This weekend I’m on a trip to Koh Yai in Phang Nga Province. What I will do on this blog is post some notes and observations. Later I will post more detailed blogs over at www.thaitravelblogs.com. This blog here I usually write on my iPhone.
The easiest way to get to Koh Yai is from Phuket. It is only about 30 minutes from the airport to the pier at Bang Rong. Taxis from the airport cost 650B. It costs a little less to go back. At the pier you have the choice between a normal boat, which takes about 50 minutes, and speedboats which takes only 30 minutes. Normal boat is 120B and speedboat is 200B. First boat is 7:50am and last boat is 5:30pm.
The first island you reach is Koh Yao Yai and then five minutes away is Koh Yao Noi. This second island is more popular and is where we went. When we arrived at the pier there were songtaews waiting. These cost from 50B-100B depending on how far your hotel is from the pier. You can also hire a songtaew for the day for about 800 Baht.
You can rent motorcycles from the villages, beaches and some hotels. These cost about 250B per day for normal bikes and 350B for automatics. Make sure they give you a helmet. Some places ask for your passport. Don’t give it to them as that is illegal. Just give them a photocopy.
If you can add any more travel tips then please let me know in the comments.