Looks like the days of toting around a travel guide that weighs 3 kilos are coming to an end. Thanks to iPads, Android Tablets and the Kindle, having loads of information on a lightweight device is possible. Since we recently got electricity on Koh Jum, you can even charge your batteries in your cozy garden bungalow. I have to say that the kindle is my favorite of the bunch for reading and the battery lasts a couple weeks if you turn off the wi-fi.
I stumbled on a website called Scribd which has electronic versions of books, author pages and other reading material online. Nice little write up about Koh Jum in the lonely planet guide available without carrying the huge Thailand beaches book with you. There is a chapter titled “Thailand’s Islands & Beaches – Southern Andaman Coast” which was posted in 2009 before we got connected to the power grid. There is still not much electricity used on the island and what they say about forgetting which day it is and realizing that “electricity is just a frivolous modern convenience” still holds true. Koh Jum is loved by all for its simplicity. Beautiful beaches on a jungle covered mountain island.
We have a little book shelf full of real books up in our restaurant / lounge area that you are welcome to borrow, but I will say that the kindle feels like the closest thing to a real book because of its text style and lack of a back light which makes laptops and tablets a strain to read. I can think of a few gadget loving guests who will surely show up this season with their lightweight reader in tow, keeping in spirit with Koh Jum’s simple life. Lounge around under one of our cabanas at Oonlee Bungalows and get lost in a novel.