emerald Cave in Koh Mook you have to swim through a pitch-black cave for 60 metres or so. If you go on the Kayak you will need to make sure you check the tides as you can only get through on a lowish tide. Make sure you take a HEADTORCH!
2. Sapphire Beach
Around the corner from the Emerald Cave is a deserted beach which is only reachable by boat or kayak. It’s a nice little beach to visit if you’re heading to the Emerald Cave and want to extend your trip.
It’s about 15 minutes (on a kayak) further along the water’s edge from the Emerald Cave. Keep in mind the water was a little choppy so keep close to the cliffs but the views are spectacular.
When we reached the Emerald Cave we decided to continue to Sapphire Beach as there were boats waiting outside the cave. When we returned an hour or so later it was empty. We had Sapphire beach to ourselves too!
3. Charlie Beach
I already mentioned Charlie beach above as the place to grab the kayaks but the beach itself is really gorgeous and worth some of (if not all of) your time!
There is literally nothing there apart from a couple of restaurants right at the bottom of the cliff at one end. There was a resort there once which has been completely removed and only a few bungalows of another hotel are left at the very far end of the beach.
It’s one of those rare places in Thailand where tourism has not yet found it. It’s the perfect tropical beach lined with coconut trees, fluffy white sand and crystal-clear waters.
The beach is also full of tiny little hermit crabs which you can hear scurrying along the leaf litter and sand. It’s wonderfully shaded with a few beach loungers along one side (belonging to the restaurants, of which there are two).
You will be able to catch the perfect sunset there as well as it’s aligned to fall directly in front of you!
It takes 30 minutes to walk to Charlie Beach from the village but you can grab a tuk tuk which will cost you 50 THB one way per person. The walk is nice and takes you through dirt roads which wind along the trees, but be sure to wear mosquito repellant as there are loads.
4. The Pad Thai at Mong Bar
We decided that we would try Pad Thai in every place we visited in Thailand to see where it was best. We were in Thailand for 6 weeks and visited a lot of places, the one on Koh Mook came out third!
If I’m honest, it was maybe one of the lesser attractive Pad Thai we were served coming out quite beige, but it tasted fantastic. It was simple, no-frills cooking but the flavour was on point and if you’re heading to Koh Mook make time to order the Pad Thai at Mong Bar.
5. Passion Fruit Smoothie at Miss Island
Another thing that we just couldn’t live without while we were travelling Thailand was a passion fruit smoothie and there was no better place to buy one than at Miss Islands Bakery in Koh Mook.
Miss Island’s Bakery was directly opposite our hostel and turned out to be an incredible discovery. Not only is the passion fruit smoothie to die for but the whole menu was delicious and arguably the best value on the island!
The food was so great and cheap that we didn’t venture too far during our stay there and decided that it was our favourite restaurant in Thailand.
As you can see, Koh Mook holds the record for a lot of our favourites!
If you’re heading there please make time for Miss Islands Bakery. They have a selection of cakes and fresh bakes, typical Thai food and international dishes. We really enjoyed the spring rolls and Thai Green Curry.
6. Sugars Cafe & Restaurant
Of course, there were a few other spots we enjoyed as well and Sugars is on that list. It’s a little further out of the main strip but you will pass it when you do number 7 on this list!
If you decide to visit Sugars then it’s the bananas in warm sweet coconut milk dessert you need to try. It’s a typical Thai dessert and Sugars do a great one. It’s very simple but a great sweet treat if you’ve got some cravings.
The restaurant is quirky too and right by the beach, although not a beach you would want to swim in as all the fishing boats are there. However, it’s a nice place to go and watch the boats and the floor is sand so take off your shoes and enjoy!
7. Walk A Loop Of The Village
You might have already checked Koh Mook on a map and noticed there is a ring road around the main village. If not, I’ve marked it on the Koh Mook Activity Map below.
