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Best Small Islands with Beaches near Phuket


Many times I have been asked which are the best small islands with beaches near Phuket?

The Island of Phuket is surrounded by an extraordinary number of small islands located mainly on its east coast, from tiny rocks to livable larger pieces of land emerging from the surface of the Andaman Sea (I researched twenty-two of them for you), each one providing you with a sense of freedom and an idyllic escape from the crowd. Discover with me some of the most beautiful small islands near Phuket, as well as their unique characteristics!

You’ll see that there is a wide range of different islands types (some bigger, smaller, deserted, kid-friendly, you name it) that can match the interests of different individuals.

So, which of these islands is the one for you?

Are you looking to spend the night?
Take a closer look at the ones I picked for you:

  • Koh He (Coral Island) with the Coral Island Resort, its restaurant/bar, and a lot to offer for the younger crowd, such as parasailing, banana boats, etc.;
  • Koh Naka Yai Island with its two high high-end luxury resorts, two beach clubs, a few smaller places to stay, and numerous beaches all around its shores to choose from;
  • Ko Yao Islands (Yai & Noi) with their great vibes, loads of beaches to explore on a motorbike, plenty of activities to choose from, as well as a wide choice of accommodation and restaurants/bars.

Note:
You can also find accommodation on the following islands: Koh Lawa Yai, Koh Lon, Koh Maiton, Koh Maphrao, Koh Racha Yai, Koh Raet, Koh Rang Noi and Koh Sire. Click below for more information!

Are you looking for a nice but somehow more of a quiet day trip?
Let me tell you about some of my favorite islands for a good day away from the hustle of Phuket Island:

  • Koh Bon Island is quiet, with good food, great vibe, and a beautiful soft sandy beach;
  • Koh Kaeo Yai Island is perfect for a picnic with the family on a lovely beach, great for snorkeling, and houses a small Buddhist shrine;
  • Koh Khai Nok Island is quiet outside the 10 to 4 pm boat-tour hours and has a nice white sand area with some huts for food and refreshments. It is quite a stunning sight to the eyes, and worth the trip even if it’s just for a few hours swimming and snorkeling!

Are you looking for a quick few hours away from Phuket?

  • Kho Tapao Islands (Yai & Noi) have no facilities but are easy to go to and relax for a few hours;
  • Koh Kaeo Noi Island is a small rocky island which is great for a quick hike around if you can persuade the captain to drop you off;
  • Koh Khai Nai Island is a “very” small island (45 m) which is hard to access but with snack stands for the adventurous sailors.

It’s up to you, whether you like to be with the in-crowd, on the outside searching for a quiet and relaxing day on a smaller beach, snorkeling with the fish in beautiful clear water, or hiking in a peaceful setting, you can surely find your perfect fit by looking into our collection of small islands near Phuket.

Check below to get all the information, as well as an extensive photo gallery and on-site video footage, on your preferred islands near Phuket. We provide detailed information on each small island and its beach(es): can you stay overnight or not and the type of accommodation you can find; how (by ferries, long-tail or speed boats) and from where (pier name, location) can you get to your preferred island; the activities (swim, snorkel, surf, etc) and facilities (showers, restrooms, sunbeds, umbrellas, etc) available. We go on and on with more facts and details such as places to eat or drink (restaurants/bars/beach clubs), the beach length/wide, estimated area and the direction it’s facing, as well as the quality of the water and the sand.

Check it out!…

This blog is the only source providing in-depth information about twenty-two of the small islands near Phuket with their beaches and other facilities. No one has ever gone that deep trying to collect so much data as to enable you to make a fully informed choice when you decide to go on a cruise around Phuket with your friends or family, looking for a beach on an island near Phuket.

Now you can finally make an informed decision!

Browse through all the small islands near Phuket listed below, and pick up the one that suits your quest

Small Islands near Phuket

Koh Bon Island

Koh Bon is an island just 1 mile (1.6 km) off the southeastern tip of Phuket Island (off Rawai Beach). Koh Bon is around 4,100 feet long (1.3 km) and covered with dense tree growth except on the coast where you’ll find it to be either rocky or filled with beautiful soft sand. At the northernmost part of the island is the highly rated Bon Island Restaurant, they have a large area of sand where you can throw down a beach mat. One side of the beach is rocky, and the other sandy.

If you’re looking at the satellite view of Koh Bon, you may see some tiny beaches all around the west and south sides of the island. Some of these are inaccessible to boats due to submerged rocks, and it’s probably safer just to head to the northeast side of the island to Koh Bon Beach for your best experience. Your boat will stay with you, there is no path to walk from this beach over to the restaurant through the thick trees.

