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Ko Nang Yuan

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Ko Nang Yuan

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Ko Nang Yuan

Ko Nang Yuan is a small island near Ko Tao, at the Central Gulf Coast of Southern Thailand.


Ko Nang Yuan is a small island very close to Ko Tao. It is famous for its diving spots and its great snorkeling beach. Many day trippers come from the islands of Ko Tao, Ko Pha Ngan and Ko Samui, as well as from Surat Thani on the Thai mainland.

Get in

The only option is by boat. There are two types of boat available:

  • Long boat taxi from Ko Tao. This is likely to set you back 100 baht each way, though it may be possible to get a return trip for 100 baht total. Snorkeling day trips from Ko Tao start at 250 baht, including round trip boat fare.
  • Lomprayah catamaran which does twice trips from Chumphon to Ko Samui and Ko Samui to Chumphon.
  • As of August 2006, one-way fare from Ko Samui was 550 baht and takes just under 2 hours but more comfortable.

It is also possible to come here for a snorkeling day trip from Ko Samui for about 1200 baht, though this is questionable value considering that whilst the trip may take the whole day you are likely to spend only an hour here. If you are really interested in visiting here stay at least one night on Ko Tao.

Note that visitors to Ko Nang Yuan island must pay a 100 baht fee (waived if you stay on the island).

Note also that plastic bottles and cans are banned from the island. As water and other drinks in glass bottles cannot be purchased in Ko Tao (note: yes, they can, try any 7-11) it effectively means that liquid refreshments must be purchased at the restaurant on the island (at wildly inflated prices).

Get around

The island is tiny; the only way to get around is by walking.



Divers At Ko Nang Yuan

Snorkeling and diving

  • Easy Divers, +66 77-456798, [1]. Easy Divers has an office on the island (as well as on Ko Tao and Ko Samui). Doing dives or courses with them you get a discount on your Nang Yuan Resort accommodation.

Island to Island Zip Line

Koh Nangyuan and Goodtime Adventures have teamed up to bring you the worlds only zip line between islands! There are limited places with a new group every hour from 09.00-16.00. You can make your own way to the island and sign up for these times (operating on a first come first served basis) or you can book with Goodtime Adventures [2] +66(0)872753604 on Koh Tao for a dedicated trip or half day adventure trip that includes the zip line as well as a nice view point walk, guided snorkeling of Koh Nangyuan's famous reefs and time to enjoy its beautiful beaches. A must do experience!


There is only one restaurant which is part of the Nang Yuan resort. It has a selection of Thai and Western food. One of the best dishes on the menu is the BBQ fish.

Note that the restaurant takes full advantage of its monopoly status on the island. Prices for food are 3-4 times what you will pay on Ko Tao, and the wait staff makes it clear that they are doing you a favour by serving you. If you stay on the island for lunch it is likely to be cheaper (and the food is better) to get a return boat taxi to Ko Tao and have lunch there.


The only accommodation on the island is the Nang Yuan Diving Resort [3]. The island is very beautiful and is well worth it if you really want to "get away from it all". A few things to consider if you want to stay here though:

  • The cheaper rooms, especially in peak times, will fill up well in advance. Book early if you really want to stay here.
  • When considering the cost, factor in the markup for food (4x vs. Ko Tao) and drinks (> 10x for equivalent volume water vs. Ko Tao).
  • Many rooms may require a significant hike up the mountain on narrow stairs.
  • Rooms do not have telephones ( need to walk to reception if you have a problem, and of course no "room service").
  • There is zero nightlife on Ko Nang Yuan (And it is not feasible/possible to travel to Ko Tao at night).
  • Whilst all rooms have a TV, only a couple of rooms actually allow viewing of any television channels. In the evening, the best you can do is rent a DVD from reception (free).

Stay safe

Currents can be very strong.


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