The loop doesn’t take very long but it’s a lovely walk around the village and the houses. You will pass all of the restaurants on the main strip and find some other hidden ones like Sugars.
It’s great as you will pass little shops selling fresh produce and food stalls grilling chicken and beef skewers. There are a few smoothie stalls too and you can see if there’s anywhere which takes your fancy for some grub later on.
Once you’ve done the loop I would turn towards the pier and walk along the path towards the left once you reach it. This will take you past some other houses which are still in a state of repair; maybe from a Tsunami but it could have been Covid.
It’s sad to see the abandoned buildings (they might be rebuilt by the time you visit!) but there are some really interesting fishing spots around there too, you’ll notice the fishing boats being built and houses on stilts.
Swinging round back to the main strip you will find a little path almost opposite the larger convenience shop which takes you to the main beach.
8. The Village Beach
The village beach has a few names depending on which part you stand but we were calling it Pearl Beach. At the tip of Pearl beach is Sivalai Point which rounds towards the pier.
You might notice the shallow water when you arrive if you come via the pier, this makes the beach endless at low tide. It’s possible to wade out a hundred metres or so and still not be any deeper than your knees!
The beach is easy to get to from the village and somewhere to go if you want a quick and easy beach day. It’s lined with trees which provide shade but there are a few restaurants, hotels and resorts along the beachfront, so it’s nice to take a stroll.
Jack and I had the best day walking along the water and following the beach to the point at the far end.
While we were jumping in and out of the water and acting like big kids, we found tons of jellyfish washed up on the beach, saved a couple of baby puffer fish, ran after hundreds of red crabs and found an array of weird shells.
9. Koh Mook Viewpoint
If after all that walking you’re still up for some more exploring you can continue along the path where the fishing boats are towards Koh Mook Viewpoint.
This trail will take you through the jungle along muddy winding paths, it’s very humid and sticky with a ton of mosquitos. If you like hiking it’s worth the view, if not, it might not be for you.
The hike will actually lead you to Sapphire beach if you continue to follow it. We actually just went to the viewpoint and turned back as we had already visited Sapphire on the kayaks.
It took us about 25 minutes to reach the top.
10. Koh Kradan & Koh Ngai Day Trip
There are a couple of smaller islands really close to Koh Mook and if you fancy it then I recommend a day trip to Koh Kradan & Koh Ngai. Depending on how long you’re staying on Koh Mook you could do this in a full day or split it between two days.
We did the full day and loved every minute. We booked a longtail boat while we were in Koh Mook from one of the locals which took us to Koh Ngai first and then Koh Kradan.
- Koh Kradan: A secluded island which feels like it’s your own private island. There are even fewer tourists there than in Koh Mook! There are no cars or roads and only a few resorts dotted along the beach and a tiny minimart. Fantastic for snorkelling.
- Koh Ngai: This is pretty much the same; it’s a quiet peaceful jungle island great for unwinding. The beaches are stunning, much like Koh Mook, with crystal clear water and white sand.
The islands are about 20 minutes from Koh Mook and the day trip really is worth doing, both islands are fantastic for snorkelling but Koh Kradan has an epic coral reef which is teeming with colourful fish and corals. It was beautiful to see.
Is Koh Mook Worth Visiting?
In my opinion, Koh Mook is definitely worth visiting. It’s an island I could go back to time and time again, made so much better by the locals living there who made the experience unforgettable with their warm welcome. They were generally happy to have us visit their tiny island.
Another thing that makes Koh Mook worth visiting is its affordability. As the island isn’t overrun with tourists and it’s still great value in both accommodation and food.
And to top it all off the food is great and the beaches stunning. Charlie beach is one of my all-time favourite beaches!
As you’ve probably sussed out already, there isn’t much nightlife happening on the island and things get very quiet after 9 pm. If you don’t mind this, then it’s the perfect island getaway for you.
When Is The Best Time To Visit Koh Mook?
