Koh Yao Yai To Koh Yao Noi + Room Tour – Thailand

Time to say goodbye to Yao Yai island and the next destination is the nearby neighbor Koh Yao Noi.
This time with the worry in mind about how much would the boat shake during the short trip due to the baby on board, I tranquilize any mothers to be by assuring you it is a soft ride(the taxi until the pier shook more😜), of course that may change during rough weather, be aware of that.
The 10 min (or less) ride cost 50 baht per person. It can be boarded on Chonglad pier, north of the island, you’ll probably need a taxi to get there unless you are staying nearby or dropping your rented vehicle nearby. Boats depart frequently during the day, it is not needed to worry about a schedule.

Arriving in Koh Yao Noi started well by being presented with much lighter taxi fees than Yao Yai.
The view on our way to the hotel also pleased us and our first impression was of a more structured place than Yao Yai.
Our hotel pick was Pasai Cottage, a budget beachfront bungalow with simple bamboo rooms and private cold shower.
Prices were around 600-700 baht at the time we stayed (high season).

Now, it’s time to explore Yao Noi, stay tuned for the upcoming adventures!

 

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Snorkeling Trip To The 3 Khai Islands! – Koh Yao Yai, Thailand

With the most amazing news in mind (click here if you don’t know what i’m talking about), we depart to our scheduled snorkeling trip to the 3 Khai Islands.
The Khai islands are located very near Koh Yao Yai, a long tail boat is enough for the trip. There are tours coming from other islands by speed boat but that is not necessary if you’re staying in Koh Yao Yai.
They are pretty white sand tinny islands counting with bars and limited food and snacks.

Snorkeling Trip To The 3 Khai Islands! - Koh Yao Yai, Thailand

Sunbath chairs placed in the shadow are rented for overpriced fees at all the 3 islands, depending on the day and time of your visit you’ll understand how hot it gets in the otherwise shadeless islands and may even agree to pay the price for the desired sun relieve.
The water is crystal clear for swimming yet not as clear for snorkeling, the visibility is compromised and there’s not much to see underwater apart from some small fish (this may change with time and season) and mostly hard coral.
It is a nice time out for those staying in Koh Yao Yai but i would not recommend the trip if you’re staying further away.
White sand and clear water, perfect for sunbathing and swimming at the shallow sandy bottom shore.
Price-wise, you’ll see many advertisements for this tour around the island, mostly offering a 4 hour trip for 1500 baht per person. We found a nicer deal in Glow Elixir Beach with the boatmen that stay by a tour sign by the beach. Unlimited time for 2000 baht per boat.
An important reminder is to bring water, they sell it for three times its price on the islands and it will be really needed. It was a hot day when we did our tour and sunblock and hydrating were essential.
If you are vegan, bringing your own meal from Yao Yai will be a must as they sell mostly seafood on the 3 islands and the grilled corn is made side-by-side with the lobster. Still, you can find drinks and some always welcomed fresh coconut water on the stalls.

Here all addresses and extra info from everything you saw on the video:

Loh Jark Beach
South West Of The Island
GPS: 7.933772,98.574445

Our hotel was located at this beach.
It is a quiet and beautiful stretch of sand, only disturbed by a unfortunate pier construction right in the middle of the bay.

 

Glow Elixir Beach
South West Of The Island
GPS: 7.925620,98.577111 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Website: http://elixir.glowhotels.com/

One of the top beaches to visit while on the island.
We chose to depart from this location to our snorkeling trip due finding a better deal with the boatmen from this beach.

 

3 Khai Islands
GPS:
Koh Khai Nok – เกาะไข่นอก : 7.891332,98.515475
Koh Khai Nui – เกาะไข่ใน : 7.897203,98.511179
Koh Khai Noi – เกาะไข่น้อย : 7.908472,98.549740

 

Sareefah Seafood Restaurant
South West Of The Island
GPS: 7.925885,98.579632 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Open from 9 am to 10 pm.

Snorkeling Trip To The 3 Khai Islands! - Koh Yao Yai, Thailand

With good English and clear understanding of Jie(vegan food), they were able to cook us delicious vegan food even though it was not listed on the menu.
After our meal, our boatman approached the restaurant and we discovered it is owned by his family. Cool coincidence.

 

More of amazing Thailand is coming soon! Stay connected!💙

Snorkeling Trip To The 3 Khai Islands! - Koh Yao Yai, Thailand

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The Island Postcard !!! Koh Yao Yai – Thailand

One more day enjoying beautiful beaches on an exotic island!
White powdery banks of sand that give the illusion that you can walk until the next island on low tide.
Magical Thailand displaying its dazzling beauty as always.

