Sail to Koh Yao Noi by Catamaran
Sail to Koh Yao Noi
Real island life is only a catamaran ride away: Koh Yao’s self-support economy is an example on
authenticity preservation which is now accessible for visitors to admire. Admiring
this serene landscape off Phuket’s coast is now yours to explore.
WHY THIS TOUR?
The elusive inner heart of Yao Noi, where authenticity swings the sceptre, bundles all the qualities of what makes Thailand such a preferred holiday destination – smiles, good food, local immersion and tropical-ness from morning ‘til afternoon.
If you follow in our footsteps and hop onto our catamaran, we’ll show you the very natural, quiet and ‘no worry, be happy’’ life style of the Muslim population. It is the short distance from maintain Thailand that has drawn Koh Yao Noi and its surroundings as being of the most interesting things to be discovered yet in South Thailand, in one of the most beautiful location in the south.
07:30 - 18:30
An early morning pick-up from your Phuket hotel brings you and your fellow travellers over to the eastern harbour port for a comfortable catamaran ride to Koh Yao Noi. With around 6000 inhabitants and just 45 square kilometres, is one of the largest islands surrounding Phuket with its contours quickly approaching after an approximately 1.5 hour sailing trip. Upon arrival, we head out straight to explore this untouched pearl in the Phang Nga Bay and meet its indigenous and hospitable inhabitants.
Our morning commences with touring aboard a ‘Potong’, one of the authentic attributes of the island. A still actively-used local vehicle meanders along the some of the islands historical routes. The main objective is getting over to ‘Ruen Rim Rai’ – an example of how the islanders maintain a self-sustainable means of living. Instigated by the late King of Thailand, this Sufficient Economy Philosophy forms the backbone of a small, yet thriving economy model, ranging from fishing to aquatic farming. A local Thai lunch will be served at Laam Lom Le. A lunch without tasting Kanom Krok (traditional desert) and even getting the basics underway on how this is made is definitely a must.
We continue our exploratory tour by bicycle – it remains one of the more favourable means to travel around, see locals farming, passing local settlements and enjoying the views without western influence in sight. After a moment of respite, it is time to make our way back to the main boat pier for the catamaran trip back to the shores of Phuket. A visit to Koh Yao Noi is not complete without getting a glimpse of how the local fishing industry works and how it has maintained a source of income for the residents of Koh Yao.
Transfer back to Phuket by the Blu Anda, followed by a comfortable ride back to your hotel on the Pearl of the Andaman ends your authentic venture.