Save for a 1/2 mile stretch in downtown Koh Jum, there are no paved roads on this small, relatively obscure tropical island located not far from Krabi in southern Thailand, only several somewhat rough and uneven dirt roads. Nightlife is nonexistent as far as I can see – there are no bars, trendy cafes or tourist cul-de-sacs (places where tourists hangout) unlike other more popular beach resorts. In terms of sheer physical beauty, Koh Pu pales in comparison to the lushly tropical and mountainous islands of Koh Chang or Koh Samui and while there are some fairly decent beaches scattered round the island, there are better beaches to be found elsewhere in Thailand. Did I forget to mention, that there is no electricity on the island except between the hours of 6:00PM-12 midnight?
Why should you schedule your vacation in Koh Pu? If you’re looking for peace and quiet, you’ll find plenty of it on this small island. That is the big attraction here. Koh Pu is the ideal place to chill out, meditate, detox and to do some serious reading. Scattered around the island, there are number of small resorts and bungalow rentals including the absolutely delightful Tingrai Bay Resort. Hint: Bring plenty of books and reading material with you.
To get to Koh Pu, there is express ferry service from Krabi twice daily – 11:00AM and at 1:30PM. Fare is 350 baht.
There are approximately 3000 inhabitants on Koh Pu; most of them are Moslem and the primary industry here is cultivation of rubber.