Updated: Nov 26, 2019
As day 5 commenced, we sailed from down further south to Koh Muk to visit the emerald cave.
The sail took us past Koh Pu, denoting the northernmost half of Ko Jum, an island located northwest of Koh Lanta. Its shoreline isn’t riddled with the tourist infrastructure, nor the cliff architecture. Instead it hosts some of the most idill beaches in the whole of Thailand. At only a 45-minute motor from mainland Krabi, if you have the chance, its definitely worth a visit if your looking to avoid the bars, ‘buckets’ and party lifestyle Phuket or Krabi provide.
Passing Koh Lanta, we made a ‘make shift’ body come wakeboard set up involving trailing a paddle board along the back of the catamaran and holding onto a rope tied to the back.
I am awful at wake boarding, ice skating, general balance, anything like the such, always have, always will. This ‘SUP’ variation was no different. I wouldn’t say that it was something that came naturally to me… However having my minimal exposure to surfing this summer I thought I would have perhaps improved slightly. This was not the case…..
Koh Muk, mostly known for its Sivala beach, is a small island south of Koh Lanta which despite its beauty remains untouched by tourists. We moored the boat and swam
ashore to head over to Sapphire Beach before
heading to the emerald cave.
The Emerald Cave, known as Tham Morakot, is one of the most iconic destinations on Koh Muk
You enter either via dingy, kayak or swimming through a small opening on the side of a Limestone cliff. As you enter it turns almost pitch black (there are ropes to guide you or I would suggest wearing a head torch) for less than 100m before it opens into a small secluded beach (Ao Sabai).
In peak season I’ve read it can become full of tourists on day trips from Koh Lanta and Phuket. We went around
5pm and were lucky enough to be the only people there.
Exiting the cave meant we also got to watch the
sun set over Koh Libong. Scroll down to see more photos!
The rest of the evening involved watching ‘Arrival’ on the main sail and a late night dip in the bioluminescent plankton