Koh Mook – Another island worth a visit

If Koh Kradan was oreo then Koh Mook would be something like 50-50; sweet and salty. My next stop was Koh Mook which was another wonderful island, larger an island than Koh Kradan, but still Koh Kradan is just wonderful. Koh Kradan is just like the lazy river of that amusement park you visit. The only thing you need to do is snorkel and laze around. Unlike Koh Kradan though, there are quite a few things you can do on this island.

Long pier at Koh Mook

The name of the resort I had to check in was ‘Koh Mook Nurse House’. This is around 20 mins walk from the pier where the long tail boat drops you. Located in the middle of fishermen’s cottage, this place looks less like a resort. For a second, I wondered if I made the right choice booking the resort. I had no reason to complain though, the stay was cheap. The room was small, bathroom was not that great and location was not in favor either for this place.

Koh Mook Nurse House

 

 

 

 

 

But in fact I really took a liking to the place. The people running the place (also run a restaurant next to the resort) were amazing. The food was above average but the hospitality was mind-blowing. I really felt at home.

Meeting Alphons and his family was another wonderful experience for me. They were a couple from Vienna, Austria who ran a family restaurant, now on their annual vacation. I spent a lot of time chatting with them.

Getting there:

If you are coming straight to Koh Mook, then you may use tigerline ferry services or any of such agencies to get you there. If you are island hopping, there are long tail boats from one island to another for as much as 300 THB/person.

Where to stay:

There is charlie’s beach resort which is nice. Most of the tourists on our boat were going to Charlie’s beach resort. It’s also expensive. From the pier, it’s 50 THB/person for taxi to take you to Charlie’s beach resort ie if you are going from Koh Kradan to Koh Mook. Tiger line ferries stop near Charlie’s. They have their bookings also from the long tail boat station which is next to Charlie’s beach resort. Enough of Charlie, moving on there are other good resorts like the Sivalai beach resort which is also nice. The sunset view from their private beach is just amazing. The other places to stay are Mookies Bungalow, Coco lodge, Koh Mook Nurse house and so on.

Things to do:

One cannot miss the Emerald cave. It is just one of those places you would love. If you are staying at Charlie’s beach resort, rent a Kayak and go on a treasure hunt. This cave has a narrow tunnel and one has to swim through it.

Emerald caves (gopro image)
Gopro image, Emerald cave from the outside

I tried the Emerald cave (Morakot cave) half day tour which includes snorkel around the corals, then swimming to Emerald caves, gazing star fish and a round of the entire island. In the process you also see Big cave and couple of other beaches.

During the night time, you can go to Ting Tong Bar which is close to Mookies Bungalow. I spent my evenings tasting variety of food.

Also you have the option of renting a scooter to roam around the entire island. English is not widely spoken here and communication can be a bit of hassle if you are staying in the local communities like I did.

Best time to visit:

Same as Koh Kradan, November to March would be the best time to visit.

Things to carry:

Sunglasses, Sunscreen, Mosquito repellent, GoPro (maybe), swim suits. If you are snorkeling, you may rent the masks and fins.

Sunset at Sivalai Beach, Koh Mook

 

Advertisements

Voyage to phuket – Amazing Thailand … Truly Amazing!!! Part 5 – Day 5

Read the previous part here.


 

Day Five :

After the hyperactive 2 days, I was out of activities for day 5. I opted it so. I was tired and decided why not hit the pool, beach today and go around meet some people, talk to them know about Thailand. Did I succeed in that? Not really. I was lazing around at the hotel room, and by the time I was up and ready in the morning it was lunch time. The usual McD and again back to my room. I then quickly opened up my laptop and connected the memory card, checked out all the pics that I took.

In the evening, I go to the swimming pool for an hour or little more. The pool was very nice. Then I went to meet our smart and beautiful Tah. I asked her what she was up to in the evening. She said the usual… gym and then back home. She had a couple of business to be taken care of like renting out motorcycle and cars. I asked her if she could take me out to the city of Phuket or some place which I haven’t been too. She insists that she is busy and I insisted she takes me out.

OK. Come to gym with me.

Alright….  

