After experiencing a few tours we have decided that it was time to figure out a way of visiting another island without having to deal with being on a schedule and not getting to improvise, which is what we love to do most. Luckily we were told that we could visit this little island without having to take a tour but simply catching the ferry. It was so easy!
Koh Yao Noi and Koh Yao Yai are a pair of large islands in the middle of Phang Nga Bay, a 30 minute boat ride from Phuket. Koh Yao Noi in particular remains a quiet refuge that feels far removed from the crowds of Phuket.
Koh Yao Noi has wooden houses all along the roads, buffalos eating in the rice paddies, many rubber plantations and the beauty of the mangrove with its trees standing in the middle of the sea.
The ferry tickets for 4 people were 800 baht which is about $23, and it is a 30 minute ride, once you get there you will find plenty of taxis that will drive you wherever you want and you can bargain on the price. We met a nice lady on the ferry that gave us a little bit of direction on where to go to spend the day and suggested Pa Sai beach.
While we were walking around we saw this awesome motorbike and figured that it would be an awesome way of seeing more of island so we rented it for 3 hours for only 200 bath about $6. It was so much fun, we could go around and be all together!
We drove up the coast and saw many beautiful spots, stopped for a snack and also tried to swim at a beach but the low tide made the water be sooooooo far away!
Eventually we did find a beach, and they are all empty! We noticed that there are many fancy resorts, some are also on the beach, so we had the feeling that people tend to stay more in the resort then explore outside, so we had the beach all to ourselves! North of the Island there is a part that you can reach only by boat and only if you are staying at the resort, it must be beautiful, unfortunately we didn’t get to see it.
Also the beaches here offer shaded areas thanks to the huge trees, hammocks, large swings and chairs, so you can relax and enjoy your time.
There are also a few restaurants and shops on the street. I went in two of them, in one the lady gave me some honest prices for the clothing she was selling, in the second one she gave me all prices doubled, probably thinking that I was that dumb and was just going to go ahead and buy, well guess where I went shopping? I have been in Thailand over a week now, have shopped around a little and know what clothing sells for, so I didn’t even try to argue with her I just left.
Our trip is coming to an end, but all these moments we have spent together are so special and I love that I will always have these shots to take me back to this place and this moment……