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Koh Nang Yuan, Koh Tao Overview

Koh Nang Yuan is one small island located at the Central Gulf Coast which is in Southern Thailand. Known as excellent diving and snorkelling spot, it is easily accessible from some of the principal places in Thailand like Ko Tao, Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Samui, Surat Thani, and Chumphon. A visit to witness the white sand, picturesque rocks, emerald waters, and discover the underwater world is every traveller’s agenda.

Koh Nang Yuan is genuinely nature’s beauty at its best. Viewed as one island Koh Nang Yuan, in reality, is an arrangement of three outcrops or islands which are associated by two pieces of white coral sand. The sand is seen filling the shoreline when it is low tide whereas it disappears under the water when during high tide. Besides diving and snorkelling, you can also opt for hiking, swimming in the pool or relax on the beach.

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Things to Do At Koh Nang Yuan

Here is the list of things you can do at this island:
1. Hiking
The hike starts at the point where the longtail boat from Koh Tao drops the tourists. From here you need to follow the boardwalk and continue to your left. At this point, you will find yourself at the foot of the steps. From here, It takes about 15 to 20 minutes to go to the viewpoint. Climbing the way up through the boulders may require you to squeeze yourself to ease your way to the top. You might also find it a little cloudy after reaching the top, but it will be worth a climb and a picture.

2. Snorkelling or Diving
As compared to other spots, Koh Nang Yuan is excellent as a snorkelling and diving spot. You will find soft and hard corals just a few meters away from the beach. Some of the diving/snorkel spots on this island are Twin Peak, Japanese Gardens, White Rock, and Green Rock. You will not be disappointed by snorkelling as you will find quite a diverse marine life and colourful corals.

3. Ziplining
The beaches are usually not packed as compared to other destinations; hence, you will not have to wait for ziplining activity. It consists of two lines going through both the islands and is an extremely adventurous activity for adventure enthusiasts. Hence, make sure not to miss it.

4. Swimming
Swimming is another option if you want to refresh yourself. The water by the beach is perfect to replenish you. However, be extra careful while swimming as the currents in the water tends to be quite strong.

5. Relax on the beach
If you are not interested in doing any of the activities, then you can lay down and relax on the beach, enjoy the white, pristine sand, the clear waters, and the high tides.

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Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Koh Nang Yuan is between January and April when the beach weather is perfect for all the activities. The weather is hot throughout the year, but it is comparably cooler and drier in these months of the year which make it the ideal time for a visit.


  • Know that the island closes at 5:00 PM and after that only guest of the resort are allowed to stay back. Hence, it is better to stay at the resort if you are looking for a night at the beach.
  • You will only have the resort restaurant as the available option to buy food, and it is quite pricy when compared to a Thai restaurant.
  • It is advisable to bring a non-disposable water container, as plastic water bottles are confiscated upon arrival and you would have to buy water from the resort’s restaurant.

How To Reach Koh Nang Yuan

As mentioned before, Koh Tao and Koh Samui are close to Koh Nang Yuan which allows transportation more accessible to the island from both the major destinations. From Koh Tao, Koh Nang Yuan is a 20-minute ride by long-tail boat, which usually costs around THB 150. And from Koh Samui, people typically book a package of THB 2,000 to 2,500 by a tour operator. This package includes boat transfer, snorkelling equipment, lunch, and the entrance fee to the island.

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