The best things to do in Koh Mook
Occasionally there are still paradises to be found, but they are becoming increasingly rare. A small tropical island, where you can still ride your bike from one beach to another. No cars, and no endless shopping street full of trendy restaurants… but there is a real reggae bar tucked away somewhere in the bay on a beautiful sandy beach.
An island where you can enjoy the sunset without major mass tourism… Welcome to Koh Mook!
Koh Mook or Koh Muuk is located off the coast of Trang, you can easily reach it by longtail boat from the coast or by ferry via Koh Lipe – Koh Lanta.
We have already drawn up a list of the 8 best things you can do in Koh Mook.
Sunset at Charley Beach
Charley Beach is located in the west of Koh Muuk. It is one of the most beautiful beaches in Koh Mook and is ideal for swimming. If you arrive around 4 p.m. you can first enjoy a delicious cocktail at one of the many local tents. Then you will be rewarded with a beautiful sunset.
If you go all the way to the left there are two nice reggae bars. From there, you have a beautiful view of Charley Beach and the surrounding area. You can easily reach Charley Beach by bike or scooter from the center of Koh Muuk. Count on 30 minutes of cycling.
You can also spend the night on Charlie Beach On the beach itself, you have Longbeach Bungalow to spend the night. There is not much luxury, but you have everything you need. A little further from the beach you will also find some nice hotels such as Mookies Bungalows. It is only a 5-minute walk from Charlie Beach.
Have dinner in one of the many restaurants.
Just outside the center, you will find many local restaurants on the south side. One of our favorites is the Mookdara Restaurant. You can go there for breakfast, lunch or dinner with a view of the sea.
Do you fancy delicious coffee? Then go to Sugar’s coffee restaurant.
A nice breakfast place is Miss Island Bakery. They make their own bread and delicious smoothie bowls.
Spotting manatees and turtles on the pier
At high tide, the manatees and turtles come to the Koh Mook pier in search of seagrass. You can easily spot them from the tower or from the pier itself. The locals are also enthusiastic when they see the manatee and will certainly help you spot it.
TIP: The best time to see the manatees and turtles is at low tide
By kayak to the Emerald Cave
The Emerald Cave is probably the most visited point in Koh Mook. You can only go there by boat or by kayak. You can rent a kayak at Charley Beach, which takes about 30 minutes to paddle. Don’t forget to check the tides before you go.
You cannot enter the tunnel with the kayak, but you can tie it up just outside the cave.
The nice thing about the Emerald Cave is that you have to swim 100m in the dark before you arrive at the secret beach. You can sometimes see monkeys in this former pirate cave. The less fun thing is that a lot of tourists come here (with large boats) and the Emerald Cave is sometimes completely overwhelmed.
TIP: We recommend that you go in the afternoon when everyone has left. We were lucky and were almost completely alone.
Snorkeling on Koh Kradang
Koh Kradang is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places for snorkeling in Thailand. From Koh Mook, you can take a tour that takes you to the best places for snorkeling. This is especially true at the southeastern point where you have a beautiful reef off the coast.
You can let yourself be floating away with the current. On Koh Kradang itself, there is also a nice restaurant and a few resorts, including the nice Reef resort. You can also combine Koh Kradang with Koh Muuk.
The beach of Koh Kradang is one of the most beautiful beaches in Thailand!
Have breakfast at Miss Island Bakery Restaurant
If you are looking for a tasty breakfast, this is the place to be. You can find smoothie bowls, croissants, omelets, and much more. You can enjoy delicious coffee from the north of Thailand in the cozy garden between the palm trees.
The service is super friendly and attention is paid to every detail. Just pay attention to the different spoons you get with your coffee, for example.
Bike tour on Koh Mook
What could be more wonderful than riding through the local villages by bike? You can easily get to Charley Beach from the pier via the small roads. There is not much traffic (only taxi scooters).
You can stop anywhere along the way for something to drink or eat. For example, on the highest hill on the road to Charlie Beach, there is the Hilltop Café. Here it goes uphill a bit, but don’t expect Mont Ventoux conditions.
Make sure you have enough water with you and that you have tested your brakes in advance. We stayed at PK Family House where they have free bicycles available. If you don’t feel like cycling, you can also rent a scooter.
Hike to the viewpoint
From the center of Koh Mook, you can hike to one of the most beautiful viewpoints on the island. Count on about 1 hour of walking through the beautiful jungle to get there. From the viewpoint, you can continue hiking to Lu Dong Beach or Sabai Beach (steep descent). You can also snorkel on both beaches.
Make sure you have enough water with you because there are no facilities on the beaches.
Koh Mook Resorts
We stayed in the PK Family House in the center of the village. The advantage is that it is not far from the ferry, you get free bicycles and the rooms are clean. You also have a large refrigerator available, air conditioning, and a small terrace. The owner also appears to be the grandson of Madame Yoohoo on Koh Lipe. He gives you advice about what you can do and you can also arrange transport and tours with him. Highly recommended.
There are still many resorts in Koh Mook. Do you fancy something more luxurious? Then you can go to the tip of the island, on Pearl Beach. There you have the luxurious Sivalai Beach Resort. Keep in mind that you have to watch out for stingrays in the sand on the north side of the tip. So you should swim on the south side.
If you prefer to stay somewhere central on the island, Mook Lamai Resort is the best option. There you also have a lovely swimming pool.