The best time to visit Koh Mook is during the dry season between November and February. Something to keep in mind is that visiting at this time does bring more tourists to Thailand, however, as Koh Mook is less crowded it shouldn’t affect it too much.
The Andaman Sea is also at its calmest during these months which makes it perfect for some island hopping!
If you’re worried about crowds, you could visit towards the tail end of the rainy season, you might also be able to grab a better deal!
Just a heads up, if you’re heading over to the west of Thailand to visit Koh Samui, the best time to visit is between March and June as the area gets hit by the northeastern monsoon from October to January, so not ideal for visiting then.
Rainy Season: July to October
The warm humid air from the Indian Ocean creates a lot of rainfall during these months. Generally, it will only rain for a few hours a day getting heavier and more persistent towards the end of the rainy season. However, with the high humidity, it becomes uncomfortable to visit during this time.
Dry Season: November to May
These are sometimes split in two: hot and cool. The Hot Season effects the north more where the temperature changes are more noticeable, however, in the south expect temperatures around 33°C. The Cool Season brings perfect cooler temperatures and dry air with less humidity.
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Getting To Koh Mook
There are a few ways to reach Koh Mook depending on where you are coming from.
We came from Phuket via Koh Lanta as that’s where we flew in and think it’s a good location to start (and end) with if you’re planning to go island hopping because it has an international airport and is closer than Bangkok. However, it’s also possible to get there from Bangkok but it will require flying to Trang.
*Important Note: There is no direct way to reach Koh Mook.
How To Get To Koh Mook From Phuket
The easiest way to get to Koh Mook from Phuket is to catch the ferry or a speedboat from Rassada Pier. We actually went from Phuket to Phi Phi to Koh Lanta and then Koh Mook but you can continue through without the stops.
Although, it’s nice to stop on the other islands!
You can book your boat tickets in Phuket at a number of tourist offices however, it does sometimes work out cheaper to book them on the islands as you work your way along, especially if you’re island hopping!
How To Get To Koh Mook From Krabi
You can also get to Koh Mook from Krabi via Koh Lanta. At the time of writing, all transfers were connecting from Krabi to Koh Lanta via land only but there is sometimes a ferry which goes from Krabi to Koh Lanta to Koh Mook.
To help, here are a few one-way ticket prices from the last time we visited Thailand in 2022. Remember, these costs are indicative only and likely to change, be sure to check before you go!
|Destination||Cost of Trip (Thai Baht)||Cost of Trip (£/$)|
|Phuket to Phi Phi (boat)||700||£16.50 / $19.20|
|Phi Phi island to Kho Lanta (boat)||600||£14.20 / $16.50|
|Koh Lanta to Koh Mook (boat)||550||£13.00 / $15.00|
|Koh Mook to Koh Lanta (boat)||350||£8.30 / $9.60|
|Koh Lanta to Krabi (shared car)||575||£13.60 / $15.80|
|Koh Lipe – Koh Mook||500||£13.00 / $15.00|
How To Get To Koh Mook From Bangkok
If you are flying into Bangkok you will have to make your way south. There are a few options, the easiest being another flight to Trang but you could also go by sleeper train which is quite a cultural experience!
- Flying to Trang: There are a number of daily flights from Bangkok to Trang with AirAsia and Thai Lion. Be sure to check your baggage allowances as these airlines tend to only quote for carry-on. The flight takes 1 hour 30 minutes.
- Sleeper Train to Trang: This type of travel will take a long time, around 12 hours, and is a good way to go if you have a long time in Thailand and stop in a few places. Some fantastic places to stop at while you make your way south are Kanchanaburi and Khao Sok National Park and Krabi, namely Railey Beach.
- Bus to Trang: Like the sleeper train you can find overnight buses to take you to Trang, again they will take a full day and really not advisable unless you are stopping along the way.
How To Get To Koh Mook From Trang
Once you arrive in Trang the only way to reach Koh Mook is to arrange a car to take you to the port where you will be transferred onto a boat which will take you to Koh Mook.
