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NYUANG OO PHEE, A Private Island in the Andaman Sea

When most people think of the Andaman Sea, there are many names we could shout: Similan Islands, Koh Lipe, Phuket, Krabi, Mergui Archipelago, Lampi Island and a stunner like Ngapali Beach. These are what I could come up with. What are the places that you could think of? Please let me know. ūüėć

Anyway, when talking about destinations in the Andaman Sea, I would never though of Nyuang Oo Phee Island. To be more honest, I never heard of this place until I found it on the internet and I booked my place almost right away! A holiday on a private island that is not too far from home simply sold itself to me.

Accommodation and Activities
  • November to May
  • Fire Show
  • Bar and restaurant on site
  • Snorkelling
  • Hiking
  • Boat trip
    • Island hopping
    • Scuba Diving

Nyuang Oo Phee is a small island in Kawthaung, Southern Myanmar. The island is a property of Nyuand Oo Phee Resort, the only resort on island and it is only open to customers between November and May. For other months, no customers can spend a night on the island due to weather condition. However, visit during the day is allowed during those months.

There is everything for a good holiday on the island, you are all covered. They even have a fire show every night! There is a bar and a restaurant on site. You could chose to stay in bungalow tents or rooms, with either stream or ocean view. Apart from swimming, you could also snorkel at their small house reef, looking for string rays and greet the moray eel, that is only about 200 metres off the store. You could ask any staff on the island to pin the exact location. They might even show you spot themselves.

You could also go on a boat trip, hopping to islands nearby, snorkelling at other areas or even scuba diving. Again, just talk to the staff or visit their website for more information. But if you want to stay dry, you could also hike around the resort. There are several trails that you could follow.

Getting There
  • Yangong, Myanmar
    • Fly to Kawthaung
    • Speed boat to the island
  • Ranong, Thailand
    • Grand Andaman Pier
    • Koh Song
    • Kawthaung
    • Speed Boat to the island

To get there is really simple, you could fly from Yangon, Myanmar to Kawthaung with Myanmar National Airlines. There are flights every day between the two cities. From Kawthaung, you only hop on the speed boat that you’ll have to pre-booked with the resort, enjoy the ride for 1.30 hour, hop off the boat and land on the soft, white sand!

You could also easily get there from Ranong, Thailand. You simply have to book yourself a boat ride from Grand Andaman Pier to Kawthaung. There is a custom at the pier. It’s awfully convenience. After 30 minutes, the boat will stop at Koh Song, which you’ll only have to pass your passport and the documents from Thai custom to the staff on the boat, wait for 5 minutes and you are legally through the border of Myanmar. The boat will continue its journey to Kawthaung for another hour. From there, you’ll spend another 1.30 on a fun ride to our destination!

Things to do in Kawthaung

  • Maliwan Waterfall and Hot Springs
  • Palautonetone Fishing Village
  • Temples

If you don’t want to immediately go to Nyuang Oo Phee Island, and want to wander around Kawthaung first, I’ve got a list for you.

Firstly, I’d recommend cooling off at the Maliwan Waterfall, where you can dip in the natural pool, while listening to the sound of water crushing. Not too far from here, there is a natural trail taking you to the Maliwan Hot Springs, where you can relax and bathe the wonderfulness of nature.¬†

Then, I’d recommend visiting the Palautonetone Fishing Village. It’s a small island in the North of Kawthaung, linked to the mainland by a wooden bridge. The bridge takes you into the mangrove, which leads to the hearth of the village. The bridge itself is fascinating. However, I also enjoyed walking through the village, seeing kids playing around, sneakily observed us with friendly smiles. Also, there are many different styles of temples to admire and a very clean beach on this tiny island.

The Accommodation


I’d highly recommend staying at the Victoria Cliff Hotel and Resort, which is under the same operation as the¬†Nyuang Oo Phee Resort. So, it’s really easy to book your transportation and all with them. They even offer tours around Kawthaung¬†as well. The perfect location of this place gives you a stunning view of the Andaman Sea, from your balcony or from their infinity pool! They even have a long bridge going further into the sea, giving you view of the city and the hotel itself. I also have to mention that the food is great!

Day Trip Itinerary
  • Island hopping from Kawthaung
  • Lunch at Nyaung Oo Phee Island
  • More islands
  • Back to Kawthaung

If your timing is not right or you can’t simply spend a night on the island, don’t give up. You could contact the hotel about their fun day trip. You’ll be in a speed boat, visiting different islands and snorkelling spots! You’ll get to enjoy the private island, where there are almost no footprints and the stunning beach!

