If you spent time in Thailand in your younger years, perhaps with a dusty backpack in tow, you’ll recognise the vibe on Koh Jum. It’s laidback to the point of being horizontal, tourism is minimal and low-rise and there’s a smattering of feet-in-the sand beach bars where time seems to stand still.
That’s not to say you’ll have to stay in a beach hut though. Quite the opposite. We’ve discovered breezy, cool Koh Jum Beach Villas, a set of spacious wooden houses from one-bedroom to five-bedroom, some with private pools, hidden in tropical foliage opening out onto a swathe of glorious beach. A good fit for families or couples alike, the villas are beautifully furnished in polished teak, colourful local batik and carved wooden ornaments. All have screens and folding doors that open up, letting the surrounding nature and sea views in.