Nestled between the popular southern Thai islands of Phuket and Krabi, the Koh Yao islands are beginning to attract more and more international tourists. The main attraction in these southern islands is without a doubt Koh Yao Noi, which literally means “small long island.” Although Koh Yao Yai (“big long island”) is also quite popular, Koh Yao Noi has a more developed infrastructure with all the amenities Western tourists expect on holiday. In this brief article, we’ll go over some tips to travelling around Koh Yao Noi in style. You’ll learn all about the best way to get into the island, a few of the best hotels there, as well as some of the best things to do while staying in Koh Yao Noi. So, if you’re at all interested in booking a trip to one of the many luxurious hotels on Koh Yao Noi, read on.
Getting To Koh Yao Noi
The easiest way to travel to Koh Yao Noi is by boat from Phuket. Boats bound for Koh Yao Noi depart from one of Phuket’s two piers almost every day. This pier, called Bang Rong Pier, is located in the northeast section of Phuket. Bang Rong Pier offers both speedboat and slow boat transport, and generally the boats stop at Koh Yao Yai first. There’s also a ferry at Chianwanich Pier in Phuket, but it only offers services to Koh Yao Yai. Chianwanich Pier is located in the southern portion of the Phuket.
Koh Yao Noi Accommodation
Once you reach Koh Yao Noi, you’ll find numerous high-quality hotels to book a room in. One Koh Yao Noi resort many visitors rave about is Coastal Escape resort. Guests at Coastal Escape will be on a prime location right on the beach. Each single space has been given thought and was designed to fit and cater to the needs of a holiday, all of villas offer great views of the natural splendors of the island.
A few other hot hotels on Koh Yao Noi include the Koyao Island Resort, the Khao Bay View and the Cape Kudu Hotel. No matter what resort you choose on this island, you’re sure to get some great views of the tropical scenery all around you.
Things To Do in Koh Yao Noi
After you’ve settled on where you’ll be staying for the duration of your trip, it’s time to start exploring all Koh Yao Noi has to offer. The center of Koh Yao Noi is extremely mountainous, but both the west and east sides are full of beaches. Most tourist guides recommend heading to the beaches on the east side for the best snorkeling opportunities. Beaches on the west side, however, tend to be more picturesque.
One great way to take in all the islands in this region is to take a day cruise. One popular day cruise company in the region is called DragonHeart. This sailing boat company will provide you with all the time you need to fully explore the local islands. After you’re done snorkeling, rock climbing, or just walking around the various Koh Yao islands, you can sit back and relax to a traditional Thai meal onboard DragonHeart’s Indonesian sailboat. DragonHeart also offers special tours on request.
If you feel like exploring Koh Yao Noi on your own, there are plenty of kayak rental services all around the island. Take your time admiring the local scenery all while getting a great upper body workout.
For those interested in the long history of the region, you might want to explore the numerous caves throughout these islands. Archeologists have found numerous cave paintings on these islands that date back around 2,000 years. Many scholars believe these cave paintings attest to the numerous tribes (including Moken, Sakai, Negritos, Trang, and Mon peoples) who lived on these islands for thousands of years.
Despite its recent increase in tourism, Koh Yao Noi has retained its untouched splendor. The people who live and work on this island are extremely warm and inviting to tourists from around the world. Whether you want to come here for a day-trip, or if you want to book a full holiday on this island, Koh Yao Noi offers a great retreat from the maddening crowds of Phuket. Just be sure to pack a lot of sunscreen before you hop on your plane bound for this southern Thai paradise.
[Photo Credit : Coastal Escape]
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