 

Here all addresses and extra info from everything you saw on the video:

Loh Jark Beach
South West Of The Island
GPS: 7.933772,98.574445 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)

How To Get To Koh Yao Yai from Phuket + First Views of The Island - Thailand

Our hotel was located on this beach.
It is a quiet and beautiful stretch of sand, only disturbed by an unfortunate pier construction right in the middle of the bay.

 

Dr. Saad Medical Massage
Middle West Of The Island
Address: Ban Lo Po, Koh Yao Yai
GPS: 7.997343,98.590189 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Website: http://www.doctorsaad.com/
Phone: +66 (0)89 68 599 40
Open from 10 am to 10 pm, will open earlier with an appointment.

A third-generation blind masseur with the reputation of curing all kinds of physical issues.

 

Laem Had Beach
North East Of The Island
GPS: 8.079725,98.593846 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)

The most beautiful beach in Koh Yao Yai, a must see.

 

Glow Elixir Beach
South West Of The Island
GPS: 7.925620,98.577111 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Website: http://elixir.glowhotels.com/

One of the top beaches to visit while on the island.

 

How do you like Koh Yao Yai so far?
If you need to see more before your final conclusion, don’t worry, it’s coming soon!

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The Best Beach Of Koh Yao Yai !!! – Thailand

Time to explore Yao Yai!
Our first stop is the most stunning point of the island, which showed us breathtaking views on the way.

Here all addresses and extra info from everything you saw on the video:

Loh Jark Beach
South West Of The Island
GPS: 7.933772,98.574445

How To Get To Koh Yao Yai from Phuket + First Views of The Island - Thailand

Our hotel was located on this beach.
It is a quiet and beautiful stretch of sand, only disturbed by an unfortunate pier construction right in the middle of the bay.

 

Laem Had Beach
North East Of The Island
GPS: 8.079725,98.593846

The most beautiful beach in Koh Yao Yai, a must see.

 

Chaba Restaurant
North East Of The Island
Address: Unnamed Road near Better View Resort, Koh Yao Yai
GPS: 8.052932,98.597875 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Open from 10 am to 10 pm.

The communication in order to get a vegan meal was quite hard, it is usually much simpler even when no English is spoken.
For that reason, we recommend trying somewhere else.

 

Lo Paret Beach
Middle West Of The Island
GPS: 7.981469,98.569057

 

Dr. Saad Medical Massage
Middle West Of The Island
Address: Ban Lo Po, Koh Yao Yai
GPS: 7.997343,98.590189 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Website: http://www.doctorsaad.com/
Phone: +66 (0)89 68 599 40
Open from 10 am to 10 pm, will open earlier with an appointment.

The Best Beach Of Koh Yao Yai !!! - Thailand

A third-generation blind masseur with the reputation of curing all kinds of physical issues.

 

Banrimnam Restaurant
North Of The Island
Address: Klong Hia Pier, Koh Yao Yai
GPS: 8.083535,98.564507 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: ท่าเรือ คลองเหีย เกาะยาวใหญ่
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Baan-Rim-Nam-Ko-Yao-Yai-1359999024019496/
Open from 11 am to 8:30 pm.

A pier view restaurant which will cook yummy vegan food under request.

 

There are many more blue skies and sandy days coming soon! Stay tuned!

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How To Get To Koh Yao Yai from Phuket + First Views of The Island – Thailand

Time to explore a new Thai island! There we go Koh Yao Yai!
Expect all you need to know about the island soon, starting today let’s see how to get there:

How To Get To Koh Yao Yai from Phuket + First Views of The Island - Thailand

 

How To Get From Phuket To Koh Yao Yai

There’s no airport in Koh Yao Yai, after getting nearby the island the only way to access it is by boat.
The closest point is Phuket (Click here to see how to get to Phuket), we’ll be explaining how to transfer from Phuket to Koh Yao Yai step-by-step.
As you saw on the video there are 2 piers which can be used for this route. One is called Bang Rong Pier located on the northeast of the island and the other one is called Chianwanich located at the southeast of the island.
Phuket is the largest island in Thailand so save about 1 hour to go from your hotel to either of these piers, the best is asking your hotel how long it will take because if you are staying out of the main beaches time may differ. There’s no public transportation to access the piers, scheduling a taxi will be needed.
Bang Rong Pier pier counts with speed boat and private longtail boats only. Chianwanich Pier has speed boats and car ferry for those who can’t/don’t want to ride a speed boat or wishes to bring a car/motorbike together. Speed boat rides take about 40 min, the car ferry and longtail boat take 1 hour.
Here the boat timetable:

