The boatmen brought us to a not-so-obvious cave opening. I started to panic when he asked us to jump down and swim into the cave.
I did it and it was really worth it. As I was swimming into the cave, I was in total darkness for about few minutes!
It was a relieve after seeing a light from an opening in front. There was a small beach inside the cave. It really made me wonder how mysterious and beautiful nature is.
The Amazing Emerald Cave lies behind the sheer cliffs of Koh Muk. I had to swim slowly (some parts in sheer pitch darkness) through small cavity to the cave about 80 metres away.
Inside the Emerald Cave, the waters are gentel and sand white, surrounded by high cliffs and covered by the blue sky. This is one natural wonder that is not available anywhere in Thailand.
Absolute best thing to do on Ko Muk (apart from Thai massage by the beach) is to lie down on the sand and catch the sun.
Make sure you lather sunblock on yourself before falling asleep :-) And you can't take long naps as you have to turn yourself over to catch the sun ... its something alike a human barbeque !!
I did not get burnt like I normally would (thank gawd) because I was lying down under the shade of the trees. Look out for ants, though !! They can be very irritating :-p
The one thing that I wanted to do eversince I was in Thailand and I found it here :-)
On Had Farang beach, near to the Sawadee bungalows on the right, you can see a sturdy hut-like covered platform. There was no one around there, so I wandered into the restaurant nearby and asked around. The Thai masseur came by 10 minutes later.
He was really good ~ he practises the "Soft version" of the traditional thai massage. He uses Coconut oil ... very yummy smell !!! His charges are 200 bhat an hour ~ which was a really good deal, I thought !!
I didn't see any big fishes, but many different colourful ones.
It seems that sea snakes are not uncommon around Ko Muk; fortunately I didn't see any of them, as they are poisonous and their bite could be lethal. They have a ribbon shape and they are about 1 mt long.
The coral around Ko Muk is lively.
One of the best snorkelling areas is between Farang Beach and the Emerald cave.
Some good spots can be reached directly from the beach, but chartering a small boat is better.
I used a cheap disposable waterproof camera to take some pictures of the underwater world around Ko Muk.
You can't go deeper than 1.5 mt with those plastic things.
I'm sorry the quality of the pics is not so good: in reality everything was much better!
Entering the Emerald Cave tunnel is not dangerous, but you must be a good swimmer and you must not be afraid of dark.
Take also into account that you must enter and then exit only during low tide.
Once you're in the tunnel it's a 5 min. swim (about 100mt) through the narrow tunnel to reach the lagoon. The tunnel is not straight and in some parts it is completely dark; you can always touch the rock a few cms above your head and you have to swim carefully in order not to hit the rocks on both sides.
Be sure that the boat outside will wait for you while you're in the cave....
The Emerald Cave, or "Tham Morakot", is the top attraction on Ko Muk.
Located on the rocky western coast of the island, north of Farang beach, this amazing tunnel can be entered by swimming only during low tide. At the end of the 100 mt narrow tunnel there is a stunning c-shaped lagoon, with emerald clear water, a small white beach, palm trees and 200 mt high rocky cliffs around. Absolutely amazing! I'm sorry I don't have any picture of it as I didn't have a waterproof camera with me.
The only way to reach the cave is by boat; the locals or the guys at the Ko Muk resort can help to arrange for it.
This is one of my mostly beloved beaches ever. The officlal name is Hat Sai Yao, but everybody on Ko Muk name it just "Farang Beach".
It is a pleasant 30 min. walk from Ko Muk resort, on the opposite side of the island (on the west coast, thus). It is a real paradise beach: wonderful white sand, crystal clear sea, excellent snorkelling with lively corals near by, lush tropical vegetation around.
There are no facilities at all, except for a hut selling some drinks and basic food. The owner will eventually let you sleep in the hut or camp nearby.
I hope it is still unspoilt as it was; it's really a wonderful place.