During low season many boats stop running and some bungalow operations close altogether. On weekends and holidays during high season, holidaying Thais fill the resorts. Call ahead to book so you can be dropped off at the appropriate pier by the speedboat operators or transfer drivers.

Where to Sleep

Each of the southwestern beaches has a handful of options. Hat Khlong Chao hosts some pricey boutique options but also has budget guesthouses tucked behind the main beach road. Families might like the midrange and budget options on Ao Ngam Kho, which has a small sandy section in the far northern corner of the bay, though the rest is an old coral reef and rocky. Bring swim shoes.