 

Koh Bon Beach Clubs

None – this is a very small island without area for a proper beach club.

Koh Bon Beach Restaurants / Bars

  • Bon Island Restaurant – As mentioned, this restaurant sits on the northern tip of the island and has a sandy beach around it filled with sand-crabs. This is a no-frills restaurant with red plastic chairs and throw-away plastic table cloths. This electricity-free restaurant gets excellent reviews for food, and service is more casual – after all, you’re at a beach restaurant. On an island. On vacation. Relax, you’ll get your food! 😉 Cocktails served in a coconut!
    Nearly all reviewers mentioned that they loved the setting because there were few tourists and the food was good. Some mentioned a higher than expected price, but again… you’re on an island. Prices are higher on the islands that on the Thailand mainland.

Koh Bon Accommodation

None here, you can stay at Rawai Beach on Phuket Island for an easy hop over to Bon Island via water-taxi (longtail boat) for convenience.

Koh Bon Beach Facts & Features

  • Location in Relation to Phuket: On Koh Bon Island off the southeast tip of Phuket.
  • GPS Data: 07° 45` 44” N, 98°20` 04” E
  • Surrounding Beaches: Rawai Beach is off the northwest coast.
  • Direction Facing: Southeast.
  • Beach Length: 320 meters (1,050 ft.)
  • Beach Width: 12 meters (40 ft.) on average.
  • Estimated Beach Area: 3’840 m2 (42,000 square ft.)
  • Beach Quality: Sandy with occasional large rocks.
  • Ocean Bottom: Random rocks along the length of the beach. Possible to swim and wade with caution.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? Yes, at the restaurant.
  • Beach features: This sandy patch is located between rocky coast sections. The sand is deep and great for kids or anyone making sand castles.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, no fees.
  • Lifeguard Available? No.
  • Boat anchorage possible? Yes, boats may anchor offshore a bit to avoid rocks.
  • Boat dock and marina? None.
  • How to reach Koh Bon? From Rawai Pier or beach by longtail boat.
  • Attractions: None, this is a very small beach.
  • Activities: If the waves are small enough, this can be a good spot for snorkeling along the rocks on the coast. Swimming and wading are fine here, with awareness of submerged rocks.
  • Surfing? No surf breaks here.
  • Sunbeds Available? Yes – 150 THB.
  • Umbrellas? No.
  • Water quality: Very Good.
  • Convenience shop available? No.
  • Massage available? Yes.
  • Picnic possible? Yes, however please don’t leave your rubbish behind.
  • Smoking? Thailand authorities are cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Many rocks under the water, do be careful while swimming or wading. Currents will be bad with higher waves.

 

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Koh He Island

Koh He Island is also known as Coral Island. This is a 2 mile (3.2 km) long tree-filled island off the southeastern side of Phuket Island (off Rawai Beach) and just a bit further by boat than Koh Bon reviewed above. Koh He is like other islands that surround the main island of Phuket – covered with heavy forest and rocks on the majority of coastline.

The main (biggest) beach on Coral Island is found approximately in the center and on the north coast. Stretching 2,700 ft. (823 m), this is the longest sandy beach on Koh He and it attracts the most people. In the past, the island was well-known as receiving fewer tourists that most other islands off the east coast of Phuket.

These days there are sometimes many visitors from other countries. The parasailing (parachutes behind boats) companies have moved in, and some find the experience off-putting now. This is no longer an ideal island paradise if you don’t want to smell diesel boats and hear jet skis and parasailing. Apparently, at times there is a lot of trash evident on the sand and washing up on shore. Keep in mind, it’s not all the time, you can still have an enjoyable early morning at Coral Island if you make the effort!

If you ask your boat captain to stop here, you can enjoy it for a while before walking south on a path to a tiny snorkeling beach on the south side of the island. It’s really small at just 155 ft. (47 m). It appears according to the map that this is accessible from a path. You may need to take a longtail boat around the island instead. Well worth the trip if you are excited about a great snorkeling spot.

 

Koh He Beach Clubs

None – this is a very small island without area for a proper beach club.

Koh He Beach Restaurants / Bars

  • Hey Island Restaurant – This is a beach hut restaurant on the sandy beach. We cannot comment on the food quality as nobody making a review about the restaurant actually mentioned it. They talked about the wonderful beach!
  • Reefs @ Koh He – This one is part of Coral Island Resort. Again, no reviews of food or service. They seem to specialize in fried foods.

