Koh Yao Noi : the Island Tour
The Tour in the Than Bok Khorani Archipelago
This excursion in the small islands of the Than Bok Khorani archipelago is a very pleasant outing.
Visitors can arrive from Krabi which is just opposite, or from Phuket which is a little further away.
Departure from Krabi:
Visitors will find many small agencies on Ao Nang that can organize this jump for them without any problem.
The archipelago is 8 km away from Ao Nang... a crossing of only a few minutes ! For the people of Krabi, this outing can possibly be organized directly from Ao Nang...
Departure from Phuket :
The way is a little more complicated since it is advisable to organize your trip from Phuket (your hotel) to Bang Rong Pier. The duration of this trip depends on where your starting point is. The minibus or taxi drivers will be able to calculate the necessary time, in any case, it is necessary to arrange to be at the mbarcadère at 8:00 am, the boat to take is the 8:40 am one.
Departure from: Bang Rong Pier - Manoh Pier: 08:40 - 09:10 am
Departure of the Tour as soon as you arrive at Manoh Pier at 09:15 am.
End of the island tour: return to Manoh Pier around 3.30 pm.
Departure from Manoh Pier -> Bang Rong Pier: 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Organize the island tour...
Just click on this link: How to organize the Island Tour ?
Always a friendly atmosphere
It is also here that we realize that Europeans have fallen behind a little...
Koh Hong, The Beach
The cliffs and trees that line this beach offer very pleasant shaded areas. The water is crystal clear and turquoise: right next to the beach, hundreds of fish come to eat out of your hand. It is the opportunity to practice snorkeling (swimming with mask and snorkel), and to discover an incredible marine fauna: a few meters underwater, multicolored fish, crabs, clams, sea urchins, sea cucumbers and other wonders cover the sea floor.
This place being quite splendid, you can very well be satisfied to spend the day there... There are no umbrellas, no deckchairs, none of those pesky things like jet-skis, bananas, parasites, parasailing... The place being part of the National Park, a certain discipline is imposed (no smoking).
There are no restaurants
The swallows live in the dark of the caves and in groups of the same species, but several species can cohabit in the same cave. They are found in their natural state in Thailand, often near the coast or on small uninhabited islands.
A number of small islands in Thailand near Phuket are not open to tourists especially during the months of February to May when they are guarded by armed guards.
Why this surveillance? Because these islands are home to the nests of sea swallows, which breed in sea caves, and these nests are a popular dish among Thais.
There are three harvests per season, the first nest is harvested when it is just built. The swallows build another one which is harvested again and the last nest is not harvested until the chicks are gone. In this way, the species is normally preserved.
There are two types of edible nests. White nests are made almost entirely of mucus, which is of very good quality, and black nests where the mucus is mixed with the swallow's feathers. The whiter and more transparent the nest, the more reputable it is.
In Asia, these bird's nests are luxury products, used as an ingredient in haute gastronomy. The basic price for the raw material is more than 1,000 euros per kilo. The nests go all over Asia. Beforehand, they go through cleaning laboratories to thoroughly remove feathers and sand. In restaurants, they will be made into dessert or sweet soup. For the Chinese, these bird nests have many virtues.
Swallow's nests are widely used in the Asian pharmacopoeia and are attributed many virtues. In China and South-East Asia, they are traditionally reputed to be a good fortifier, to postpone old age, to facilitate digestion and to speed up convalescence.
This being the case, it seems that this dish has no taste and a gelatinous consistency not very pleasant.
Koh Hong, le Lagon
A small beach in Koh Hong, for a picnic
Koh Ra Ding
Swallow's nests are a very popular Thai speciality, very expensive too. In Asia, it is believed to have all the virtues.
In Asia, these bird's nests are luxury products, used as an ingredient in haute gastronomy. The basic price for the raw material is 1,000 euros per kilo. The nests go all over Asia. Before that, they go through cleaning laboratories to thoroughly remove feathers and sand. In restaurants, they will be made into dessert or sweet soup. For the Chinese, these bird nests have many virtues.So you can easily understand why these places are carefully guarded...