Ko Yao Noi, onto another island, Thursday 27th December

Today was a very short cycling day, in fact we went further on the Longboat crossing between islands than we cycled.

This is one of the islands petrol stations

We did manage a later start today, taking our breakfast at 8:30 which consisted of fruit (bananas) and toast with jam, strawberry, pineapple or orange. The orange is a jam not a marmalade. Plus tea and coffee.

The pier

After sitting a while we left about 11:00 am cycling the short distance to the pier. Half way along the pier the long boats leave, it cost 200 baht including the bicycles. The longboats are an all wood construction with a normal looking engine mounted directly on to a very long propeller shaft, the bicycles were passed on to the boat by hand and stored in the well between seats. As we left one docked with a scooter in the well between it’s seats, this was heaved off by a few people, basically if you can lift it in the air it can go onto the longboat.

On it goes

A longboat in all it’s glory

The sky was a clear blue with the sea and islands looking spectacular in their own greens and blues.

The view crossing between islands

Ten minutes to cross, a lift off the boat and we were set to go. First we cycled into the small town to buy fruit, buns (remember the Thai custard filled ones?) And a few snacks.

A fishing boat moored in the mangroves

Not too far from the town is Koh Yao Beach Bungalows where we have booked two nights, we deserve a day off to all this cycling is hard work.

We have got a lovely room, from the veranda and inside the room we could see the sea. The beach is just across the road, it is very nice as well. A very good choice of accommodation but a lot more expensive at 1300 baht a night.

Pasai Beach was quiet, reasonable sand (considering how many mangroves are around) with beautiful views across the bay and out to many small islands. The restaurant where we ate looked right out across the beach, all very scenic.

Getting a longboat ready to leave the beach

Yacht moored off the beach

View from the beach

Another longboat

In the restaurant we had a beer, it is difficult to get alcohol here on the island, none of the shops sell it. We took one back to the bungalow and sat out on our patio area sipping it while the sun went down. You do need to take care as when the sun dips this is a trigger for the mosquitoes to come out to play.

The sun begins to set

The Strava route today, the observant amongst you will be impressed by the lack of island on Google maps (which Strava use) we did do a lot of underwater cycling today!

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