Pawapi is certainly on a uniquely beautiful part of Koh Mook, but there is more to Pawapi than good looks.
Located on the tiny island of Koh Muk/Mook in Southern Thailand, your stay at Pawapi Resort will be an experience you’ll never forget – relaxed, peaceful and far from the madding crowd.
HISTORY OF PAWAPI
The resort was a labour of love for its owner who poured her heart and soul into creating a retreat that would welcome visitors and give them a taste of genuine Thai islander hospitality.
From the first time she saw Koh Mook, Khun Pitt 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 and found it in a small beachfront plot of land nestled between tiny fishing villages and the Koh Muk pier on the east coast of that island at Ao Kham /Pawapi Beach.
The site had originally been filled with fishing huts and stilt houses, but the village migrated slightly further northwest, leaving Khun Pitt free to make Pawapi Resort her own.
ABOUT KOH MOOK
Muk/Mook (ไข่มุก) is the Thai word for Pearl. According to local legend, the island was originally settled by sea gypsies. It was home to a beautiful young girl named Muk who 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 out at the small uninhabited island directly across from Pawapi, you can see the shape of the maiden Muk, lying down, waiting for her lover to return.
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.
With only a handful of sealed roads (that are actually more like concrete pathways) Koh Muk’s white sandy beaches are shaded by picture-perfect coastal coconut trees that give way to rubber groves and patches of wild jungle as you venture inland.
Flowers, butterflies and birds abound throughout the island and small villages dotted with bamboo huts perch on stilts over sand that get submerged at 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.