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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.
 

The Covid 19 pandemic has of course affected Koh Wai. Travel services are severely reduced or cancelled, resorts and bungalows opening and closing depending on lockdowns and finances. Always check before booking or making plans .


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:-

  • Daily speedboat at 14.30  from Laem Ngop, 450bt per person
  • 07.45 999 Bus from Ekamai Bus Station, 240bt
  • 06.00 and 08.00 share minibuses also from Ekamai, from 270bt
  • Private transfers, door to pier service from hotels and Airports, from 3,800bt for SUV car  
  • PG305 flight from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Trat Airport +  25 minute transfer, from 2,850bt per person (flight only)
  • Island hopping from Koh Chang, Koh Mak and Koh Kood, 300bt to 700bt depending on your hop
  • Day Trips

  

You can Contact Us with your questions about getting to Koh Wai. We are only too happy to help and can book private transfers to and from the pier with the boats. 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.