The Koh Yao islands boast a string of pretty beaches that mainly lie hidden within coves of jungle-clad headlands or nestle in front of beach resorts and budget chalets.
The best beaches on Koh Yao and Koh Yao Noi, include…
(Koh Yao Yai) – Dip your toes into this gorgeous 300m-long crescent of soft white sand that is fringed by lush jungle-clad rocky promontories.
Go swimming or snorkelling in the turquoise waters or relax in comfort at the beachfront Elixir Beach Resort Koh Yao (photo), which offers five different types of guest accommodation and a range of creature comforts including spa facilities.
Bo Le Beach is located on the southwest coast of Koh Yao Yai.
(Koh Yao Yai) – Unwind on this long crescent of soft white sand fringed by coconut plantations.
You can expect good swimming and the opportunity to watch the local Hua Tong boat fishermen.
Relax on the beach or hire a kayak and explore a string of beaches further along the coast.
Come on a day trip or stay at the beachside Yao Yai Beach Resort (photo), which offers a range of accommodation and facilities.
The best beaches on the idyllic, vegetation-covered karst islet of Ko Yao Noi (or Small Long Island), include…
(Koh Yao Noi) – Arguably the best beach on Koh Yao Noi, this gorgeous 400m-long crescent of palm-fringed powder-white sand shelves into a turquoise bay and offers wonderful views overlooking karst outcrops in Phang Nga Bay.
Nestled in lush tropical vegetation in front of the beach sits the luxury Paradise Koh Yao Boutique Beach Resort & Spa (photo), boasting a range of creature comforts.
Hike through the rainforest, cycle around the island or swim and snorkel the nearby coral reef. Paradise Beach is located on the northeast coast of Koh Yao Noi.
(Koh Yao Noi) – Discover a beautiful narrow stretch of casuarina-fringed golden sand at so-called Temple Beach or Buddha Beach, just a short walk past the pier at Tha Khao village on the northeast coast.
The beach is hidden behind a small hill with access through a small Buddhist compound of meditation huts.
The beach is also known by several other names, including Hat Sai Taew Beach and Suan Muk Kaew Beach. Stay at the nearby budget beach chalets or arrive by cycle or kayak for a day trip.
(Koh Yao Noi) – Relax on this long crescent of tree-fringed white sand that offers good swimming and spectacular views of the offshore islands.
Latest update: Best Beaches in Koh Yao: 18 November, 2018
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