Home to some four thousand islanders (the vast majority of them Muslim) and measuring roughly 12 kilometres at its longest point, Koh Yao Noi’s independence from the mainland has been the preserve of its traditional culture. Tourism here is very much of the low key variety (Yao Noi is a one-street town with a thriving market place), hire a bike and take a ride out of town, along the island’s main road and you’ll see acres of paddy fields, rubber farms, water buffalos and farmers, busy earning their living. This rural ambience - a welcome change to its more developed counterparts – is its biggest draw with activities such as sailing, rock climbing and diving about as adventurous as it gets.
|Capital||Bangkok is the capital of Thailand|
|Language||Thai, English is widely spoken|
|Time Difference||7 hours
Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs as early as possible. We highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your Doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.
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The best time to visit is during the hot and dry season, between January and April, when it’s relatively rain-free.
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Koh Yao Noi.
Take an adventurous kayak excursion (with one of Six Senses experienced guides) to the complex channels of the island’s mangrove forest, where you can listen to the voice of nature and observe the unique ecological system
Discover natural coral reefs filled with vibrant colors and exotic fish with Six Senses Yao Noi’s experienced Dive Master.
Hire a motorbike and head out on one of the many dirt trails to explore the island
The sea cliffs of Koh Kudu near Koh Yao Noi are currently one of the two best places in Thailand for novices to go deep water soloing. Climb straight out of a boat (with just your climbing shoes and your chalk bag) onto the rock then jump into the deep water below. Six Senses Yao Noi can organise enthralling rock climbing excursions, ascending the craggy rock faces of the island's signature limestone walls.
British Airways and Thai Airways from London Heathrow to Bangkok. Etihad Airways from London Heathrow and Manchester (via Abu dhabi) to Bangkok. Emirates from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow (via Dubai) to Bangkok. Onward connections available.
London Heathrow to Bangkok, 11 hours, 15 minutes.
Make like a Movie Star
Made famous by the movie ‘The Beach’ starring Leonardo Di Caprio, the Phi Phi Islands’ Maya Bay with its crystal clear waters and towering cliffs was, at one point, on everyone's list of “not to be missed” – stay at Six Senses Yao Noi and you can visit via speedboat.