This is the best beach and not surprisingly the most popular area to stay on Ngai, hosting half a dozen resorts that range from small and family-run to imposing with swimming pools.
Arguably the most romantic resort on Ngai, Thanya Resort’s dark-wood villas overlook the island’s best patch of sand at the far southern end of the main beach. Inspired by a mix of Thai, Balinese and Japanese influences, the freestanding villas are made of teakwood or concrete and feature heavenly beds draped in mosquito nets, stained glass touches, traditional Thai art, elegant hot-water... Read our full review of Thanya Resort.
As the name suggests, Koh Hai Seafood Bungalows is a laid-back spot at the centre of the beach and presents itself as more of a restaurant but also offers some old but clean and not-so-expensive bungalows. Fronting a lawn with plentiful flower bushes and direct sea views, the spacious concrete-and-tile bungalows are spartan with their rough cement floors and stark white walls. The one that we... Read our full review of Koh Hai Seafood Bungalows.
Mayalay is a small resort offering comfy tropical-style villas overlooking one of the finest stretches of sand on Ngai. Sporting high thatch roofs, hardwood floors, woven bamboo interior walls and bamboo rods on the exteriors, the 19 freestanding rooms come in two price brackets depending on proximity to the beach. Front-row editions are set over sand with direct sea views while cheaper rooms... Read our full review of Mayalay Beach Resort.
The northern stretch of the beach is narrower than the southern stretch—it disappears at highest tide—and low tide reveals a long swathe of shallows that makes swimming impossible. Despite this, it’s a beautiful location with a sedate atmosphere and the better southern stretch of beach can be reached in 10 minutes on foot.
Cushy coconut-themed Coco Cottage nails the tropical vibe with style by way of coconut-themed bungalows and a broad thatch-roofed restaurant on the low-key northern stretch of the main beach. Made of coconut wood with high thatch ceilings and glass doors accessing front decks with loungers, the freestanding bungalows are built amid towering coconut trees just behind a beachside moat. Five... Read our full review of Coco Cottage.
For art-and-music-loving backpackers travelling on tight budgets, Light My Fire Society is a godsend on Ko Ngai. Ko Ngai’s only backpacker-range option gets it done with tents or rudimentary bamboo-and-thatch huts with nothing but thin mattresses on the floor, mosquito nets and a window or two. ###9193 These stand about 30 metres from the bar beneath a canopy of umbrella trees, with... Read our full review of Light My Fire Society.
After a six-year hiatus of hosting no places to stay, a rather pricey resort opened on Paradise Beach in 2016 to offer cushy concrete villas lined up facing the coconut trees. The beach here is good, though not quite as good as the main beach’s southern stretch. Expect a 20-minute hike or 200-baht longtail boat ride from here to the main beach.
New Paradise Beach Resort on secluded Paradise Beach has a long row of cookie-cutter concrete villas leading up to a small swimming pool and beachside restaurant and bar. At first glance we were disappointed to see the bland-looking villas standing one after the next along a dirt path that was once shrouded only in tall grass and coconut trees. While the chunky concrete was off-putting to us,... Read our full review of Paradise Beach Resort.
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