Rang Yai Island – Phuket Trip Day 3

It was the last day of our short vacation and the children cramped in activities like there’s no tomorrow!

After breakfast at The Tamarind Restaurant, we booked our day trip to Koh Rang Yai (Rang Yai Island), which is a little less than 15 minutes’ boat ride across from Coconut Island.

Koh Rang Yai - about 5km off the east coast of Phuket, Thailand.

Koh Rang Yai – about 5km off the east coast of Phuket, Thailand.

Koh Rang Yai, a private island covered with coconut and pine trees, is noted for its western-facing beach and southward current which is capable of gently transporting you parallel to the whole length of the beach. It is the ideal place for sea kayaking and snorkeling besides swimming and sunbathing. There’s a small football pitch, an air-gun shooting range, a mini-golf course and a volleyball net on the beach which we did not know then and thus did not explore. By this time, I was already feeling out of sorts. Too much sun!

I sought refuge under the shady trees while watching the children swim.

I sought refuge under the shady trees while watching the children swim.

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Russian tourists - couples and families. All of them seemed to enjoy the hot sunny weather.

Russian tourists – couples and families.
All of them seemed to enjoy the hot sunny weather.

By mid afternoon, day trippers from Russia arrived on the island. My children got out of the crowded waters to have lunch. I had been snacking on some crab crackers so I did not have lunch with them. I did have spoonfuls of the food so that I could relate the taste for posting.

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Lunch on Rang Yai Island.

Lunch on Rang Yai Island.

Let’s see how the same dishes we had from other restaurants score here.

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Fiery looking Tomyum Seafood Soup.

Fiery looking Tomyum Seafood Soup.

Green Curry Chicken.

Green Curry Chicken.

Deep-fried Fish with Garlic sans the Pepper.

Deep-fried Fish with Garlic sans the Pepper.

Pad Krapow or Pad Kra Pow in Thai means Stir-fry with Basil.

Pad Krapow or Pad Kra Pow in Thai means Stir-fry with Basil.

The bad experience from Phong Phang Seafood Restaurant made me skeptical when I saw the same tomyum base – assam! Don’t get me wrong, I like assam (tamarind), especially in curry fish head dishes, just not in tomyum soup. The tomyum served here tasted ordinary and had more tomatoes swimming in the broth than seafood.

The Green Curry Chicken looked dirty and dull but surprisingly, it was the best tasting green curry we had during this trip. It was very spicy (again to me only, children loved it) and the seasoning was well balanced. The chicken meat was tender.

The fish was fresh and tasted good! Although the colour of the deep-fried garlic bits was dull, they did not taste bitter. Although the waiter said he would give us more garlic, the portion was not as generous as those served in Raya House.

The children wanted morning glory (kangkong) but Rang Yai Restaurant didn’t have it. No kangkong and no Thai Kailan (baby kale) either. The staff recommended the only vegetable dish they had that day. We couldn’t understand his description but agreed. The mixed vegetables came and looked miserable. We told the order-taker we didn’t want that. He brought another staff along (for interpretation I guess) and they asked if we would “exchange” it for another dish instead of canceling. That was good service! We chose Pad Krapow. The latter dish was ordinary but it was “sweetened” by the goodwill of the chef and wait staff.

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We had paid for the longtail back to Coconut Island at 3pm but there’s a good hour before the boatman arrives so we searched for another who would take us. The “new” boatman knew all who tripped here had prepaid their fare, so he bargained for 500BHT to take us all. That was fine as we had nothing else to do on this island – we did not know at that time that snorkeling was available on this island. The tour desk at The Village told us snorkeling was available only other islands.

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We got back to Coconut Island with a couple of hours to spend before our appointment with The Village Spa which we booked on the first day after our treatments, so it was more swimming, this time in the main pool and some beach volleyball.

Beach Volleyball.

Beach Volleyball.

Rang Yai Restaurant
Rang Yai Island
Phuket 83200,
Thailand.

Take longtail from Laem Hin Pier about 20 minutes.
Take longtail from Coconut Island about 15 minutes.
Enquire ferry fare from hotel you are staying.

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11 Responses to “Rang Yai Island – Phuket Trip Day 3”
  1. piyushpujara says:

    nice post and pics 🙂

  2. LFFL says:

    What lovely pictures!

  3. demonsking19 says:

    Nice place ,beautiful

  4. daniellajoe says:

    absolutely great post!!! that photographs are perfect too 🙂 Sam I mentioned you in my post yesterday….

    • Sam Han says:

      Just saw that on your post Pat. Thank you very much for your vote of confidence and shout out. Sockmonkeys Kitchen visited 😀 I don’t know why I am not ping back in the wordpress dashboard comments about your post as they usually do (for any links).

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