A couple days ago we took the motorbike up north to Nang Yuan Terrace, the closest point between our island, Koh Tao, and Koh Nang Yuan, a set of three small islands connected by a sand bar. According to some info on the internets we thought we could rent a kayak from Nang Yuan Terrace and paddle over to the tiny islands, but after we arrived, we found out the only way to get to the islands is by a longtail boat taxi or kayak from Sairee Beach further south near our place. So, we decided to forgo the islands that day, since the weather was just so-so (not rainy, but not sunny) and jumped right in the water to snorkle at Nang Yuan Terrace. Again, I’m still amazed that you can simply go to any beach or bay and see tons of coral and fish right away. After snorkeling we made a pit stop down south at a place Ade recently scoped out to share a plate of yellow rice and fried chicken. First time we’ve seen yellow rice in SE Asia and it was a real treat! And, because what else have we got to do…we followed up with one of those oh-so-addicting $6 Thai massages. Not a bad plan B for the day.
Today, was a gorgeous, sunny day so we attempted Koh Nang Yuan again. We rented a kayak from Sairee Beach, paddled for about 30 minutes until we beached the kayak and were hit smack in the face with the most insane tourquoise-crystal-clear-sand-bar-beach-islands-never-wanna-leave-this-place beauty. Ahhhhh! Also, plenty of snorkeling. We’ve snorkled over a sea urchin here or there, but today we saw hundreds all piled together. Freaky!
After a way overpriced (120 Baht = nearly $4) coconut shake, we walked over a rickety bridge and up a stair path to the highest point of one of the islands to stare in awe at a view made for postcards. Literally. I bought a postcard of this view point the other day. But, of course, the postcards and the pics don’t do it justice. And, also some views just look better, because you know you’ve worked for them. It might take a couple of tries and you may be out of breath, dripping with sweat and blinded by the sun, but you’ve made it! And, it’s always so worth it.