A Koh Yao Noi New Year

Trip Start Dec 07, 2009
Trip End Jul 01, 2010

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Happy New Year everyone!
We spent 3 days on an island called Koh Yao Noi for New Year,
staying in a wooden hut near the beach on the east coast in a place
called Pasai Cottages. It was pretty basic stuff but very nice all the
On New Years Eve, we hired a mountain bike each and cycled round the
island which was no mean feat! It is flat for most of the south east
and west of the island but as we made our way towards the north it
began to get hilly. Timing it perfectly for the midday sun, we ended up
inching up and then inching down some very steep dirt roads looking for
somewhere, anywhere, to get a drink and some food and maybe even a
beach to sit on for an hour. The road continued like this for around 7
or 8 miles though with nothing but the odd shack hidden in the jungle
and several times we considered giving up and going back. We got to the
end though, and found a posh exclusive resort on the beach called
Paradise Beach Resort. We had some decent food there but it cost a
fortune compared to the rest of the island and water was 6 times as
much as it was when we left! We looked at the New Year menu and noticed
that it was 90 per person which is an incredible amount in this
The island is mainly Muslim so we were expecting a pretty dry New
Year party but things didn't quite turn out that way, sadly. We had 2
large bottles of Chang down the road before wolfing down a rather
drunken (I may have mentioned it before but Chang is evil) green curry
with a bottle of Singha each. We go back to our bungalows to find Thai
dancing, fire jugglers and "Balkan Beats" (as Dun, the resident Turkish
German DJ referred to them) thumping out from the bar as well as a
pretty terrible band playing barely recognisable cover versions. A few
more Changs were sunk and New Year was welcomed in whilst standing in
the sea which was a new one for me. I think we went to bed at around 2
but I don't recall much and me and the lady had to piece the evening
together the next day using the photos on the camera to aid our sore,
hungover brains. Whoops. I think we only had about 4 pints each but, as
I said, Chang is evil.
New Years Day was wasted and the next day we were off in the
direction of Bangkok as our time in Thailand was nearly over. An
unremarkable day in Phuket Town was followed by a flight to the capital
early next morning and, by now, tiredness was really kicking in.
We slept for 3 hours when we got back to our hotel that morning and
then did one more palace and the insane Chatuchak Market (is there
ANYTHING you can't buy here?!) before attempting an early night and
we're now on a bus heading towards the border with Cambodia at
Aranyaprathet to start the 'proper travelling' part of the trip.
Thailand has been fantastic, particularly the food and the people.
Everyone is so friendly and smiley, it's almost unnerving at first.
Hardly anyone has tried to rip us off or mess us around, transport
actually leaves EARLY (which is annoying sometimes) and you only have
to ask anyone for help or directions and they are more than happy to
The Thais really know their food and some lovely meals have been had
in almost every place we've been to, even if some of them (last nights
in particular!) have left me gasping for a drink to cool my burning
mouth down.
We've seen some beautiful places and relaxed on some lovely beaches
and it's a shame to have to leave - I'll definitely come back, Koh Lipe
and Ban Krut stand out as my favourite places.
But now it's off to Cambodia and this evening we will be in Battambang.
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