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.
With plenty of options to choose from, picking the best place for you can be a challenge.
For a lesser-developed island on the Andaman coast, Ko Yao Noi has a good variety of places to stay. From a 500 baht a night bamboo shack to a 50,000 baht pool villa, Yao Noi has it all. Peeking into most every bungalow and resort choice on the island, we were impressed with the quality and value of the offerings here. A happy little row of huts at Pasai Cottage. Most places are small scale and... Read our full review of Best places to stay on 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.
Along the dirt road to the Lom'Lae resort, there's a turning that runs through rice paddies, usually populated by water buffalo cooling themselves in the watery muck and munching on the grass. You'd hardly expect there to be world-class accommodation at the end of this road, but there it is: three luxury bungalows around a small swimming pool, overlooking the water, along a beautiful stretch of... Read our full review of Koyao Bay Pavilions.
With a heap of outdoor activities on offer and a sprawling, out-of-the-way beachfront location, Lom'Lae highlights Ko Yao Noi's eco-friendly spirit. Each of its 10 bungalows have a distinct design, all with fans, mosquito netting, kettles with free coffee and tea, mini-fridge and private hot water showers. Bungalows are spread over two rows, with the beachfront rooms fetching higher prices.... Read our full review of Lom'Lae Beach Resort.
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.
With its classic bamboo and thatch huts given some extra splashes of colour, Pasai Cottage shows that cheap doesn't have to be cheerless. The 10 simple yet solidly built fan bungalows stretch back in a row behind the large open-air restaurant with plenty of trees providing some shade in the quiet setting. Each room's equipped with double or twin mosquito-netted beds and not much else, and some... Read our full review of Pasai Cottage.
Those wanting an inspired design or rustic local atmosphere will want to move along, but Chukit's a solid choice for budget-minded families seeking some added comforts. One of the few midrange offerings on Yao Noi, the 62-room resort has rows of concrete bungalows of similar design set back from a sea-view swimming pool and restaurant. Next to the pool is a badminton court that looks to be in... Read our full review of Koh Yao Chukit Dachanan Resort.
With a mix of fan and air-con wooden bungalows with big balconies, Pasai Beach Lodge is a peaceful, family-friendly place. Every room is equipped with either a double or twin beds, mosquito netting, a TV, fridge and private bathrooms with showers, and WiFi is included in the price. Interiors have a feel of a quirky aunty's hideaway with frilly curtains and colourful yet mismatching bed sheets.... Read our full review of Pasai Beach Lodge.
Set just back from the beach, this low-key resort has added several more bungalows in recent years but it still retains a tropical garden setting with tall coconut trees and plenty of space to swing a hammock. The choice of small or large wooden fan-cooled bungalows or concrete air-con bungalows with TVs and a mini-fridge will satisfy budget-to-flashpacker tastes, though none have hot water... Read our full review of Koh Yao Beach Bungalows.
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.
Set on the beachfront on a hidden stretch of sands, Koyao Island is a great example of how to blend luxury with low impact development. The thatch-roof bungalows sprinkled around the tropical garden setting have heaps of castaway character, with wicker and wood furniture, spongy beds swathed in mosquito netting and outdoor showers. A large infinity pool is set just back from the sands. Popular... Read our full review of Koyao Island Resort.
Sabai Corner sits on a prime beachfront position at the headland on the south end of Klong Jark. The 11-bungalow resort is run by an Italian expat who doesn't advertise, doesn't have a business card, and is perfectly happy to entertain the regulars that come year after year, who aren't really customers, so much as her friends. The bungalows here are exquisitely well-conceived. They are set on a... Read our full review of Sabai Corner.
If you want a peek into Yao Noi's fancier side, you could try a night or two at one of these nine contemporary villas, some with their own pool. Set around a large central swimming pool, each villa has air-con, big living rooms and kitchens, and either one or two bedrooms with king-sized beds. Set up with full entertainment facilities and the service level of a private villa, you're offered a... Read our full review of Villaguna Residence.
This is one of those rare places with 'viewpoint' in the name that actually delivers -- it's high up on a steep hill and the 180-degree view of the ocean from the balconies goes on forever. The rooms are much better than you might expect for the price, being well-furnished, with French doors letting on to the balconies. They offer fan-cooled or air-con rooms with private baths, some with hot... Read our full review of Tabeak Viewpoint Bungalow.
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.
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 under new ownership but still retain a back-to-nature vibe. Each bungalow has private bathrooms with hot water showers and a double bed. Some along the beach have two double beds, perfect for a small gang... Read our full review of Baan Tha Khao Bungalow.
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 for breakfast. The four fan-cooled, wooden stilted bungalows at Hill House are set in a shady rubber tree grove, all offering views of the sea and Phang Nga Bay’s limestone karsts from their... Read our full review of Hill House.
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 mosquito-netted double beds, hot water showers in a private tiled bathroom and a fridge, and for 100 baht more you can snag a room with two double beds. A handful of new, larger bungalows built at the... Read our full review of Koh Yao Seaview Bungalow.
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 kettle, TV, big tiled bathroom with hot water and some colourful design touches that have an eccentric auntie's beach cottage kind of feel. For their size and location, the fan rooms offer good value for... Read our full review of Suntisook Resort.
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 has a double bed with mosquito netting, good-sized balcony and a private tiled bathroom with hot water. Some rooms have an extra bed or mattress. Try to book one of the newer bungalows higher up on... Read our full review of Tha Khao Bay View Bungalow.
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 small pond, while deluxe bungalows with fans or air-con are further back. Go for a deluxe wooden bungalow if you can afford it since the cheaper bamboo huts, though cosy, are looking dated and don't... Read our full review of Nam Tok Bungalow.
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.
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 much, but you're definitely in Thailand. Same goes for Amina, a family-run place in a beautiful little garden setting just off the road. The original rooms have been upgraded with a freshly-painted,... Read our full review of Bungalow Amina.
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.
One of the few places to stay on Yao Noi with a sunset sea view, Lam Sai Village's beautiful tropical setting makes up for its lack of character. Rooms are set in a two-storey concrete building and equipped with hot-water showers, TVs and kettles. Larger deluxe rooms with air-con and fridges are also available, and there's free WiFi throughout. Swimming in the sea is not possible here, but... Read our full review of Lam Sai Village Hotel.