Floating in the glittering waters of Phang Nga Bay is the dreamy Thai island of Koh Yao Noi. Sitting just north of its sister isle Koh Yao Yai, this sun-soaked destination is equidistant from Phuket and Krabi and is one of Thailand’s best kept secrets.
Unlike some of the mainland’s bustling hotspots, Koh Yao Noi is yet to be inundated with tourists, making this a wonderful Thai island for your honeymoon. Consequently, this is a place of peaceful villages full of welcoming locals and unspoilt beaches with pristine golden sand.
With its trademark Thai coastline of crystalline waters, you’d be forgiven for thinking this is simply a beach destination. While beach time here is pretty much a necessity, there’s plenty more to see and do beyond a session on the sands. Venture inland, and you’ll discover lush rice paddies, verdant rubber plantations, wildlife-rich mangroves and lofty cloud-tipped mountains. Couples are particularly well catered to here, with countless secluded spots providing the perfect opportunity for romantic picnics and stolen moments beneath the warming sun.
Time here is easily absorbed by a variety of activities: you might rent a kayak and venture out onto the cerulean bay, perhaps even slipping across the water to the tiny islet of Koh Nok where monitor lizards await. Hire a tuk tuk to take you around the island’s main sights, or simply unwind on one of the many deserted beaches, soaking up the sun after languishing in the warm waters of Phang Nga Bay.
What language is spoken on Koh Yao Noi?
Thai is the main language here, though you’ll find that English is spoken at many of the island’s resorts.
How do you get to Koh Yao Noi?
The easiest way to get to Koh Yao Noi is via Krabi or Phuket. Flight time to both of these destinations is around 11.5 hours; on landing, catch a daily ferry over to the island.
What is the currency on Koh Yao Noi?
As with the rest of Thailand, currency here is the Baht.
What is the time difference on Koh Yao Noi?
GMT +7 hours.
When is the best time to visit Koh Yao Noi?
Thailand is a year-round destination, though you’ll catch the driest part of the year between November and March.
Do I need a visa to visit Koh Yao Noi?
British visitors to Thailand can enjoy up to 30 days in the country without a visa. For longer stays, you’ll need to obtain a visa from the Thai Embassy.