Two Days Trip Itinerary

But if you want to spend a night there, you could simply book a two days trip via the resort as well. This helps to reduce all the huzzles. You’ll get to do the same thing, but after more islands in the evening, you’ll be back on the island, watching fire show by the beach and enjoying a peaceful sleep. Then you leave for Kawthaung the next morning. ūüĆě

I really enjoyed my time there as I got to see a lot of things but there were no huzzles with transportations and bits and pieces. I got to see cultures and a nature that is so pure and so private. You won’t feel lonely either because the people there are so warm. It’s a perfect place to wind down. ūüôÉ

 

 

 

 

 

KOH PHANGAN: An Island in the Gulf of Thailand

Koh Phangan is one of the most popular islands in Thailand. Not only because it houses the world’s famous party but also because of what it has to offer naturally. It’s a place for all preferences. There’s something for everyone.

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It’s very close to Koh Samui and they share similar features, especially the weather and transportation.

You could check out my previous post about Koh Samui here.

Top Beaches in Koh Phangan
  • Mae Haad Beach
  • Koh Ma
  • Chaloklum Bay
  • Thong Nai Pan
  • Haad Thong Reng
  • Haad Nam Tok
  • Haad Rin
  • Baan Tai

The sand bar of Mae Haad Beach links the main island with Ma Island.

 

The clear water in the area of Koh Ma.

 

The beach by the main pier at Thong Sala in Koh Phangan is a great place to relax after the journey or before saying goodbye to this island.

 

Baan Tai Beach taken with an analog camera; Minolta A3

 

 The finest sand of Baan Tai Beach

This amazing sunset was shot at Baan Tai Beach area in front of our resort.

Top Waterfalls in Phangan
  • Paradise Waterfall
  • Thaan Prawet Waterfall
  • Thaan Sadet Waterfall
  • Thaan Praphad Waterfall
  • Phaeng Waterfall

Phaeng Waterfall

Activities that You Should Try While in Phangan
  • Full Moon Party at Haad Rin
  • Wakeboarding at Wake Up! Wakeboarding
  • Wipeout at the Challenge Koh Phangan
  • Daytime party at Slip N Fly
  • Kiteboarding with Breeze Kiteboarding

 

 

These things make Koh Phangan so special and I can confidently say that you’ll never get enough of this island.

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KOH SAMUI: An Island in the Gulf of Thailand

Koh Samui is one of the very famous islands, mainly because there is everything for everyone. Samui is Thailand’s second largest island and it houses all the good things, from lit parties to buddhist temples and fishing village. It can be a bit confusing, so let us help you through it.

 

When to go?

Samui features a tropical climate so it’s pretty humid and warm all year round with the average temperature of 28 degree Celsius. The driest months with least rainfall would be February to April, whereas months with heaviest rainfall are September to November. Though, the rest of the year, some rain is expected.

 

How to get there?

1. Plane

There is an airport in Koh Samui (USM) in which you could fly directly from Bangkok, other domestic cities and from few other countries as well. There are also few airports nearby, like the ones in Chumpon and Surat Thani.

2. Ferries

  • Seatran Ferry
    • Donsak – Nathon
  • Raja Ferry
    • Donsak – Lipa Noi

There are 2 ferry services from Surat Thani to Koh Samui, which both of them operate hourly from 5 a.m. – 7 p.m. and journeys are about 1 hour 30 minutes. Ferry is good for those who are connecting from closer towns or for those with vehicles.

Seatran Ferry takes you between Donsak pier in Surat Thani and Nathon pier in Koh Samui. Meanwhile, Raja Ferry Port takes you between Donsak pier and Lipa Noi pier in Koh Samui.

3. High Speed Catamaran

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Lomprayah is a company that operates High Speed Catamaran between many tourist destinations, including Samui Island. The service of Lomprayah includes all transits like airport transfer, buses, trains and piers. They offer many routes and tours to choose from as well.

Lomprayah also offers free transfers and pick-ups between your hotels and the piers for those who book the ticket through their official website; www.lomprayah.com. This kind service is only for those in Koh Samui.

 

How to get around?

1. Airport Transfer

There are several van services that take you and other passengers to hotels and they are always there for all flights.

2. Public Buses

Buses in Koh Samui are red pick-ups with specific route labeled. These local buses costs around 20 baht to 100 baht, depending on the distance. However, they do charge a bit more during the night hours. Remember to check the price with the driver before you hop on.

3. Songthaews (Taxis)

These Taxis look pretty much the same as local buses but they have no sign of their specific routes. These Songthaews have no fixed price and they don’t work with metres, so you’ll have to negotiate with the driver before you hop on. This could be a cheaper alternative if you have a lot of companies.

5. NaviGo Samui

This is a mobile Taxi application, just like Uber. It’s a cheaper alternative as fares are metered. It’s a very convenience option for those with Internet data.

6. Motorbikes

You can rent motorbikes with many rental providers and it shouldn’t cost you more than 200 baht for a day. To rent one, the provider will usually take your passport as the deposit.¬†There are many gas stations and shops that sell gasoline by bottles around the island.

