Khai Island is off the the coast near Phuket, Thailand in Phang Nga Bay. It’s a 30 minute ride by speed boat from Phuket Royal marina. It’s part of Ao Phang Nga National Park. The island is tiny – you could probably walk the perimeter of the island in about 5 minutes, and the only things there are some food and drink stalls so plan on just relaxing, swimming and having a few drinks if you visit. There’s actually a fair variety of fish in the water nearby so you can snorkel off one side of the island (the current is too strong to do so off the other).
If you’re going out to visit either the Phi Phi Islands, or James Bond Island, your boat will probably make a stop off at Khai Island as well. Make sure you bring a beach towel with you on your visit, or have change because if you want to sit in one of the sun loungers on the island, you’ll have to pay a small fee. Sam and I just sat on the sand, but we are rebels like that. Because of its isolation and situation, I expected the bar to be phenomenally overpriced, but it was fairly average compared to drinks in Phuket and elsewhere in Phang Nga.
Now I absolutely loved Khai Island, and I know that it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to be there. However, it did have some drawbacks: mainly that it was super crowded from people on other boats that had pulled up for the afternoon, and those people literally thought nothing of littering all over the place. It seemed to be quite the party island and people thought nothing of leaving their beer bottles on shore. So that’s hugely upsetting. But if I could have waved away half the people, it would have been epic.
We traveled out to Khai Island with SeaStar and we found them to be really great value for money for the James Bond Island tour package.
Is there any particularly gorgeous place that you wish you were at right now?