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Ko Yao Noi

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Lom Lae beach

It's officially part of Pasai beach but this section of the beach at the southeastern tip of Yao Noi is often called Lom Lae after the resort that sits on it. Lom Lae Beach Resort shares this idyllic stretch of sands with the upmarket Koyao Bay Pavilions, the only developments to be found here. Swimming is possible only at high tide and the sunrise views are superb.

Pasai beach

Found along the southeast coast of the island, Pasai is Yao Noi's most developed beach, but it's by no means busy. You'll find just a scattering of restaurants, bungalows and shops along the road and tucked away in the hills above, and plenty of space on the beach to lay a towel.

Klong Jark beach

A pretty 1.5 kilometre stretch of white sands along the east coast, Klong Jark is home to some of Yao Noi's most luxurious resorts including Six Senses, which is tucked away on a headland just beyond its northern tip. Its sands are still completely non-exclusive, however, and it won't cost a single baht to sit in the shade and wade in the water here. Also called Long beach, it looks muddy and rocky at low tide, when it's not possible to swim. Not to be confused with Klong Jark on Ko Lanta.

Tha Khao beach

The sands here may not be the finest but the views are divine. The tall island karsts of Phang Nga Bay can be seen in the distance and just offshore sits Ko Nui, a little tuft of jungle rising out from the sea that can be reached by walking along a white-sand spit at low tide. Tha Khao village and the pier where ferries to Krabi launch sit at its north end. This quiet beach is attracting some development, with a sprinkling of low-key bungalows near the water and up in the hills, plus a few beachfront restaurants. Swimming is possible only at high tide.

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    Suntisook Resort

    Quirky and clean

    11/1 Moo 4, Baan Tha Khao, Ko Yao Noi
    T: (076) 582 750;

    Set just a quick hop across the road from the beach on Tha Khao's north end, Suntisook (also called Santisook) is a peaceful spot with a down-home feel. Each bungalow has a double bed, fridge and ... Read the full review of Suntisook Resort.

    4 stars 600B to 1,500B 1 vote Flashpacker
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    Tha Khao Bay View Bungalow

    Fab views, friendly people

    4/8 Moo 4, Ko Yao Noi
    T: (086) 942 0812;

    Set on the jungly hillside overlooking Tha Khao beach, this laidback, family-run place offers awesome views of Phang Nga Bay from each of its solidly built wooden bungalows. Each fan or air-con room ... Read the full review of Tha Khao Bay View Bungalow.

    4 stars 600B to 1,500B 1 vote Flashpacker
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    Baan Tha Khao Bungalow

    Classic Thai beach bungalows

    23/2 Moo 4, Baan Tha Khao, Ko Yao Noi
    T: (076) 582733;

    With ample space along the beach, this place has the feel of an old-school, swing-free-in-your-hammock Thai beach bungalow. Originally built by the kayaking operator Sea Canoe, the bungalows are ... Read the full review of Baan Tha Khao Bungalow.

    4 stars 600B to 1,500B 1 vote Flashpacker
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    Koh Yao Seaview Bungalow

    Tranquility on the sands

    14/4 Moo 4, Baan Tha Khao, Ko Yao Noi
    T: (076) 582718;

    You'll want to rise early to catch the sunrise from the porch of these well-priced wooden bungalows set on the beachfront of Tha Khao's south end. Run by a friendly local family, each bungalow has ... Read the full review of Koh Yao Seaview Bungalow.

    4 stars 600B to 1,500B 1 vote Flashpacker
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    Hill House

    Flashpacker budget, five-star view

    6/4 Moo 4, Ko Yao Noi, Phang Nga
    T: (089) 593 9523;

    If you’re on a flashpacker budget but seeking a five-star view, then look no further than Hill House bungalows, found on the hillside over Thakhao beach on Ko Yao Noi’s east coast. Scenic spot ... Read the full review of Hill House.

    4 stars 600B to 1,500B 1 vote Flashpacker
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    Nam Tok Bungalow

    Backpacker heaven

    4/4 Moo 4, Baan Tha Khao, Ko Yao Noi
    T: (087) 292 1102;

    One of the cheapest choices on Ko Yao Noi, Nam Tok is found in a beautiful spot down a casuarina-lined lane just a few minutes' walk from the beach. Its cheaper, older fan bungalows are set around a ... Read the full review of Nam Tok Bungalow.

    3.5 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker

Nawik village

This is Ko Yao Noi's largest village, set on the southwest side of the island not far from Manoh pier, the main departure point for Phuket ferries. Though not terribly scenic, it's a good place to stay if you're in need of cost savings and convenience, with a number of eating spots, the island's sole hospital and bank, a fresh market and a 7-Eleven within easy walking distance.

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    Bungalow Amina

    A friendly family-run option

    21/1 Moo 1, Ko Yao Noi Rd, Ko Yao Noi
    T: (076) 597 278;

    This is the only place to stay in the 'town centre'. You'll understand why we put quotes around 'town centre' when you see the 'town centre.' But that's what you gotta love about Ko Yao Noi. It ain't ... Read the full review of Bungalow Amina.

    3.5 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker

Laem Sai

The west side of the headland jutting out from the southern tip of Yao Noi has little in the way of beach but the fishing village ambience and views to Ko Yao Yai are lovely. At the south end sits Lamsai pier, where you could hire a longtail boat to scoot over to Yao Yai.



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