Thailand is very tourist during Christmas, over years the pristine beaches of this country drew tourist from all around the world. If you are thinking of having the authentic Thailand experience but still want to ditch the crowd then Koh Yao Noi island is just for you. A beautiful island well connected with the main land, with pristine beaches and clear blue water.
How to Reach Koh Yao Noi Island?
Koh Yao Noi island is very well connected with nearby popular touristy islands like Krabi or Phuket. You will get both speed boat and long tail boat option to chose from to reach this island. The cost to reach Koh Yao Noi will be 300 to 600 Baht based on the mode of transport you chose. It takes maximum one and half hour to reach the island. You can even opt to take your scooters in a long tail boat for a day trip here.
How long you should plan your stay in Koh Yao Noi?
Our recommendation will be 2 nights of stay in this island to do justice to its beauty. If you are the explorer kind you will enjoy your 2 days here. we spend two nights from Christmas eve in this island absolutely crowd free.
You can opt for a day trip if you want to visit this island, or chose its commercial alternative Koh Yao Yai for stay.
Where to Stay?
There are plenty of option to chose from in Koh Yao Noi. Many affordable resorts are there in the western side of the island, which are not beach facing and some luxury ones in the East side of the island. We stayed in Sunglobe Resort, it was little far from beach but in the lap of nature with swimming pool.
Where to Eat?
If you chose to stay eastern side of the island, there will be many cool beach side cafes and restaurants to chose from. There are plenty of local food stalls and restaurants that serves good food. We were amazed by the food that was served by Roti Nutsaree ( Just next to the only 7 Eleven in the island). Awesome Rotis, Curry and Rice at an affordable price.
Getting Around in the Island?
There are sharing cars available to go to the jetty. You can easily rent a scooter to go around the island at a cost of 300 Baht. If you want, try to get a candy coloured Scooter with a side car.
Things to do at Koh Yao Noi
There are few things to do apart from relaxing at the white sandy beaches.
Explore Unknown Beaches:
There are many unknown beaches to reach them you have to pass through jungle trails and be amazed to have the entire beach to yourself.
Day trip to Koh Yao Yai:
Koh Yao Yai island is next to Koh Yao Noi. You can take a trip to the island and explore it. This island is famous because of Hollywood movie Mechanic:Resurrection, shot here.
Island hopping / Cave exploring boat trip:
There are few boat trips available for snorkelling and exploring nearby caves to chose from. You can book such trips from your hotel.
The island is full of Hornbills, they just fly around at morning and evening. If you are bird watcher this might interest you.
Our experience is shared below: