Koh Yao Noi is the perfect vacation destination if you are looking for a relaxing and rejuvenating holiday. The beautifully, peaceful island is located on Phang Nga Bay’s outskirts and features clear, blue water, warm, white sand, luxurious hotels, and gourmet restaurants. Unlike many other islands and cities in Thailand, Koh Yao Noi is much more serene and tranquil. The island caters to a sophisticated and prestigious crowd who might not be interested in the party scene or nightlife. The island is usually quiet because many people may not know about it, which means you will have lots of privacy throughout your vacation.
To get to Koh Yao Noi, you must take a speedboat or longboat. It takes about 30 – 45 minutes from Phuket to Koh Yao Noi depending on which boat you take, some stop at Koh Yao Yai Island first. The boats typically cost about 150 – 200 baht, and they come hourly. When you are ready to return from Koh Yao Noi, you can either take a boat back or catch a local airport flight to your next destination such as Phi Phi Island.
Numerous people come to Koh Yao Noi to relax on the beautiful beaches, but there are multiple other activities to partake in on your trip. A lot of people choose to rent motorbikes so they can explore the island with ease. If you are looking for an adrenaline rush, you can go on a rock climbing excursion or take a Muay Thai boxing class. You could also visit the historic 100 metres “Big Tree” which hangs over the lush jungle. The island also has many beautiful waterfalls which you can swim right underneath and admire the tropical greenery and wildlife around you.
If you are more interested in having a relaxing vacation, you may opt for a beach day and go swimming, scuba diving, or snorkelling in the crystal-clear water or admire the stunning views while laying on the sand. There are also plenty of spas to indulge in some world-class pampering to refresh and rejuvenate you. The island also has yoga, meditation, and sunrise tai chi classes that you can take throughout your trip.
Additionally, you can even go island hopping around the nearby islands. All you need to do is rent a boat for the day, and it will take you around to different islands so you can swim, snorkel, or Phuket scuba diving. Most island hopping tours also include a picnic lunch that you can enjoy on the beach or go to one of the resorts or restaurants for a delicious meal. Island hopping is a great way to explore all of the gorgeous islands surrounding Koh Yao Noi.
Another great thing about Koh Yao Noi is the boutique hotels and resorts, and delicious restaurants all over the island. Most of the hotels and resorts have gorgeous pools with a stunning view of the islands, the ocean, and the beach. There are a few bars and coffee shops on the island that are perfect if you are a single traveller looking to meet people or if you are with your partner or even a group. You can also sign up for There cooking classes that will teach you how to make traditional Thai cuisine from a Thai chef.
If you want a luxurious and zen vacation, Koh Yao Noi is the best place for you. The Six Senses Hotel is definitely worth a look at with occasional fantastic deals. It is easily accessible with boats hourly, and there are numerous activities to do. There are gorgeous beaches and upscale restaurants and resorts all over the island. Whether you want an adventurous and exciting experience or a relaxing and serene trip, Koh Yao Noi is the perfect place for whatever kind of vacation you desire.