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Koh Yao Noi (Ko Yao Noi)
Koh Yao Noi (Ko Yao Noi)

Koh Yao Noi (Ko Yao Noi)

Koh Yao Noi, Phuket, Thailand

The Basics

Explore the island and its surroundings on a self-guided tour by motorbike, bicycle, or kayak. Koh Yao Noi’s one main road circles the southern half of the island, with smaller paved roads taking off in different directions, plus a few dirt tracks leading up to the north.

For a different perspective, book an island-hopping tour of Phang Nga Bay, which typically departs from the island and grants you access to archipelago highlights unreachable by land. Cruises tend to visit James Bond Island, featured in the movie The Man with the Golden Gun; the floating fishing villages of Koh Panyi; and the Cave of the Reclining Buddha.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Muslim traditions are strong on Koh Yao Noi, so, unless you’re on the beach, respect local customs by dressing appropriately.

  • Aside from at resorts and a few bars, alcohol is not widely available on the island.

  • Amenities on Koh Yao Noi include convenience stores, multiple restaurants, and accommodation options that range from budget to luxury.

  • Koh Yao Noi is home to several yoga studios and a Muay Thai boxing training camp.

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How to Get There

Longtail boats, ferries, and speedboats depart from Bang Rong Pier in Phuket daily; from Phuket Airport, the pier is a 25-minute drive. If you’re coming from Krabi, catch a speedboat from the Ao Nang Beach area.

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When to Get There

The best time to visit Koh Yao Noi is from December to February, when skies are generally clear and blue, and downpours are less common. Be aware that optimum weather also brings peak crowds with it, making advance booking essential.

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Exploring Koh Yao Yai

Koh Yao Noi’s larger neighbor is Koh Yao Noi, which retains a secluded charm. Highlights of the island include Son Bay Beach and Ao Muang Beach, both unspoiled and lapped by the crystal clear Andaman Sea, and the Yao Yai Mangroves, which harbor diverse species of wildlife.

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