Koh Yao Noi is an island located an equal distance from both Phuket and Krabi. The island is accessible by ferry boats that leave from Bang Rong Pier in Phuket. While Koh Yao Noi does not have any particular landmarks that stand out, the island offers spectacular beaches that have changed little over the past 20 years. The island also won the World Legacy Award for Destination Stewardship from Conservation International and National Geographic Traveler for the numerous eco-friendly programmes and packages that are available.
Although the island has experienced some development, it still remains a quiet respite for visitors. Here are some fun things to do on the quiet island!
1. Koh Nok Island
One of the beautiful islands surrounding Ko Yao Noi, Koh Nok Island is perfect for a short hour or two visit. The sand is pure and clean as the island does not get too many visitors. A fantastic ocean view presents itself if you choose to climb up the hill! Great for people who love to island hop or want a good tan.
The water near Koh Nok Island is shallow and visibility is low so it’s not advisable to snorkel. Visitors of Koh Nok Island usually book a boat to bring them there or a kayak for them to paddle themselves.
Koh Nok Island
Address: Koh Nok, Ko Yao Noi, Thailand
2. Mina's Cooking Class
Learn how to cook authentic Thai dishes and pastes from Mina. Mina is a fluent English speaker and teaches her classes in her traditional Thai house. She grows her own herbs and spices in her garden so you get the satisfaction of plucking your ingredients. The classes are suitable for families with kids as well.
Mina's Cooking Class
Address: 6/4 Moo 2, Ko Yao Noi, Thailand
Contact: +66 878873161
Website: Mina’s Cooking Class
3. Island Yoga Retreat
Look no further, avid yogis! Book your spiritual retreat with Island Yoga today. Island Yoga caters to yogis of all levels, from beginner to advanced. The teachers are well versed in the deep philosophy behind yoga and the facilities are superb. The retreat doesn’t encompass only of yoga and instead tries to create a complete holistic experience for its attendees, such as having family dinners and movie outings.
Address: Ulmar’s Nature Lodge, 4/10 Moo 4, Tha Khao, Ko Yao Noi 82160, Thailand
Opening Hours: Closed in May and part of September
Contact: +66 873879475
Website: Island Yoga
4. KYN Muay Thai
Get trained by a professional Muay Thai boxer! KYN Muay Thai is owned by 10 time boxing and Muay Thai champion, Hlukhin. Hlukhin and his team of dedicated teachers are more than equipped to perfect your Muay Thai in their intensive courses. The gym is located right at the water’s edge so you can relax after training. Junk food lovers be warned, the restaurant here serves healthy food made specially for trainings. But look on the bright side, here’s the time to uphold that discipline! The premises also holds two swimming pools.
Please note that camp places are limited and fill up quickly especially in peak periods, so do book your places quickly.
KYN Muay Thai
Address: 34/8 Moo 5, Ko Yao Noi 82160, Thailand
Contact: +66 847463861
Website: KYN Muay Thai
5. Set sail on an Indonesian Pinisi
The Dragonheart Cruise packages stop at Ko Yao Nui. Set sail on this traditional wooden boat and go for an island tour where traditional Southern Thai style cuisine is served by a friendly crew that provides the true island hopping experience! You will also get the opportunity to stop at island reefs to snorkel in the clear blue waters.
Address: Ko Yao Noi 82160, Thailand
6. Explore Koh Yao Noi itself
Instead of going island hopping, why not explore the beauty of Ko Yao Noi itself? The island’s inland has many natural attractions to offer such as mudflats and lesser-known trails and scenery view points. You can book a guided bike tour and travel the lesser known spots of the island.
Amazing Bike Tours
Website: Amazing Bike Tours Thailand
Heads up, island lovers!
A quiet atmosphere, beautiful beaches and nature and numerous activities lay in store for you at Koh Yao Noi. As you will probably be spending most of your time outdoors, make sure to pack on copious amounts of sunscreen and mosquito repellant!
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