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Before we left for Koh Yao Yai we already heard about Dr. Saad Blind Massage Healer. For some people he would have worked miracles. People who have been in pain for years were relieved of the pain after a few massages by Dr. Saad. That sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it?
Who is this man? Dr. Saad is an almost completely blind masseur and calls himself a medical masseur. The sign on the roadside says he can change your life through medical massage and reflexology. All kinds of pain and many discomforts would benefit from a massage from Dr. Saad.
It all sounds a bit over the top, but by now there are quite a few success stories known about him. You can read the reviews on TripAdvisor and his own website (see details in the InfoBox at the bottom of this article).
Normally such an all-rounder who is very convinced of himself is a very good reason for us to keep on riding. But when we were discovering the island with the scooter and by coincidence saw the Dr. Saad sign along the road we became curious. We decided to take a look anyway.
We drove on good luck into the marked path and somewhere in the field stood a small bamboo hut on poles. A couple of cheerful children came running towards us and showed us the way. Later they turned out to be the grandchildren of Dr. Saad. Somewhat carefully we walked to the hut in the field to see if Dr. Saad was there. The famous masseur of Koh Yao Yai doesn’t always seem to be there and most people make an appointment long in advance. But we were lucky! The friendly man had already heard us because he was already waiting in the doorway. We were invited to come in.
The massage…What does it cost?
Doctor Saad came to us as a friendly and funny man, but the price of 800 baht he asked for an hour of massage is really good money by Thai standards. In the end we arrived at an amount that both parties were satisfied with. When Dr. Saad asked me if I was bothered by something and I said that my back was bothering me he answered with the mysterious words; I thought so already….
I was allowed to sit on the treatment table and Dr. Saad soon started exerting pressure with his elbow and forearm, mainly on my back. There were fewer stretching exercises as you often have with a Thai massage and at some moments it wasn’t a gentle massage at all. So you are warned.
Firm massage and loud music
Meanwhile, Riel and Dr. Saad got talking and soon the conversation was about music and a few knobs of the stereo system were turned. Of course we had seen the boxes already but the bass coming out of the boxes exceeded our expectations! The whole hut trembled with it, a kind of massage in a massage so to speak! Dr. Saad loves music and also likes to hear your music. So our phone was plugged in and our own favorite music sounded loud from the boxes. In the meantime I could not release much because of the firm massage. The massage wasn’t really relaxing, especially in combination with the music. If you don’t want to hear music during the treatment session that is probably possible, it’s not that it was forced on you.
Before I started the massage my expectations weren’t that high, to be honest. I didn’t realise it right away but my back was really less painful, something that bothered me for a while anyway. Doctor Saad advises to take at least three massages if you want to get rid of pain. Who knows what the results will be! Personally I thought the massage was good, not relaxing and sometimes even painful but effective. I think it’s just what you come for. I thought the experience was worth all the money, a massage in a bamboo hut with loud music, you don’t find that anywhere else than on the island Koh Yao Yai?
Fun things to do on Koh Yao Yai
On Koh Yao Yai there are of course many other fun things to do! We have picked a few nice locations for you. Like the best places to sleep at, well appreciated restaurants, bars and places of interest that are worth a visit. We hope this will make your visit to Koh Yao Yai even more fun! Via the InfoBox below you can find more information about the subject per tab. We wish you a beautiful and great holiday!
Sleeping on Koh Yao Yai
- Backpack Hostel Koh Yao Yai
Very good hostel on the island of Koh Yao Yai
- Koh Yao Beach Front
Sleeping in a simple cottage on the coast of Koh Yao Yai
- Koh Yao Yai Hillside Resort
Fine resort on a hill where you also have the choice of pool villas!
- GLOW Elixir Resort TIP | Read our extensive review!
Our favorite resort on the island of Koh Yao Yai! The quality and service you get here is fantastic and this resort also has its own private beach!
- Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa
The most famous resort on the island of Koh Yao Yai and for good reason!
- Betterview Bed Breakfast & Bungalow
A great resort for a family with young children, for example!
Curious about the best hotels of Koh Yao Yai? Then read “Best hotels on Koh Yao Yai“.
Eating and drinking in Koh Yao Yai
- Jikgo Bar & Restaurant
Tasty authentic Thai dishes! A fine reflection of Koh Yao Yai! Also for a cocktail or other drink Jikgo is a top location.
- Baan Rim Nam Restaurant
At Baan Rim Nam you can have lunch or dinner with a fantastic view over the sea.
- Chill Chill @ Pai
At Chill Chill you eat delicious cakes and cookies but also fantastic dishes. And after dinner, chill out with a cocktail or two!
- Iyara Cafe
When visiting the Iyara Cafe you can enjoy delicious shakes and cakes! A top spot for a hot or cold coffee!
- Laem Had Bar
Eating and drinking on a special beach in Koh Yao Yai.
- Emm Restaurant
The Emm Restaurant is not far from the Loh Jak Pier. A beautiful location in the middle of a beautiful green garden!
- Together Restaurant
Whether it’s western or Thai food, here you eat together!
- The restaurants of the Santhiya Resort
This immense Santhiya Resort has several restaurants. For example Jettin Teppan at the pier from where you can see a beautiful sunset. Or the Titan Grill for grilled dishes. Besides these restaurants there are also By the Sea and the Saaitara Restaurant. More than enough choice!
How do you get to Dr. Saad on Koh Yao Yai
You can easily reach Dr. Saad on the scooter, which is also the way most people explore Koh Yao Yai. You can find Dr. Saad here, about in the middle of the island. Another option is to arrange a taxi at your hotel. Everyone on Koh Yao Yai knows Dr. Saad!
Transportation to and from Koh Yao Yai
Going out Koh Yao Yai
The nightlife on Koh Yao Yai is limited to a single bar, usually in places where most tourists come. Because 90% of the population is Muslim, alcohol is not available everywhere. Small local shops do not sell alcoholic beverages. The Family Shops, 7-Elevens and most accommodations do.
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