Friday, May 20, 2016

Phuket & Koh Yao Islands - what a view!

We're still rejoicing over our holiday on the gorgeous island of Koh Yao Noi, which means more amazing pictures to share with you!

Take a boat from Phuket into the scenic Phang Nga Bay and you'll reach Koh Yao Noi, a tiny island becoming increasingly popular with visitors looking for a peaceful getaway instead of the beach party crowds in Phuket.

Koh Yao Noi is the biggest and most populated of around 100 islands in Phang Nga Bay, but it's a restful place with no crowds, just some resorts, restaurants and a new 7-Eleven. 

Visitors can book a boat tour around the islands, learn batik painting from the Women's Center (read about our experience on wonder | wander | world!) or just enjoy the picture-postcard views in a resort or at one of the island's eco-homestay programs.

We grew up on beautiful tropical islands ourselves, but this was something else. From sunrise to sunset, the Koh Hong islands across the water showed us many different aspects, all stunning.

(Check out our Mother's Day post for panoramic views of our private beach!)

In 2002, Koh Yao Noi gained worldwide attention after receiving the World Legacy Award for Destination Stewardship from Conservation International and National Geographic Traveler magazine for the eco-friendly homestay programs offered by its local residents. 

Our 91 year old birthday boy island hopping on a long tail boat.

Other activities available on the island include agricultural demonstrations (rubber tapping and local fishing), kayaking, hiking, snorkeling and swimming. At our private villas we had cooking sessions, garland making, and batik lessons, as well as pampering massages. 

So close to the equator, steaming in the summer heat of a tropical jungle, time slows down and serenity seeps through our pores as we while time away chatting in intimate groups, lounging in the shade, wading in cooling waters or aerating ourselves in swinging hammocks. 

A good life well lived, indeed! Picture perfect as well. 

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