Koh Khai Nai, Khai Nai Island and Koh Khai Nok

Koh Khai is a group of famous tiny islands just 15 minutes speedboat ride from Phuket’s east coast. There are three islands: Koh Khai Nai, Koh Khai Nui and Koh Khai Nok, but their names get a little confusing, especially once you know that ‘Koh’ means ‘Island’ in Thai.

Two of them (Koh Khai Nai and Koh Khai Nok) have become popular for their superb sandy beaches and incredibly clear water where a swarm of colourful and friendly fish come to swim around you. Such landscape makes incredible photos to take back home, but you must remember that feeding the fish is strictly forbidden: What seems to be an innocent gesture or even a nice thing to do for the fish translates into an ecological catastrophe. Worst of all: feeding bread or anything to the hungry fish has become illegal, and you could be arrested for it!

So if you are sitting in an office in a cold country, the Koh Khai Islands look like heaven but don’t expect a Robinson Crusoe experience as they are usually crowded, and speedboats line up in front of the beach. Those islands are so pretty and so close to Phuket; they often are the first items on the list of islands to visit.

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The Islands

Koh Khai Nai and Koh Khai Nok are the most popular because of their postcard white beaches peppered with beach chairs and umbrellas where you can sit and relax for the day. The islands even have small bars where you can buy your soft drinks, coconuts or beer, such as Ratree Beach Bar and the unavoidable Reggae bar.

The other islet, Koh Khai Nui, doesn’t have a beach or any facilities but is good for snorkelling.

How to get there?

Getting there is relatively easy since most tour companies offer this tour as a half-day or, even better, as part of a trip around the bay that usually includes some kayaking as well. Ask at your hotel counter or any street travel agent, it’s very easy as they all have it on their list.

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Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world early and never stopped until I settled in Thailand in 1994. Then for the past 27 years, my passion for photography and my natural curiosity has taken me to every corner of Thailand, jumping frequently between Bangkok and Phuket and basically everywhere I could go. I run Phuket101.net and manage large international online travel guides.