By shared speed boat the journey from Phuket to Koh Yao Noi takes under 1 hour. The Koh Yao Sun Smile service from Phuket includes a free transfer to any hotel on Koh Yao Noi.
Ferry Timetable from Phuket to Koh Yao Noi
- Click on the Phuket – Koh Yao Noi link in the timetable below for more information and to buy tickets.
|Phuket - Koh Yao Noi ฿ 400–970 30m – 3h 30m|
|Phuket - Koh Yao Noi ฿ 820–970 2h – 2h 30m|
Phuket Ferry Pier
Shared speed boat services Phuket to Koh Yao Noi depart from Bang Rong Pier.
Arrival in Koh Yao Noi
Shared speed boat services Phuket to Koh Yao Noi arrive at Manoh Pier on Koh Yao Noi.
About Travel to Koh Yao Noi
Koh Yao Noi is the second largest island in Phang Nga Bay and an excellent base for exploring the area. Phang Nga Bay covers an area of approximately 400 square kilometres and contains many small islands which are popular destinations for tours. The best known of these small islands is Koh Tapu, which is featured in the James Bond film ‘Man with the Golden Gun’.
Also popular with visitors is Koh Panyee, which features a village built over the sea on wooden platforms. The inhabitants of Koh Panyee are believed to be descendants of a community of fisherman from Java who arrived in Thailand in the 18th Century and settled in the bay. This group has no recognised land rights so building over the water has been a centuries old strategy to overcome legal restrictions on claiming possession of land for their village. More adventurous visitors can also go on kayak tours in Phang Nga Bay to visit the many partially submerged sea caves in the bay, known locally as ‘hongs’.
Koh Yao Noi itself is small and relatively undeveloped in comparison to other better known islands in Thaiand such as Koh Phi Phi and Koh Samui. The island is roughly 11 km long and 4 km wide and it’s possibe to travel all the way around the outside of the island following a ring road in under 2 hours.
Koh Yao Noi has a small range of hotels and shops, including one branch of 7-11 and amenities such as ATM machines and yoga studios. Koh Yao Noi is also home to several small communities engaged in industries not directly related to tourism, such as rice farming and fishing. For some visitors this mix of tourist facilities and authentic local culture makes Koh Yao Noi their destination of choice in Thailand.