The first stop on our Andaman island hop was Koh Jum (also called Koh Pu). We got a ferry from Krabi to Jum for about £8 each. The journey was actually quite good fun. The ferry stops offshore and a rush of longboats come out to meet it, taking passengers to various resorts along the island. Its a little bit hairy as you hand over your bags and then hop over the boats to get to your one, but it all seemed fairly well organised and we got to shore (with our bags) without a problem. Once the boat had reached the beach we threw our shoes onto the sand and jumped in! its only about a foot deep, and Jamie’s easily tall enough to take our bags without any danger of an accidental dip.
We stayed at the Coral Bay for £14 a night. We had our own little bungalow with a private shower/toilet, and an area to sit outside. It was basic but cosy and perfectly comfortable. Electricity is turned off during the day (!) but it really wasn’t a problem as we spent our days on the beach, sunning and swimming. The generator gets turned on about 4, and we only really wanted it for the fan. I got stung by a jellyfish on the first day, but it was nothing serious, just felt like a bad nettle sting and it was gone by the morning.
The beach directly out the front of us was a little rocky but we explored down to the right and found a lovely sandy cove, with lots of big trees for shade. We settled for the day and it felt like having our own private beach. We maybe saw 5 other people all day. The sand is really fine and soft, the water is clear, and there are dozens of these funny little sand crabs that have little dramas (claws up and swagger on) – fun to watch while you sunbathe.
We booked in for two more nights because we were loving the peace and quiet after Bangkok and Phuket! The sunsets were beautiful to watch with a nice cold Chang before dinner. Only criticism might be that things were quite expensive to buy on the island (but we had expected as much). Water was double what you would normally pay. Having said that the food was very good and the staff really friendly. We met a German guy called Steve who said he’d seen phosphorescence on the beach a couple of nights before. We weren’t lucky enough to see any though. We also met a really nice English couple who were also travelling- we hope we convinced them to visit Vietnam! Koh Jum is such a peaceful and laid-back island, makes me excited to see more! Next stop Koh Lanta….