THIS PAGE HAS 3 KO JUM TRIP REPORTS:
- BEACHBLOGGER'S REPORT FROM DEC 2014
- JULIE'S VISIT DEC 2012 starting about 35% down page
- CROCODRILO'S REPORT FROM JAN 2010 starting 65% down page
Beachblogger's Ko Jum Trip Report - visited Dec2014
I had a one-day gap in my itinerary after I found Ko Rok's camping area closed. I was over Ko Lanta having spent most of the previous 3 weeks at various locations there, so I went to Saladan and jumped on a ferry for Ko Jum. One day and one night may seem a ridiculously short trip but the ferry takes less than an hour and I was keen to see what changes had occurred in the 2 years since my last visit - Jum is one of the most read-about places on this blog which suggests a fair few of you guys are wanting the latest information.
WARNING - overall I thought this resort a reasonable place to stay. But I RECOMMEND YOU DON'T STAY AT NEW BUNGALOWS IF YOU DON'T ENJOY BEING HARASSED BY THE RESORT'S DOGS and when you complain you are told by the extremely unpleasant lady running the joint THAT IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT.
Thai dogs are raised to vigorously defend their owners' property against outsiders. Incredibly a small proportion of resorts have not trained this out of their own dogs which proceed to give guests a hard time. I suggest we change owners' thinking by avoiding such places.
THE REST OF THE ISLAND
I had the best part of the day left after "settling in" to New and knowing beforehand the tide was low, left to walk the entire east coast in order to see what had changed in the 24 months gap since my last visit.....
.....Most of the 3600m long Andaman/Golden Pearl beach seemed much the same. There may have been one or two new or refurbished places but this long beach has sufficient spacing between resorts that an addition will not exactly stand out.
....a fair bit further north on compact Ting Ray beach, the 4th resort Old Lamp which was closed in Dec 2012 was open - well at least the near shore restaurant was.
I say "near shore" rather than "near beach" because the north end of Ting Ray has had no new sand deposited and is still a mass of rocks.
...finally I called into my old digs Luboa Hut on the northern most Luboa beach. I was a bit disappointed to find restaurant prices 20-50% or more above genuine island budget bungalow levels. A small Chang CAN was 70baht (40-50 is more like it). Nevertheless there was a good crowd eating - looks like some dude has been giving this place outdated positive publicity.
Julie's Ko Jum Trip Report - visited December 2012
Time to go. The Krabi to Ko Lanta ferry is not yet in sight but we are moving out to mid bay to wait its arrival.
Cocodrilo's Ko Jum Trip Report - visited January 2010
I was hellbent on climbing Mt Pu. I asked my guesthouse owner about it and he said you definitely need a guide as there are no paths, and parts of the mountain are sheer cliffs. Due to the rocky terrain and steep areas, it would be impossible to do in flip-flops, which was all I had so I borrowed a pair of sneakers from the son of the guesthosue owner! Guide charged 1000b which included water and lunch. I am in pretty darn good shape so I ended up exhausting the guide, even though he was leading me at a pretty rapid pace. It's only 450m or so high, and we did it in under 2 hours. Started in the morning so the views were a bit hazy. The beach in shot is North Beach (Luboa).
Climbing Mt Pu - I met some people who tried it without a guide but couldnt get near the top as they had no idea how to get there, thus couldn't see the good viewpoints. Took them a lot longer as well as they were going all over the place, trying to figure out the route.
Mount Pu from Golden Pearl Beach
Gazebo at my On Lee Bungalows - Ting Rai Beach
Bungalow interior - On Lee
Ting Rai Beach - central Ko Jum
Magic Beach - deserted beach a few minutes walk south of Ting Rai by sand away from high tide - by road at all times. Phi Phi in background.
Freedom Bar towards the south end of the island - on the first day, I managed to walk most of the island and see all the beaches (and bars!)
The far southern end of the island and Andaman Beach on Jum's east coast
Leaving Jum - longtails meeting the Lanta-Krabi ferry. 250 baht.
Coco has more Jum shots and a huge range of other Andaman pix here.
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