Activities to Do in Koh Yao Noi Island

Rock Climbing, Eat at Rice Paddy, Scuba diving, Snorkelling, Muay Thai Training, Koh Yao Noi Village, Boating, Kayaking & many more.

There are innumerable exciting things to do on Koh Yao Noi Island, one of the most beautiful islands off the coast of Krabi and Phuket in Thailand. The island is known for its incredible natural beauty, defined by its rainforest boulders, rocks that are made for rock climbing and crystal-clear blue waters where you can enjoy a range of water sports and activities.

Apart from the traditional beachside activities like kayaking, yachting, swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving, the island of Koh Yao Noi offers a number of unique activities that will make your trip here memorable and exceptional. If you are looking for a peaceful and relaxing retreat, you can sign up for personalized and special yoga sessions where you can stay in sprawling accommodations and be close to nature. However, if you are in the mood for extreme adventure, then you can also sign up for Muay Thai training classes with some of Thailand’s most celebrated professionals. Here are some of the most exciting things you can do on this island.

Here are some of the best things to Do in Koh Yao Noi Island:

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Rock Climbing

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One of the best things to do on Koh Yao Noi Island, just off the coast of Krabi, is to experience rock climbing. There are over 150 climbing sites that are ideal for people of all levels of expertise, including amateurs and experienced climbers. The crags that can be found in the northern part of the island are ideal for rock climbing for recreation and for sports.

There are also several rental shops from where you can hire the right equipment to make your rock-climbing adventure a successful one. It is not only an excellent adventure sport but also a unique way to catch the panoramic views that surround the island.

Tha Khao Pier, Koh Yao Noi Island
Timing:  Monday to Sunday (6:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

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Eat at Rice Paddy

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One of the most popular and famous on the island is the Rice Paddy Restaurant and eating here is one of the most essential things to do on Koh Yao Noi Island. The restaurant specializes in local food with vegan and gluten-free options, but you can also try their Italian food which is quite famous and authentic.

You should also try their chicken curry, which is their in-house speciality. The service is also exceptional at the restaurant, and the warm hospitality, combined with the delicious food and exceptional views makes it the perfect place to be on a pleasant evening in Koh Yao Noi.

29, Ko Yao Noi, Ko Yao District, Phang-nga 82160, Thailand
Timing: Monday to Sunday (12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.)

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Scuba diving

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Scuba diving is another invigorating experience and one of the most exciting things to do on Koh Yao Noi Island. The island is surrounded by well-preserved coral reefs that you can explore by means of underwater deep-sea diving. You also get to explore the colourful marine life that thrives in the Phang Nga Bay on which the island is situated.

You can interact with creatures like rays and clownfish that are found in abundance in these waters. There are several scuba diving agencies on the island from where you can take a crash course and hire all the necessary equipment required for the activity.

2/3 Moo.3, Phru Nai, Ko Yao District, Phang Nga 82160, Thailand
Timing: Monday to Sunday (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

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Listed amongst some of the most refreshing and adventurous things to do on Koh Yao Noi Island is snorkelling. When snorkelling, you can explore the shallow waters around the island and the colourful coral reefs and thriving marine life surrounding the island. Snorkelling can be enjoyed by people of all ages and all levels of expertise since the entire activity is conducted in shallow waters.

Some of the most famous spots for snorkelling here are near the reefs that can be found in and around Bamboo Island. Snorkelling also gives you a great insight into the preserved ecosystem of the island, which consists of coral reefs, fish, rays, turtles and other fascinating creatures.

99 8 Phru Nai, Ko Yao District, Phang-nga 83000, Thailand
Timing: Monday to Sunday (8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.)

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Muay Thai Training

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Muay Thai is the locally developed style of martial arts in Thailand that has gained popularity all over the world. Koh Tao Noi Island is one of the most thriving centres for practising this form of martial arts and when you are visiting, it is the perfect excuse to get a crash course in Muay Thai.

What makes it one of the best things to do on Koh Yao Noi Island is the abundance of trainers, gyms and centres which lets visitors practise this traditional art of fighting and even leave with a certificate. People travel from all over the world come here to learn Muay Thai, with dedicated and professional trainers.

34/8 Moo 5, Lam Sai, Ko Yao Noi, Phang-nga 82160, Thailand
Timings: Monday to Saturday (7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.)

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Koh Yao Noi Village

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One of the most refreshing things to do on Koh Yao Noi Island is to explore the Koh Yao Noi Village, which is a tropical getaway and retreat, located off the coast of Phuket and Krabi. It is a 5-star resort that is also one of the most beautiful places on the island. You can catch dreamy views of the island and the forests that grow on it, along with the azure and turquoise waters of the bay.

If you stay at the resort, you can also swim in some of the largest infinity pools in the area that are built directly over the ocean, offering more sprawling views of the nature that surrounds the village. It is one of the best places to visit with your family when you are on the island.

