Koh Yao Noi

Ko Yao Noi, the second largest of Ko Yao islands (archipelago) that consisting of 44 islands in the south of Phang-nga Bay, 42 kilometers away from the mainland of Phang-nga. Largely unaffected by booming development in nearby Phuket, Ko Yao in general and Ko Yao Noi in particular retains its traditional Muslim culture almost unchanged.

Ko Yao Noi has around 4,000 inhabitants and is around 10 x 12 km in size. This island and surroundings became famous since it was featured in the James Bond movie “The Man With the Golden Gun“. Yao Noi’s sister island, Yao Yai lies only 15 minutes away by boat and offers a chance to enjoy a pleasant day’s trekking or cycling.


According to local legend the strait between the two islands was created when a very angry Naga – Sea Dragon – crashed through on his way to Krabi to see his fiancée being married to someone else.

The Island remains a very natural, quiet and easy place as it is not spoilt much by tourists as in Phuket or Krabi therefore, you can experience the island as it was centuries ago, observing local people going about their daily business.

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The island is home to more than 250 species of mammals and 900 birds. The surrounding sea with its many coral reefs is also renowned as one of the finest diving areas in the world.

Activities available on the island include agricultural demonstrations (rubber and fishing), kayaking, hiking, snorkelling and swimming. This island, and indeed the many islands nearby, has much of interest for you to explore and discover.

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