Koh Nang Yuan, just a ten minute longtail ride away from the beautiful Koh Tao is made up of three small islands connected by a strip of blindingly white sand. If its a day of mountain climbing, view points, snorkeling, swimming, lunch, or lazing on the beach you are after, a daytrip to Koh Nang Yuan fulfills it all. A highly recommended trip for any visitor to Koh Tao!
A short hike up one of its cute little mountain tops, Koh Nang Yuan offers stunning view point overlooking its three islands, and tiny strip of beach, with a view back onto Koh Tao along the way. For that picture perfect postcard photo you have been waiting for, Koh Nang Yuan will provide, infact it is said Koh Nang Yuan is known as the most photographed island in the world. We spent three hours visiting the picturesque Koh Nang Yuan, which was just enough time to fit in all it has on offer, but truthfully, could have spent longer! With snorkels in hand, Koh Nang Yuan surrounds the popular dive site Japanese Gardens, with another dive site Twins just off the other side, the shallow beach delves straight in to a wonderland of corals, and tropical fish ready to be explored. Snorkel gear can be rented from the shop at Koh Nang Yuan, or remember to bring your own, but keep your eye out for so many rainbow coloured tropical fish surrounded by coral – parrotfish, butterfly fish, angelfish, wrasse, stingrays and even the occasional turtle!
A visit to Koh Nang Yuan, can either be dropped directly by any of the ferries from Koh Samui, or Koh Phangan, or if heading from Koh Tao is just a short 10 minute longtail ride from the island. Lookout for “taxiboat” signs just behind Sairee beach, a taxiboat should cost you 300 Baht for a round trip. (dropped off & picked up) Let them know what time you would like to be picked up, and your day is set! Best to plan to arrive early in the day, or stay late to get the quietest times (and best chance of a photo) before crowds arrive. Koh Nang Yuan does have an entrance fee of 100 Baht each which you pay on arrival. Koh Nang Yuan is also a “plastic free zone” so bring your own reusable drink bottle if you want to bring your own water, otherwise drinks are served at the resturant/ bar in glass recyclable bottles. Lunch is available at the restaurant, or if you prefer to bring a picnic!
Koh Nang Yuan does have its own accomodation, Koh Nang Yuan Resort (the only place on the island to stay) priced to suit flashpackers rather than backpackers, but worth it if you are after the isolated island to yourself in the early hours, or later in the evening in tranquil peace.
Koh Nang Yuan, thanks for a great day out! We will definately be returning sometime soon!
Tips & Tricks:
Definately go early for the best photo! Before 9am when the crowds pick up and it gets super busy!
300 Baht longtail ride return from Koh Tao.
100 Baht entrance fee to the island
Things to remember:
No plastic bottles on the island
Bring your snorkel!