Had Yao (7th - 8th March)
Trip Start Jan 01, 2008
87Trip End Dec 29, 2008
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Where I stayed
Haad Yao Nature Resort
In the minibus On the way to Hat Yao, no-one spoke English (& Clive's Thai failed him) and we had our fingers crossed that we would know when to get off as the bus kept stopping/diverting whenever any passenger asked it to
Anyway, Haad Yao Nature Resort was very run down, with plenty of asbestos, concrete and plastic. Food was very expensive, even compared to Bangkok - and each meal was at least 50% cabbage and, regardless of what was ordered (ie seafood soup or chicken noodles) always the cabbage. The tours were also astronomically priced (approx US$100 for two people to go on a 2 hour walk!). I would not recommend this as a place to stay - even though it is the only place in Hat Yao - it is possible to pay the local people to transport you in a local boat straight over to your island of choice (needless to say at a fraction of the cost that the resort wished to charge) and the larger ferries all arrive early afternoon, so there is no need to stay overnight, especially as most, if not all, people arrive by mid-morning from their previous destination.
However the beach, which was both beautiful and deserted was a 10 minute walk away and really only used by the local villagers who only really turn up at weekends and so we had the beach to ourselves
The walk to and from the beach was along a road, shaded by sea-pines and local fruit trees including papaya and lots of chinese pears. There were a couple of tethered buffalo (that seemed very wary of us) and a number of squashed snakes on the road. Along the road an beach were some fantastically coloured bougainvillea (fushia-pink and white) which seemed to ramble over everything.