We’ve been planning to go to Ko Ngai since our first moments on Ko Lanta, when it still wasn’t raining and the future looked colorful, almost cyan. My friend would always recommend it to me, our colleague that we met on Long Beach wanted to go there. We were dreaming of Ko Ngai when we were being a bunch of nomads in our bamboo little house on Saturday and Sunday, waiting for it to stop raining… especially since we already knew that there were no heavenly beaches in our neighborhood… But still, a trip to a heavenly island in the rain was pointless…
Luckily, it stopped raining on Monday… So we booked our tickets and went on our search for PARADISE! 🙂
ABOUT THE ISLAND
Ko Ngai, also known as Ko Hai, is a tiny island on which there’s NOTHING but a few resorts. The island is about 4×5 kilometers big. There are no roads, shops or a ferry stop. When you’re on a ferry from Ko Lanta, it stops near the island, and the passengers throw their luggage on long boats that take it straight to the beach, right next to your booked resort. Ko Ngai is only 13 kilometers away from the south edge of Ko Lanta, so it would be shameful if you don’t get here!!!
HOW TO GET HERE?
If you’re on Ko Lanta, there’s nothing easier – that small white dot near Ko Lanta that you see on the map is Ko Ngai. You need to buy ferry tickets to Ko Ngai in one of tourist agencies that can be found everywhere. Ferries take off from Saladan on the north of the island or from Lanta Old Town that I told you about. We took off from Saladan because it was way closer to our resort, but I’m not sure if it was a good decision… The trip was about 1,5 hours long, the air conditioning wasn’t working, the boat wasn’t cruising stably. If you choose Lanta Old Town, the cruise is shorter. we paid 500 BHT per adult and 350 BHT for a child older than 3 years old. Ferries to Ko Ngai take off from Ko Lipe too. You can figure out a transfer from Krabi or Phuket, but you would have to see for yourself.
WHAT IS KO NGAI LIKE? IS IT WORTH IT?
Yes, yes, yes! It’s the best and the most beautiful place we’ve seen so far on our trip. You can really see Thailand for what it is in the pictures here – cyan sea, rocky islands covered in green plants coming to the surface of sea abbys, picturesque wooden boats, white sand. It’s the kind of place where you keep on taking pictures, because it’s beautiful at any time of day – in the morning, during the high tide, during the day, when you’re sloshing around in the blue skies and catching sun rays, and in the evening, when the sky turns pink and the sea becomes quiet and peaceful… Fairy tale – I’m telling you!
There are a few hotels on the beach (7, if I’m correct), there is also one camping place with tents. Each hotel on the side of our beach is surrounded by nature, so their presence doesn’t ruin the heavenly vibe of the island. We’re staying at Thanya Beach Resort and we’re veeeery happy! It’s perfect! It’s a nice house made of dark wood, with a mosquito net above our bed and with a small porch – I’m on it right now and writing this post for you. It’s a perfect place for that :). There is a pool two steps away from here, then the beach, and then, several dozen meters further, there is a restaurant with pretty decent food (I love Papaya Salad with shrimps and ground nuts!) and coconuts for 50 BHT – it’s veeeeery rare for hotels!
It’s perfect! We wish we could stay here for one more week!!!! 🙂 Add Ko Ngai to your bucket list 🙂