There’s time for a final dip in the pool this morning before you’ll need to bid farewell to KO YAO NOI and retrace your steps to Phuket and then back up to Bangkok. You’ll be able to arrange the whole transfer to Phuket Airport through your hotel on Ko Yao Noi, which consists of a songthaew to Manoh Pier [฿100 per person, under-5s ฿50], then a speed boat [฿200, children free] or long-tail boat [฿120, under-12s ฿50, under-7s free] to Bangrong Pier on Phuket, and then finally a taxi to Phuket Airport [around ฿500]. The whole journey takes around one and a half to two hours, depending on whether you catch the speed boat (a 25-minute journey) or the long tail (55 minutes), but it’s a goodbye to remember, your boat cutting across Phang Nga Bay for one last longing look at the karst islands on the horizon. It’s an hour and a half’s flight from Phuket to Bangkok, from where you can either pick up your connecting flight or spend one more night in the capital before heading home, with a smile on your face and a mind full of memories, at some point tomorrow.
TOP TIP There are dozens of flights a day between Phuket and Bangkok, to both Suvarnabhumi (BKK) and Don Muang (DMK); the airports are on different sides of the city, so if you’re going to be catching a connecting onward flight in the capital, just make sure you get a flight into the right one!
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