Koh He Beach Accommodation

  • Coral Island Resort – A 3-star hotel with good ratings overall (3.6 out of 5.0) but some complaints. Biggest complaints were things not working in the rooms, and mold on the walls. Apparently, the tourists on the beaches and in the water are too numerous during daytime, but the big groups leave around 4 pm. and hotel guests enjoyed their time more after that hour. Room rates start around 1,500 THB.

Koh He Beach Facts & Features

  • Location in Relation to Phuket: Koh He Island is found off the southeast tip of Phuket, past Koh Bon Island. About 3.65 miles (5.9 km) from Rawai Beach where you can find a boat to this beach. The main beach on Koh He is found in the center of the north coast.
  • GPS Data: 07° 44` 43” N, 98° 22` 26” E
  • Surrounding Beaches: To the east of Koh He is Banana Beach. Directly to the south is an unnamed beach with excellent snorkeling.
  • Direction Facing: North.
  • Beach Length: 900 meters (2,950 ft.)
  • Beach Width: 22 meters (72 ft.) on average.
  • Estimated Beach Area: 19,733 m2 (42,000 square ft.)
  • Beach Quality: Lots of sand and few rocks except at either end. White sand and light blue water.
  • Ocean Bottom: Mostly free of rocks in the shallow areas, with rocks increasing as water becomes deeper.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? Nothing public, but the Coral Island Resort has facilities for guests.
  • Beach features: This is a long beach between rocky shores. Tourist numbers have increased here over the years as more people search out the less visited island beaches. At times this beach has too many people and there is a lot of activity. Other times, you’ll find it pretty ideal and quiet. Give it a try, and then go to Banana Beach down the coast if this beach is too crowded or too loud for your taste.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, no fees.
  • Lifeguard Available? No.
  • Boat anchorage possible? Yes, boats can get in close, or may anchor off shore to avoid rocks.
  • Boat dock and marina? None.
  • How to reach Koh He? From Rawei Pier or beach and Chalong Pier by longtail boat.
  • Attractions: There is a perfect little snorkeling beach on the south side of the island, you can reach it by walking south from approximately the middle of what we’re calling “North Beach.
  • Activities: If the waves are very small, this can be a good spot for snorkeling along the rocks on the coast. Swimming and wading are fine here if you’re careful about submerged rocks. You can rent kayaks and snorkeling gear. Parasailing and sometimes jet skis are available most days.
  • Surfing? No surf breaks here.
  • Sunbeds Available? Yes, at Coral Island Resort.
  • Umbrellas? Yes, at the resort.
  • Water quality: Very Good.
  • Convenience shop available? No.
  • Massage available? Yes.
  • Picnic possible? Yes, however please don’t leave your rubbish behind.
  • Smoking? Thailand authorities are cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Many rocks under the water, do be careful while swimming or wading. Sea urchins are common. Currents will be bad with higher waves.

But wait! There is another beach on Koh He Island that you will want to take a look at. This one is Banana Beach on the east side of the north facing coast, and it might suit you better as it is smaller and there may not be as many people at this beach. This is a medium-length beach at around 820 ft. (250 m). This spot is ideal for snorkeling – many different fish and other sea life can be seen during a short trip around the small bay.

Banana Beach Clubs, Restaurants, Bars, and Accommodation

Banana Beach is a small area and not very built up. That said, there is a restaurant/bar here with good food at island prices. The cocktails are apparently delicious! There are showers for people using the restaurant or on tours, and it’s quite a nice place to stop but there are no accommodation here for overnight stay.

