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(Last Updated On: January 14, 2021)

Koh Yao Yai Day One

Koh Yao Yai is labeled as the most “untouched” island in Thailand, meaning that tourism has not completely invaded the island culture.

Fast forward through a 40-minute speed boat ride and a 30-minute taxi ride through rural villages, and we’ve arrived at Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort and Spa.

We checked into a “honeymoon suite” that I believe I paid around $60 for. It was a 15 second walk to the beach with a view of the water. We walked down to the pier and had dinner on the beach. This island blessed us with the most epic sunset of the trip. It was truly magical.

Koh Yao Yai Day Two

Our last morning in Thailand. I woke up to the see the sunrise, video chatted my parents, and then the digestive distress set in. Luckily, we had the whole afternoon to relax until heading out to the airport. It was rough. I endured a 30-minute songthaew ride (Back of a truck), 30-minute speed boat ride, a 30-minute taxi ride and then 8 hours at the airport with some degree of food poisoning.

It could have been so much worse and I’m so glad it did not interfere with any of our planned activities. I bought rehydration salts at the airport and bananas and white rice and began rehabbing myself back to life.

I managed to pull it together for my layover tour of the Forbidden Palace in Beijing on my 9-hour layover. That is a whole different story of struggle that I will eventually write about as well.

This felt like the perfect amount of time in Thailand for a first trip. I was ready to sleep in my own bed.

Check out the other locations I visited in Thailand!



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