Maurice and I woke up with the sunrise and swam to the diving platform and back. It was low tide, so in the photo, the platform looks like a long swim away however we almost walked right up to it. Definitely do not dive here during low tide! There are plenty of jagged rocks all around.
After drying off on land, we strolled to the southern tip of Ko Jum, which took almost 2 hours roundtrip. Perfect weather for us: cool, breezy and our sunburned shoulders from yesterday afternoon could take a break from the hot cloudless sun. We passed about a dozen other laidback resorts offering bungalows and in-house restaurants much like our own Season Bungalows.
Upon reaching the island’s southern end, Maurice wanted to swim to the tiny island Ko Pe Lat (pictured below) off the coast of Ko Jum. It’s about 600m away, sounded nice in theory but I didn’t want to. Neither of us have swam that much continuously and I get easily scared when I’m not wearing goggles or a snorkel mask. My imagination runs wild thinking about what creatures may be hiding beneath us in the deeper water. Again this is at low tide and the water is very clear, but still!
On our walk, we saw so many happy stray dogs sleeping in the shade along the way. They generally leave humans alone or will welcome a good scratch behind the ear (unlike my experience with dogs on Costa Rican beaches that would chase and bark at you). This husky has certainly come a long way from Siberia! Look at that smile.
Then we ate breakfast then lunch in rapid succession. In my opinion, the Thai food is very good at this little beach resort and very cheap. Portions are small so we justified getting dessert during most meals. We worked on the blog again. Maurice and I have been alternating writing each entry. He writes even days, I write odd days. For those of you keeping count, we’re about 3 days behind in our writing schedule (I’m writing day 7 on day 10!)
We arranged our boat tickets off of this island for 8:30am tomorrow. We will get on these longtail boats (each hotel has one) which will then take us to the ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don. Ko Jum has no pier which gives its stretch of beaches an unspoiled, less trodden appearance than more popular islands like Ko Phi Phi Don.
Did I mention already that the best thing to do on Ko Jum is nothing at all? We didn’t leave the resort or beach at all during our time here. Here’s Maurice observing the wildlife on the beach (mostly crabs of all sizes) at the magic hour before sunset. I probably photographed Mount Pu over 30 times since this 422m meter peak is so photogenic against the mostly flat southern part of the island.
Determined to capture the sunset with our Nikon D5500 DSLR this time, we set it up on my mini-tripod and started a time-lapse sequence. Here is our first one, we’re determined to capture more sunrises, sunsets and other time lapses while on our long travels.