Beautiful beaches, resorts for many budgets and a lot of nature: Koh Lanta เกาะลันตา

Thursday, October 11, 2012

What could connect the dead of tourists on Ko Phi Phi and in Chiang Mai?

Update from 11.10.2012:
It remains a mistery, what killed Canadian sisters Noémi Bélanger, (25), and Audrey Bélanger, (20) on Phi Phi Island. Canadian reporters have reported that the girls had been killed as a result of ingesting DEET, a chemical compound usually applied to the skin to dissuade Mosquitoes from biting. This was linked to the habit of tourists, to enjoy their drinks from buckets. And some contain cough syrup, Coke, DEET and ground up kratom leaves, which are a mild narcotic indigenous to Thailand. This story was told by But now reports, that Canadian Pathologists have confirmed, in a coroner’s report, that the levels of DEET, found in the bodies of the two sisters, was not the cause of their death. So the uncertainity is still there: what happened top the two sisters?

Update from 22.6.2012:
Police are looking for two Portuguese men last seen with the two holidaying Canadian sisters. CCTV footage from cameras at Phi Phi Palms Residence Hotel captured a male foreigner escorting the sisters back to their hotel room. Read more on Bangkok Post. The Superintendent of Krabi Town polce, Colonel Jamroon Rumrom, said police were now awaiting the results of the autopsy performed on the sisters in Bangkok earlier this week. About the men on the security cameras he said "they had no connection to the deaths of the women". A nurse at Phi Phi hospital told Phuketwan yesterday that there were cases of food poisoning on the popular holiday island every day. Read more on Phuket Wan.

Post from june 2012: Last week two Canadian sisters were found dead in their room at the Phi Phi Palm Residence Hotel at Koh Phi Phi. Until now its not cleared by autopsy, what caused their deads. It seems they died by poisoning. But what kind of poisoning? The blog has a possible explanation, that should be considered, when staying in certain hotels in Thailand. It remembers that in 2011 seven people in Chiang Mai died after staying at the Down Town Inn in Chiang Mai. Also their deaths were related to poisoning. Tests then showed small traces of an insecticide called chlorpyrifos (CY) inside a room – a chemical that is used to get rid of bed bugs and has been banned from indoor use in many countries. Read more on and on
Read reviews of Palm Residence Hotel. has a report by Alan Morison. He points out, that in 2009 two young women took sick on Phi Phi and died in mysterious circumstances. No answers were ever found, what killed American Jill St Onge, 27, and Norwegian Julie Bergheim, 22, on Phi Phi. Thew were staying at Laleena guesthouse. Read more. At the same time two other persons got ill, but survived. Read earlier reports. Jill and Julie died not the same day, as Jill's fiancee ryankells wrote.

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Koh Phi Phi Beaches and Resorts

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Discover Koh Mook เกาะมุก and Emerald Cave

See the locations on Koh Mook or Koh Muk Google Map
and Weatherforecast for Koh Mook

Picture by mattkoltermann

Picture by Xiaozhuli
Koh Mook Pier

Koh Mook is well known for its beautiful beaches and Morakot Cave. Its communities are mostly Muslim. High cliffs and rocks face the sea at the western coast. Morakot Cave is located on the West side of Koh Mook. Only a small boat can pass the entrance to the cave during low tide. The 80 metres long channel leads to a large hall roofed by the sky. There is a sand beach surrounded by high cliffs. The sunlight during midday will be straight through the mouth of the funnel. The reflection of the sea creates the emerald color, the name "Morakot Cave" means "Emerald Cave". Koh Mook is part of Had Chao Mai National Park.

Sivalai Beach Resort: From 3000 Bath. Hao-Laem Beach. The resort is situated on the tip of the island with the ocean view on both sides. Amazing according to reviews on

Picture by Syeefa Jay

Picture by Syeefa Jay

Picture by Syeefa Jay

Picture by Syeefa Jay

Charlie Beach Resort: From 900 Bath. There is a pool, other restaurants are nearby. The bamboo beach huts are very small and simple. The scenery with the sunsets is great. See mixed reviews on

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Charlie Beach

The Coco Lodge: From 500 Bath.
Bamboo bungalows with open-air cold water bathrooms, concrete fan bungalows and rooms in the Garden House. "If luxury is your thing you'd do better elsewhere", notes The lodge lies in a local fishing village. See pictures on Reader's Trip Reports and on

Koh Mook Resort: From 1000 Bath.
Wooden bungalows with tin roof, ceiling fan and partially open-air bathrooms and a pool. The beach is not good for swimming according to the reviews on

Pawapi Resort & Spa: From 2100 Bath.
See pictures by Petra Nováková.

Picture by Xiaozhuli
Entrance to Tham Morakot เกาะมุก-ถ้ำมรกต (Emerald Cave)

Morakot Cave, also known as Emerald Cave. May be you will not be alone inside:

Picture by Prachanart

How to arrive at Koh Mook
With long-tailed boats you reach it from Kuan Tung Ku Pier in about 15 minutes. From Trang town a bus rides to Kuan Tung Ku Pier. There are also ferry and speed boat services from other islands (for example Koh Lanta). See timetables:
Island Hopping in the Andaman Sea of Thailand
Koh Mook Ferry and Speedboat Timetable

Saturday, March 17, 2012