Koh Ngai (Koh Hai), Krabi, southern
(also known as Koh Ngai) is perfect. Tranquil fine white sand
beaches, swishing coconut palms overhead, crystal-clear water
with stunning coral formations and fish by the thousand make Koh
Hai the ultimate in tropical island destinations.
You wonít find any transport on this Thai island Ė there are no
roads! A few paths connect some of the beaches, but the best way
to get round Koh Ngai is by boat. If you want night-life and
loud music, go to Phuket. Without mains electricity, Koh Hai is
an oasis of peace and calm Ė a true escape from the rest of the
world. Itís not quite a deserted island, but itís close! Koh Hai
has just a few quiet restaurants, serving local fare freshly
plucked daily from the Andaman Sea.
Thirteen kilometers south of Koh Lanta, Koh Ngai is one of the
Koh Lanta group of islands that comprise the Koh Lanta National
Marine Park. A small, unspoilt triangular island less than five
square kilometers in size, Koh Hai has a forested jungle
interior bordering white-sand beaches. The incredible coral
formations encircle the entire island, making it a perfect
destination for snorkeling.
There is limited accommodation on Koh Ngai, mostly clustered
around the eastern coastline, with more remote resorts to the
south. There is a variety of types of accommodation available,
and a wide range of prices to choose from, but with so few
places to choose from, Koh Hai is inevitably quiet and peaceful
year-round. Itís probably best to try to book somewhere in
advance if possible, just to be on the safe side.
Other islands in the area include Koh Chuek, Koh Waen, Koh Mah
and Koh Muk, and you can arrange tours to these islands from the
accommodation outlets on Koh Ngai.
How to get there: Although officially part of Krabi
province, the easiest way to get to the island of Koh Ngai is
from Pak Meng Beach in Trang. Regular ferries run from Pak Meng,
and itís also possible to ask your resort to take you out, or to
rent a boat for yourself or your group.
Visit Koh Hai, southern Thailand. Youíll be glad