Samui Wining & Dining
IS THERE SUCH A THING AS ‘TOO’ REMOTE?
Get away from it all and head to Koh Nang Yuan.


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Many people come to Thailand to escape the hectic pace of their lives back home. To get away from the crazy hustle and bustle of cities and their associated noise, flashing lights, traffic and constant bombardment of advertisements, television and mobile phones. So they head to a remote island where they can have some peace and quiet, enjoy some sunshine, fresh air, good food and maybe a few relaxing activities thrown in.

        So how about you? How remote would you go? Koh Samui could be considered by some to be remote but at least here we have ATMs, banks, supermarkets, hospitals and even an airport. Maybe you’d like to go one step down the ‘remoteness’ ladder and head to Koh Phangan? You won’t find an airport on this island (yet!) and even though there is a hospital, it lacks some facilities and you could easily find yourself on a speedboat back to Samui for anything they can’t handle. ATM’s are also few and far between. Does this scare you or does it appeal to your need to ‘get away from it all’?

        So, what if I told you, you could escape to a small island that is just west of the island of Koh Tao and can only be reached by boat. It has just one bar, one resort, a rule banning plastic bottles, and reputedly has the best

snorkelling in Thailand. Would you believe me? Yes, it does exist. It is called Koh Nang Yuan and is a very small island (or rather three small rocky blobs joined by strips of sand), is privately owned and there is an entrance fee just to set foot on the sand. It takes roughly 15 minutes to get there from Koh Tao depending on your mode of transport. Speed boats, and even catamarans, offer package day trips, but the best option is to charter a longtail boat from one of the many available the island. It shouldn’t set you back any more than 200 baht for a return journey. It is possible to take day trips from Samui, but because of the distance involved it won’t really leave you much time to see anything before it’s time to head back again.

        The island is mostly known for its diving, snorkelling and relaxing on the beach. As far as accommodation is concerned, you have but one choice - The Nang Yuan Diving Resort. Bear in mind, because it’s the only resort, rooms will fill up quickly so you’ll want to book well in advance. There are no telephones, no room service and intermittent TV. There is also no night life. There are DVDs available for rental from reception. Well, you wanted remote …

        So what is there to do? Besides the wonderful diving and snorkelling along the beautiful reef, you ask? Well you can chill out and relax on the beautiful beaches because after all that’s why you came here, isn’t it? To get away from it all.

        If you feel the need to partake in some sort of activity, you can try the experience offered by Goodtime Adventures - zip lining! It’s a unique half-day adventure trip which includes a scenic walk, visiting a view point on one of the islands, a guided snorkel on one of the reefs and an amazing zip-lining experience between the islands. They work on a ‘first come, first served’ basis with new groups leaving every hour. Places are limited places so make sure you book first.

        So if you’re looking to really escape, relax and really chill out; if the thought of no internet, no telephone signal and no clubbing doesn’t frighten you to death, then maybe a visit to Koh Nang Yuan needs to be added to your ‘to-do’ list.

        

 Colleen Setchell


 


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