Boats from Phuket To Koh Yao Yai

 Speed BoatCar FerryLongtail Boat
Chianwanich Pier
(arrive at Loh Jark Pier)
- 10:00, 17:00 (there are more boats in between this times without accurate schedule)
- 200 baht per person
- 08:30, 10:00, 14:00
(no service on Fridays)
- 140 baht per person, 400 baht with car
X
Bang Rong Pier
(arrive at Klong Hia Pier)
- 07:40, 08:40, 09:15, 09:40, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:15, 14:30, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 17:30
- 300 baht per person
X- private, schedule up to you during day time
- 2000 baht per boat

Another thing to be considered is if your hotel in Koh Yao Yai offers the transfer, contact them beforehand and remember to specify the departure pier.
Is also important to check the location of your hotel because the final stops of the boats depend from where they departed, for example, from Bang Rong Pier pier they stop in Klong Hia Pier(unless you hire a private long tail that will leave you at your hotel) and Chianwanich pier will leave you at Loh Jark Pier in Koh Yao Yai.
As these boats can’t be booked with travel agents or hotels in town, information is scarce and often inaccurate. The only way to buy the tickets is in person at the piers which are located quite far away from the main hotel areas. Yet, there’s always available space in the boats and/or extra boats departing, don’t worry about staying without tickets (unless you’re bringing a car, then calling the pier in advance is advisable, help from a Thai speaker will be needed, phone: (087) 896 0756 or (087) 2720132.

 

We were welcomed by a new shade of blue to our eyes on the island sky, the masterpiece was completed with a touch of swinging coconut trees.
Sand down, sun up, what a wonderful world!💙

 

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Kamala Beach – Phuket – Thailand

Sleep deprived yet bubbling energy for everything around.
Stunning Thailand deserves every drop of awakens we can get.😉

Here all addresses and extra info from everything you saw on the video:

Don Mueang International Airport – ท่าอากาศยานดอนเมือง
Address: 222 Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, Sanambin, Don Mueang, Bangkok
Address in Thai: ที่อยู่: 222 ถนน วิภาวดีรังสิต แขวง สนามบิน เขต ดอนเมือง กรุงเทพมหานคร
Bus: For the bus schedule, you can check the official airport website: http://donmueangairportthai.com/en/381-public-transport
Train service: Hua Lamphong train station is connected with Don Mueang Airport, for more information about trains you can check the official website of State Railway of Thailand: www.railway.co.th
Official website: http://donmueangairportthai.com

Kamala Beach - Phuket - Thailand

Asia’s oldest operating airport uses terminal 2 for domestic flights and terminal 1 for international flights.

Kamala Beach – หาดกมลา
GPS: 7.956761,98.283019

On our first and second time in Phuket we stay around Kata and Karon area, this time we wanted to explore a new area.
We chose Kamala due to its fame of an area preferred by locals, we had a short yet sweet stay in the busy beach.
In order to better explore Phuket, we suggest renting a motorbike or car to visit neighbor beaches, the views in between them and the uniqueness they bring are a must.

 

How To Get To Phuket

We have a step-by-step explanation including diverse transportation on how to get to Phuket from our first time there.
Click here to see it.

 

This time we had a short stay in beautiful Phuket but there’s more sun, sand, and sea coming up soon! Stay tuned!

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Guangzhou – The Old And The New – China

I’ve seen the change 10 years brought to this city. The mix of modernity and tradition, the fast track development.
I’ve seen its charm before Canton Tower and its charm after it.
The lights, the flavors, and the flowers.
The buildings, safe nights and colorful sunsets sitting above Baiyun Mountain.
My eyes are intimate with the corners and colors of Guangzhou.
After watching this video, maybe your eyes will want to see more too.😉

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Huge Wedding Market In China!!! – Guangzhou

If your wedding is around the corner or you are part of the field, this is a place to lose several hours (or even days!) ladies and gents.
Back on my wedding preparations I know I did, unfortunately, due time restraints my dress wasn’t bought here but a lot of accessories did.
The fancier stores offer higher quality products but if you are looking for budget options there are a lot too, some with good quality as well.
Centrally located, the market is easy to reach and can be a fun time out for the soon to wed and their peers.

