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Where to stay in Ko Wai



Ko Wai

A few cheap bungalow joints—Paradise, Good Feeling and Ao Yai Ma—do business on the north coast and these are the places we’d consider. Wai also hosts a couple of air-con spots that we’re not listing: Pakarang’s rooms are crummy and overpriced, and Koh Wai Beach Resort occupies a southern bay only accessible by boat. All resorts close from May through October and reservations are a good idea around weekends and holidays in high season. Calling your resort of choice directly is still the best way to reserve.


East end of the north coast trail, Ko Wai
Under 600B
Ao Yai Ma Bungalows (Grandmar Hut)
Backpacker - Under 600B
East end of the north coast trail, Ko Wai
T: (065) 228 9535

Founded by a family of fishers who lived on Ko Wai before tourists started arriving, Ao Yai Ma Bungalows sit nestled into a forested hill tumbling down to a sheltered beach that’s arguably the prettiest on the island. The half-dozen huts were built from a mix of logs, wood planks and woven bamboo topped by metal roofs. Those we’ve inspected came with hammocks strung to the porches and... Read our full review of Ao Yai Ma Bungalows (Grandmar Hut).

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

Good Feeling covers a 300-metre stretch of the north coast but its handful of bungalows sit spread far apart, including some set almost within arm’s reach of the aquamarine sea. Run by a family from Chanthaburi, the old-style bungalow joint has no sign but you can’t miss it just east of the entrance to Koh Wai Paradise. Fronting the restaurant is a rocky shore with some tables and lounge... Read our full review of Good Feeling Bungalows.

Ao Yai (west end of the north coast), Ko Mak
Under 600B
Koh Wai Paradise
Backpacker - Under 600B
Ao Yai (west end of the north coast), Ko Mak
T: (061) 424 1556

Koh Wai Paradise is the largest and most popular of the island’s cheap bungalow spots and while some aspects of it are great, we were put off by the many signs declaring: “No entry!! Private zone.” With all guests using shared bathrooms, this is as close as you’ll come to camping without staying in a tent. Most of the thatch-roofed wooden shacks are so cramped that swinging a cat... Read our full review of Koh Wai Paradise.

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