Koh Yao Noi : The Island
Welcome to Koh Yao Noi
KOH YAO NOI: Time has passed since my first visit, and now I can even say that I am a regular. I never get tired of disembarking for a few hours or even a day or more in this little haven of peace.
This island lives very slowly : calm, peaceful, almost asleep, Koh Yao Noi welcomes you with a smile and hand signals as you pass by.
I'll just say one word: it's great.
Some people say that this is the Phuket of thirty years ago, and I can confirm that this reflection is largely justified.
Fortunately, the countless speed-boats carrying hordes of Asian tourists from Phuket have not yet had the reflex to come here... as long as it lasts.
This report is intended for my readers... but please don't spread it too much as I would like this island to stay like this. Let's keep it between us.
Departure to Koh Yao Noi
Koh Yao Noi: a small and quiet village
Koh Yao Noi is a very small island. You won't get lost... you walk around it comfortably, slowly, taking your time. You can get a taxi pick-up, or rent a motorbike (300 baht per day), or rent a bicycle. Bicycles are really appreciated here... The landscape and the general configuration are really suitable for cycling...
The population (about 3 to 4000 inhabitants) is almost 100% Muslim, but I was surprised by the number of smiles and hand greets as I passed by.
Among the main activities of the island, the rubber tree forests which produce rubber and allow many inhabitants to feed their families, but also and above all... fishing, and the breeding of shrimps, crabs etc...
In the rubber tree forests, the cutting of the trunks is generally done during the night around 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning. A product which brings a lot of money at the end of the chain but which is very badly paid to the locals... It is not new...
Koh Yao Noi has kept this natural and authentic side which is really appreciable. No urban traffic, no girl bars, no noise except that of the fishermen in the distance, no jet-skis, no vendors on the beach, no mafia!
The flat calm, incredible, but true, yes, it still exists!
For the one who needs to decompress, this is the ideal place.
Stress, here... don't know!
Koh Yao Noi : la Côte Sud
Koh Yao Noi, la côte Est
Koh Yao Noi: The West Coast
The East Coast really amazed us... but the West Coast has nothing to envy it.
Although much less frequented: apart from a few rare inhabitants, we don't meet many people, the landscapes there are also very beautiful and we can say that the trip is worth it, we have all the time to enjoy these magnificent landscapes...
A glimpse of the west coast of Koh yao Noi... there, in the background, due west... we can see the coast of Phang Nga (the Phang Nga bay is more on the right)
A view of the west coast of Koh Yao Noi... over there, in the background, due west... you can see the coast of Phang Nga (Phang Nga Bay is more on the right)
Too bad... maybe he will start another restaurant in Koh Yao Noi... wait and see...
Koh Yao Noi, beautiful start to the day
Before that, I had proposed to my small group to spend the night in Koh Yao Noi, just to end this one day excursion in beauty. But in my head, I had a fixed idea: that of getting up the next morning before the sun and being able to witness the changing colors of the sky as time went by.
At 6:15 a.m., I was ready on the beach, camera in hand and ready to capture all the color variations from purple to mauve, orange to yellow...
With a dream setting, the silhouettes of the islands visited the day before standing out superbly and the first cliffs of the Krabi region in the background, these photos could only become beautiful.