7. Bicycles

They are few bicycle rental places in Samui and there are even areas where there is proper bicycle lane.

8. Cars

If you are traveling in a big group or with family and you plan to go around the island a lot, then you might want to consider car rental. They are many providers, including Avis. Fares should be around 1,300 baht to 1,500 for a day. Again, they might take your passport as the deposit.

 

Where to go?

  • Chaweng Beach
    • Green Mango Street
    • Paris Follies Cabaret
    • Ark Bar Beach Resort
    • Football Golf Club
    • Aquapark
    • Wat Khao Hua Jook Temple
    • Central Festival
    • Chaweng Night Market
  • Lamai Beach
    • Grandmother and Grandfather Rock (Hin Ta and Hin Yai)
    • Thong Takian Beach (Silver Beach)
      • Snorkeling
  • Mae Nam Beach
    • Pink Elephant Samui Water Park
  • Bo Phut Beach
    • Wat Phra Yai Temple (Big Buddha Temple)
    • Lad Koh Viewpoint
    • Fisherman’s Village Walking Street
    • Coco Tams
  • Laem Set Beach
  • Taling Ngam Beach
  • Hin Lad Waterfall
  • Na Muang Waterfalls

The most popular beach of Samui is definitely Chaweng Beach. Apart from great sand range, it’s also the house of all big parties and nightclubs, especially at Green Mango Street. You might also want to check out Paris Follies Cabaret.

The most famous bar is also here; the Ark Bar Beach Resort. You don’t have to stay here to enjoy the best party on the island. This is the place if you want to chill and drink around pool table with your mates. You can even arrange your own tournament. But when you are ready, the beach dance floor is all yours. They even have the fire dance show!

 

If you are up for some fun, you might want to spend your time at Football Golf Club. Here, you don’t use club to hit the ball, you just kick it. It’s really simple and good for everyone. But, if you want to stay on the beach and surrounded by warm water¬†then you might like Aquapark. There are massive inflatables, which are¬†not only great for kids.

However, if you want a little bit of culture, you might want to visit Wat Khao Hua Jook Temple. The pagoda stands tall and elegant. This place also offers a great view of the beach.

But if the heat becomes too much and you want to be inside an air-conditioned shopping complex, then you could spend few hours shopping or eating at Central Festival Koh Samui. However, if you are looking for cheaper and great food then Chaweng Night Market is a place for you. There are street foods, drinks and souvenirs.

At Lamai Beach, there are also many bars and nightclubs but what makes Lamai famous are two genital-shaped rocks; Hin Ta and Hin Yai. These rocks form a small and transparent pool in the middle.

Within the area of Lamai, there is a small beach; Thong Takian Beach. It’s not very known, so there is not many people here. This is a golden secret location as you can bring your own snorkeling equipments and explore! There are also few scuba diving centres.

Mae Nam Beach is the quieter beach in Samui, so a walk along the beach is just amazing. Personally, I think this is the cleanest beach in Samui. In the area, there is¬†Pink Elephant Samui Water Park. Again, it’s great for kids and for those who just want to drink beers and relax in an adult-only Jacuzzi area.

At Bo Phut Beach, there is Wat Phra Yai Temple, which is a place you shouldn’t miss. There is a massive buddha that can be seen from many viewpoints, but at this temple, by the Buddha, you can witness some great view as well.

However, for me the best viewpoint in Samui is the Lad Koh Viewpoint. This is because there are short trekking routes taking you from the road to the rocky curves and formations that you could carefully explore. It looks really good!

If you’re up for a more relaxed night out, Bo Phut is the place as there is the Fisherman’s Village. Here, you could spend your night walking around, getting some drinks and absorb evidences of fishermen’s life. The most amazing beach bar right by the village is the Coco Tams. It’s an easy-going place with tents, pillows, swings and beanbags for you to sit and relax. They also have shisha.

Leam Set Beach is one of the smaller beaches with little people. It has white sand area, but the water can be a bit tricky to swim as only 100 metres out in the water, there is a shallow coral reef. So, if you are not an expert or if you are with small kids, I’d suggest some sort of feet protection so you don’t cut yourself while swimming or snorkeling.

Taling Ngam Beach is another option for those who really want to relax. It’s about an hour by car away from other main beaches like Chaweng. Here, you can see more traditional houses and less luxurious resorts.

If you feel like switching into soaking up the fresh water, then there are 2 waterfalls in Samui for you. Firstly, Hin Lad Waterfall offers a small jungle trail and refreshing pool to sink in. It’s so much fun to explore the area and visit the Hin Lad Temple. Along the way, there are pretty walking paths.

The other bigger waterfall is Na Muang Falls. It’s massive! You’ll enjoy swimming, hiking, picnicking and seeing some animals as well.

 

 

 

 

 

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