North Beach, Ko Wai

BEACH
The small bays of Ko Wai North are very photogenic. They are intimate beaches with a beautiful stretch of sand surrounded by palm trees and crystal-clear blue water: the perfect ‘postcard’ beach!

The beaches are not the best in the area for sunbathing. Please note the beaches are not very widespread even at low tide and only become a small strip of sand at high tide. Most people come to snorkel in the reef in front of the beaches.

WHERE TO STAY
Three bays are close to each other. Located in the eastern bay is the Pakarang Resort with simple wooden bungalows for a reasonable price of 600 to 1000 baht. The concrete air-conditioned bungalows are nothing special. This hotel offers 24-hour electricity and slow but working internet service. Koh Wai Paradise, in the Western bay, offers cheap, simple wooden bungalows with shared bathrooms and electricity from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Be sure to bring your own mosquito net here.

If you wish to avoid day trippers from Ko Chang, it is best to stay at the Good Feeling Resort in the middle bay: they offer simple and nice bungalows right on the water, although the beach completely disappears at high tide. Pakarang Resort and Koh Wai Paradise both have restaurants.

ISLAND
About a 20minutes by boat south of Ko Chang you will find Ko Wai, a small island with photogenic beaches and lots of palm trees. It is a beautiful island for snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, and reading, but mainly just for relaxing. You will not find any roads, stores or vehicles.

Most of the beaches are on the north coast and a number of trails cross the small island. It is a good 30-minute climb between South Beach and North Beach. During your hike you can enjoy the banana and rubber plantations.

A bit bizarre: most of the day the northern beaches are empty, but between 1:30pm and 4:00pm boats arrive from Ko Chang full of day-trippers and snorkeling tourists, overcrowding the northern bays. The southern bay remains relaxed throughout the day.

WHAT TO DO
Be sure to visit Bang Bao, a fishing village located in the south of Ko Chang. This place is suitable for a great excursion, with a cozy pier with numerous shops and eateries. You can eat delicious food here in one of the excellent restaurants, where the fish comes straight from the sea.

We think that Ko Wai is a good island to visit for a few nights if you are traveling in the Eastern Seaboard. However, if you only have the opportunity to visit one of the islands during your trip to Thailand, we recommend choosing one of the other islands and visiting Ko Wai as a day trip.

There are no ATMs on the island.

TRANSPORT
You will find 3 places to catch a boat to Ko Wai, where you usually can choose between a slowboat and a speedboat. Go to Laem Ngob Pier near Trat or take the boat at one of the piers at Ko Mak. If you travel from Ko Chang, the boat leaves from Bang Bao Pier. Check the internet for the schedule; the boat will drop you off near your stay.