Hat Farang, Ko Muk

BEACH
Hat Farang is known for its natural beauty, featuring soft sandy shores, turquoise waters, green hills, and a tranquil atmosphere. Hat Farang on Ko Muk is one of the better sunbathing and swimming beaches on the Andaman coast. This place has clear water, and a wide beach with fine golden sand: an amazing place to spend a few days.

The sea at Hat Farang is generally calm and safe for swimming. The gradual slope of the coastline provides a gentle entry into the sea, making it a suitable place to enjoy the water during both high and low tide. There are many day trippers from the area, which makes the beach feel touristy. Yet the bay is large enough to get the TreasureBeaches feeling.

WHERE TO STAY
All the stays near this beach are budget or mid-range options. Only 2 stays are directly on the beach: Long Beach Bungalows is on the best part of the beach and offers nice renovated bungalows. Kayao Bungalows (which only has a few very simple bungalows) is located on the hill next to the beach and is a lovely spot.

Most stays are not directly on the beach but are located along the road that goes to the other side of the island, depending on your choice of stay, a 5-10-minute walk. Mookies Bungalow, Koh Mook Bamboo Bungalows and Mountainview Guesthouse are good options, and have nicely kept gardens. For this, check the internet and to see which stay suits you best.

The stays have their own dining facilities. You will also find Mong Bar on the small hill on the south side of the beach. A nice place to enjoy the sweeping views during sunset over the beautiful bay!

ISLAND
Ko Muk is big enough to rent scooters, but small enough to manage on foot. We simply walk around the island and take a motorbike taxi back to our stay at the end of the day. You will find mangroves, lovely wide beaches, fishing villages and everything is connected with small cement roads. The Thung Teao Forest Natural Park offers hiking trails and a jungle trek that leads to a scenic viewpoint overlooking the island.

WHAT TO DO
The Emerald Cave on Ko Muk is an attraction that gets tourists from Ko Lanta and all other islands in the area. The cave is only accessible by swimming through the narrow entrance. As you swim through the dark cave, you are greeted at the end with the mesmerizing sight of the emerald lagoon. If you want to avoid the crowds, we recommend going in the early morning or late afternoon.

Highly recommended is a daytrip by longtail boat to the islands Ko Kradan and Ko Libong. Definitely do not forget to make a stop at Yao Beach on the mainland too, where you can visit the limestone rock that towers over the empty beach. This excursion cost about 3,000 to 4,000 baht. We recommend just asking around and get a good deal with one of the fishermen. Bring your snorkeling mask!

There are an ATM on the island.

TRANSPORT
The city of Trang is a good starting point to reach Ko Muk. Trang is a friendly provincial town to spend the night. Wander the streets and eat at the night market in Ruenrom Alley, about a 15-minute walk from the train station. We advise going to Trang Happy Trip & Tour (081 607 2411) next to the train station to arrange your transportation. You will receive professional help with a smile for fair prices.

A 30-minute minibus ride gets you to the boat, which leaves at 11:00 a.m. This will cost you 350 baht per person. Private transportation from Trang to Ko Muk costs 1800 baht. Boat companies stop at Ko Muk from Ko Lanta, as well as from some southern areas of the island.

It is easy to rent scooters on this island.