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Sailing the Andaman Sea

Hi,

after three great nights on Koh Yao Noi we took the ferry to the main land and continued our journey south towards Phuket. For our last two nights we had decided so rent a cabin on a sailboat and spend some more time on the water. We found Aleen and her boat on Airbnb, so it was really easy to arrange things and answer all our question. 

We met Aleen at Chalong Pier in Phuket from where we took the dinghy to the sailboat. After a quick introduction to the boat we quickly weighed the anchor and started to sail onto the open sea. The further we drifted away from the coast the quieter it became and it felt absolutely relaxing and unwinding to get away from all the noise and the crowds of Phuket.

 

We sailed for about 4-5 hours before we anchored just a few meters away from a small uninhabited island. Aleen knew the area and the sea really well and showed us some rather spectacular snorkeling spots.

If you're not used to being on a boat the whole day it will be quite tiring and so we went to bed quiet early. However we got up really to watch the sunrise.

After a quick morning swim, coffee and breakfast on the boat we set sails again towards Racha Yai, another island that is quite popular for day tourists and also has some hotels. We took the dinghy ashore and went for a stroll through the island. 

After two days and nights our stay on Aleen's boat was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. If you're planning to go to the South of Thailand swing by her Airbnb site and get in touch! It's a unique experience you cannot miss.  

If you enjoyed this post please check out the other parts of our Thailand series:

  1. One Night in Bangkok
  2. Chiang Mai and the North of Thailand
  3. Island Hopping in Koh Yao Noi

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Island Hopping on Koh Yao Noi

Hi all,

after two nights in the North of Thailand it was finally time to travel towards the coast. We flew from Chiang Mai to Phuket, where we took a local taxi to the pier. We made it just in time for the sunset, and the ferry ride was nothing but stunning.

But first of all here's a map for everyone (including me) to show you where Koh Yao Noi is located:

 
 

It's a breathtaking scenery, unlike anything I had seen before. The landscape is vastly different from the North of Thailand: Dense palm-tree forests growing all the way to the white sand of the beach, the water is warm and crystal blue, the cliffs are steep and rough. Even though there is a lot of tourism, a lot of islands are still mostly unihabited. 

We started the island hopping tour early in the morning the following day. Except another couple and the captain we had the Longtail-boat pretty much for ourself. Since we started quite early we managed to skip the crowds at the most popular spots and our tour guide did a fantastic job showing us the most picturesque spots in the area. He even showed us a few islands that were solely inhabited by monkeys. 

And of course I didn't want to miss the opportunity to fly the drone in this stunning landscape. I don't think I've ever seen water that blue. 

The whole tour took about 6 hours. The rest of the day we spend at the at the hotel beach and pool.

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