In the evening she leaves early to gym and leaves me a message. I walk towards her gym and calls her to come and pick me up 😀 , which she does. I initially wait in the lobby and me being me wouldn’t sit there for long. I walk into the gym check out the people, it was unisex which was good. I then walk towards their pool. It’s been already an hr and no sign of the lady. I walk to the small bar/restaurant. There I meet Tuk Tuk (not to be confused by the rickshaw tuk tuk). She was amazing and occasionally commented about the bollywood movies she saw. The lead actor and actress running around a tree would amuse her as it amuses me now. We had a pleasant laugh, she offered me pizza at 50% discount if I was to come on another day. The restaurant was about to close, by then Tah finishes her swimming and comes straight to check on me. My eyes were nearly blinded by the looks of her. God, she was fit as hell, very beautiful too. Trying to control my urge to look at her standing in a bikni, I continue talking to Tuk. Then they start talking to each other in Thai and all I understand is “Sawadika” (Hello) and “Kob khun ka” (Thanks) which I learnt from the cruiser from a lad there. Tah leaves me to get changed and I carry on with Tuk.

Later Tah comes and I leave with Tah. I tell Tuk that I will come on a later day to have pizza which I couldn’t. Tah takes me around the city and to a market. Then we both go to my hotel where she drops me and she leaves for her room. The time is around 8 pm

Again this night I was supposed to go out with Jade, who cancels the plan cos she has some other stuff going on. Now Jade is from Kent, UK and a very friendly girl. I had met her in the hotel lobby and she used to stay in my hotel. So with nothing to do, I go out grab a pizza and get back to my hotel.

I crash land on my bed, hoping that the scuba diving goes well the next day.

 


 

(To be contd…)

 

Voyage to Phuket – Amazing Thailand… Truly Amazing!!! Part 3 – Day 3

Read the previous part here.


 

 

Day Three : 

The next day I had to get up earlier than usual, for I had booked a tour to Phi Phi Islands. It’s one of the best islands in terms of nature and the water around. I booked this tour through internet for 900 Baht, which was stupid of me. The reason I will explain later on, so just keep reading 😉

The pick up time was mentioned as 7:00 am from my hotel lobby. The guy came to pick me up at the correct time in a mini-bus. After picking up couple of other people, we left for the nearby harbor. The harbor was an hour travel from my hotel. I was carrying my tripod and all my equipment for cam so that I can get a good shot or two. But that never happened.

Once we reached the harbor, we got stickers for identifications and our guide, a young lad explained to us which boat to board and the other itinerary for the day. We board the boat and it had 3 decks. Still it was packed with people. I placed my bag on the bottom deck on a seat and sat there for a while till everything was settled. I walk on to the deck and take a couple of pictures.

 

Our cruiser ship looked the same, crowded like a market 😀

tn_DSC_0059

 

 

Don’t you guys runaway, we are gonna overtake ya 😀

tn_DSC_0060

 

 

The bottom deck of our Phi Phi cruiser (name of our cruiser boat)

tn_DSC_0062

 

 

The first island we spotted

tn_DSC_0073

 

Closer look of the island, from the side

tn_DSC_0075

 

 

The island had no land as I saw from the boat. It was a no man’s land

tn_DSC_0076

 

The water looked very good and our cruiser splashing it all

 

tn_DSC_0081

 

 

In a while, on the front open area, I happened to meet a friendly couple with whom I had a really nice chat. The guy was from Manchester, UK and he cheered for Manchester city which kind of came as a surprise. The young lady was from Copenhagen, Denmark and the young man lives in Copenhagen too with the beautiful lady. He was a great fan of football and even had season passes for the game. He was teacher by profession and shared that he had couple of students who belonged to Kerala, India basically. We are everywhere, no denying that. As I started getting to know more, I came to know that they were going to halt for a couple of days at Phi Phi Island. Then came the talks of scuba diving.

The young lady had done many dives around Phi Phi Island and I also had read about the PADI here, it had positive reviews . It’s a divers dream to have a couple of dive here. Till then I was going to give scuba diving a miss, but then decided I wouldn’t. She also told me about the view point above the Phi Phi islands which I couldn’t go to.  In a while the mother cruiser stopped near Phi Phi Islands, we parted without a good bye.

I hopped on to another boat where we were taken to snorkel, swim or dive. Diving came with a price, which I didn’t have as I never expected that. But probably that was the best place to have a dive. The only option left was to swim and snorkel. I am not a good swimmer though I know a bit. I got myself a life jacket like everyone and dived into the water to have my share of salt water. Why should fishes have all the fun!!!

