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Ko Wai is a wee island attracting daytrippers who come from Ko Chang to spend an hour or two lounging on the beaches and peeping at the reefs found beneath the crystal sea. When the tour boats depart, a handful of overnight guests settle into bare-bones bungalows and soak in the tranquility.

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Set six kilometres south of Ko Chang, Ko Wai stretches for just over two kilometres from east to west and is only around 500 metres across at its widest point, with no roads, motorbikes, villages, ATMs or anything else apart from five small resorts that open only in high season. Travellers seeking quietude with a selection of restaurants and other comforts should opt for Ko Mak or Ko Kut instead. If you appreciate the simple life and have time to spare, Wai makes for an easy stop while island hopping the archipelago.

Picture perfect. Photo taken in or around Ko Wai, Thailand by David Luekens.

Picture perfect. Photo: David Luekens

Ko Chang’s pyramid-shaped peaks frame a scenic outlook from most of Wai’s bungalows—you can even see the lights of Bang Bao Bay twinkling after dark. A dirt footpath runs along the north coast for a little more than a kilometre, taking you past a few small beaches, some unusual rock formations and all but one of the resorts.

Staggering amounts of tidal garbage sat piled up on the north coast when we last visited in mid February 2018, though a blogger who arrived a few weeks later reported cleaner shores. Northerly winds typically blow garbage up from Ko Chang and the mainland from rainy season until some time around January, if not a bit later. Most of the resorts attempt to clean portions of their coastlines, at least, but there’s only so much ... Travelfish members only (Around 700 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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