Going to Koh Yao Noi
To go to Koh Yao Noi... to make or not to make the tour of the islands : Explanations
How to get there ?
Plan your trip in Koh Yao Noi
- You just discover the island of Koh Yao Noi. You can easily rent a scooter and move around as you wish. Koh Yao Noi is a small island, so it is not very difficult to find your way around. Once your visit is over, you go back to the pier and return to Phuket.
- You want to go around the islands: this is a bit different since this tour is organized in advance (minimum 2 days before). At this time it is important to be punctual and to take a boat at a precise time to be at the rendezvous of Manoh Pier.
1 . Simple Koh Yao Noi Island Tour: take your time... you can either limit yourself to the day or extend and spend a night or more on the island of Koh Yao Noi. There are enough accommodations. Miss Opal who is not far from the pier can rent you a scooter and book a room for you without any problem. You will find her information a little far away.
2. The Tour of the Islands: contact Miss Opal 2 or 3 days before your desired date. She will organize this tour for you without any problem by first giving you an estimate. Attention, this price will only include the boat trip between the islands. Will be included in this price only the boat, the lunch snack with water and fruits available on the boat.
The trip from Phuket to Bang Rong Pier and from Bang Rong Pier to Koh Yao Noi are not included nor the tax to be paid in the national parks.
3. Island tour and Koh Yao Noi tour: you can very well plan the island tour on the first day, then spend the evening in Koh Yao Noi and then the next day go around Koh Yao Noi island by scooter... your boat to Phuket leaving around 3.30 pm that gives you enough time for your discovery.
If you don't know Koh Yao Noi and if you have time, this 3rd solution is ideal.
To go around the islands on the first day is in my opinion much better than the opposite: on the way back from the tour of the islands, you can extend the tour by taking advantage of the last sunrays of the day and enjoy Leam Had Beach. You are not bound by a schedule. On the other hand, if you do your tour of the islands on the second day, there, you will have to be back at a specific time to catch the boat going to Phuket.
Going to Bang Rong Pier from Phuket
Bang Rong Pier, is located northeast of Phuket, not far from Ao Po.
Wherever you are in Phuket, the taxi driver you contact the day before will know how long it will take to make the trip. He will tell you what time to start.
(Schedules of the boats departing from Bang Rong Pier are below)
As mentioned in the previous paragraph, if you are planning a simple visit to Koh Yao Noi... you don't have to follow a strict schedule: you can go whenever you want.
But the later you leave, the less time you will spend there unless you stay overnight.
On the other hand, if you have planned to go around the islands, your tour is organized and you should know that someone is already waiting for you at Manoh Pier. So you will not have much choice with the batal schedules to do this tour,
The ideal schedule is the boat leaving Bang Rong Pier at 8:40 am and arriving at Manoh Pier at 9:10 am.
At Bang Rong Pier
Once in Bang Rong Pier, just go to the little house and buy your ticket for the trip Bang Rong Pier -> Koh Yao Noi.
Be sure to specify Koh Yao Noi (do not go to Koh Yao Yai). Not long ago, there was only one boat for the two islands, this one stopped for a few minutes at Koh Yao Yai, then joined Koh Yao Noi just opposite. Now, the two islands are two separate boats.
With your ticket in your pocket, all you have to do is wait for the boat to leave.
If you are just planning a day trip to Koh Yao Noi, Miss Opal can possibly welcome you and offer you a scooter. She will also give you a road map of the island to help you find your way around. If you limit yourself to this simple stroll, the boat schedule indicated above is not very important. You are completely free of any schedule and for the return trip, it's up to you...
If you are expected to go around the islands, Miss Opal will welcome you on the quay as soon as you arrive from Phuket to take you to the tour boat... the departure for the tour of the islands will be done in the same time...
For this part Bang-Pier -> Manoh Pier
Ticket price: (one way)
Longtail Boat: 120THB/pers
These fares are only for one trip
Boat schedules (Go & Back)....
This year the colors of the schedule board is quite difficult to read, but I think you should be able to "guess".
The colours used are not optimal....
Boat schedules (2017-18 edition)
The Longtails Boats...
Above the type of longtail: about 40 people can take place on board.
A professional contact on site
Some people like to go on an adventure without planning anything, who will live, will see...
Others, on the other hand, like to plan, organize, know where they will land...
Located a few hundred meters from the Koh Yao Noi pier, you will find a small local agency offering motorcycle rental by the day, room or bungalow reservations, organization of sea rides.
Simply contact this person either by phone or email to make your stay more pleasant.
This person is Thai and speaks very well English
The Agency located about 800 meters from the port
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When you arrive from Phuket (or Krabi) and arrive fresh, taxis are there to drop you off wherever you want.
If Miss Opal has not planned to pick you up at the pier, the taxis come to meet you and ask you where you are going.
Just tell them that you are going "to Opal" and the drivers will know where to take you. Since the agency is 800m away, the race will only cost you 20 baht.
Opal, as part of its activities, can offer you scooter rentals, bungalow reservations, excursions to the islands located a few minutes away, in the THAN BOK KHORANI NATIONAL PARK.