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Small, quiet and peaceful, Koh Jum is one of Thailand’s most relaxing islands. This tiny island is located halfway between Ao Nang and Koh Lanta and is home to some of Thailand’s most serene and uncrowded beaches, small bungalow resorts and none of the nightlife nearby islands are known for.

With none of the beachside nightclubs and throbbing bass that you’ll find on nearby Koh Phi Phi, Koh Jum is perfect for a relaxing holiday. Pack your sunscreen and some good books to enjoy this serene and peaceful island at its best.

Note that there are no ATMs on Koh Jum, so you’ll need to bring enough money to cover your expenses while on the island. Travel agencies on the island can exchange major currencies for Thai Baht, albeit at a poor rate.

Best time to visit

Koh Jum’s climate can be best described as tropical, with warm temperatures (generally over 30 degrees) all year round.

There are pretty much two seasons: the dry season, between December and April, and the wet season, between May and November.

The best time to come to Koh Jum is from December to March and especially in January-February. During summer it rains oftent especially from August to the end of October, the worst period to come to Koh Jum.

Check the below table for the general idea of Koh Jum weather throughout the year.

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 31.8 27.6 24.2
Feb 32.8 28.1 24.2
Mar 33 28.5 24.7
Apr 32.7 28.8 25.1
May 31.8 28.9 25.4
Jun 31.3 28.7 25.3
Jul 30.8 28.2 24.9
Aug 30.8 28.2 25.2
Sep 30.6 27.9 24.9
Oct 30.7 27.6 24.6
Nov 31.1 27.3 24.4
Dec 31.3 27.3 24.2

Koh Jum’s current weather and 7-day forecast

KOH JUM WEATHER

Ting Rai Beach

Located in the north of Koh Jum, Ting Rai Beach is where you’ll find two of Koh Jum’s luxury resorts. The banyan trees along the beachfront offer protection from the sun, while the beach itself offers a great view out over Phang Nga Bay.

Golden Pearl Beach

Stretching along Koh Jum’s southwest coast, Golden Pearl Beach is home to several resorts and beachside restaurants. Uncrowded yet convenient, Golden Pearl Beach is a good choice for day trips as its selection of resorts makes dining beside the beach easy.

Andaman Beach

Connected with Golden Pearl Beach, Andaman Beach is a large and uncrowded beach on the southwestern coast of Koh Jum. Several mid range and budget bungalow resorts close to the beach offer convenient accommodation and great views of the sunset.

North Beach

Quiet and secluded, North Beach is home to most of Koh Jum’s budget accommodation. Set back from the beach, you’ll find a selection of simple bungalow resorts. During low tide, North Beach can get quite rugged and rocky.

Banyan Bay Beach

Home to the luxurious Banyan Bay Villas resort, Banyan Bay Beach is a small, rocky beach in the north of Koh Jum. Isolated from the rest of the island and very quiet, Banyan Bay Beach is one of the most secluded beaches on Koh Jum.

Ao Si Beach

Clear water and amazing sunsets make Ao Si Beach one of Koh Jum’s best places to relax and enjoy life. The nearby Jungle Hill Beach Resort is one of the few accommodation options on the beach, with a restaurant and beach chairs available for guests.

Magic Beach

Completely undeveloped, with the sole exception of a small beachside bar, Magic Beach is a beautiful beach located a short walk from the village at Ting Rai. Aside from Loma Bar, there’s nothing on Magic Beach, making it a great place for beach walks, swimming and sunbathing.

Sparkling beaches tinted with white and beige mingle with groves of rubber trees where long-legged kingfishers stalk the undergrowth, making Koh Jum a natural jewel. Throw in some loveable hotel resorts with bungalows and beach huts, reggae bars, and coral reefs, and there are loads to get stuck into.

Beaches and Sunbathing

Koh Jum’s quiet and uncrowded beaches are perfect for relaxing and sunbathing. Aside from the occasional longtail boat, there’s little activity on most of Koh Jum’s beaches, making them a serene escape for people seeking warm water and sunshine.

Snorkelling

Koh Jum’s rocky beaches are good places to snorkel. Many of the island’s resorts will have snorkelling gear on hand for guests or available to rent. For an even better experience, go on a snorkelling tour to one of the many small islands in and around Koh Jum.

Diving

There’s one dive centre on Koh Jum: Koh Jum Divers. Some of the best dive sites around the island include Koh Phi Phi, Koh Ha Yai and the King Cruiser Wreck. Koh Jum Divers offers a range of chartered dives and courses, including PADI Open Water Diver training.

Hikes and Beach Walks

The mountainous northern section of Koh Jum is known as Koh Pu to locals. It’s home to a selection of good hiking trails, including a path up Koh Pu Mountain. Koh Jum’s long, sandy beaches are also fantastic choices for evening walks, especially as the sun sets.

Motorbiking

There are a few roads that cover Koh Jum, although the smooth concrete roads you’ll find on the mainland are absent. If you’d like to explore the island, rent a motorbike from your resort and go — there’s very little traffic, making the island’s roads safe and easy to navigate.