Banana Beach Facts & Features

  • Location in Relation to Phuket: Koh He Island is found off the southeast tip of Phuket, past Koh Bon Island. About 3.65 miles (5.9 km) from Rawai Beach where you can find a boat to this beach. The main beach on Koh He is found in the center of the north coast.
  • Surrounding Beaches: To the west of Banana Beach is Koh He Beach (as we’re calling it). On the south coast of Koh He is an unnamed beach with great snorkeling.
  • Direction Facing: North-northeast.
  • Beach Length: 242 meters (795 ft.)
  • Beach Width: 22 meters (72 ft.) on average.
  • Estimated Beach Area: 5,392 m2 (58,035 square ft.)
  • Beach Quality: Lots of deep sand, and the beach is especially wide at one spot. The sand is light colored and there are not many rocks on the beach or in the shallows. This is a small bay that is beautiful nonetheless.
  • Ocean Bottom: In the shallow water up to your waist or chest, there are not many rocks. The deeper you wade, the more rocks you will encounter. Best for swimming at high tide.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? Nothing public, but the Coral Island Resort has facilities for guests.
  • Beach features: This beach is on the smaller side, but lovely and a great stop during your island tour. There are more visitors today than in the past, but that is the same situation with all island beaches as they become better known. Come as soon as possible to enjoy it before tourism gets out of hand! This beach and Koh He Beach just west are must-stop beaches if you’re looking for a place to swim around and enjoy a spot most people will never see in their lives.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, no fees.
  • Lifeguard Available? No.
  • Boat anchorage possible? Yes, possible, but many rocks.
  • Boat dock and marina? There is a pier here probably for private use of tour boats.
  • How to reach Banana Beach? From Rawei Pier or beach and Chalong Pier by longtail boat.
  • Attractions: Just a small beach with decent sand and lovely water to swim and wade in. The waves can be strong here, so when waves are high, watch kids and non-swimmers closely.
  • Activities: With weak waves, this is a good place for exploring the underwater world with a snorkel mask and fins. There are lots of fish, starfish, and urchins! Swimming and wading are good here in the shallow water. Parasailing and other activities are available at the beach a short walk west from here.
  • Surfing? No surf breaks here, just shore-break.
  • Sunbeds Available? No.
  • Umbrellas? No.
  • Water quality: Very Good.
  • Convenience shop available? No.
  • Massage available? Yes.
  • Picnic possible? Yes, however please don’t leave your rubbish behind.
  • Smoking? Thailand authorities are cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Rocks and coral cover the deeper spots. Beware stepping on sea urchins. With large waves, currents can be strong.

 

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Koh Kaeo Yai Island

Just .64 miles (1 km) from the southernmost tip of Promthep Cape on Phuket is this small island, which is the bigger of two islands with the same name. At its longest point, Koh Kaeo Yai Island is roughly .5 miles (.8 km) long and at its widest section, about a quarter mile (.4 km). One of the easiest ways to reach the island is by longtail boat you can find at Rawai Beach just up the east coast from the cape.

Koh Kaeo Yai Island has a small Buddhist shrine and some resident monks. You should feel free to explore the area. There is a large Buddha and Buddha’s footprint (legend) to take photos of.

The majority of the island is covered in trees and is not easily traversed. Stick to the lovely beach and don’t forget your snorkeling gear. Do be careful of boats! Snorkel with warning flags.

 

Koh Kaeo Yai Beach Clubs

None – This small island has no structures other than a small Theravada Buddhist shrine and monk kutis (huts).

Koh Kaeo Yai Beach Restaurants / Bars

None – You can bring your own food and have a picnic if you want, be sure to bring a garbage bag to collect it when you’re through.

Koh Kaeo Yai Beach Accommodation

None.

Koh Kaeo Yai Beach Facts & Features

  • Location in Relation to Phuket: 6 miles (1 km) south of Promthep Cape.
  • GPS Data: 07° 44` 51” N, 98° 18` 09” E
  • Surrounding Beaches: There are some rocky beaches around the island, but this is the only real beach with sand.
  • Direction Facing: Northeast.
  • Beach Length: 177 meters (581 ft.)
  • Beach Width: 18 meters (59 ft.) on average.
  • Estimated Beach Area: 3,186 m2 (34,279 square ft.)
  • Beach Quality: Sand is top rate, it is deep and there is a lot of it.
  • Ocean Bottom: For a short distance, you can walk out into sand, but as the water gets deeper, there are rocks and coral all around. Better for snorkeling than wading or swimming.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? None.
  • Beach features: Mostly sand with some large rock boulders. Excellent sunrise views because facing mostly east. Less than 300 feet away to the west along the coast is a large Buddha shrine near the water and accessible from the beach.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, no fees.
  • Lifeguard Available? No.
  • Boat anchorage possible? Yes.
  • Boat dock and marina? None.
  • How to reach Koh Kaeo Yai? From Rawai Pier or beach by longtail boat.
  • Attractions: Buddha statue and Buddha’s footprint. This is a small beach that is especially enjoyable when few people are touring.
  • Activities: Walk to the big Buddha statues and Buddha footprint to explore Thai culture. Bring your snorkeling gear. You can throw a flying disc on the beach if few people around. Though difficult, you may be able to hike around the circumference of the island. Start on the northwest end of the beach and go counter clockwise.
  • Surfing? We can find no reports of surfing at this island, probably not good with the heavy rocks and reef.
  • Sunbeds Available? No.
  • Umbrellas? No.
  • Water quality: Very Good.
  • Convenience shop available? No.
  • Massage available? Yes.
  • Picnic possible? Yes, however please don’t leave your rubbish behind.
  • Smoking? Thailand authorities are cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Many rocks and sharp coral under the surface as you get further out. Big waves could be treacherous here.

