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EXPLORING KOH NANG YUAN THAILAND – The Complete Guide
Koh Nang Yuan consists of three islands on the North west coast of Koh Tao. The white sand, picturesque rocks and beautiful viewpoint makes it the perfect setting for an idyllic day-trip. Due to its close location to the popular islands like Koh Tao, Koh Phangan and Koh Samui, a visit to Koh Nang Yuan can’t be missed on your itinerary to the Thai islands. Read in this travel blog post everything you need to know before you make your trip to Koh Nang Yuan!
How to get to Koh Nang Yuan from Koh Tao
Koh Nang Yuan is only a 15-20 minute boat ride away from Koh Tao. If you arrange a long tail boat by yourself from Sairee beach, the price is 200 Baht for a roundtrip. Make sure to arrange the time for your way back with the boat man beforehand. Swap contact info so you won’t end up walking around, trying to find a boat that will take you back to Koh Tao for a higher price.
If you don’t want to have the hassle of arranging a trip on your own, you can also easily book a snorkelling trip from any tour agency which is the cheapest way. And if you want to enjoy this little piece of paradise for a longer time, you can consider to stay on the island overnight at the only Dive Resort.
How to get to Koh Nang Yuan from Koh Phangan
The best way to get from Phangan to Koh Nang Yuan is to arrange a snorkel tour by speedboat. Most of the tour operators offer a full-day snorkeling trip from Koh Phangan by speedboat. The you will visit Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan while spending the day snorkeling, swimming and sunbathing. Depending on the package you book, an authentic Thai lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off is included. You can also choose to get by ferry from Koh Phangan to Koh Tao and then get a longtail taxi boat from Sairee beach.
How to get to Koh Nang Yuan from Koh Samui
Day trips from Koh Samui are much more expensive because of the distance. So making Koh Tao as your home base to explore Koh Nang Yuan is a better idea. But if you only have time to stay on Samui and you really want to explore Koh Nang Yuan, you can arrange a snorkelling trip with any tour operator. The price vary around 2000-2500 Baht per person. This should include the boat transfer, snorkeling equipment, the entrance fee to the island and lunch.
Opening times and entrance fee
Koh Nang Yuan is opened daily between 10AM and 5PM. Around 2PM most people have arrived at the island. So it is recommendable to get as early as possible to the island if you want to beat the crowds. The island is privately owned and every visitor is charged a 100 Baht as entrance fee.
What to expect at Koh Nang Yuan
A beautiful but crowded paradise island
Once you arrive on Koh Nang Yuan, you will feel as if you are secluded on a tropical island. But, it can get really crowded, especially in high season! So be prepared for that and manage your expectations about the amount of tourists that are on the island. There is only one dive resort, so if you want to have the beach for yourself, you should consider to stay for one night on the island.
No plastic bottles allowed
There are no plastic bottles allowed on the island. They are even confiscated upon arrival on the island which means you have to purchase water from the resort’s restaurant. The best solution for this is to bring your own reusable water bottle which means you don’t have to buy water from the resort. Also, there are a lot of places in Asia nowadays, especially Koh Phangan and Bali, where you can refill your own reusable water bottle and you pay only 10 baht, or it’s even free when you order some food at the restaurant.
Pricey food in comparison to Koh Tao
Because there is only one resort, one restaurant and one beach bar, the food and drinks are more expensive than you can get on Koh Tao. This is also the case in the beach bar. The choice on the menu is also somewhat limited, but it still works for a quick lunch break.
Things to do on Koh Nang Yuan
Koh Nang Yuan is one of the best places to snorkel in Thailand, there’s no need for exaggeration about this! The shallow reefs surrounding the island have soft and hard corals just a few meters away from the beach. You will see schools of all sorts of tropical fish like the colourful parrotfish and shy angelfish. The water is calm because it has shelter from the island. And as you might expect from a tropical paradise, the water is also very clear. Twin Peak and the Japanese Gardens are the most popular spots which are shallow enough for snorkelers.
Go scuba diving
Koh Nang Yuan island has some of the best dive spots in Thailand. The popular dive sites are Twin Peak and the Japanese Gardens, which lie just off the island. Other great dive sites nearby are White Rock and Green Rock. Diving gear can be rented in the Resort’s Dive Shop, or you can bring your own. Of course you can also arrange a dive tour at the Koh Nang Yuan Dive Resort or get your PADI! Koh Tao is one of the, if not THE cheapest location in the world to get your PADI license!
Relax on the beach and take a swim
The beach on Koh Nang Yuan island is beautiful! Although it can get crowded, you will still enjoy this slice of paradise. When the tide is high, there is less beach to relax on. And the other way around, when it’s low tide, there is more beach to relax on. Although the white sand and crystal clear waters will always be there! If you want to rent 2 sun beds with parasol you will have to pay 150 Baht. There are a few separate swimming areas on the island. One is more for snorkelling where you can find the Japanese Garden and many tropical fish. The other areas are where people just chill out.
After you hiked to the viewpoint or saw the beautiful underwater world, you might want to grab some lunch! As said before, there is only one restaurant and one beach bar. The choice on the menu is limited and the prices are a bit high in comparison to what you can get on Koh Tao. You might want to consider to bring your own lunch or some light snacks. Depending on the time you leave the island.
Hike to the viewpoint of Koh Nang Yuan
The hike to the famous viewpoint on the island is very popular. Therefore I would advice to do this hike as soon as you set foot on the island. Also take into account it can get super hot when you do this hike on the middle of the day. The hike to the viewpoint is only 15-20 minutes and will give you a stunning view on the island. This short uphill walk can be done on flip flops but be aware of some parts where you have to climb your way up boulders. As soon as you reach the top, you will be rewarded by a stunning view of the three little islands connected by the sandbar.
Stay a night at the Koh Nang Yuan Resort
This is the only resort on the island but it’s pricey and seems to cater mainly Asian tourists. However, you would get to wake up to totally abandoned beaches before the day-trippers arrived and it gives you the chance to go diving in the early morning without many other boats.
Koh Nang Yuan weather
The climate on the island is hot and humid for most of the year. The rainiest months are October, November and December, so avoid these months. The best moment to come to Koh Tao and visit Koh Nang Yuan is from January to April but the islands are also enjoyable during the months of March until August. At this time of the year Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao have the best weather of all Thai islands.