Island-hopping in Thailand is one of the best things to do in this beautiful, welcoming country. And many of the nicest and least-developed Thai islands can be found off the west coast in the Andaman Sea. One of our favourites is adorable little Koh Mook (also commonly known as Koh Muk), just a short boat ride off the coast of Trang.
There are actually several great islands in the area, including lovely Koh Kradan and Koh Ngai, two islands that are all about pristine beaches and peaceful solitude. Koh Mook, however, offers far more in the way of facilities, accommodation and restaurant options. Even though it is still quite tiny, it essentially serves as the commercial hub of the region.
Which means there are lots of fantastic Koh Mook resorts to choose from, covering a wide variety of styles and price ranges. Whether you spell it Koh Mook or Koh Muk, it boasts a longer list of things to do than most of its neighbours, making it well worth a visit.
To read more about Emerald Cave, Charlie Beach, Koh Muk Viewpoint and Koh Mook transportation, among other things, check out our complete guide to the island:
But before you get to that, though, you’ll probably want to decide on a place to stay. We book the majority of our hotels on Booking.com. With frequent stay discounts, thousands of reviews and free cancellation, it is very rare for us to have a bad hotel experience these days.
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Now, without further ado, here are our picks for the 9 best Koh Mook resorts and hotels.
Best Beachfront Koh Mook Resorts
Many visitors to Thailand are completely focused on one thing for their visit – the beach. If that describes you, you’re in luck because there are some outstanding beachfront Koh Mook resorts to choose from.
1. Koh Mook Sivalai Resort
The signature Koh Mook resort is the wildly photogenic Sivalai Resort, built along both sides of a long, narrow peninsula of sand jutting out the east side of the island. This resort has the most amenities on the island boasting a pool, spa, and a variety of hangout options. Traditional Thai massages and a variety of water sports can be arranged by resort staff.
Many of the Thai style villas are located on the waterfront with steps down to the sand of Hao-Laem Beach. There is a second row of villas (standard, superior and family villas) further back but even most of these still have a partial water view from the bed and terrace, which is one of the reasons it is one of the best Koh Mook resorts. You will definitely hear the sound of the waves as you fall asleep.
There is a good on-site restaurant that serves a variety of Thai classics and European fare. As one would expect, the Thai options tend to be better. A fun option is to buy some fresh fish from the local fishermen and the resort chefs can turn it into a wonderful dinner for you.
The village is nearby, only about 10 minutes walking along the beach, just far enough away to have the sense of peace and quiet. It is worth mentioning that this beach sometimes has sandflies so that is something to consider.
The charming staff have good English and will be able to help you with anything you need. So, if you are looking to splurge a little, this is an excellent place to relax and unwind before exploring the rest of the island.
2. Pawapi Beach Resort
Pawapi Beach Resort is a great mid range Koh Mook hotel located on the south side of the same peninsula, right next to Sivalai. Some of their bungalows have exceptional views and you can enjoy more or less the same beaches as Sivalai guests for a slightly lower price.
It is a smaller resort with a pretty pool, comfortable loungers and a few over-the-water hammocks. We recommend having a few drinks at the cute beach bar.
You can choose between oceanfront bungalows with great views or more economical choices further back with more “garden view with just a hint of ocean in the background”. It is also an easy walk to the village centre once you are ready to try a new restaurant.
Best Koh Mook Spa Resort
3. Mooklamai Resort and Spa
With a quiet location on the road to Charlie Beach, Mook Lamai Resort and Spa has a collection of nicely decorated, comfortable bungalows. For many, the outdoor showers are the highlight of these bungalows and the pool access bungalows are considered worth the extra cost.
Unlike many of the other Koh Mook resorts, Mooklamai has a modern feel to go along with a large pool and plenty of loungers.
It is a bit further away from the beach and restaurants but there is a free taxi service between 7am-7pm (available on demand by phone) and there are free bicycles to explore with. They have a restaurant with great Thai food (try the coconut shake) so you can eat on-site whenever you feel like staying in.
Best Off-the-Beaten-Path Koh Mook Accommodation
4. Inhale @ Hill
At the end of the path through the local fishing village, Inhale @ Hill is a fairly new place with a set of pretty bungalows on lush grounds and a popular café with great views over the bay. It’s a bit of a walk away from the main set of restaurants but is very quiet and private.
The great value bungalows with sea view are fairly large, very comfortable and clean, with great outdoor bathrooms. The friendly owners will make sure that you have the best stay.
This is a great place to relax on your bungalow’s front deck. Try to get up early to watch the sunrise and at the end of the day try one of their excellent cocktails.
5. Mookies Bungalows
One of the best value Koh Mook resorts, Mookies Bungalows is nestled back among beautiful natural greenery. For us, the highlight is that while it feels isolated, it is still only a 5-minute walk to Charlie Beach, the best beach on Koh Mook and the place everyone goes to watch sunset.
It is also the second-best beach to stay by (after Hao-Laem Beach) as it has plenty of loungers, kayaks for rent, snack stalls and a even a couple of restaurants.
At Mookies, you can choose between bungalows and hotel rooms, with or without air-conditioning. They also have a great restaurant so you don’t need to trek into town for every meal.
6. Mook Tamarind Resort
Away from it all on little-known Agate Beach, the Mook Tamarind Resort’s bungalows all have nice decks with sea views. There is a private mangrove beach area for guests and a quiet relaxed feel to the area.
The free bikes will be helpful for exploring the island and you can take the free kayaks out for a paddle as well.
While it technically in the middle of the island, it feels a bit removed from the main areas which might be exactly what you are looking for.
Best Budget Koh Mook Resorts
7. Koh Mook Bungalows
Set in a lovely garden with lots of shade and palm trees, Koh Mook Bungalows is one of the best budget Koh Mook resorts . The bungalows are fairly basic but also fairly new and very clean.
The beach is only a short walk away, as is the village, so it is very conveniently located. It is right across from the Miss Island Bakery which was our favorite place for breakfast on the island.
8. Phusam Big Resort
Phusam Big Resort can be found about halfway between the tourist area of the village (a 15-minute walk) and Charlie Beach (a 10-minute walk). There is a gorgeous, calm lagoon directly in front of the resort and the bungalows all have private patios.
You can choose between air-conditioning or fan, the free coffee, tea and water is a nice touch and there are good breakfast choices.
9. Seaside Home
For something fairly unique and very affordable you can try Seaside Home. It has a wonderful location right in the middle of the local fishing village with great views of Hua Non Bay, especiallyat high tide. It is fascinating to sit on the terrace watching the tide come and go.
The rooms are quite small but have everything you need, including air-conditioning, a minifridge and hot water. The bed is very hard but we had some decent sleeps, at least until the roosters woke up.
If you want to see how the locals live, this might be just the place for you.
A Map of the Best Koh Mook Resorts
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Koh Mook Resorts Summary: Where to Stay
There is an impressively wide range of Koh Mook resorts to choose from, especially considering the modest size of the place. Koh Mook is certainly the most developed island in the area, although that still isn’t saying much and it has retained its laid-back feel and relaxed ambience.
Whether you are looking for a luxurious beach holiday, an off-the-beaten-path cultural experience or something in between, you should have no problem finding the perfect Koh Mook resort for your situation.
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