We will be travelling to Koh Yao Noi for just under a week in December (coming from Krabi not Phuket).
We'll be happy exploring the island by bike and on foot, and want peace and quiet away from the tourist trail. However we do want to make some trips to Phang Nga Bay. I have looked and found excursions organised by Koh Yao Travel but these seem to be £60 per person which is too high for us. Is this the typical cost?
Has anyone stayed on the island and organised trips through local guest houses for cheaper prices?
#1 rose51 has been a member since 1/11/2009. Posts: 11
While I've not done a tour from Ko Yao Noi that price seems very very high. I'd suggest not booking anything in advance and rather just leaving it till you get there and organising something on the ground there. There's a bunch of travel agents on the island and some of the guesthouses will probably be able to organise trips as well -- so you'll have more options to choose from and, in all likelihood, far lower prices.
Thanks for the advice - you're right best to shop around once we get there and see how it goes. I'll update with any info too.
#4 rose51 has been a member since 1/11/2009. Posts: 11
As promised - some details on our trip, although I doubt I am adding anything knew bearing in mind you have visited the island twice already.
We loved Koh Yao Noi it was the highlight of our tour of Thailand. We had a disappointing guided kayak expedition from Ko Lanta so really wanted to find more bespoke kayak trips. We travelled all over the island on bike and motorbike and in the end so taken with the place we were quite happy not to stray too far and hire sit on top kayaks that were readily available along the beaches and paddle to small islands nearby. We got a kayak,wet bag and snorkles to ourselves for the full day for 500baht.
Outside Coconut Corner there is a tour hut with some some hi-spec sit in kayaks available to hire with an advert for bespoke tours - this sounded really promising but we did not look into it further, but will do so when we return to the island.
Lamsai hotel had individual kayaks and is well positioned to allow easy crossing to Koh Yao Yai but I don't know how much they charge and if its just for guests or not.
We took a speedboat from Tha Kaho (200 baht) to Ao Talen /Tha len pier on the mainland on our journey home(having arrived via Phuket). It took 20 minutes to get across and there was a large kayak company with hundreds of kayaks next to the pier with tours of of the karsts. I think we couldn'be easily taken a day trip to the mainland or spent one night/day at Ao Talen (the pier is in a stunningly picturesque setting) and do a tour from there in future perhaps: http://www.seakayak-krabi.com/ there was a bungalow place nearby http://www.bananas-bungalows.com/bungalows/bungalow-krabi.html
#5 rose51 has been a member since 1/11/2009. Posts: 11