So, you have read about the experience, now for getting to Koh Jum!
Back to Bangkok with B in our hostel:
Our German friend had recommended Seasons Bungalow, but it was closed for the season and the booking agent we were chatting with told us to try New Bungalows so we decided to check it out. I think we got pretty lucky for basically picking a place blindly. New Bungalows is on Andaman Beach, which I think is one of if not the best beach on the island. The water is calm, the beach sandy, and you can swim any time of the day safely. The front receptionist/cook (the bigger lady there) was a bit grumpy at New Bungalows and I’ll be honest she wasn’t my favorite person, but she wasn’t bad enough to ruin my day. We got a room for I think 600 baht. It was very basic, fan only and two beds with mosquito netting and a bathroom. There was wifi available in the restaurant and the generator was turned off at 10:30pm (the turned it back on at 6am). The bungalow was very close to the beach and it was lovely! There were cheaper bungalows farther from the beach but still very close. Maybe a 200 meter walk at most. The village was just a 15 minute walk from the resort.
The overall ambiance of the island was safe, friendly and relaxed. Actual paradise. 🙂
From Bangkok: when we went we booked a bus ticket + ferry ride straight to Koh Jum. The bus we took left in the evening and we caught the late morning ferry, arriving om the island late afternoon the day after we left Bangkok.
Bus + ferry combo: Transport 999
Transport time: about 15 hours
Price: about 1,200 – 1,500 baht
If you have pre-booked like we did, a longtail boat from your resort will come out to the ferry to collect you. Its easy! Prices will be a little bit more expensive to get back to Krabi but that is to be expected when travelling on the islands. When you arrange to get of of Koh Jum, a longtail boat from your resort will transport you back out to the ferry to get to the mainland.Wear some sunscreen because we ended up waiting out on the water for about 15-20 minutes in the sun.
*Prices quoted above were the current prices in 2014. They may have changed so it’s best to shop around for the best and/or most accurate price.