A favourite of families with a good mix of accommodation, Pasai Beach stretches to meet the upscale Lom Lae Beach at the island's southeastern tip. Head up the east coast to the lovely Klong Jark beach, which hosts a couple of high-end resorts along with some flashpacker options. Backpackers will be better served on Tha Khao Beach over on the southwest coast. Closer to the fishing boats, Nawik and Laem Sai offer more of a local air.
We have 19 places to stay in and around Ko Yao Noi.
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.
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.
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.
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.