Ko Yoa Noi
After a chilled out couple of days in Krabi we headed over to Ko Yoa Noi a muslim island via boat. We were staying in beach bungalow style accom and the place in general was pretty nice! Me and Francesca who is a 22 year old girl on my tour from Manchester hired a moped for the day, as the island is fairly smallish, quiet and getting to and from the village on foot would have been a royal pain in the arse! We spent the whole of the first afternoon zipping around the island being laughed at by the locals! I was pretty nervous about the whole moped experience at first as you hear so many bad stories about them but after 5 minutes we were over-taking the locals and no doubt would have been breaking the speed limit! If they bothered to inforce one!
We did however have a near death experience when we hit a pot hole at 80kph, both of us were fairly suprised to be alive after this, let alone remain on the moped unscathed and carry on like nothing had happened!!!
There is very little to do on the island so we had dinner at the bungalows and Me and Canadian Paul destroyed Aussie Phil and Rhinni at a trumps style card game! Paul if you ever read this I carried you the whole way, but you were a solid partner throughout! Good work!
Sleeping in the bungalows was not the experience I had hoped for! No air con, a fan which I am sure was a heater in disguise and rock hard beds!! Now I have slept in some pretty s***ty places and had some dreadful nights sleep along the way but this had to be up there in my TOP 3 UNPLEASANT TRAVEL EXPERIENCES! I was not looking forward to a repeat the following night!
The next day we did some island hopping, again the islands were incredibly picturesque and any direction you turned was like looking at a postcard! Unfortunatley there was lots of stingers in the sea and after a few painful minutes attempting to snorkel on each island I retreated to the beach for some more R&R! I managed to not get burnt! Hurrah!
Mid afternoon we got back to the island (via what can only be described as a walk through the swamp of death) and after a quick shower me and Francesca wasted no time hopping back on our beloved speedmobile! The rest of the group also hired them so pretty much everywhere you looked there was nervous looking tourists riding around! Todays moped experience was a tad more eventful! Firstly Rhinni and Julie crashed into the parked bikes on their practice, then Francesca stacked ours into a ditch whilst trying to U-turn (I luckily had got off), two of the other guys blew a tyre and Rhinni and Julie fell off theirs in dramatic style several more times before giving up and becoming passengers while me and Francesca drove them back to safety!
It was a fun day topped off with a couple of bottles of lovely Thai Rum! I have however learnt that mopeds are more dangerous than they look and even though I am quite clearly a pro accidents can happen! In fact several in the space of one hour is entirely managable, and if you damage their bikes - YOU PAY! Ours was minus a wing mirror upon return and I am sure the headlight had seen better days, costing us 280 Baht - although they forgot to charge the 350baht for the hire so a total bargain me thinks!
I had another hellish night in the Sauna/Bungalow getting to sleep at 3am and up at 6am to see Francesca off who left the tour to head to the full moon party!! (which I would be going to if it was not for 3 rather annoying english women winging their way to phuket to meet me as I type)
Next and last stop Phuket!