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Situated about 30 minutes speedboat ride from Laem Ngop Pier on the mainland, Koh Wai is a tiny island of 2 to 3 kilometres long by the same again wide.

Despite having no villages, shops, local houses, roads, vehicles or mains electricity, there are five places to stay, a mixture of backpacker style thatch huts and simple resort-style bungalows.

A handful of lovely small beaches line its north shores, with a simple coastal path connecting them together, a walk of no more than 30 minutes. The interior and other coasts are untouched forest.

Not surprisingly, given its location, shallow waters and white sands, Koh Wai is immensely popular with snorkeling boat trips coming out from Koh Chang and it does get crowded at certain times of day. Heading further south, Koh Mak is 30 minutes away by speedboat and Koh Kood 90 minutes.

Getting to Koh Wai is relatively straightforward if you get your timings in order – it’s outlined in brief here and then in more detail over on the main page here.

Koh Wai Bungalows and Resorts

With just 5 resorts on Koh Wai, let’s be straight with one another…you’re not spolit for choice. 

The cheaper bungalows are basic – mattress, net, outside bathroom or if an inside bathroom, then that too is rudimentary (cold water, bucket flush toilet). 

The more expensive resorts can boast all day electricity but please keep your expectations firmly grounded. Yes, they are a step up from the huts but don’t for one moment imagine these are little boutiques hidden away on a tropical island – it’s adequate and no more.    

  • Paradise Bungalows – from 400bt upwards, shared bathroom, no WiFi, electricity 18.00 to 23.00 
  • Good Feeling – similar price, some ensuite too, no WiFi, electricity 18.00 to 22.00
  • Ao Yai Ma (Grandmar Huts) – from 400bt, shared and ensuite bathrooms, no WiFi, electricity 18.00 to 21.00
  • Pakarang Resort – fan and a/c, ensuite, 700bt to 2,500bt (family rooms), WiFi, electricity all night
  • Koh Wai Beach Resort –  on the next cove around so only accessible by boat, fan and a/c bungalows, similar prices to Pakarang, usually booked as packages. No WiFi, electricity all night

Recommended: Ao Yai Ma (Grandmar Huts)

You can get mobile coverage all over, so make sure your phone package has a generous data allowance (for internet access). Only Pakarang Resort has WiFi.

For more details, head on over to the main page here.

Koh Wai Map

Transfers, Speedboats, Bus, Trat Airport

Head to this section for our detailed guide to the different options for getting to Koh Wai.

Here’s an outline of what’s on offer for you:-

Getting to Laem Ngop Pier

  • Private SUV or minibus transfers, door to pier service from Bangkok hotels and Airports, from 3,800bt to 4,500bt.
  • PG305 flight from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Trat Airport +  25 minute private transfer or songthaew taxi. from 2,850bt per person (flight only) – only makes the connection to the speedboat in high season (see below).
  • 07.45 999 Bus from Ekamai Bus Station, around 240bt – only makes the connection to the speedboat in high season (see below). Or use the night bus at 23.30 also from Ekamai, which will make the low season boat but always check ahead on bus times and schedules.
  • 06.00 and 08.00 share minibuses also from Ekamai, from 270bt – only makes the connection to the speedboat in high season (see below).

From Laem Ngop Pier to Koh Wai

  • Daily speedboat with Seatales at 14.30 (11.30 May 22 to September 22) from Laem Ngop, 08.50 from Koh Wai – 450bt per person, kids 300bt under 130cm height, free under 100cm.
  • Island hopping between Koh Wai and Koh Chang, Koh Mak or Koh Kood, 200bt to 900bt depending on your hop and speedboat or wooden boat – not available, May to October.

Other Options

  • Day Trips – as part of the 3 island trip with Koh Laoya and Koh Klum – speedboat or wooden boat, private or join.
  • 1/2 day special just for Koh Wai, where you leave on the wooden island hopping service at 09.00 from Koh Chang, arriving at Koh Wai at 10.00. It picks you up again on its return leg from Koh Kood at 15.00, arriving Koh Chang at 16.00 – not available, May to October.

You can Contact Us to book private transfers (+ speedboat) to and from Laem Ngop pier as well as either of the day trips.

We can also help with your planning as you combine a Koh Wai holiday with a trip to Koh Chang, Koh Kood, Koh Mak or Cambodia.

Koh Wai Beaches

We take you on a tour down the handful of little beaches on the north coast of Koh Wai.

Each resort sits on its own beach so we give you the rundown on what’s on your doorstep – hidden coves, snorkeling spots, daytrippers and sunsets. 

UPDATED September 2022 for 22/23 season

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