Koh Khai Islands

Koh Khai Islands
Koh Khai Islands
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Koh Khai Islands

Koh Khai Nai, Khai Nai Island and Koh Khai Nok

Koh Khai are popular tiny islands just 15 mn speedboat ride from Phuket east coast. There are 3 islands: Koh Khai Nai, Khai Nai Island 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, Khai Nai Island) have become popular for their superb sandy beaches and incredibly clear water where a swarm of colorful and friendly fish come to swim around you. This 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 are usually the first on the list of islands to visit.

The islands:

  1. 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.
  2. The other islet, Koh Khai Nai, doesn’t really have a beach or any facilities but is good for snorkeling.

Getting there is relatively easy since most tour companies offer this tour as a half day or even better, as part of a tour around the bay that usually include some kayaking as well.

Story written in collaboration with photographer Joey Santini

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Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world in my 20s and never stopped until I finally settled in Thailand in 1994. Then for the past 23 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 2 blogs: Phuket101.net and BangkokUndercover.com, I also manage 30 online travel guides in Asia and beyond, including Phuket.com, Bangkok.com and Bali-Indonesia.com