Photo: Sunrise from Lom Lae beach.

Things to see and do

Boat and kayak trips

With the beautiful Phang Nga bay on Yao Noi’s doorstep, most visitors to the island will want to get out on the water and explore. A collection of tiny islands nearby including Ko Lao Lading, Ko Nok, Ko Khai Nok, Ko Pak Bia, Ko Khai Nai and Ko Hong offer sparkling white bits of sand and teal-toned waters for snorkelling. Longer tours around Phang Nga bay might include some kayaking into the ... Read more about Boat and kayak trips .

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Explore Ko Yao Noi
Amazing Bike Tours
T: (076) 396 028

Hire a motorbike, bicycle or songthaew taxi and explore Yao Noi’s scenic roads. In the island’s interior you’ll find rubber and cashew nut plantations, rice fields, goat-herding farmers and grazing water buffaloes. Along the east coast the single-lane road takes you along Yao Noi’s main beaches with spectacular views out across Phang Nga bay. Look for mud skippers and crabs in the mudflats of ... Read more about Explore Ko Yao Noi .

Scuba diving
Koh Yao Diver, Lom'Lae resort
T: (076) 597 406

Diving trips and PADI dive courses may be arranged with the folks at Koh Yao Diver, found at Lom’Lae resort. They offer daily dive trips with two or three dives at various locations around the Andaman including shark point, King Cruiser wreck, anemone reef and Ko Phi Phi, as well as cave dives, night dives and shark-watch dives. Multi-day open water dives and Dive Master courses are also ... Read more about Scuba diving .

Mina's Thai Cookery Class
6/4 Moo 2, Ko Yao Noi

Yao Noi’s luxury resorts including Six Senses offer cookery courses but a more low-key choice is Mina’s Cooking Classes. This friendly local chef teaches from her home using her own home-grown herbs and spices for the class. Each class, which up to four people can join, includes tips on how to make your own coconut milk in the traditional way and curry paste, plus five recipes. Learn to ... Read more about Mina's Thai Cookery Class .

Yoga, massage and meditation
Island Yoga Retreats
T: (087) 3879475

Yao Noi is a good place to treat yourself to a luxury spa session with Six Senses and The Paradise resorts both offering spa and wellness packages. If you don’t have the cash for a spa splurge, stop by one of the simple massage shops sprinkled around the island, including one next to The Mountain Shop at Tha Khao pier. The Paradise also offers yoga and meditation classes, or for a more ... Read more about Yoga, massage and meditation .

Muay Thai training
KYN Muay Thai Gym, Lam Sai Village Hotel
T: (082) 289 4276

Learn the martial art of Muay Thai at a relaxed beachfront setting with a top Thai champion fighter. Classes run at the Lam Sai Village hotel, and you can book training and accommodation packages by the week or the month. Both private training and group courses are offered. Expect to sweat a lot and push your fitness levels to the max. While some come to train and prepare for fights, others ... Read more about Muay Thai training .

Rock climbing
The Mountain Shop, 4/2 Moo 4, Baan Tha Khao, Ko Yao Noi
T: (084) 841 1540

Ko Yao Noi has a burgeoning climbing scene with more than 50 bolted routes of varying difficulties to explore and hone your climbing skills. Those looking for a less busy alternative to Railay beach in Krabi and Ko Phi Phi will find some challenging climbs here, some of which may only be reached by boat. The Mountain Shop based at Tha Khao pier offers guided trips and instruction, and also ... Read more about Rock climbing .

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