Koh Yao Noi 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 landing for a few hours 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, as a welcome.
I'll just say one word: it's great.
Some claim that it is the Phuket of thirty years ago, and I can confirm that this reflection is largely justified.
Fortunately, the countless speedboats carrying hordes of Asian tourists from Phuket have not yet had the reflex to come this far... as long as it lasts.
This report is intended for my readers... but please don't make it too public because I would like this island to stay that way. Let's keep this between us!
A quiet little village
Koh Yao Noi is a very small island. You won't get lost in it....
You walk around it at ease, slowly, taking your time.
You can be taken by pick-up taxi, or rent a motorbike (300 baht per day), or rent a bike.
The landscape and the overall configuration are really well suited for cycling...
The population (about 3 to 4000 inhabitants) is mainly Muslim, but I was surprised by the number of smiles, greetings of the hand as I passed.
Among the main activities of the island, the rubber forests that produce rubber and allow many inhabitants to feed their families, but also and especially... fishing, and the breeding of shrimps, crabs etc....
In rubber forests, the trunks are generally notched at night around 2 or 3 a.m. A product that pays quite a bit at the end of the chain but is poorly paid to the locals.... This is not new....
Koh Yao Noi has kept this natural and authentic side which is really appreciated. No urban traffic, no girls' bars, no noise except that of fishermen in the distance, no jet skis, no beach vendors, no mafia!
The flat calm, incredible, but true, yes, it still exists!
For those who need to decompress, this is the ideal place.
Stress here... doesn't know anything about it!
Koh Yao Noi: a mini City Centre
The City Centre consists of a few close dwellings... and a few shops.
The crowds are very sparse, there is no rush...
In the late afternoon, the schoolchildren, who live on the opposite island, leave by boat.
Koh Yao Noi: East Coast
As you drive along the EAST coast, the beautiful landscapes rise up in front of you.
Small and peaceful troquet for a meal with your feet in the sand,
a few more minutes to contemplate this sea of tranquility...
Koh Yao Noi: West Coast
The "East" coast had really amazed us... but the "West" coast has nothing to envy it.
Although much less frequented: except for a few rare inhabitants, there are not many people there,
the landscapes, here too, are beautiful and it can be said that the trip is worth it.
We have plenty of time to enjoy these magnificent landscapes....
Dawn in Koh Yao Noi...
Our long walk the day before (the visit of the islands of the Mu Kong Archipelago) had amazed us. Dreamlike landscapes, fantastic colours of the sky merging in the water, a sea of oil, in short, everything had been carefully orchestrated by Mother Nature to offer us a superb day....
Before that, I had suggested to my small group to spend the night in Koh Yao Noi, to finish off this day trip in style. But in my head, I had a fixed idea: to get up the next morning before the sun and be able to see the changes in the colours of the sky as time went by.
At 6:15 am, I was ready at the beach, camera in hand and ready to capture all the variations in shades from purple to purple to purple, orange and yellow....
With a typical dream setting, the silhouettes of the islands visited the day before stand out superbly and the first cliffs of the Krabi region in the background, these photos could only become beautiful.