Koh Yao Noi
Updated: Nov 8, 2022
A glimpse at our stay on Koh Yao Noi and highlights of the island from our time in Thailand in April 2019.
Dates: April 12-14, 2019 Number of days: 1.5 days of exploring Weather: Hot, humid, sunny
Koh Yao Noi was the most non-touristy island in Thailand we visited. It was such a cool experience because the majority of the island is Muslim. We stayed in a bungalow that felt like a treehouse. There was no AC… only fans. If I haven’t mentioned it before, we traveled to Thailand in the hottest month of the year. So it was very warm and humid, even at night. After two nights of not so great sleep, we decided we’d stick to AC rooms for the rest of the trip. There aren’t many “free” things to do on the island unless you just want to lay on the beach (there is only one side of the island that has a nice white sand beach.) Koh Yao Noi is the perfect island to just take it slow and not do much.
We rented a motorbike and drove around the island twice. This was the first island we rented a motorbike on and it was a great place to get a feel for how to drive. The road isn’t crowded and it’s pretty lowkey. We saw our first monkey on our drive around the island. It was a rather cute little guy. We really enjoyed riding on the bike because it was the only relief from the constant sweat dripping down our bodies. The only other place that felt even better than on the back of a bike was the 7/11 which had AC. It felt incredible when we were inside, but it made it even more miserable going back outside and having to adjust to the heat again.
We enjoyed just sitting on the balcony of our bungalow. The only good time to do so was during the day because once the evening hit the mosquitoes got pretty nasty.
We swam in the ocean twice while we were there. My dad went out a few times on his own. We never stayed in very long because there seemed to be quite a few jelly fish in the water and that got washed up on shore while we were there. One was over a foot wide.
The only other place besides Sabai Corner that we ate was at a cafe called Green Cafe. It was right down the road from where we stayed. They had cinnamon buns and fruit shakes. I went 2 or 3 times over the course of our stay on the island. We had some fresh fruit and some snacks we had gotten at the island market and 7/11. But for most of our meals we ate at Sabai’s. They had really good pasta, the most expensive meals we ate, but it was delicious.
The lady that owned Sabai’s Corner was German and was so helpful. When we first got there she gave us a map of the island and told us the different options of things we could do and different places that provide the services. It was a very cool experience. It was even worth being miserable from the heat for 2 nights just for the experience.
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