We are honored to be receiving TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence and wanted to reach out to all our guests that wrote positive reviews on TripAdvisor. Your feedback helps us grow and improve as a resort. You let us know when things are going well and where things need improving. Without your feedback we would not be where we are today. So thank you to all our guests, for allowing us to receive this certificate for 4 Years in row. Look forward to having you back here in Paradise.
The Travel Essentials Trio – Passport, Tickets, Visa
Well don’t get stuck at the airport because you forgot to bring the essentials. Always check that your passport is valid for at least another year before going overseas. Second always double check if your passport is going to need a visa to get into Thailand or other countries if you are doing a more regional trip.
Ditch the socks
You are going to want to bring some form of sandal, flip-flops, slip-ons because socks and sand are not a good pairing. Especially for those with larger shoe sizes, although you’ll be able to buy a cheap pare of flip flops in Thailand, it might be difficult to find the larger sizes. Bring a good reliable pair from home. 😉
Everyone knows that one person that brags that they never get burned, but it doesn’t matter. Use Sunscreen. Every morning before you head out and reapply through-out the day. Mosquitos normally come out in for around 5pm so try to apply before going out for dinner or just before the sunset. Nobody wants to spend their holiday itching a sunburn.
Packets of Tissues
If you plan on leaving the resort to go exploring around Phuket or Thai, some bathrooms might not have toilet paper available. It is common to find waterhoses or water jets in Thai bathrooms, its more effective and hygienic than toilet paper but it is always handy to have one packet of tissues just in case.
Well it is pretty self-explanatory. The sun is bright and the water is nice. Although low tide see’s many beaches end up with dry reef. The best solution to a hot day is to take a dip in the water, whether that be in the sea or in the pool. Although there are plenty of cheap sunglasses available in Thailand you might want to invest in sturdy pair that are polarized or properly screen out the harmful ultra-violet rays.
A Good Book… or Two
There is always going to be some downtime when traveling, waiting on the plan, maybe for some public transport and let’s just say Paradise has some great hammocks to spend the day reading a book in.
Thai SIM card
For those of us that can’t separate ourselves from our phones grabbing a Thai SIM card at the airport is a great solution. Wifi is commonly unreliable due to the amount of people trying to use it so make sure you buy enough data for your surfing needs.
Paradise KohYao in Phang Nga, Thailand has just achieved a prestigious Travelife for Hotels & Accommodations Gold Certification. Travelife – the international sustainability certification scheme – assesses a property’s performance in managing their social, environmental and economic impacts.
The labelling scheme helps hotels cut costs and increase sales, by improved sustainability.
To gain Travelife Gold certification the hotel must meet their 150 sustainability criteria. This includes environmental issues, such as minimising their waste and use of energy, water and chemicals; , as well as taking positive action on social issues, such as employee welfare, working with the local community, child protection and human rights. They must also show how they are helping to support local businesses and protect local traditions and wildlife.
Paradise KohYao has reduced its energy use by taking control of temperature ensuring in room air conditioning has an automatic switch off while guest leave the room, using appliances efficiency by ensuring that reduce heat for dishwashers and laundry machine and load the machine to its full capacity which can help to save percentage of water usage and energy for future generations.
Paradise KohYao has reduced the amount of waste it produces through waste separation to avoid waste generation including reuse and recycling materials where possible for example single-sided paper can be used as a notepad or put it in the recycling box near the photocopies machine so office staffs can reuse it again, inspiring its staffs to bring their own mug to avoid using the disposable paper cups and encouraging its staff to use cotton bag instead of plastic bag to reduce waste.
The hotel uses various methods to save water, including using the low-flow water system including low flush toilet to help reduce water consumption, reuse water by transporting the shower water into the lotus pond and watering of gardens, arouse its staffs to turning off the tap when wash the dish at the canteen or tooth brushing after lunch, regularly check the water tap to minimize the water usage for example check underground pipe leaks and leaks from internal plumbing, outdoor taps and sprinklers.
As well as these day-to-day environmental measures, the hotel goes further to protect the environment by beach cleaning, join the community for mangrove tree-planting to reduce coastal erosion and plant the local-plants surrounding the village to preserve and maintain the Koh Yao’s ecosystem also encouraging guests to get involved in community conservation activities for example island cleaning, school donation.
