Located on the tiny island of Koh Muk/Mook in Southern Thailand, Pawapi Beach Resort is certainly on a uniquely beautiful part of Koh Mook.
Relaxed, peaceful and far from the madding crowd, your stay at Pawapi will be an experience you’ll never forget.
HISTORY OF PAWAPI
The resort is unlike any other Koh Mook hotels and was a labour of love for its owner. She poured her heart and soul into creating a retreat that would give guests a taste of genuine Thai islander hospitality. From the first time she saw Koh Mook, she knew that this was the place she wanted to call home. Nearly 20 years ago, she travelled to Koh Mook in search of a dream. She found it in a beautiful plot of beachfront land nestled between tiny fishing villages and the Koh Muk pier. Here there was perfect stretch of sand and the views across the sparkling Andaman Sea and the swaying coconut palms completed the picture of a tropical paradise.
ABOUT KOH MOOK
Muk/Mook (ไข่มุก) is the Thai word for Pearl. According to local legend, the island was originally settled by sea gypsies. One of these, a beautiful young girl named Muk, fell in love with a Chinese sea trader who happened upon the island during a storm. He was so taken by Muk that he vowed to return to marry her. But like many myths, the tale ends in sadness; the trader never made it back, taken by the sea on one of his journeys. If you use your imagination and look across the bay from Pawapi, you can see the shape of the maiden Muk in the distant silhouette, lying down, waiting for her lover’s return.
KOH MOOK’S PEOPLE
Koh Muk has been the home of Muslim fishing communities for more than 100 years, long before tourists arrived in the area. It is the local people and their boating traditions that give the island its raw and authentic character.
A handful of roads (more like concrete pathways as there are no cars) allow further exploration of Koh Muk’s interior. White sandy beaches shaded by picture-perfect coastal coconut trees give way to rubber groves and patches of wild jungle as you venture inland.
Flowers, butterflies and birds abound throughout the island’s eco-system. Small villages of bamboo huts perch on stilts over sands that give way to each day’s high tide.
Wander around the villages to see women sun-drying fish, preparing chilies, hand-washing clothes and collecting coconuts while the men are either out fishing, building long-tail boats or Working on the land.