Koh Nang Yuan is a unique tropical island in southern Thailand and one of the best day trips to be had from the nearby Koh Tao Island.
While the beaches in Koh Tao are simply stunning, I can’t deny that Koh Nang Yuan takes it to the next level.
Experience the ultimate serenity and tranquillity on Nang Yuan Island, where you’ll find beautiful beaches, panoramic viewpoints, and some of Thailand’s best scuba diving sites.
I have put together this complete guide to visiting Koh Nang Yuan including how to get there, how much it costs, and what to expect when you arrive.
HOW TO GET TO KOH NANG YUAN?
Koh Nang Yuan is only accessible by taxi boat and the most popular route to get to the island is by organizing a day trip from the nearby island, Koh Tao. The boat trip to the island from Koh Tao takes approximately 15-minutes across the channel.
Here are a couple of options to book a day trip to Nang Yuan Island listed below:
Option #1: Ask a local
I found the easiest and cheapest way to get over to the island is to head down to the northern end of Sairee Beach where all the boats are lined up and find a local who has a boat that is willing to take you across the channel.
My friends and I did exactly this and we were able to barter a price of 1000 Baht between the five of us (200 Baht per person) for a return trip.
Option #2: Tourist Office
You can book a day trip to Koh Nang Yuan from any of the tourist information offices dotted around the Mae Haad Pier and Sairee Beach areas.
Expect to pay between 250-350 Baht per person if you book with this option as the tour companies charge more so they can make a commission.
Jumping on a local boat
ARRIVING AT NANG YUAN ISLAND
Nany Yuan Island is open 7 days a week from 10 am to 5 pm. I recommended spending at least half a day here to explore as much of the island as you possibly can.
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Make sure to arrange a time with your taxi boat driver for when you want to be picked up again to make the return trip back to Koh Tao.
Arriving on the island
KOH NANG YUAN ENTRANCE FEE
There is a 100 Baht entry fee per person to visit and you must leave at no later than 5 pm unless you are staying at the Nangyuan Island Dive Resort.
It’s important to note that plastic water bottles are prohibited on Nang Yuan Island so be sure to pack a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated.
Drones are also prohibited on the island, so if you have a drone, it’s best to leave that back at your hotel.
Koh Nang Yuan Island Viewpoint
The beach boardwalk
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WHAT TO EXPECT
The island is very popular nowadays, so you can expect there to be quite a lot of tourists on the island. Regardless of the herds of people, I still had a fantastic time swimming at the unique sandbar and hiking to the famous Koh Nang Yuan Viewpoint.
If you would like to experience the island without the crowds, I recommend booking one or two nights at the Nangyuan Island Dive Resort. This way you will have the beaches and viewpoints all to yourself before the gates open to tourists each day.
There is a restaurant attached to the Dive Resort which is the only place to buy food and drinks, however, the prices here are much higher than the average Thai restaurant.
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The unique sandbar
The popular white sand beach
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KOH NANG YUAN VIEWPOINT
The best adventure to be had on the island is hiking to the famous viewpoint that overlooks the entire region. Be sure to wear a good pair of walking shoes or boots to protect your feet.
It’s an easy 15-minute hike to the Koh Nang Yuan viewpoint via a concrete path that leads the way through a small forest, up some stairs, and then a quick scramble along a couple of large boulders, finally emerging at the viewpoint.
Incredible panoramic views await at the top, with an aerial perspective overlooking Nang Yuan Island and a glimpse of the beautiful western coastline of Koh Tao.
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WHERE TO STAY IN KOH TAO
Koh Tao has hundreds of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay to suit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Sai Daeng Resort Koh Tao
I personally stayed at Sai Daeng Resort and can’t recommend this place enough! This 4-star accommodation is located right on the beachfront and features an outdoor swimming pool, a bar, and restaurant on the beach, water sports activities, a shared lounge, free wifi, and shuttle service. The rooms are modern and spacious, fitted with air conditioning, flat-screen tv, a fridge and kettle, a work desk, a private bathroom, and a balcony with ocean views. Buffet breakfast is also included for all guests. Perfect place to stay for couples, families, and friends.
Mid Range: Wind Beach Resort
Wind Beach Resort is the best value-pick accommodation located in the main tourist hub, Sairee Beach. Featuring a beachfront bar and restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, Thai massage services, and free wifi. The rooms are fitted with beautiful wooden furniture and decor, air conditioning, flat-screen tv, minibar, ensuite bathroom, and ocean views. Great place to stay in Koh Tao for couples, friends, and families.
Budget: Koh Tao Central Hostel
Koh Tao Central Hostel is rated one of the best budget accommodations for solo travelers, friends, and couples. Centrally located in Mae Hadd and within walking distance to the beach. There are dormitory-style rooms with air conditioning, free wifi, power sockets, lockers, and privacy curtains on all beds. Also at this hostel is a shared outdoor deck with cushions and a common area for guests to enjoy during their stay.
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WHAT TO PACK FOR KOH TAO
When visiting Koh Tao, here is a list of items I highly recommend bringing with you;
- Sunscreen – the Thailand sun is very strong, so make sure to pack some high-quality sunscreen.
- Quick-dry travel towel – the most compact and lightweight towel for traveling.
- Reusable water bottle – stay hydrated by bringing along a reusable water bottle.
- Backpack – The Nomatic 30L Travel Pack is the ultimate backpack for everyday adventures.
If you’re interested in taking awesome photos and videos on your travels, this is the camera gear that I use and recommend;
- GoPro HERO10 – the most popular camera on the planet for action-packed adventures.
- Canon EOS R – perfect for traveling, this is the most affordable, compact camera on the market.
- DJI Mini 3 Pro – take your photos and videos to new heights with this user-friendly drone camera.
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