After my first island stop in Koh Phangan, I headed onto a much quieter and less visited island in Thailand that has quickly become a favourite: Koh Yao Noi. Read on to find out why I fell in love with this island!
Getting from one island to another in Thailand can be quite the experience. I took a boat from Koh Phangan to the mainland, then a bus to Phuket town, a cab to the harbour and another boat to get to the island. But it was so worth the journey, especially when you have views like above!
I went to Koh Yao Noi in the south of Thailand with a girl I had met in Chiang Mai. She was a big yoga fan and since I liked yoga as well, I didn’t hesitate for one second when she asked me if I wanted to go to this yoga retreat with her. I spent 5 amazing days doing yoga at the Island Yoga Resort on the island and had an incredible time!
We did yoga twice a day and I also managed to get up for the sunrise Tai Chi on the beach which was an incredible experience! If you want to find out more about my yoga journey, you can have a read of this blog post where I went into more depth. The atmosphere at the resort was lovely and very relaxing. Just what I needed after travelling for 7 weeks!
Apart from doing yoga twice a day, we also had plenty of time to explore the island. Our days mainly consisted of eating and cycling around the island and finding the most gorgeous beaches.
Koh Yao Noi is one of the hidden gems of Thai islands in my opinion. There isn’t as much tourism as on other islands. There is one 5 star resort on the island and some bungalows to rent but not much else. The one street that leads around the island is not crowded with scooters as Koh Phangan was, it’s much more quiet.
You can find secluded beaches everywhere with only a few local kids playing in the water. I found that the nicest way to explore the island was by bike. There isn’t much traffic and I felt very safe on my bike. There are a few steep hills which you can avoid by taking a longer route around the south of the island and the rest is pretty flat.
Since it’s so much quieter, the locals are also extremely friendly. Our bikes broke down twice and we always had lots of help from locals in fixing them for us and even got a free lift over the steep hill from a taxi driver once! The only downside to the island is that it is a bit more expensive than other islands.
If you’re looking for a quiet island in Thailand where you can relax and swim in gorgeous clear water, definitely check out Koh Yao Noi! I know that I will be back at some point to do more yoga on this lovely island!
What is your favourite island in Thailand? Leave me your recommendations below!