Most people will make for the popular west coast of Jum. That’s where the quintessential beach bungalows open onto views of the lapping Andaman Sea. It’s also the most expensive corner of the island. You can save some baht for evening beers by going through the palm and pine forests inland, closer to the main road or the port.

Luxury Hotels in Koh Jum

Koh Jum Beach Villas

Koh Jum Beach Villas is a stunning five star resort offering a selection of private beach villas for guests. From small villas for couples to private beach villas with room for six people, this luxurious beach resort offers great accommodation and a relaxing outdoor spa area.

Banyan Bay Villas

Located on quiet Banyan Bay Beach, Banyan Bay Villas offers four rustic beach villas that are ideal for guests that want a quiet, secluded holiday. With a private beach (Banyan Bay Villas is the only resort on the beach) and great views, this resort is a great place to relax.

Mid Range Hotels in Koh Jum

Andaman Beach Resort

Located on Koh Hum’s southernmost beach, Andaman Beach Resort offers a range of bright and comfortable beachside bungalows for guests. A great location and large rooms, many of which are designed for families, make it a convenient place to stay.

Koh Jum Resort

With just 20 bamboo cottages and villas, Koh Jum Resort is a small and charming resort that offers fantastic views of the ocean. The resort’s swimming pool and restaurant offer stunning views over the Andaman Sea.

Budget Hotels in Koh Jum

Peace Paradise Resort

With simple, utilitarian accommodation and an excellent location close to North Beach, Peace Paradise Resort is a great budget resort that’s perfect for backpackers. The small bungalows are simple but more than comfortable enough for a good night’s sleep.

Loma Sea View Bungalow

Located on top of a hill offering excellent views of the sea and Koh Jum’s mangrove swamps, Loma Sea View Bungalow is a good accommodation option for visitors to Koh Jum on a strict budget.

Jungle Hill Beach Bungalow

A short walk away from Ao Si Beach, Jungle Hill Beach Bungalow offers a range of simple but comfortable bungalows with private balconies offering great sea views. The resort’s location in Koh Jum’s jungle bush means you might be able to spot wild monkeys from your room.

Golden Pearl Beach Restaurant

This beachfront bar and restaurant, located on Golden Pearl Beach, offers a great selection of Thai dishes, cold beers and tasty cocktails.

Last Fisher

Last Fisher offers tasty, inexpensive cocktails (it has Koh Jum’s only 100 baht happy hour) as well as a selection of Thai dishes and seafood BBQ beside the beach.

Sabaidee Luboh

Located in the north of Koh Jum, Sabaidee Luboh serves tasty fruit shakes, ice cream, wine and cool beers right on the beach. Free Wi-Fi and beach chairs are available for customers.

Koh Jum Seafood Restaurant

Located on a pier in Koh Jum Village, Koh Jum Seafood Restaurant serves freshly caught fish and a great selection of Thai seafood dishes in a relaxing open air setting.

Ban Ban

Great baked goods, pizzas and Western-style breakfasts make Ban Ban a great option if you feel like a break from Thai food. Ban Ban also serves a selection of Thai Muslim dishes.

Get in

During high season (late-Oct-late-Apr), ferries between Ko Lanta and Krabi Town call at the island. You must pay the full fare (400 baht) for the full crossing, despite only travelling half way. You pay on board, but pre-booking is recommended as the ferry is often full. Tickets can be bought from travel agencies in Krabi or at the main ferry offices at the old pier on Khong Ka Rd, and from resorts on Ko Jum.

Ko Jum has no jetty or dock. The ferry stops offshore and is met by longtail boats. If you've pre-booked, then a boat from your resort should be there to pick you up; otherwise simply choose a longtail and ask for a lift to shore.

Local boats also run from Laem Kruat to Ko Jum (100 baht for foreigners, 45min). The first is at 09:00 and the last leaves at 18:15. Do not be late, as if you miss the ferry you will have to hire your own taxi boat, which costs ca. 1500 baht. During the low season, this is the only option to get to Ko Jum.

To get to Laem Kruat, take a bus, taxi, or songthaew from Krabi. The songthaew is blue and yellow and departs from the Siam Bank near the piers and 7-Eleven, but you can pick it up elsewhere along its route if you happen to see it. Ask the driver for Laem Kruat or Ko Jum, he'll understand.Most of these songthaews have their destination written on them in English.

If you cannot find a direct songthaew, take one from Krabi to Nuea Khlong (maximum 50 baht, minimum 20 baht) and a second from Nuea Khlong to Laem Kruat for 50 baht (minimum 40 baht).

Get around

Ko Jum is a relatively small island and most of the population gets around on small motorbikes, which can be rented easily. There is also a local taxi service, consisting of a motorbike and sidecar!

The roads in the three villages and between Ban Ting Rai and Ban Ko Jum are concrete and easy to drive on. The roads between the north and south which were once narrow, unsealed, frequently pot-holed and wet, are now sealed. A taxi ride from the Ko Jum ferry port to most places in the south is 50 baht. A taxi ride to take in all of the island's main places costs 400 baht.

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