The hotel measures its performance regularly to monitor the impact of its sustainability efforts, report on results and plan improvements.
Travelife certification shows that the hotel is committed to treating people fairly and with respect. As well as providing good working conditions for staff and investing in its employees by providing regular training, Paradise KohYao aims to be an active member of the local community. The hotel supports local people by giving donations to local schools, help and develop local schools by build an activity building, supporting local charities, regularly consulting with local government and community on several projects.
Local economy and businesses
Paradise KohYao also tries to support the local community from an economic perspective by buying lives fresh sea food products from local fishermen, support to order food recipe from local suppliers, encourage its guests to visit the village so that they have an opportunity to spend money through local shops and restaurants, increasing its local economy.
Communication with guests
Paradise KohYao also tries to involve guests in their sustainability activities, such as encouraging its guests to reduce energy by providing energy tips such as reusing towels and linen allowing guest to choose whether or not to have theirs linens and towels changed daily to help us save water, Inspire guests to separate waste follow hotel’s green project to minimize negative environment impacts while they are staying in the hotel and informing them not to bring in any extra cans and bottles to the hotel to reduce waste and toxic of e-waste.
A key reason for tourism businesses to care about sustainability is to help protect the unique natural and cultural characteristics of their resort, so it continues to attract tourists in the future. Paradise KohYao therefore serves fresh seafood daily, providing village tour, visit local farming, informing its guest of local restaurants where guest can buy local foods or local products, encouraging guest to work on a rice field, eco bike tour, etc.
For more information on Paradise KohYao’s sustainability achievements, see our profile page on the Travelife Collection website: http://travelifecollection.com/hotel/663
Every guest coming in through Phuket that has taken our speedboat from Yacht Haven Marina will know this smile. Khun Joop has been welcoming guests and helping them with the transfers to the resort since the beginning. We wanted to send her a big thank you and let you get to know the person who first welcomes you to the resort with this short interview
When did you start working for Paradise Koh Yao?
I started working for the owner before the resort was even open. I remember I started a year before the tsunami so it would be from the 16th November, 2003.
That’s a long time to work in one place. What has been your favourite thing about your job?
It is great to see the guests and their excitement to come to the resort but normally they are pretty tired from long flights. It is great to see them come back from the resort. They are relaxed and happy. It wonderful being able to see that transformation.
Where are you originally from?
I am from here in Phuket.
What do you do in your free time?
My family is very important. Most of my free time is spent with them relaxing at home.
What’s your favourite Thai dish?
There is a Chinese noodle dish I love. Its called Kanomjeen. The noodles are served with curry and vegetables.
Make sure you say hi to Khun Joop as she helps you to the speedboats in Yacht Haven Marina.
The journey to Paradise is a great way to explore the surrounding areas, meet the locals, and support the local economy. Take this with a word of caution, this trip may not be suitable for everyone. Our general guideline is that this is for the traveller, not the tourist. If you think this might be out of your comfort zone Paradise offers a direct transfer to the resort from either the airport or hotels in Phuket and Krabi. Find more information on Paradise KohYao’s Transfer Page by clicking here.
Paradise KohYao is located on the northern end of the beautiful and still fairly unknown island of Koh Yao Noi located roughly an hour away from either Phuket or Krabi by boat. Nestled in relaxing bay of Phang Nga and surrounded by limestone cliffs and the National Parkland Reserve the resort is engulfed in nature. From the rice patties and what water lily pond, the busy streets and overcrowded tourist destinations of Phuket will feel like another world away.
Escaping the Crowds of Phuket
Planning your escape to Paradise KohYao from the overcrowded Phuket consists of three stages.
- Getting to Bang Rong Pier,
- Bang Rong Pier local ferry to The Manoh Pier, and finally
- The Manoh Pier by taxi to Paradise KohYao
There are many alternative routes for those with good negotiation skills and real drive to create their own unique Thailand experience. You can hire a local longtails from most piers along the coast of Phuket. These are regular used by locals for fishing so brush up your Thai negotiating skills to see if you can hire one for the day. Pay them in cash when you arrive and leave them a nice tip if the trip went smoothly. These local fishermen can take you directly to the pier at Paradise KohYao and this is a great way to help the support the local community.