Here all addresses and extra info from everything you saw on the video:

Wedding Market
*The address is a reference for the area, the market is widely spread around this point.
Address: Jiangnan North Avenue, Haizhu, Guangzhou
GPS: 23.106542,113.269803 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for location)
Address in Chinese: 广州市江南大道北
Subway station: The 2nd Workers’ Cultural Palace, line 2, exit A
Opening time depends on the individual shop, however, you can base your visit around 10 am and 7 pm to have a bigger variety open.

 

Fo World Vegetarian – 佛世界素食社
Vegetarian Restaurant
Address: 2-8 Niunaichang Street, Haizhu, Guangzhou
GPS: 23.105862,113.263054 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Chinese: 广州市海珠区江南大道牛奶厂街2-8号
Subway station: The Second Workers’ Culture Palace, line 2, exit D (14 min walk)
Open from 6 am to 11 am for breakfast, 11 am to 2:30 pm for lunch and 5 pm to 9 pm for dinner.

 

What is your impression of the market? Does it look similar to what you can find in your country?
Let us know in the comments below.✨

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I Am In Love With This Place! – Guangzhou, China

This beautiful place was recommended to us by a Chinese friend who said it was the best Dim Sum in Guangzhou.
She is right ladies and gentlemen! And the traditional taste explosion comes with the sweetest ambiance.
If coming for tea, the second floor unites a chin-dropping view with pristine Chinese deco.
If you are visiting Guangzhou, we highly recommend this place, it’s perfect to have an authentic experience.

Liuhua Tea Culture – Liuhua Chayicheng – 流花茶艺城
Vegetarian Chinese Restaurant and Teahouse
Address: 100 Liuhua Road, Liwan, Guangzhou
GPS: 23.137655,113.244589 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Chinese: 广州市荔湾区流花路流花公园西苑内 邮政编码100号
Subway station: Xichang, line 5, exit F (walk 15 min)
Open from 8:30 to 1 pm for breakfast, 11 am to 4 pm for lunch.

It is almost time for us to live Guangzhou if you want to see something specific let us know in the comments below!

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Huge Electronic Market In China – Fake, Wholesale, Secondhand And More – Guangzhou

If you always imagined electronic markets in China to be absolutely giant and with unimaginable options, we are just right.
No city goes without one, from a small cable to a home theater set, there they are waiting for you in all shapes and prices.
Tech enthusiasts can’t help but to go crazy strolling around its endless stores, it reminds me of a great tip, bring a list and close your eyes to the rest.😜

Dashatou – 大沙头
*The address is a reference for the area, the market is widely spread around this point.
Address: Dashatou Road, Yuexiu, Guangzhou
GPS: 23.113987,113.283540 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Chinese: 广州市越秀区大沙头路
Subway station: Donghu, line 6, exit B2

 

How do you like Dashatou? Want to explore it yourself? Let us know in the comments below.✨
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Huge Electronic Market In China - Fake, Wholesale and Secondhand - Guangzhou

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Chinese Fake Market – Guangzhou

There are hundreds of cheap markets spread around China, some are collections of fake goods, some are just extremely cheap.
Either way, they are basically a tourist attraction if you are interested in shopping.
Street food is always available on the surroundings, you’ll need some after all the walking.
Bargaining is the key to success and only tip you need on how to enjoy these places.
For me they are a huge part of the China experience, I used to visit them more often in my first few time in China, it brings me good memories.
Just strolling around countless cheap stalls while munching on some hazelnuts with no worries in mind.

Wholesale and Fake Markert
*The address is a reference for the area, the market is widely spread around this point.
Address: Guangzhou Railway Station surroundings, Yuexiu, Guangzhou
GPS: 23.146732,113.253781 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Chinese: 广州市越秀区三元里 邮政编码广州火车站
Subway station: Guangzhou Railway Station, line 2 and 5, exit G

Would you like to visit one of these markets? Share with us in the comments below!✨

Chinese Fake Market - Guangzhou
Worldwide postage on site
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Traditional Chinese Breakfast – Vegan – Guangzhou

No visit to China is complete without a traditional feast.
A nice Chinese breakfast surrounded by the equally traditional atmosphere is a great start to a day of adventures.
New places are even more impactful when they come with new flavors and new people, don’t forget to include those in your plans.
If in Guangzhou, you can visit the same spot we did, just check the info below.😊

Fo World Vegetarian – 佛世界素食社
Vegetarian Restaurant
Address: 2-8 Niunaichang Street, Haizhu, Guangzhou
GPS: 23.105862,113.263054 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Chinese: 广州市海珠区江南大道牛奶厂街2-8号
Subway station: The Second Workers’ Culture Palace, line 2, exit D (14 min walk)
Open from 6 am to 11 am for breakfast, 11 am to 2:30 pm for lunch, and 5 pm to 9 pm for dinner.