If you catch the morning flight from Bangkok it will get you into Trang in time to catch the late morning boat transfer to Koh Mook. In total, it should take around 4 hours from Bangkok to Koh Mook if you plan it right.
Tickets can be bought in advance or when you reach Trang airport at numerous ticket offices. There will also be boat sales at the port if you prefer to buy the tickets separately, however, it does make it easier if you have pre-arranged tickets.
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Where To Stay On Koh Mook
Even though Koh Mook is a small island there are still quite a few hotels and resorts to choose from. There is also budget accommodation, in the style of Koh Mook Hostel which is directly opposite Miss Islands Bakery and a great place if you’re looking for a cheap few nights.
In terms of more luxurious resorts, Koh Mook has a couple of options which look amazing! Most are beachfront villas looking out over the blue waters at Savali Beach and really close to the village.
📍Budget-Friendly Suggestion: Koh Mook Hostel
Is the only hostel (so far) on the island and is great if you want cheaper accommodation. It does get booked up so booking in advance is necessary!
They have shared rooms with and without air-con and private rooms too. There is a communal shower block and a small kitchen and fridge with free coffee, tea and biscuits.
📍Mid-Range Suggestion: Mook Montra Resort Seafront
Mook Montra is a lovely mid-range option on the island. It’s set up in wonderful wooden bungalows along the beachfront which are connected by grassed terraces and paving stones.
It’s a really relaxing place with a calm atmosphere, perfect for disconnecting. The breakfast is good plus the hotel is kept very clean.
🏨 To find out more details about Mook Montra click here.
📍Luxury Suggestion: Koh Mook Sivalai Beach Resort
One of the top-rated places to stay while you’re in Koh Mook is Sivalai Beach Resort. Although we didn’t stay there, we did walk past it a number of times and it looked lovely being right on the beachfront with gorgeous bungalows.
The reviews are exceptional. Many people are saying the rooms are beautiful and you will fall asleep listening to the waves.
Due to its location and the way the bungalows are arranged on the beachfront it’s very private and secluded. It’s the perfect location for a luxury island getaway!
🏨 To find out more information on Sivalai Beach Resort click here.
Where To Eat & Drink On Koh Mook
One thing we did do a lot of was eating. Jack and I both love food and trying new dishes. Thailand is full of new flavours and dishes and Koh Mook is no different.
Expect to find the normal meals such as Pad Thai and Thai Green Curry, however, there are a few more local dishes to Southern Thailand and the Trang district which are also found on Koh Mook like marinated fried fish dishes in special sauce and gravy noodles served with pork.
Below were some of our favourite places to eat in Koh Mook.
Miss Island Bakery
Our favourite place on Koh Mook. The find was always on point and the fact we could get little french pastries was incredible, especially for me as I have a huge sweet tooth. Locals loved this place too as the prices are ridiculously good!
Mayow Thai Restaurant
Mayow is where we tried the fried fish in a special sauce and it was incredible! It wasn’t very busy when we visited but the staff were really chatty and helpful and happy, it made the atmosphere really nice.
Sugars Cafe and Restaurant
As mentioned previously Sugars is a great little find. It’s small but has delicious, freshly cooked meals and juices. They were always playing some reggae and the decor is rather quirky with a sandy floor.
Perfect Bar and Restaurant (Great for Vegetarians)
This place is right on the village beach with lovely views over the water. We had really good service and the food was great, try the Massaman Curry.
There’s a large selection of cocktails at Mongs and they serve decent food too, the Pad Thai is great but also try their Thai Curry. The prices are good too.
Conclusion: Koh Mook Island Guide 2023
If you’ve read this and you’re thinking Koh Mook is somewhere you’re going to love you have to go! Take it from me, we loved our time there, and so will you.
It really is the perfect island getaway in Thailand; with fantastic views, beaches and affordability I wouldn’t blame you if you never want to leave!