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Ko Wai

Apart from Ko Wai Beach Resort, which is located on the south coast and only accessible after making arrangements with the resort (or by kayak), all four of Ko Wai's resorts are within walking distance of each other on the north coast. We've heard several reports of rats in bungalows, so leaving Oreos lying next to your bed is probably not the best idea.

Good Feeling Bungalow
Backpacker - Under 600B
Ko Wai (centre of the north coast)
T: (081) 850 3410

Unless you're disembarking at Pakarang, the signless Good Feeling is the first bungalow joint you'll see after walking off the pier. It was the first resort on the island and remains an excellent choice. The best white bungalows are dotted along a mix of white sand beach and rocky outcrops with a trail running behind them, a fair walk east of reception. It's a fantastic location; away from the... Read our full review of Good Feeling Bungalow.

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Grand Mar Hut
Backpacker - Under 600B
Ko Wai (far east side of the north coast) i
T: (081) 841 3011

Take the seaside trail east from Pakarang and you emerge at this small and isolated bungalow spot that's nestled onto a forested hill with a sheltered cove and hidden beach down below. It's a very quiet spot that's a long walk from Paradise, and traversing the trail after dark can be a challenge. Bungalows come in a few different styles, the best of which are perched just inland from the cove.... Read our full review of Grand Mar Hut.

Koh Wai Paradise
Backpacker - Under 600B
Ko Wai (west side of the north coast)
T: (081) 762 2548

Fronting the largest beach (though it's not huge), Paradise is the most popular bungalow operation on Ko Wai. Meeting other travellers couldn't be easier in the inviting restaurant with long tables that are shared among guests. There's also a book exchange in the corner if you feel like being antisocial. The huts are stretched out over a large shaded area to the west of the restaurant, with some... Read our full review of Koh Wai Paradise.

Koh Wai Pakarang Resort
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Ko Wai (east side of the north coast)
T: (084) 113 8946

When walking past Pakarang's not-so-tasteful concrete walkways and rooms that come in an arbitrarily large selection of similar styles, we had the sense that it was thrown up quickly with little thought as to how it might affect the environment. You can choose between bland but spacious concrete villas with lots of windows, dark rooms in single-floor motel-style blocks with tacky fake wood... Read our full review of Koh Wai Pakarang Resort.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Ko Wai? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

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