Koh Yao Noi is located in the Phang-Nga bay between Phuket and Krabi. It remains one of the rare gems of S. E. Asia; an island still largely undiscovered by mainstream tourism with pristine beaches, friendly locals and outstanding natural beauty: it really is the perfect retreat hideaway.
Plenty of leisure time between our yoga classes allows you to discover the islands’ customs and culture, adventures and cuisine. You can cruise the spectacular Phang Nga bay, explore the island by bicycle or scooter, take a Thai cookery class or just relax in the hammock or get a massage. The island is completely safe, the locals are very friendly and polite…it’s remarkable to walk down the main street in the market and see every motor scooter with its key in the ignition!
Check Out: 12 Noon
Each yoga vacation begins with the 4:30pm evening yoga class on the day of arrival and concludes after the morning class on the final day. Check-in is generally after 1pm and check out is at 12 Noon. If you arrive earlier and your bungalow isn’t ready, you’re welcome to leave your belongings at reception until your room is ready. You are also very welcome to extend your stay with us.
We require 7 days notice for a full refund on your deposit. ** Kindly note, we also deduct the small PayPal fee before issuing any refunds.
If you cancel less than 7 days before arrival you will be charged 1 night cancellation fee. If you cancel with less than 48 hours before arrival or no show, the deposit is not refundable.
Group cancellations require 60 days notice for refunds (PayPal fee will be deducted before issue).
You can rent bicycles, kayaks and motor scooters at the lodge to explore the island. If you need a taxi, just speak to Ning & Sin. They will organize one for you. Our local village is called Tha Khao and is a 10 minute walk along the beach from the nature lodge.Tha Khao has a “sell everything” store and food stalls. The main road around the island is a 18km loop. There’s one real town halfway around the loop called “the market” which has about 1000 inhabitants.
The market has a 7-11, a post office, a police station, banks, internet cafes, local and tourist restaurants, clothes shopping, a pharmacy and ATM machines.
There is an ATM at the local store in our village 1 km from Ulmal’s Nature lodge but bring cash as these machines sometimes don’t work! There are beaches all down the eastern side of the island – our side.. and amazing sunrises; the western side has mangroves with good bird watching and stunning sunsets.
With plenty of free time during the day, you can explore remote beaches and lively markets, rice paddies and rubber plantations. This is also the time to treat yourself to a massage or take a Thai cookery course. Recreation options include swimming , hiking and biking, rock climbing and kayaking.
IS FOOD TOO SPICY
Restaurants cater to foreigners on the island and “mostly” do not make dishes Thai spicy unless requested. It is important to let staff know “no chili” however if you are very sensitive.
Useful tip: there are two ways to make thai food spicy – some dishes (like green, red, yellow, and especially Penang curry etc, as well as soups like Tom Yam) are cooked with special paste, that always include some chili. They can not be “not spicy”. But the amount of spiciness can be controlled by the amount of paste used. And any dish can (and will be) be spiced up with fresh chilies – salad, fried rice, noodles, soup. So if you want to avoid too spicy – ask to put no chilies to your dish. While if you want more spicy – you can say how many chillies you want -½, 6, 12 (if you dare)…
Our breakfast buffet is served from 9:30- 10:30 am directly after your first yoga class. The buffet includes fried noodles, fried rice, fried eggs, omelets, toast, muesli, yogurt, papaya, watermelon, pineapple, mango sticky rice and other assortments of Thai style breakfast foods. Juice is freshly made every morning and we have self serve coffee/tea all day.
For vegetarian, our breakfast buffet is similar to Ovo-lacto-vegetarian (includes eggs) which serves a variety of foods. However we do not specifically cater for vegans or gluten intolerance etc
VEGETARIAN, VEGAN, GLUTEN FREE
For vegetarian, in general, almost any Thai dishes can be cooked without meat, chicken or seafood. They can be replaced with tofu if you want (pronounced as tao-hu). Ask to replace it with mushroom sauce.
However there are many food options on the island including a great restaurant called Chaba.
Chaba specializes in vegan /gluten free and vegetarian food- the majority of the food is sourced locally from our island.
This is a cost estimate of one meal at Nature lodge and several local restaurants. (1 main dish) – 100-150 THB, rice is usually 20 THB, drink – 40-100 THB depending on the drink (soda water 20-40 THB, coconut -50-80 THB, fruit shake 80-120 THB, coffee – appr 80 THB), so lunch or dinner will likely cost you 150-30 THB. Of course, there are also fancier and more expensive places to eat on the island as well.
WHERE TO EAT?
We have a variety of wonderful restaurants that we recommend to you. These include but are not limited to :
Chaba Cafe and Gallery – vegan and vegetarian (but only), gluten free, detox smoothies, fusion. Owned by Swiss lady Karen (by scooter – 5- 7 min, walking – 25 min, over the hill). Gallery with handmade crafts
At The Pier Restaurant – excellent local family restaurant right at Tha Kao pier (15 min walking distance). Friendly owner and prices
Kitchen Corner – excellent place to try Thai breakfast, but also catering lunch and dinner. Located at the Tha Kao pier, next to At Pier restaurant.
Sea Gypsy – Thai food family restaurant situated right after Namtok (waterfall) bungalows. Walking distance.
Rice Paddy – a finer dining experience. Offering Thai food (the only place with “mock meat” – meat made of mushrooms and soybeans), as well as tomato soups, falafel etc. Better to reserve the table beforehand. Owned by German. You would need a scooter or taxi to get there.
Kaya – one of the best Thai food restaurants on the island. A little bit pricy, a bit smaller portions, that will allow you to enjoy more dishes )). You would need a scooter or taxi to get there.
Bayview – Thai family restaurant on the hill with beautiful view at Tha Kao bay and limestone islands. Walking distance.
Cocobello cafe – Italian cafe with salads, sandwiches and pasta, with beautiful beach on the west-north side of the island. Secluded place with hammocks, kayak to rent, watch sunrise. Runned by Italian owner. You would need a scooter or taxi to get there.
Pizzeria la Luna – run by Italian family, great place for pasta, pizza and Italian desserts. You can enjoy a pool table and cozy bar behind the restaurant after your meal. Walking distance.
We provide a water station at the restaurant, Yoga Salas where you can refill your water bottles.
- Sunscreen, sunhat, sunglasses
- Alarm clock
- Insect repellent…can be bought locally.
- Light tropical clothing
- Comfortable yoga clothes
Best to travel light as you can buy inexpensive Asian style clothes and footwear at the market boutiques.
Yoga mats are provided
At Island Yoga wi-fi is available in public area.
Bring international power adaptors for use in charging cell phones and computers from Thai electrical outlets.
Thailand has a tropical climate with dry, mixed and rainy (monsoon) seasons. The temperature ranges from around 24-35c in the southern Andaman region where we are located with most days being sunny and warm. Our high season runs from early October to April, low season runs from June to early September; this is the mixed weather season where you can expect mostly sunny days interspersed with spectacular rain storms…usually for 5-10 minutes..Mid September to mid October is monsoon ..and staff vacation time!!. It never gets cold in southern Thailand so there is no need for heavy clothing. We use umbrellas and lightweight ponchos for rain protection which are cheap and can be bought locally or loaned from Ulmar’s Nature lodge.