Koh Yao Yai

I made yesterday an extempore trip to Koh Yao Yai. Blissful, not so little, island. 

 

At the first I rode my bike to the Bang Rong pier, where I parked by scooter.

 

Walked to the pier and and the 11:45 speedboat was about to leave to Koh Yao Yai and Koh Yao Noi. Stepped in and was on my way just after few minutes after getting to the pier. The speedboat trip took 30 minutes and cost 200B. 

 

At the island, there were many different price accomondation available. Starting from clearn room with air-con at the middle of the town for 500B. Bungalows by the sea were from 1200B fan all the way to 6000B air-con cabins.

 

One funny thing happened, which describes the island life on it's own way. While riding around I visited the shop with the only ATM on the island. There was nobody around so I tried to call for the people.. still nobody. I walked in and got an drink from the fridge and then went to the front of the shop to drink the soda. 

 

Time passed and nobody was there. It was time for me to go so I walked in and prepared to place the empty can with 20B note under it to the cashiers table. Finally I saw someone walking past the backroom and I managed to pay directly to him. 

 

Many people leave the keys to their scooters when those are parked. There is very little crime.

 

The ability to trust other people is what can still be found on the happy island. 

 

 

Leaving Bang Rong pier

Speedboat from Phuket to Koh Yao Yai and Koh Yao Noi

At the island I rented an scooter for 200B (morning to evening price), 24 hours would have costed 300B. 

 

Rental scooter

 

When I was talking to the renter (actually a restaurant close by the pier). I mentioned that I have visited Yao Noi couple of time earlier and liked the island. The owner said that Yao Noi is too busy and Yao Yai is "njiep". I assume he had not been to Phuket for ages :)

 

Burmese ladies taking an afternoon walk

 

The island was quite quiet and life was very relaxed. Everybody seemed to own an hammock for daytime napping. Plentyfull of 

 

Visitors all seemed to have recently received a bliss from Anna (I just finished watching the "V" tv-serie). 

 

Very relaxed beaches

Main artery roads are made of concrete and in ok condition. Naturally there were few potholes, but if riding slow enough, it does not matter. 

 

Main roads of Koh Yao Yai

 

Some roads were not so main stream

 

Pier with larger ferry to Phuket at west coast of Koh Yao Yai

 

Long tail boats

 

The views from the east coast of Koh Yao Yai

 

Koh Yao Yai

 

Large mangrove forest at the soutern tip of Koh Yao Yai

 

Traditional Thai style houses

 

Beaches of Koh Yao Yai - East

 

West coast beach

 

 

Fisherman making fish traps