We had to drive to the North East of Phuket to take the local Ferry for Bang Rong Pier. We travelled along a dirt road and through the mangrove swamps and arrived at a very simple pier.
It was not the most safety conscious trip that I had been on so if you are a little hesitant than I am not sure that this trip is for you - the luggage was on top of the life vests and I am not sure that the number of people getting on the speed boat were counted.
The price was 350 Baht each (I think) and the people taking the ferry were mostly local people.
The trip was a little rough and I did worry a little but we were at Koh Yao Yai in 15 minutes, we dropped off some people at Klong Hia Pier and carried onto Koh Yao Noi.
When we arrived at Koh Yao Noi we were greeted by a number of taxi / buses who wanted to take us 'somewhere' - Chuen my wife (who is Thai) chose to share with a family who lived on the island. We travelled North along deserted roads through very attractive scenery.
We then stopped on the coast for a bite to eat at a restaurant in front of Asia Villaguna - here there is beautiful stretch of beach and again it was deserted - somebody had put up a swing and my family loved to play on this. The restaurant was lovely and they served us our food on a table next to the sand whilst Jemma played.
After this we set off again to find another stretch of beach... here we found a beach with a number of local children and Jemma loved to play in the ocean with them. We then got back on the bus and he took us round the island and we ended up at Lam Sai Seafood restaurant.
This is a special place because it is up a dirt road and overhangs the ocean. There is a wooden floating pier - reached by a rickety wood and the view is magnificent - great chocolate milkshake - next time we will have something to eat.
We all got back on the bus a little tired and travelled back to Manoh Pier to pick up the boat to return to Phuket...
A fun day out and we will go again.
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