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Ideally located in the middle of pretty Phang Nga Bay, Koh Yao Noi offers front-row views of the area’s famed karst pillars. The island is charming and blissfully peaceful, a perfect refuge from Thailand’s vibrant cities and energetic nightlife. Classed by many as true paradise, tourism here is very low-key and select, yet offers exciting activities for the well-heeled traveller; enjoy sailing, rock-climbing and diving in this stunning spot.
Measuring just 4 x 12km, Koh Yao Noi is home to a tight-knit community of fishermen, boat builders and farmers. Its independence from the mainland enables traditional culture to thrive and the one-street town of Yao Noi is an authentic delight, particularly on market day. Hire a bike and pedal along the sleepy, sun-baked lanes, glimpsing paddy fields, rubber farms, water buffalos and islanders at work – a fabulous insight into old-fashioned, rural Thai life.
A wonderful way to observe Koh Yao Noi’s unique ecological system, and to explore the island’s mangrove forest and its complex channels, is on a scenic, guided kayak excursion. For something more adventurous, try deep-water soloing around the sea cliffs of nearby Koh Kudu; climb out of a boat onto a striking rock, before jumping off into the deep water below - it will make your tummy tumble and have you hankering for more! Another thrilling pastime is rock-climbing, ascending craggy faces of towering limestone walls. Alternatively, rent a bike, motorbike or tuk-tuk and tour the island’s pastoral landscapes along dusty trails.
Considered one of the world’s very best diving spots - boasting a variety of different dive sites - aquatic fans will jump at the chance to swim underwater amid Phang Nga Bay’s theatrical limestone cathedrals. Discover all manner of beautiful tropical sea-life and shoals of exotic fish shimmering over clumps of pristine coral, as you glide through the water alongside experienced PADI Dive Masters. Scuba trips are tailor-made and all grades of courses are on offer.
This region of remarkable natural beauty is teeming with wildlife on land and in the sea. Highlights include monkeys, deer and monitor lizards, as well as hornbills, sea eagles, exquisitely-coloured parrots and a plethora of marine creatures. Local National Parks embrace the ancient rainforest and limestone landscapes of Khao Sok, the tropical trees and waterfalls of Sri Phang Nga, the verdant mountains of Khao Lak Lam Ru, and the beach and hinterland of Thai Mueang. Clusters of divine islands, such as Similan and Surin, are treasured for their world-class scuba, whilst Phi Phi showcases beach-fronted jungle soaring above calm, turquoise seas.
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.
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.
Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
Visa and Advance Passenger Information
All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.
Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.
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In addition, 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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