The Eco Side of Koh Yao Noi

The Eco Side of
Koh Yao Noi

Void of mass tourism Koh Yao comprises of 2 stunningly beautiful islands, just north of
Phi Phi Islands. By mountain bike (hardly any cars are on the island), we will bring
you to a place where traditional farming life and nature is still in abundance.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Away from it all yet so close from Thailand’s famous beach destinations; Koh Yao Noi is the epitome of tranquillity. The smaller of the two islands that form Koh Yai, Koh Yao Noi offer pristine beaches and total solitude. Despite its smaller size, Ko Yao Noi is the more populated island. The predominantly Muslim residents have worked the land sustainably for an eternity.

Hat Pasai, on the south-east coast and Hat Paradise, on the north-east coast are the most idyllic, classic tropical beaches. Ko Yao Yai is twice the size of its sibling but attracts fewer tourists. Adding all aforementioned together and one you’ll be in for a local eco-friendly surprise.

TRAIL ITINERARY

The Eco Side of Koh Yao Noi

07:30 - 18:30

Your driver will be waiting at your hotel lobby at around 7:30 am for a short ride to the eastern part of Phuket Island. Boats will be waiting for you which will bring you and your fellow travellers to an unspoilt part of Amazing Thailand. Koh Yao Noi, with 4000 inhabitants and just 45 square kilometres, is one of the largest islands surrounding Phuket. Its broad shape is a triangle of 10 kilometres basis and 12 kilometres high. Its sister – Koh Yao Yai – extends south of Koh Yao Noi. This twin Island is even bigger and wilder and offers wonderful spots for trekking.

Our mountain bike ride starts from the moment we arrive and to become part of the island’s traditions and eco/ sustainable way of life, this is the only way to truly see the ins and outs of this peaceful island. Encounters with ways of life that has slowly disappeared from Phuket continue to keep a major attraction here. People here mainly live here of farming and fishing, where  rice paddies with dozing water buffalo, rubber and coconut plantations, mangroves and tropical jungle form the background for your exotic bike ride.

A fisherman brings you with his long tail boat along the coast of Koh Yao Noi towards a quiet beach for a beach picnic, swimming and relaxing. A beach that is void of beach chairs, vendors and a lively atmosphere as you know it from Phuket. This is just another part of Koh Yao that gives you a unique opportunity to quietly observe traditional life styles and people genuine activities, and meet with welcoming people.

In the afternoon, we head back to ‘civilization’ and to your hotel on Phuket. We expect to safely arrive at your home far away from home at around 6:30 pm.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A full day tour with a professional English-speaking guide.
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver from and to the ferry
  • Return boat transfers from and to Koh Yao Noi
  • Use of a well-maintained bicycle during the tour, complete with helmet
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Picnic lunch on the beach is included(food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on joint / Seat-In-Coach basis only with English-speaking guide.
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying along Phuket’s main beaches. Transfers outside these areas such as Mai Khao, Nai Yang, Laguna Phuket, Nai Thon, Nai Harn, Rawai, Chalong, Phuket Town and beaches along the east coast including any harbour and Phuket’s International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • Due to the nature of this tour, we regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users. Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion
  • We always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself. Customers booking this this leisurely bicycle tour may expect some light hills, unequal terrain and/or some bike carrying along the way.
  • A minimal degree of fitness may be needed to enjoy this excursion to the fullest.
  • This bicycle tour is a recreational one and covers approximately 10 kilometres of cycling with various stops made en route
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Due to the absence of ATM machines and credit cards payment portals, particularly on islands and inside nature reserves, we highly recommend to bring sufficient cash with you.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.

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