Guide to Koh Hai/Koh Ngai Islands
Ko Lanta to Ko Hai / Ko Ngai
Travelling from Ko Lanta to Ko Ngai, it becomes apparent that using water as mode of transportation is expensive. It cost 500 Baht per person (nothing extra for luggage). Despite the cost, sitting in the lower deck, one is bound to start feeling dizzy because of the fumes.
Talking with a few other people on the boat we were using to transfer, some were on the “four islands tour” but seemed more like tagging along to drop people off at different islands.
Some people had to transfer onto smaller longboats with luggage being handled over water with. I wonder what would’ve happen if they dropped one of the bags. We transferred to the deck and onto a smaller boat. Our luggage made it all the way through, but did get splashed a few times.
Once we got near Ko Ngai I realised the challenge that I was about to face. Small Islands don’t have pier for large boats.
Hubsey disembarked the longboat and helped local people push it to the shoreline to make it easy for women children and luggage to be tranported, and was the last one out of the water. Eveyone had gone ahead to the reception to check-in.
As I pulled myself out of the water, I realised that my clothes were almost completely wet, and had sand everywhere on my abaya and in my shoes. While heading towards the hotel, I felt I had to close my eyes and savour the moment. I could sense the gentle harmonious waves breaking on the soft white sands,and the sun rays penetrating the waters till about a kilometer away from the shore. I started to open my eyes and saw the layer of foams that tried up after each wave completed.
The hotel has cement bowls of fresh water outside the reception along the steps going in the entrance and the guests are able to wash off the sand. It’s nice way to avoid getting sand everywhere. The same is outside each room, and shoes are to be left outside the rooms.
Ko Ngai Guide
Arriving at lunchtime, we paid an annoying 16% over the prices (tax+service) listed in the menu. Subsequently, we ate nearby at a camping lodge restaurant. The meat is from the same supplier all the over island which is Halal.
We went for a walk along the beach and noticed a ringing sound in the background which might have something to do with the electricity supply to the island. It was annoying at the start, but we got used to it quickly.
As it got cooler late afternoon, we decided to go for a trek. We got socks, torch, and applied insect repellent. Walking a few minutes into the jungle, we started sweating profusedly. It was extremely hot and humid, and there was no proper pathway, climbing uphill was even harder. I tried clapping a few mosquitoes that were following me, and killed about 8 in one go. With the sweat, the insect repellent did not seem to work.
We decided to head back to the beach, and this time saw another muslim family building sandcastles.
There were some odd creatures aside from a few different types of crabs, we saw blue and green blinking creatures that were being washed up on the shore. We only saw a handful which disappeared.
The beach was tranquil, and most people cleared away around 5.30, whilst i sat and read on beach chair as hubsey came out from swimming. Only a few scattered people sheltering under the trees and umbrellas. It was clear why so many people have fallen in love with the Islands of the Andaman sea. The endless transparent waters that turn turquoise and then blue in the far distance.