We are going back for more soon.😍
What about you? Getting China vibes? Stay tuned for more! 🇨🇳

Traditional Chinese Breakfast - Vegan - Guangzhou

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Having Lunch Inside A Buddhist Temple ! Guangzhou, China

I’ve been craving Chinese food for a while and visiting this place seemed like the perfect solution for it.
You may wonder how such craving is possible living in China, however, I live in a very westernized area and the Chinese food available near me is not vegan.
It is confirmed, this place is a gem to end that baozi(Chinese bun) craving and I find it’s also just perfect for tourists. You are able to visit a stunning temple and eat the local food in a great ambiance and atmosphere, all in one.
The beautiful temple is located near Beijing Road, a famous shopping street, it may be one more attraction for the combo if shopping is your cup of tea.
After the meal, a stroll around the Gold Buddha temple will bring you pure joy, and if lucky you’ll be around at the ceremony time and witness the beauty of it. This bit can’t be recorded, no problem though, have a look at the majestic and gigantic golden Buddhas for yourself and let us know how you feel. 😉

Having Lunch Inside A Buddhist Temple ! Guangzhou, China

DaFo Vegetarian – 大佛寺素食阁
Vegetarian Restaurant
Address: 2F, 27 Xihu Road, Inside DaFo Temple, Yuexiu, Guangzhou
GPS: 23.123023,113.268206 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Chinese: 广州市越秀区北京路西湖路27号
Subway station: Beijing Lu, line 6, exit B (10 min walk) or Gongyuanqian, line 1, exit D (12 min walk)
Open from 11 am to 9 pm.

 

There was a special energy in this place, I highly recommend it.
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Things I Find Exotic In China

Here we come with a list of things we find alluring in China.
They are distributed around the country and can be seen on a daily bases, yet, they never cease to enchant.

 

Gates
Páifāng

The grandiose gateways are distributed all around, using traditional Chinese architecture, adding beauty to wherever they stand.

 

Guardian Lions
Shíshī

Originated from Buddhism, the stone lions are also popular in other parts of Asia.
They are believed to have protective benefits and are usually represented in pairs.

 

Hand Fans
Zhé Shàn

The charming ancient object even though used worldwide, is strongly associated with Chinese culture.
In the past artists used to hand-paint the fans making them true pieces of art.
There’s also a variation called Chinese dancing fans, which is used in traditional performances.

 

Chinese Pagodas

These beautiful towers are one of those things that come to mind immediately when thinking about China.
In the past they were constructed to store relics, nowadays there are diverse uses for them, including housing temples as one of the most popular.

Things I Find Exotic In China

 

Asian Conical Hats
Dǒulì

Created to protect from the sun and rain, this hats came to be associated with Chinese culture.
They are often spotted in the cities and display the mix of the old and the modern coming together.

Things I Find Exotic In China

 

Parks and Gardens

It didn’t take long for us to notice that the Chinese gardens and parks are a spectacle of beauty.
Not only big and famous ones but every little garden you spot is a work of art, they definitely mastered it.

Things I Find Exotic In China

 

Singing and Dancing Groups

My first time in China was in 2008 and I come back every year since then, I visited and lived in many cities and never went without seeing the dancing and singing groups.
They usually use traditional music, which helps to give a truly Chinese experience for anyone passing by.

 

Taichi
Tàijíquán

T’ai Chi Ch’uan (Tàijíquán) means “the ultimate fist”. It’s an internal Chinese martial art, which means that apart from the physical aspects, it comprises Qi (life force), spiritual, and mental characteristics.
Click here to see our experience in a Taichi class in Shanghai.

Things I Find Exotic In China

 

Roofs

Part of Chinese traditional architecture, the intricate roofs caught my attention for the first time on my trip to the Forbidden City in Beijing.
The amount of detail and colors leave you gaped. Since then, I always pay attention to the alluring roofs in every place we visit in China and I am yet to be disappointed.

Things I Find Exotic In China

 

Lanterns

Symbol of traditional Chinese culture, the gorgeous lanterns are still found decorating the cities.
They give a special air to any ambient and for tourists like us, it brings the real feeling of being in China.

 

Enjoying the wonders of China? Stay connected because there is more to come!✨

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