After one lounge day too many on Koh Tao, our crew decided to get ambitious. “Let’s go on a day trip!”
Twenty minutes later, we were all wading through the water towards the long tail boat that would bring us to nearby Koh Nang Yuan.
“… did someone bring sunblock?”
We always forgot, and today was no different. Oops, someone said, maybe we’ll remember tomorrow. Someone has to keep the aloe guys in business.
The little island of Koh Nang Yuan is tucked into the shadow of Koh Tao and barely a stone’s throw away, but the lack of motorized vehicles and wall-to-wall resorts gives it its own serene vibe. Activities include laying on the beach, laying in the water, snorkeling in the shallows, or—for the particularly adventurous—climbing up to the overlook.
Our group settled our things onto a clear patch of beach near the water, and decided to tackle the hike up to the island’s peak.
“This better be worth it!” was heard as we huffed our way up the concrete steps and heaved over the gigantic stones that marked the base of the the overlook.
Worth it? Was it ever.
I was in awe. The ocean stretched out for miles in all directions, and the stunning view of the island’s shoreline looked like something from a movie. I sat up there for a while, content to watch the motion of people drift about their days on the shores below.
Feeling accomplished, we scrambled back down the path and over the driftwood walkways to spend the rest of the day on the beach.
The afternoon flew, and it wasn’t long before the light began to fade and the last of the chairs were taken away. As the sun set, we climbed back onto our boat and started to head home—tired, happy, and just maybe a little sunburnt.