Koh Yao Noi, Phuket Overview

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. Ideal for the couple who wishes for some precious moments of togetherness or for someone who wants to take a break and introspect on the worldly ways.

Unlike Phuket, this staggering island is a serene place with lots to explore in terms of natural beauty. With very little civilisation, Koh Yao Noi has maintained its charm and sanctity in the truest sense of the word. A place where time slows down as you soak in the sunshine during the day and fall asleep under the stars. So, go ahead and hop onto that boat and spend some time on Koh Yao Noi to awaken the poetic within you and to create the picture-perfect memories.

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Things to Do in Koh Yao Noi

The simplicity of life that you experience on this splendid island is what sets it apart from other tourist destinations. You might feel there is nothing much to do here but it’s this lack of commercialisation that helps in creating those moments of tranquillity that are the best take away you could have asked for. When here, enjoy the company of nature and the countryside charm. Large open fields with rice and rubber plantations spread across are a usual sight. Not to forget, do catch the relaxed vibe of the locals who spend hours chatting in small groups.

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Renting sea kayaks from your hotel and heading to neighbouring islands like Koh Yong to see some amazing rock formations is another good way of spending time. There are number of smaller private beaches that are part of Koh Yao Noi which can be visited to enjoy spectacular views of Andaman sea and for some water sports.

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Best Time to Visit

Most prefer to visit this lovely island in the dry season which commences in January and ends by April. Temperature is mostly above 26 degrees Celcius which makes it suitable for activities under the sun. However, most resorts are crowded during this time.

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Sunset at Koh Yao Noi

Getting Around the Island

For travelling around Koh Yao Noi you can hire a motorbike for THB 200 for half a day. Roaming around in a tuk tuk to enjoy the beautiful landscape is also a good option.


1. It is advised that you get your travel insurance done to take care of any unseen emergency that might occur during the trip.
2. Seasoned travellers recommend carrying a purifier bottle which is a convenient and economical way to ensure supply of water at all times. Since there aren’t too many shops around it makes for a sensible investment.

How To Reach Koh Yao Noi

It is possible to reach Koh Yao Noi from the pier of Bang Rong which is located on the eastern side of Phuket. Route no 4027 easts must be taken which starts from the Monument of Heroines and then you must take a right turn when you see Bang Rong. Then continue going along the same path for some time. The ticket price for travelling in the ferry for one hour is THB 50 and it travels to Yao Noi only thrice a day. You have the option of departing either at 9:30 AM, at noon or in the evening at 5:00 PM. You can reach the island of Koh Yao Yai by boat and it takes another 8 minutes of journey to reach Koh Yao Noi. You also have the option to reserve a private boat from Ao Po to reach the island of Koh Yao Noi.

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