Ko Ngai was a 3 hour speedboat ride from Ko Lipe.
The first hour was brutal. Heading directly into the wind and choppy swell, the powerful engines screamed. Rising up over the cresting waves then crashing into the front of the next. Many people laughed about it for about 5 minutes then slowly they started to feel a little sea sick. One by one people began to lay down and close their eyes. Especially those near the bow. Luckily we had seats near the stern and despite the roar of the engines the impact was lessened. Luckily the wind died and the sea calmed to provide a pleasant smooth ride for the remainder of the trip.
Arriving in Ko Ngai we had no idea that it was a road free island so we had to either walk 3k to our Cliff Top resort or get a long tail.
Option 2 it was then.
We had chosen cheaper accommodation because it had a pool with a great view. Trip advisor reviewers had said the hotel was dated but clean and they were right. We didn’t mind dated as it felt very spacious and the food was great.
Here is a photo that sums up the hotel.
The 70’s called
They want their gas powered shower back!
To get hot water we had to open up the gas valve, light the pilot light, turn the knob to 🔥🔥🔥, turn the water temp to 4 then open up the water valve. It was the hottest shower I’ve ever had just not the most user friendly. Sometimes if you turned the temp down the pilot light would go out and you would smell gas. Turning the temp up would light it again and small baby dragon would send a puff of black smoke out the top of the housing. Made me chuckle every time and I would think of all the health and safety nuts that would be complaining if this were a hotel in the UK. Here it just seems normal to have an explosive device in the bathroom along with plug sockets within reach of the sink…
“All we need to do is not die”
This is all we did most days.
The colour transition of the sea shows the change from shallow to deep water. At this point there was an amazing coral reef and we snorkelled it only to find the visibility was too poor to appreciate the abundance of marine life we could just about make out. The shallow waters actually dried out during low tide so the long tails had to expertly navigate a small channel to ferry people to and from the speed boats.
The three highlights for me from the beautiful island of Ngai were.
1 – Watching the sunrise in silence and being grateful for every moment
2 – Eating freshly caught sea bass
3 – Watching Emily try to perfect her starfish