Koh Yao Yai

Koh Yao Yai, Thailand Beach Vacation

6 nights on the quiet island of Koh Yao Yai

As the speedboat left Koh Yao Yai this morning I looked at Di and we both smiled. We have had six fabulous days on the island, a special time for us. A sense of gratitude was in the air mixed with the anticipation of what next. As I wrote on Instagram yesterday, we feel like yo-yos. We are as far away from home as we will be this time around and leaving the resort is our first step on our way home. Plenty of quiet time to reflect on the past six weeks and our trek through South East Asia. We are so happy we managed visits to China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. In the beginning of January we were contemplating an earlier return to Canada. However rest and time well spent with Sharon and Leighton in Hong Kong allowed us to continue.

We had a total of two weeks in Thailand and while spending a week in Phuket near Rawai Beach we researched the many options on the Andaman Sea. We looked at Phi Phi Islands, Koh Yao Noi, Krabi and had also considered a trip to the Than Bok Khorani National Park. We picked Koh Yao Yai as it was quiet and within easy reach from Phuket. We were in search of a place to wind down after a busy six weeks on the go.


Koh Yao Yai sunrise in Thailand


Phuket to Koh Yao Yai

We had the front desk at our hotel book us a taxi to the ferry. At the docs several entrepreneurial speed boat captains hustled for our booking. Especially one guy was extremely tenacious and insisted, his boat was the only option to get to Koh Yao Yai. The scene was a bit hectic as the cab driver dropped us off about 100 meters from the doc due to traffic congestion. We didn’t fall into the trap but wandered on to the the docs where we purchased our ticket at a third of the price quoted by our tenacious new acquaintance. The exhilarating speed boat ride was about 30-40 minutes. It was great to feel the wind in the little hair I have left.


What a way to travel :) Speed boat from Phuket to Koh Ya Yai in Thailand


Thiwson Beach Resort

We give the Thiw Son Beach Resort our warmest recommendations. Located on the east coast of the island this private resort has twelve private cabins, a nice pool, cozy dining area and of course private access to the beach. We moved from one cabin to another after one night. Not a problem as our second cabin was a bit larger and closer to the beach. The cabins were well appointed and set in a lush garden with palm trees, which was really cool during a few thunder storms. We had everything we needed including air-conditioner, private mini-porch and a lovely open-air bathroom. Although we there was another resort nearby the resort felt very private due to the lush surroundings. The staff at Thiwson were courteous and friendly.

A woman stands or the porch of a private bungalow at The Thiwson Beach Resort at Koh Yao Yai in Thailand

The art of doing as little as possible

We honestly did not see much of Ko Yao Yai Island except for the Thiwson Beach Resort. Boat trips were offered. A scooter trip around the island was tempting, as was snorkeling. Instead, we completely slowed down, giving ourselves time to contemplate what we have achieved and time to think about our return to Canada. We felt slightly guilty for not exploring more but at the same time not enough to do anything about it. Our rustic little resort was pristine and we beat FOMO, (fear of missing out). We got up early in the morning to see the sunset, listened to music and read books.


Morning coffee at the Thiwson Beach Resort in Thailand


The daily routine at a beach resort

We were quite contempt in our little cabin and enjoyed coffees in the morning sun on our front porch. Di would be doing travel research and I would catch up on photo editing and the blog. After a while we would head to the pool and often had conversations with the other guests while lounging. We had a package deal at the resort which included breakfast and dinner, which took the worries away about where to eat and how to get there. The days quickly blend together as we repeat the pattern. Should we go the beach in the morning or the afternoon? These would be the tough choices we would face.

We never thought we would say this but we may be a tad drunk on sunshine and the heat has probably resulted in a mild case of sunstroke. Nothing serious. We may have slowed down too much but with temperatures in the high thirties and intermittent thunder storms, slowing down feels like the only option. We are looking forward to more temperate climates but please make sure the snow melts in Canada by April. 

For the last couple of days we had co inhabitants at our cabin. The mother first brought two, then one more and finally a fourth kitten. As cat owners ourselves this was a fun surprise and we were watching their every move the last 48 hours.   

While at Koh Yao Yai I started using the 'Your Story' feature on Instagram. This is way more fun than I had expected and I ended up sharing content I otherwise would not have. I plan to use it more from here on in -@5050travelog.

This post comes to you from the Airport Resort & Spa Hotel near Phuket International Airport. We will crash early tonight. Catch a shuttle to the airport at 1:30 am for a very early 3:45 am departure for Hong Kong. Looking forward to seeing everyone soon.