My wife and I were lucky enough to get a bungalow here for 5 nights after some rather last minute travel plans prior to the christmas holidays.
We absolutely loved the place!!!! While it may not be the fanciest resort in Thailand, it certainly ranks up there as one of the most laid back, quiet and easy going places on the Andaman Sea Coast of Thailand.
Our garden bungalow was 2300 baht per night which was very reasonable for peak season. The bungalow was very clean and had no A/C, but a nice rotating floor fan was provided along with a mosquito net for the bed. Bathrooms are open air, rather simple, yet quite clean. Only a couple of the garden bungalows have any type of ocean view while the ocean front cottages are air conditioned with unobstructed views. All the cottages have a porch, but since we had no view we never used ours.
Staff were extremely friendly and helpful while the restaurant served outstanding Thai food at a reasonable cost. I can't speak much about the restaurant's western food as we only ate the French Fries, which were quite tasty! Breakfast choice was an American Breakfast of eggs, toast, coffee, and fresh fruit or a healthy breakfast of muesli, toast and yogurt. Both were very satisfying. The hotel's beach front bar has a very nice evening vibe. Unfortunately the sun sets on the other side of the island so you need to kayak to the end of the island if you want to see a Thai sunset. Still, you get a nice glow off the nearby islands to help you enjoy a stiff sundowner in the early evening. If you're there at the right time of the month, the moonrises are spectacular!
The beach is ok, depending on tide levels. At low tide it is very shallow with a great deal of exposed coral. At high tides it's great for swimming, though much of the beach is underwater. If you walk down the 2 kilometer beach you will find some garbage in those areas that don't have a hotel outfit, but that's normal for Thailand. All in all it's not a bad beach, though i've seen better.
What made the place so special for us was the way we could sit on the hotel beach grounds and just while away the hours in peaceful serenity, though you might need to get up early to grab one of the beach chairs if the hotel happens to be fully booked. With no cars, restaurants or bars spread around the island, it's very quiet and peaceful. Activities include kayak rentals, snorkeling trips and a day trip to beautiful Koh Rok Island (highly recommended). A ways down the beach is another small beach bar that seems to have a mellow vibe in the evenings as well.
Koh Ngai might not be for everyone, but if you're looking to get away from the really touristy side of Thailand found in Phuket and Koh Samui, coco cottages is great and affordable Transfers from Krabi were a bit pricey, but other than that I would highly recommend it for 3 or 4 days of castaway type relaxation.
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