Step 1: Live in the Sunshine
Whether you are already staying in Phuket or are arriving at Phuket International Airport, Bang Rong Pier is easily accessible by most taxis or minibuses. Be prepared to negotiate if you are looking at taking a spacious minibus, but our hot tip is try to and find the metered taxis. Make your way through the crowds of signs and minibus drivers and find your way to the end of the terminal exit on the right. Normally there are signs on top the car for metered taxis and are normally two toned, yellow on top and either red or green for the bottom half. Before starting the trip to the terminal make sure they turn on the meter. These rare taxis are always cheaper than the negotiated prices at the airport, especially in high season.
Prices will vary but expect to pay roughly 400 Baht for a taxi to Bang Rong Pier. If negotiating really isn’t your strong suit please note that you can use the App “GrabTaxi” to find a taxi for a reasonable price.
Step 2: Swim in the Sea
The public boats (longtails and speedboats) are becoming more reliable and are becoming a more regular mode of transport for adventurous or travel-savvy guests. Take this with a word of caution, the comfort levels may not meet the expectations of all travellers and these boats are still dependent on good/fair weather. Scheduled boats leave roughly every hour from Bang Rong Pier. There are two types of boats with two different prices. If you are looking for a more scenic route take the local long tails. These boats are uniquely Thai. There fitted with a big V8 engine and a long propeller. It will be loud so if you are sensitive to noise bring some ear plugs, but this is a great way to get introduced to the stunning islands of Phang Nga Bay. If time is more of a concern, speedboats will be your preferred mode of transport, but cost more than the long tails.
Don’t get fooled. The longtails should cost roughly 120 Baht per person, while the speedboats are 200 Baht per person.
Click this link to see the ferry schedule Public Ferry Schedule from Phuket
Step 3: Drink the Wild Air
From The Manoh Pier, there are Tuk Tuks (taxis) normally located at the entrance to the pier. These can be negotiated with to take you directly to Paradise. The road can by challenging at times but will provide a great chance to take a look at your surrounds and get immersed into the nature on Koh Yao Noi. We are extremely lucky to have a National Parkland Reserve preserving the forested areas in the north of the island. A small jungle road will take you the last stretch through the National Parkland Reserve to the resort.
You will be looking to spend roughly 800 Baht for a taxi to the resort, but it’s a great opportunity to get a sense of the nature around you.
When you arrive at Paradise KohYao make sure you look for the resident flock of Oriental Hornbills up in the palm trees and have a go on our famous swing in front of the restaurant.
Kayaking, its one of the best ways to immerse yourself in nature. Bringing you within a cm’s of the water surface you can explore and watch the reefs without even getting wet. With its low profile exploring the many caves and hongs close by Paradise KohYao becomes and ease as is one of our top recommend activities to do at the resort. If you haven’t already been or are in need of a little convincing here are our top 5 reasons to go kayaking at Paradise KohYao.
1. In Tune With Nature
No engines, no distractions, no restrictions. Kayaking lets you get up close and personal with the nature around without any of the noise distractions of engines. The low to the water profile lets you gaze into the underwater world around you. The limestone islands of Phang Nga Bay all have fantastic coast lines. Kayaking is the only way to really get up close and explore the little nooks and crannies of the caves and “hongs” (lagoons) made in this spectacular landscape.
2. The Muscles You Forgot About
Kayaking is a great exercise that engages the muscles in your core, helping you keep that flatten and toned tummy. Paddling requires a lot of core strength and that twisting motion will target those small muscles groups commonly missed with regular gym workouts. Kayaking is a great full body workout and you don’t even need to enter a gym.
3. Arms and Legs
If you’re looking to build some upper body strength, you have found the right activity. Although the workout for your arms is easily understandable, keeping the boat stable and sometimes steering is done with your legs. Your rotating core will need strong legs to keep the boat stable and upright.
4. Cardio Your Joints Will Thank You For
A good cardio workout will normally consists of jogging on a treadmill. With the open waters around you keeping a high speed will get your heart rate pumping. You can burn around 400-500 calories an hour kayaking. Most importantly you’re not hurting your joints. The gliding and low impact motion of paddling will keep your joints pain free.
