Between the undoubtedly famous places Phuket and Krabi lie a group of islands in between that are less known. The two main islands are Koh Yao Noi and Koh Yao Yai, with Noi being the smallest but the most ‘developed’. The difference between Noi and Yai is that the island Koh Yao Yai is predominantly muslim. As mentioned in other posts,  bringing a dog could mean trouble. Of course we could not leave our companion and opted for the mixed and moderate muslim island of Koh Yao Noi.

Both islands are not visited much by tourists. However, there are some foreigners living on the island that have ‘fled’ the effects of mass tourism. Koh Yao Noi on the other hand is developing fast. The island still lacks infrastructure as we see in what is seen as ‘more developed’ places, but in a stretch of only months a main road has been constructed and made of concrete.
Resorts are moving up fast and the trail of humans can be seen in cultivated land and big plantations. Nevertheless, Koh Yao Noi is a retreat in itself. There is one side of the island that holds most of the touristic accommodations. But as small as this island is – about 1 hour round along the main road- there are places you can go where almost no-one is.


Finding a place to sleep

While strolling around Koh Yai Noi with our – slightly starting to get heavy – bags we passed by what seemed to be property of someone next to the road. On the land were some wooden huts and one big one in the making. It was in the late afternoon and people were wrapping up their day of work. So did the people who were on the proper. They saw us and one man started to yell at us and sign that we had to come in.
IMG_1176We were warmly welcomed and we could stay on this proper for a small price. The owner, we called him Noi, was an artist and was trying to build a place where children en everyone else come to and engage with art. We wanted to support this so we stayed on the proper and supported him by paying for food and for a night of sleep. We could stay in one of the wooden huts. So we slept outside that night, but it was a wonderful sight to end the day with. Our mission was accomplished, we found a beach to enjoy the sun going down. Buhn the travel dog seemed to like it as well.

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