Ao Lo Yai, Ko Jum

BEACH
Ao Lo Yai on the north coast of Ko Jum is a small nice, lonely bay. The beach is known for its natural beauty and peaceful atmosphere. The beach provides a serene setting for relaxation and immersion in the island’s pristine environment. Ao Lo Yai is a perfect destination for those who value a vacation in a more ecological way and want to escape the crowds.

Pay attention to the swimming condition here! The calm, clear water is nice to swim in, but during low tide the sea retreats and the beach is full of small stones. So, be sure to bring your water shoes and enjoy your swim!

WHERE TO STAY
Banyan Bay Villas is directly on the beach and surrounded by beautiful nature. It offers beautiful private villas in a Thai style. Each villa has a private balcony overlooking the sea and the greenery garden.

The budget hotel Rock View Terrace is located on the hill at the north end of the bay, not directly on the beach. A wooden terrace and a floating raft connected by a jetty give access to the sea, making it possible to swim.

Both stays have a restaurant. The bay is located 1,5 kilometers from two other beaches with restaurants, or you can grab a scooter and drive 6 to 10 kilometers to the busiest part of the island.

ISLAND
Ko Jum (South Andaman) is a smaller, more relaxed version of its neighbor Ko Lanta. Most of the beaches are located on the west side of the island, allowing visitors to enjoy the sunset. The northern part of the island is also called Ko Pu, but we stick with the name Ko Jum.

While the beaches on the northwest side of Ko Jum are equally beautiful, they are too rocky for swimming at low tide. That’s why we don’t mention the beaches in this area. The beaches we included in our list are accessible for swimming all day. At low tide there are rocks in the sand, but you will find enough places to enter the water.

WHAT TO DO
Ko Jum is a place where you can slow down and enjoy the simple pleasures of an authentic Thai island experience. Swimming, snorkeling and exploring the island by scooter are the most popular activities on Ko Jum. The island is relatively small, making bikes or scooters the the most convenient way to get around the area.

Here, you can enjoy nature, visit the small villages, and enjoy the local atmosphere. You can follow cooking and boxing classes on the island! In the south is the town of Ban Ko Jum, where you can eat out at simple little restaurants with tasty food. There are some small shops but there is no ATM, so make sure to bring cash.

TRANSPORT
Ko Jum can be reached by taking a minibus or taxi (500-600 baht) from Krabi (airport) to Laem Kruat Pier, where a shared longtail boat (140 baht) will take visitors to Ko Jum. The shared longtail boats depart 8 times a day. Alternative transportation would be to take the speedboat connection from and to Ko Lanta (850 baht).

Most stays rent scooters.