 

The front side of the cruiser where I met those two and had a great chat. They are right at the front

tn_DSC_0084

 

 

Slowly we are getting there

tn_DSC_0085

 

 

People already diving, genlemen & ladies wait for me :@

 

tn_DSC_0090

 

tn_DSC_0091

 

 

tn_DSC_0093

 

 

Little boat with a mermaid… 😛

tn_DSC_0094

 

 

tn_DSC_0096

tn_DSC_0097

 

 

Finally the waters arrived, the light green is the swim/snorkel place

 

 

 

tn_DSC_0101

Also another advice from me would be, not to touch the rocks. I floated to the rocks and touched it. I returned with a lot of cuts on my left palm. The rocks are knife sharp.

After the swim/snorkel, we were taken back to the island to have quick lunch. It was Thai dishes. Though I am not a great fan of Thai food, I managed to eat something to keep me away from starving till we are back.

 

 

They had spaghetti which was good and the fried chicken too.

SAMSUNG

 

After lunch was done it was already 2 in the noon. We were ready to leave by 2:30 pm and hence no way to visit the viewpoint. Sad indeed 😦 .

We return back for Phuket which is couple of hours away.Parting shots follows

 

`

 

tn_DSC_0107

 

 

tn_DSC_0108

 

tn_DSC_0105

 

The splashing water from the side of our cruiser enthralled me, I tried to capture that

tn_DSC_0114

 

 

tn_DSC_0117

 

 

tn_DSC_0118

 

Reached back by 6 pm in the evening and was very tired swimming and snorkeling. I counted that as the end of activities for the day.

 

Day Four:

 


 

(To be contd…)

Voyage to Phuket – Amazing Thailand… Truly Amazing!!! Part 2 – Day 2

Read the part 1 here


 

Day two :

On the 2nd day of the trip too, I had no plans as such. I had a small paper on which I had written down my top priority list to visit. I couldn’t even do half of it. So as I was pondering on what is to be done, my room service, a young lady (married yes) came over. She was cleaning up and I asked her if she knows how to drive. Yes. Then again I explained how bored I am and how I can’t get ripped off by a taxi. Guess what, she was free after an hour, she was done with her work. She offered to be my guide and we started negotiations. Finally she managed to convince me 1400 THB for two places, a temple named Wat chalong and a view point called Laem Promthep. The price was high but less than the taxi rate so I did nod. It was afternoon and not the best time to visit those places. How to avoid that, keep reading and I shall suggest a better option 🙂 She drove a mazda 2 hatch (no pics again) and we left for the place which was 22 kms away or so.

She was a bit cautious driver unlike the usual us. I liked that, cos she made sure that she doesn’t land me in trouble and waste my day. We reach the temple Wat Chalong first. It is a Buddhist temple and since she was with me, I was guided on how to pray and go around in the proper manner following their customs. The pictures of the place are as follows,

 

Wat chalong had a group of temples, I visited 2 of them which looked like the main one’s

tn_DSC_0022

 

 

tn_DSC_0023

 

tn_DSC_0024

 

tn_DSC_0025

 

Inside the temple, there were people praying. I tried to take as less pics as possible not to offend their faith

tn_DSC_0031

 

tn_DSC_0032

 

The temple from outside. (sorry the pic got underexposed 😦 )

tn_DSC_0033

 

There she is, my guide my friend Jazz 🙂

tn_DSC_0035

 

tn_DSC_0036

 

 

From there we left for the view point, the sun was really hot. Made me feel really tired. Take your sun protection creams, I have become a lot tan than I was. The sun is bad.

We passed Rawai beach on the way to reach Laem Promthep viewpoint. It would have been amazing if it was evening. But I didn’t have any options. I tried to adjust the color and exposure, not sure how much I have succeeded.

tn_DSC_0043

 

tn_DSC_0044

 

tn_DSC_0045

 

 

 

tn_DSC_0047

 

 

Here is Jazz again. She was asking me for her pics that I took but I was unable to give it to her. Hope she somehow sees my blog.

tn_DSC_0049

 

My initial pic  was also from this place.

After walking around in the hot sun for a while, We both went back to my hotel. On the way back, she showed me her motorcycle, a small honda. Apparently they drive small Kawasaki KSR 138 cc and Honda CRF 250 but not limited to them. There are plenty of sports motorcycle too that I saw. Everyone in Thailand apparently owns couple of motorcycles and couple of cars. since the population is less, its fine.

For the remaining day I had nothing else to do apart from bird watching 😀 I walk around the streets and grab something to eat from McD. I retire for the bed early as the next day was sure to be filled with activities. In my prayers I thanked Jazz, for she was very helpful and friendly. Though we had a problem of communication, she helped me out with lot of information about their culture and other general things.

 

Day Three :

 


 

(To be contd…)