Just off the west coast of Koh Tao is the paradise island of Koh Nang Yuan, a popular destination for tourists and definitely one of those ‘must-visit’ places in Southern Thailand!
As the island can only be reached by boat, we opted for a 15 minute ride on a longtail boat from Sairee Beach, costing 200 baht each for the return trip. The boats are lined along the shore waiting to transfer people all day, so there is no need to pre-book.
The fee to enter is 100 baht per person and plastic items, such as water bottles are prohibited on the island, so please be aware of this before you arrive. In addition, beach towels and beach shoes are not allowed to be used in order to keep the beach pristine and preserve the surrounding coral.
Walking along the white sand whilst taking in the stunning surroundings, you can immediately understand why this little haven is so treasured and carefully protected.
As the beach is fairly small it can get busy in the middle of the day, however there are lots of deckchairs available for a small fee if you wish to rent one for a few hours.
Koh Nang Yuan is also famous for its amazing snorkelling spots – we spent around an hour in the sea with our GoPro and captured some amazing marine life and tropical fish amongst the coral reefs!
Koh Nang Yuan Viewpoint
The famous viewpoint can easily be accessed from the beach, following a wooden path around the perimeter of the island until you reach a steep set of concrete steps.
We recommend hiking to the top as soon as you arrive, as the viewpoint can get pretty crowded and it is definitely sweaty work climbing the steps – you will need a cool down in the sea afterwards!
The walk to the top takes around 10 minutes and there are a few rocks to climb over before you are rewarded with the incredible views. Once you have waited your turn for that photo opportunity, relax and enjoy gazing at the pristine island from above – it really is a beautiful picture postcard view!
Koh Nang Yuan is simply stunning. Spending the day by the beautifully protected coral reefs, perfect white sand and picturesque landscape is definitely one of the highlights of our entire Thailand trip!