I Spent My Birthday Week With Strangers: Part III (Koh Yao Yai, Thailand)

Nestled between Phuket and Krabi is a secluded island called Koh Yao Yai. Translated as “Big Long Island”, this enchanting island was my final stop for my birthday week solo trip.

See Part 1 and Part 2 here:

BANGKOK: https://samarellano.com/2017/05/28/i-spent-my-birthday-week-with-strangers-part-i-bangkok-thailand/

PHUKET + KRABI + PHI PHI ISLANDS: https://samarellano.com/2017/05/28/i-spent-my-birthday-week-with-strangers-part-ii-phuket-krabi-phi-phi-island-thailand/


I rode a small boat from Phuket to go to Koh Yao Yai.

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Save the best for last, they all say. And I definitely did.

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I stayed at a resort named Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa. (Website: http://www.santhiya.com/kohyaoyai/ )

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It was a tropical island paradise!

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The rooms and villas rested atop a small hill by the beach

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and were accessible by small wooden cars.

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This luxury resort is not like any other resorts I’ve been to.

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The facade and architecture of the whole place were consistently native and cultural.

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It has a wide range of facilities and offers various activities such as Thai Kickboxing and Muay Thai lessons.

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They also have a spa!

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While the exteriors have already exceeded my expectations, imagine my reaction when I stepped into my room.

Oh. My. Goodness.

It was like a honeymoon suite!

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The room came with a balcony, a breathtaking view,

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AND a bathtub!

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The place was huuuuuge.

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It had a daybed too

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and little freebies!

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The furnishings were so intricate

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from the bedroom to the bathroom.

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The room was just so beautiful, I didn’t want to leave.

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And so I stayed in, zoned out, and didn’t go out until the next day. 🙂

Gotta make the most out of what I paid for, right? Hahaha.

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I started the day with a breakfast buffet.

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Which I had by the beach. The food was amazing! I pretty much stayed there until they closed down the buffet. Haha!

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Then I spent the rest of the afternoon by the waterfall swimming pool.

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I was one happy birthday girl. 🙂

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Sadly, it all had to end somehow.

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It was time to go home.

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9 days of exploring Thailand on my own.

Spending my birthday week with strangers.

Discovering the unfamiliar.

Yeahp. I couldn’t have spent my 25th birthday any better. 🙂

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Koh Yai Yai, Thailand | June 2015

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