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8 miles from Koh Lanta Lighthouse

KOH NGAI EAST. 7°25.086N, 99°12.685E

Anchor anywhere off this coast in 6-8 metres. On the southeast corner a small jetty serves bungalows and a restaurant where limited supplies are available.

The east coast is a long white sand beach fringed with coral. At the north end, the Koh Ngai Villa is the most upscale in the area, with spacious fan bungalows and a restaurant with stunning panoramic views. This coast has become more built up in recent years, but in the southwest (low) season, when it’s more protected as an anchorage, most of the restaurants are closed down.

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The resort pier on the southeast tip is a handy place to fill your tanks, but it’s advisable to approach at high tide or survey and assess your approach with the dinghy in advance, as there are a few shallow rocks close in.

The large double bay on the south side of Koh Ngai has a buoyed-off coral reef area and several heavy mooring buoys for yachts. It’s a good daytime snorkelling stop with a few beach bars and restaurants ashore. For the adventurous, there’s a short 30-minute shady jungle walk on a path that leads back over to the east coast.

There’s an old Sea Gypsy fishing village on the northeast corner of the island. Koh Ma and Koh Chuak, both large rocky outcrops, offer great possibilities for exploring by dinghy or canoe.


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