The island of Koh Yao Noi, translated “Small Long Island,” is one of two main islands between Phuket and Krabi, Thailand. Koh Yao Noi is more frequented by travellers than Koh Yao Yai and is therefore more developed as well having a hospital, a number of schools and a post office. If you’re looking for an exotic getaway, read on to find out more about the paradise island of Koh Yao Noi!
How To Get To Koh Yao Noi
Since Koh Yao Noi is an island, the obvious question to ask is how one is to travel there. Once you have arrived in Phuket or Krabi, you can hire a taxi or minibus to transport you to the Krabi Thalen Pier. Regular ferry transfers take visitors to and from the island.
Once you’ve arrived on the island, you will have the exciting experience of either renting your own scooter, hiring a bicycle, jumping onto a tuk-tuk (the island’s form of taxi), or hitching a ride with a local. This option, however, may have you sharing a seat on a scooter with 2 or 3 other Thai adults and a baby so be careful! Your accommodation will most likely have bicycle and scooter rentals available as well. The flat terrain of the island provides the perfect opportunity to take leisurely bike rides.
What To Do In Koh Yao Noi
Surrounded by crystal clear waters, you will likely find yourself basking in the sun on the beach, taking a swim, and going snorkeling. Kayak rentals are available at most resorts and offer a wonderful way to see the island from the water’s edge. Traveling to the West side of the island, you’ll find a combination of rice flats and mangrove forests. Native birds such as the hornbill are commonly seems around.
One of the first shops you’ll see upon arrival to the island is a 7-Eleven! Convenient, yes, but don’t worry, the island is free of all other commercialized structures; no golden arches here. Tourists come to the island mainly to take in the scenery by biking, scooting or walking around. Boat trips are also a popular sight-seeing activity around Phang Nga Bay. Locals are often seen farming, fishing, and tapping rubber, as well as taking it easy in their hammocks.
Rock climbing is another activity made popular by tourists to the island. Yoga enthusiasts also unite at Koh Yao Noi to retreat and come for a well-priced Thai massage. Spa sessions are available at the more prestigious resorts.
Koh Yao Noi Accommodation
You won’t have too much trouble finding a decent place to stay while on the island. In fact, residents are appealing to high spenders by providing oceanfront private villas such as Coastal Escape luxury resort. There are a number of popular luxury resorts on the island appealing to the eco-friendly tourist as well. One such resort has been lauded in luxe travel magazines and has become known as one of the most top notch resorts in Thailand.
Other luxury accommodations include private villas that offer on site four-star restaurants and bars. These resorts offer amazing amenities such as spa treatments, Thai massage, and private jacuzzis. If you’re looking for more contemporary accommodations in an oasis set amidst Thai culture, then these resorts are for you.
If you’re on more of a budget, there are plenty of family-run bungalow villas to choose from as well. Clean, comfortable, and built well, these bungalows have a higher reputation than those found on other islands. Air-conditioned rooms and swimming pools are even provided at most places.
For an exotic retreat in Thailand and a vacation free from tourist traps, commercialization, and the general hustle and bustle of densely populated attractions, Koh Yao Noi is truly an escape worth taking. Soak yourself in the beauty of the island and enjoy the peaceful and tranquil waters.