FINDING A SLICE OF PARADISE ON THE ANDAMAN COAST
All-night backpacker parties that celebrate the rise of the full moon and the overcrowded beaches of splashy Phuket catering to the ever increasing influx of tourists are certainly realities of a vacation to Thailand
A mild climate, ample sunshine and miles of stunning beaches have long made Southern Thailand a popular travel destination. All-night backpacker parties that celebrate the rise of the full moon and the overcrowded beaches of splashy Phuket catering to the ever increasing influx of tourists are certainly realities of a vacation to Thailand — but they don’t have to be. A little gem of an island called Koh Yao Noi is just a 30 minute boat ride east of Phuket. Shrewd travelers looking to spend quality time with loved ones have been coming here for years, but the quiet island continues to fly under the radar of its nearby partying neighbors... and we’d like to keep it that way. It is one of the few remaining pristine and peaceful outposts on the Andaman coast.
easy trek from Krabi and Phuket with daily ferries connecting the island to both tourist hubs. Once here, you will have a chance to calm your senses, connect with nature and relax.
A secluded road shaded by tall coconut palms connects Manoh pier with beach bungalows. Unlike elsewhere in Thailand, the only traffic jams on Koh Yao Noi involve roosters and goats crossing the road in front of a lone motorist. Less experienced motorbike riders will find it the perfect place to practice their skill, given the quiet traffic. The main road loops around the island, passing through thick mangrove forests, wide buffalo pastures and stilted homes of the local fishermen brightly painted in shades of orange and blue. Most visitors stay at the southeastern part of the island. Its stunning coastline, notably Koh Yao Noi is the smaller of the two including Pasai Beach, offers front-row views Koh Yao islands in the middle of Phang Nga of the nearby Karst islands which jut out of Bay. The island’s central location makes for an the placid blue waters.
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