5. Taking Care of the Mind
Kayaking has been most commonly cited to be a great source of stress release. Research from the Journal of Leisurability suggests that there may be mental and emotional benefits to paddling. So if you are looking for a great way to start your vacation and forget the worries you left at home, take a kayak out on your first day at Paradise KohYao
We are sorry for the delay but we are extremely happy to announce the winner of our 5 Nights in Paradise Facebook Competition is Chatchanan Piya. Thank you Chatchanan for liking, sharing and commenting! She has won:
- 5 nights in a Superior Studio for two (2) guests
- Round trip airport pickup and speed boat transfer to the Paradise KohYao
- The island hopping tour for your 2nd day after check in
- One 60-minute massage for two (2) persons
- Access to the Herbal Steam Cave & Waterfall Plunge Pool
- Daily use of our mountain bikes and kayaks
- Daily breakfast for two (2) persons
- Free WiFi Internet
- Welcoming drinks and fresh fruit on arrival
Win 5 nights in Paradise!
Win a 5 Night Stay in Paradise plus an Island Exploration Trip, a 1 hour Massage Treatment and more!
All you need to do to enter the contest is Like our page, share the competition photo and comment on it when you are done!
The Competition Prize Includes:
- Round Trip Airport Pickup and Joint Speed Boat Transfer
- 5 nights in a Superior Studio for 2 guests
- Island Hopping trip on 2nd day after check in
- One 60 minute Massage for 2 persons
- Access to Herbal Steam Cave & Waterfall Plunge Pool
- Daily use of mountain bikes and kayaks
- Daily breakfast for 2 persons
- Free WiFi Internet
- Refreshment drink on arrival
- Welcoming fresh fruit
General Competition Rules & Conditions
The prize draw is not open to employees of The Paradise Koh Yao, their group companies or family members, freelance employees or anyone else directly connected to the prize draw.
To be eligible for the prize contestants must comply with all conditions for entering and must be a fan of Facebook.com/ParadiseKohYao at the time of drawing the prize.
Only one entry is allowed per person.
The Facebook Profile used to enter the profile must be your true profile, therefore creating multiple profiles and entering multiple times is a violation of these conditions.
The Facebook Competition opens for entries on Friday the 2nd of October 2015 and entries close on Friday the 16th of October 2015 at 11:59pm Thailand Time (+7 GMT). Entries outside of this time period will not be considered.
The winner will be selected by way of a random draw from all entries received in accordance with the stated terms and conditions.
The winner will be drawn live on video which will be posted on Facebook. If the prize is not claimed within 14 days the winner’s prize will be forfeited and The Paradise Koh Yao reserves all rights to select another winner.
Vouchers are valid for 12 months from date of issue for the promotion specified and can be exchanged for new bookings only.
Voucher Rights of Use
Voucher Prizes won via a competition are transferrable, the contest winner must provide the full name and contact information within 1 week of the contest ending so that we may issue the voucher in the guest’s name.
Paradise Koh Yao has set black-out periods during which the voucher cannot be used, the dates of the black out periods are: 20th December – 10th January. All bookings and activities are subject to availability.
Delivery of Gift Vouchers
Vouchers are sent either by email or post, to the address specified at time of issue.
Making a Booking with a Competition Voucher
Competition voucher bookings must be made in advance via e-mail and are subject to availability, certain blackout periods apply during peak season. Bookings can be made with Reservations at email@example.com. At time of booking, vouchers must be specified as the method of payment, by quoting the voucher reference number and the corresponding voucher must then be presented on arrival at the hotel.
Refunds and Cancellations
Vouchers are non-refundable and cannot be exchanged, either fully or in part for cash of any amount. Cancellations of bookings made using gift vouchers can only be made in line with the terms and conditions relative to the rate or package booked.
Paradise Koh Yao reserves the right at any time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, this competition, with or without prior notice due to reasons outside it’s reasonable control (including, without limitation, in the case of anticipates, suspected or actual fraud).
What’s one of the best ways to explore beautiful Koh Yao Noi?
We recommend our Eco Bike Tours for a great way to get back to nature. Explore the local village, be introduced to the island by one of our local guides and ride through rice fields and rubber farms.
Start your adventure by longtail boat from our resort and be taken to the nearest town, Tha Khao, greeted by the famous Hornbill statues that greet all guests arriving at the pier. Now the adventure begins, head out on the local roads & back trails of the island. Enjoy cycling along in the shade of rubber plantations, beside traditional rice paddies, & through local villages – the best way to explore the wonderful nature of Koh Yao Noi.