Guide to spending 48 hours in Koh Yao Noi, Thailand

Travel to Koh Yao Noi and you won’t regret it! Just a short distance from Phuket, the Small Long Island, as it’s known, stands out for its relatively untouched and tranquil surroundings. Arriving in Koh Yao will seem like something straight out of Jurassic Park. The perfect start to a peaceful and memorable stay. Read on to discover what to do in Koh Yao Noi in this guide to spending 48 hours in Koh Yao Noi!

Koh Yao Noi accommodation in luxury villas on the beach

Koh Yao Noi accommodation

This verdant Thai island is the quieter neighbor of its twin island, Koh Yao Yai. However, there’s an enticing range of options available as you look for a place to stay during your trip. Koh Yao Noi accommodation varies in price, with a wide range of fancy resorts including luxury pool villas and hotels for you to choose from.

If a villa resort is out of your price range or you’re traveling on a budget, there are plenty of low-cost beach bungalows along the sandy shores!

Koh Yao Noi beach with sparkling blue water

Beaches of Koh Yao Noi

Once you’ve settled into your accommodation, you’ll want to explore one of the many picturesque beaches in Koh Yao Noi. They have a unique character in comparison to the adjacent islands, owing to their rocky shorelines and shallow bays. But you’ll soon see that golden sands are never too far away.

To the southeast is Pasai beach, you will find a local cafe and massage parlor on a stretch or sand. However, perhaps the main draw for this beach – and the Tha Khao and Klong Jark beaches nearby, for that matter – is the relative lack of tourists, which is something you’ll notice as you adventure through the island some more.

travelers on boat in Koh Yao Noi, Thailand

Seeing the island

The best way to explore the island is to hire some transport. If you have a license, a scooter will be ideal for navigating the quiet roads across Koh Yao Noi. You will take in the stunning surroundings, with the wind blowing through your hair. This nimble form of transport is a popular choice for tourist and locals alike.

Of course, the lush calm waters offer you an excellent opportunity to see the island from another point of view. You will also discover the other local attractions from a new perspective. Particularly popular are boat rides and kayaking adventures through adjacent islets, with their stunning mangroves and imposing karsts.

48 hours in koh yao noi spent rock climbing

An action-packed adventure

In between exploring the island’s natural beauty, you’ll have many opportunities to make your stay an action-packed experience as well. To the north on Koh Yao Noi, a variety of new rock climbing routes have been developed, offering a thrilling workout while you take in those stunning views from a unique vantage point.

Naturally, the sea offers its own world of beauty, and what better way to see it than by snorkelling or cliff diving. The clear waters showcase an unforgettable array of colourful wildlife and plant life, including corals.

48 hours in Koh Yao Noi spent relaxing

Spending 48 hours in Koh Yao Noi

Whether you’re relaxing on a beach, climbing a cliff-face or exploring this idyllic island’s diverse landscape, a 48-hour stay in Koh Yao Noi is one not to be forgotten. Koh Yao Noi is just a short trip from Phuket but has the feel of an untouched, unblemished land, and one that is perfect for a short trip packed with relaxation and surprise.

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13 Thoughts to “Guide to spending 48 hours in Koh Yao Noi, Thailand”

  1. The beaches sound perfect to me….not crowded. I’d spend the day lounging at the beach and snorkelling. I’ll skip the rock climbing lol

    1. I’m the same, I love relaxing on (almost) empty beaches, just enjoying the breeze and listening to the sound of the waves. However, some cliff diving followed by snorkeling sounds pretty tempting to me 🙂

  2. This looks so beautiful & it looks like there is quite a bit you can get done in 48 hours! I would definitely see the island and look at the beauty, but I would skip on the adventure! Too scary for me.

    1. Exploring the island closer to the coast might be enough for spending only 48 hours in Koh Yao Noi. However, if the getaway is a bit longer, I’d be into the adventurous part, too. I just need more time because my body is slower than my spirit :))

  3. Love hearing about this little bit of paradise so close to Phuket. I think I’d like to take a scooter exploring and then relax at the beach! Duly noted for the next trip to Thailand.

  4. Never been to Koh Yao Noi, but I visited Phi Phi and Koh Hong ! Love all these smaller islands nearby Phuket ! I especially enjoyed kayaking around the island, getting up close to the side of the cliff !
    I hope overtourism doesn’t ruin them like how it did for Maya bay ! =(

  5. What a great place to relax for 48 hours. There is nothing to do by lie around and relax… Sometimes you just need to do that! I haven’t been to the islands of Thailand, only a few hours in Bangkok, this sounds beautiful!

  6. This is my kind of beach. A secluded white beach, blue ocean, palm trees, and best of all, no crowds. What a perfect paradise! I will have to keep this island in mind for my next trip to Thailand.

  7. Sounds like an incredibly peaceful island and perfect for a quiet yet still adventurous weekend escape. Would love to paddle out from those beaches (I don’t sit well for long on a beach) or jump on a bike for a tour, or even enjoy a bit of rock climbing. And in between, reading a book and watching the world slip by.

  8. I have only been to Bangkok. Have not even been to Phuket. When I go there, I will surely visit KOH YAO NOI!

  9. The photos are absolutely gorgeous! Koh Yao Noi sounds like the perfect place to be away from the crowd but still, I won’t have to miss out on some adventure sports if I feel like it. Snorkeling is something I have always wanted to try out! And a great place to just relax and unwind as well, thanks for sharing 🙂

  10. I loved your 48 hours in Koh Yao No with serene nature. This island has wonderful beach and stunning mangroves. Thanks for sharing all tips.

  11. Thank you all so much for such great feedback about Koh Yao Noi. Good energy! 🙂

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