A far cry from the quickly developing Phuket, yet only a one-hour boat ride away, Koh Yao Noi is considered one of the last unspoiled islands in the south of Thailand, offering a peaceful and enviable Thai beach experience.
Sitting in the middle of Phang Nga Bay, this laid-back haven is encircled by secluded beaches giving way to rice paddies, while the lush interior of rubber plantations and mangroves can be explored on motorbikes and tuk-tuks.
Unlike some Thai islands – and for many this will be welcome relief – you won’t find a roaring nightlife or a notable shopping scene here; instead, look out for buffaloes taking mud baths, go snorkelling around the vibrant coral reefs, and simply soak up the serene atmosphere.
WHEN TO GO
Visit Koh Yao Noi between December and May to avoid the monsoon season.
What to do
- Motorbike or cycle around this little island to discover its untouched natural charms.
- Kayak out to the rocks, Koh Hong, which face the island.