The tranquil island of Koh Yao Noi is the sister island of Koh Yao Yai located in the middle of Phang Nga Bay, west of Phuket. It is an ideal getaway for the traveller who seeks solitude under sun and sand. Far from maddening crowds, Koh Yao Noi is your place to relax and rejuvenate without any fuss or frills. It is a destination mostly popular among the locals and can be called Thailand’s best kept secret. It can be reached from Phuket by a small boat ride of 30 minutes.
Koh Yao Noi in the language stands for ‘The Small Long Island’ and it stays true to its promise. The island’s beaches offer gorgeous views of Phang Nga Bay while its interiors stay lush, peaceful, and pristine. However, the waters of the sea are not quite safe to swim in owing to the rocky and jagged ocean floor. Due to its remoteness, the facilities on the island are quite limited and ATMs or banking services are conspicuously absent so make sure you are adequately prepared.
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Koh Yao Noi is one of the best places for enjoying the tough challenges of Rock Climbing. Climbing the island cliffs will certainly be an unforgettable experience and also really hard due to the altitude of the cliffs. It provides a good opportunity for advanced rock climbers to hone their skills.
Scuba Diving & Snorkeling
Scuba Diving and Snorkeling will provide you with a view of the rich marine life in the waters of Koh Yao Island. The cool clear and deep waters of the island are a must explore ones. Many diving services offer half-day as well as full-day tours. You can also enquire at your resort for the same.
The Big Tree
The Big Tree is the name given to a tree people believe contain the spirit of a beautiful lady named Nang Da Kian. The story of the big tree is that if anyone tries to cut it would put him/herself in danger. Thus, the tree has grown to over 100m tall and is an excellent spot for photography.
Muay Thai Training
Thai Boxing is one of the main sports on the island. Classes for the same are offered to all at the KYN Muay Thai Gym. The gym is owned and run by Thai champion Hlukhin. It can certainly be a good experience getting training of boxing from a competing champion.
Koh Yao Noi Village
Koh Yao Noi Village is a wonderful place where you can get daily supplies, an ATM Machine, guest rooms and cafes and restaurants where you can relax and eat.
Boating and Kayaking
Boating and Kayaking are a must to do on the cool, clear waters of Koh Yao Noi Island. The Koh Yao Noi Resort provides free Kayaking services which you can enjoy. Boating and Kayaking provides a wonderful way to enjoy the beauty of nature.
Koh Yao Yai
Koh Yao Yai is an island located not much far to Koh Yao Noi. It is the least developed amongst the two and is somewhat bigger than Koh Yao Noi. If you take a trip to Koh yao Noi then you should certainly take a trip to Koh Yao Yai too.