Yao Noi Island — the best place for a relaxing holiday
This is not to say that in this part of the Andaman Sea, which is often called the Phang Nga Bay, Yao Noi is the most interesting and visited island.
However, the opportunity to stay on it with accommodation in more than comfortable conditions, while far from civilization (even cars are rare on the island), makes it attractive for holidaymakers at the nearest resorts — Phuket, Krabi and Phang Nga.
Nature of the island
Both the island itself and the panoramic views from it are typical for this part of Thailand and are similar to what can be seen on numerous islands that are not part of Phang Nga National Park (Phi Phi, Pania, Tapu, Hong) .
There are stunningly beautiful sandy streamers with palm trees stretching far into the sea, karst cliffs rushing to the sky directly out of the water and drowning in a bluish haze or fog. Low-hanging clouds and a calm sea surface, slightly ruffled from the wind, complete the fantastic local landscapes.[quote font = «arial» font_style = «italic»] The underwater life is colorful and diverse: as elsewhere in the Andaman Sea, there are excellent opportunities for diving. In general, Yao Noi is a real tropical paradise and an ideal place for a relaxing holiday. [/ Quote]
The island is inhabited by birds (the toucan is a symbol of the island), large and small reptiles (you can meet large but harmless monitor lizards), unique plants grow (for example, wild orchids amazing in their elegance).
Sandy beaches suitable for swimming are located on the eastern, tourist, part of the island:
All beaches have a few meters of sand edge (at high tide), palm trees give shade, and other occasional flowering vegetation.
From this coast of the island you can see the other islands of the bay, and from the observation platform located in the area of Khao beach, you can see the silhouette of the Krabi coast, located 10 km from Yao Noi.[quote font = «arial» font_style = «italic»] It is important to note such a feature of the island’s beaches as their shallowness. Within a radius of 50-100 meters from the shore, the water is knee-deep. To swim adult, have a little walk. But for children there is one expanse. [/ Quote]
Since the island is located in the bay, there are no waves of the sea, which creates an idyllic atmosphere of calm, safety and comfort.
What to do on Yao?
In addition to beach holidays and walks around the island, on Yao Noi, you can diversify your pastime with the following:
- Cycling On the island you can ride bicycles, which you can rent here.
- Kayaking around the island, to other islands.
- Diving in the purest clear water in the company of thousands of fish and corals.
- Visit the central or western part of the island to see how the island’s indigenous population lives. Residents are farming, so the whole island is a pasture for livestock or a field planted with rice.
- Rock climbing. For practicing this extreme sport, the rocks of Yao Noi represent a good option for training and good time.
In addition, the island is convenient to use as a base for traveling to other attractions of Phang Nga Bay, which are impossible to see in one day.
You can go to Yao Island for a day trip or stop for a few days. Local hotels offer good options for accommodation in the form of detached houses.
Immediately it should be noted that there is absolutely no budget accommodation for $ 10. The cheapest options in the rainy season start at $ 20. In the dry season, a small house in the woods on the mountain can be rented for $ 30, closer to the sea — more expensive.
There are accommodation options that can be attributed to the Asian luxury: a 2-3-bedroom villa with a spacious veranda and pool, immersed in greenery and hidden from prying eyes, can cost $ 300 per day.
Moving around the island
As noted above, cycling is popular on the island. Also here you can rent a bike. The functions of public transport on the island perform tuk-tuki and songteo.
Kayak can be considered as one of the non-standard ways of movement between the beaches: the distances here are small, and if you do not need to get to the central part of the island, the water variant will in many cases be optimal.
How to get there?
From Phuket, boats ply throughout the day from 7.30 am to 5.30 pm hourly (departing from Bang Rong Pier). Travel time is about 1 hour. Speedboats also run on the route, covering a distance of 30 minutes.[quote font = «arial» font_style = «italic»] Sailing to Yao Noi is easy. The direction is very popular. [/ Quote]
Approximately the same sail from Krabi. Boats depart from Tha Len Pier, located in the village of Ao Luek.
Phang Nga Beach is the furthest from the island. The road will take at least 1 hour and 20 minutes. Boats start from the pier of Ta Dan.