78 Ko Yao District, Phang-nga 82160, Thailand

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One of the most relaxing and memorable things to do on Koh Yao Noi Island is boating. You can rent all kinds of boats including speedboats, cruises, kayaks and canoes to explore the coast of the island and its surroundings. Boating allows you to explore the beautiful and peaceful waters of the island.

There are innumerable boat rentals in various places around the island from where you can book a boat of your choice to go on a waterfront adventure. You can also get guides and professional drivers to take you to some of the most exciting viewpoints, caves and hidden attractions to make the most of your boating trip.

Ko Yao Yai, Ko Yao District, Phang-nga 82160, Thailand
Timings: Monday to Sunday (7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.)

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One of the best ways to explore Koh Yao Noi Island is by renting out a kayak and paddling your way around the coast. The waters that surround the island are perfect for kayaking as they are calm and without too many strong currents. The waters of the bay are also crystal clear, allowing you to spot some exciting inhabitants of the ocean including coral reefs, rays and schools of fish.

You can rent a kayak from one of the many rental agencies that travel to the main pier from where all kayaking trips start. From there, there is a designated route that you can traverse in order to explore the full natural beauty of the island.

Ko Yao Yai, Ko Yao District, Phang-nga 82160, Thailand
Timing: Monday to Sunday (8:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.)

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A private yacht charter is a perfect way to explore the natural beauty of the island in complete luxury and without a crowd of tourists. Yachts can be found at several boating agencies in and around the island that rent out yachts of all price ranges and featuring different facilities depending on how luxuriously you want to travel.

They offer personally tailored experiences for those who want to hire the best yacht available, that also comes with a professional naval and hospitality crew to take care of all your needs during your trip around Koh Yao Noi Island.

Location: Tha Khao Pier, Tambon Ko Yao Noi, Ko Yao District, Phang-nga 82160, Thailand
Timing: Monday to Sunday (8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

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Yoga session

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Some of the best yoga and meditation retreats in all of Thailand can be found here on Koh Yao Noi Island. The peaceful atmosphere, stunning natural locales and specialized centres for such peaceful activities make it the perfect place to sign up for a yoga session. Some of the world’s best yoga professionals can be found on this island.

You can also sign up for special yoga sessions, including water yoga, sunrise yoga and other facilities such as accommodation, meditation, spa and other luxurious features. There are special holiday programmes as well where you can learn yoga or even train to become a yoga teacher.

Location: 4/10 Moo 4 Baan Tha Khao Koh Yao Noi Phang-nga 82160, Thailand
Timing: Monday to Sunday (7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

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  1. What are the best things to do on Koh Yao Noi Island?

    1. Snorkelling and scuba diving: Exploring the deep sea and the shallow coastal waters around the island is one of the best things to do on Koh Yao Noi Island. There are rental agencies where you can train before going into the crystal-clear waters to check out the thriving ecosystem and coral reefs.

    2. Yoga and meditation: Koh Yao Noi Island has some of the best yoga retreats in Thailand, where you can meditate and absorb the natural beauty in a carefully curated and controlled environment, where you get to be at one with your tropical surroundings.

    3. Indulging in delicious food: One of the best things to do on Koh Yao Noi Island is to go on a food tour to some of the markets and restaurants like Rice Paddy, where you can sample food made with the freshest local produce. Boating and yachting Another wonderful way to explore the fascinating tropical beauty of the island is by renting out a boat or a yacht and going on a full day’s tour of the surroundings. You can even hire kayaks and canoes for a more adventure-intensive experience.
  2. Which are the best places to visit in Krabi at night?

    1. Ao Nang Centre Point: One of the most exciting places in Krabi at night is the Ao Nang Centre Point, a multi-storey entertainment complex that is brimming with cafes, restaurants, tattoo parlours, gaming zones and clubs, all open after hours.

    2. Soi RCS: One of the central party hubs in Krabi is Soi RCS, where the street is lined with several bars and clubs that play great music and serve delicious food and cocktails late into the night. It is one of the best places to go if you want a taste of the local party scene, where you also get to mingle with the locals.

    3. Walking Street Market: The Walking Street weekend market takes place every weekend, from Friday to Saturday and is open late into the night. Apart from some of the best street food in Thailand, you can also shop for local produce, local handlooms and textiles, art, jewellery, clothes and much more.

    4. Paka Park: Krabi hosts some of the most fascinating cultural shows in Thailand, where performers use glow-in-the-dark paint and neon costumes for elaborate plays and dances that you can watch in the dark. It is an exceptional cultural experience that you can’t miss when you are in Krabi.
  3. What is the best time to visit Krabi?

    Between November to March is considered the best time to visit Krabi. During the rest of the year, Krabi receives and experiences very heavy rainfall, which could hamper your exploration of the islands and the markets. The temperature during November to March stays at around 28 degrees Celsius, which is ideal for touring and travelling.
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    The easiest way to reach Krabi is by flight. You can take a flight to Bangkok from anywhere in the world, and from Bangkok, take a connecting flight that takes you to Krabi airport. You can also take a train to Krabi from almost anywhere in Thailand. Buses also ply between Bangkok and Krabi for easy access to this thriving city.
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