 

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Koh Kaeo Noi Island

Located just south of Koh Kaeo Yai Island by about .5 miles (.8 km). Smaller than its bigger sister, Koh Kaeo Noi Island is roughly diamond shaped and about 1,826 feet long and about two-thirds that wide.

There is no sandy beach here, but you may be able to persuade the boat captain to drop you off, so you can explore the rocks around the island. If you can navigate the entire way around, it will be about a mile hike (1.6 km). Make sure the boat is staying there to pick you up because there’s literally nothing on this island.

 

Koh Kaeo Noi Beach Clubs, Restaurants, Bars, and Accommodation

None – this is a very small island with no frills..

Koh Kaeo Noi Beach Facts & Features

  • Location in Relation to Phuket: 1.5 miles (2.4 km) south of southernmost tip of Phuket.
  • GPS Data: 07° 44` 07” N, 98° 17` 49” E
  • Surrounding Beaches: Koh Kaeo Yai Beach on the island with the same name is just north of Koh Kaeo Noi Island.
  • Direction Facing: No real beach, but you could explore while snorkeling if the boat waits for you.
  • Beach Length: 556 meters (1,826 ft.)
  • Beach Width: 1.2 meters (4 ft.) on average.
  • Estimated Beach Area: 667 m2 (7,304 square ft.)
  • Beach Quality: None.
  • Ocean Bottom: No sandy bottom, it’s entirely rocks. Could be ideal for snorkeling if you’re careful about currents.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? None.
  • Beach features: Mostly flat rocks coming from the sea, easy to climb over. Possibly good for hiking around. No sandy areas.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public as far as we know.
  • Lifeguard Available? No.
  • Boat anchorage possible? No.
  • Boat dock and marina? No.
  • How to reach Koh Kaeo Noi Island? From Rawai Pier or beach by longtail boat.
  • Attractions: None really, the island is empty.
  • Activities: Snorkeling is good. You could hike around the island, it would not be easy, but some people might want to try to explore it.
  • Surfing? No.
  • Sunbeds Available? No.
  • Umbrellas? No.
  • Water quality: Very Good
  • Convenience shop available? No
  • Massage available? No.
  • Picnic possible? Yes, however please don’t leave your rubbish behind.
  • Smoking? Thailand authorities are cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Many rocks which can easily cut feet. Waves can create very strong currents so snorkeling with an experienced boat driver who knows when conditions are unsafe is a must.

 

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Koh Khai Nai Island

Nearly nine miles due east from Rawai Beach on Phuket’s lower east side is this tiny little island named Koh Khai Nai Island. It’s so small on the map that we’re not sure what’s there, but it appears to be a small beach on the northeast side, and another patch of sand on the south end of the island. The entire island is no more than 146 feet long (45 m) at the longest point.

Boats may have a hard time stopping here, the water is very shallow, but there appears to be beach umbrellas or drink and snack stands set up along the beach. Tour boats for the James Bond Island tour stop at the nearby island, Koh Khai Nok Island and beach.

 

Koh Khai Nai Beach Clubs

None.

Koh Khai Nai Beach Restaurants / Bars

There appear to be some beach huts with vendors selling snacks and beverages along the beach.

Koh Khai Nai Beach Accommodation

None.

Koh Khai Nai Beach Facts & Features

  • Location in Relation to Phuket: 9 miles (14.5 km) east of Phuket.
  • GPS Data: 07° 53` 49” N, 98° 30` 40” E
  • Surrounding Beaches: Koh Khai Nok Beach is about a half-mile southeast.
  • Direction Facing: Northeast.
  • Beach Length: 35 meters (115 ft.)
  • Beach Width: 12 meters (40 ft.) on average.
  • Estimated Beach Area: 420 m2 (4,600 square ft.)
  • Beach Quality: Lots of sand, and a wide beach. Lots of room for how small it is.
  • Ocean Bottom: Rocky.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? Not sure. Please let us know as you visit.
  • Beach features: Sandy beach and snack huts. Rocky around the majority of the island, and fun to explore.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, no fees.
  • Lifeguard Available? No.
  • Boat anchorage possible? No.
  • Boat dock and marina? No.
  • How to reach Koh Khai Nai? From Chalong Pier by tour company.
  • Attractions: None.
  • Activities: Snorkeling can be excellent here.
  • Surfing? No.
  • Sunbeds Available? Possibly, but we are not sure. If you visit, do let us know.
  • Umbrellas? Not sure – let us know!
  • Water quality: Very Good.
  • Convenience shop available? No.
  • Massage available? No.
  • Picnic possible? Yes, however please don’t leave your rubbish behind.
  • Smoking? Thailand authorities are cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Many rocks under the surface. Currents can be strong around islands. Stay in the shallow water.

 

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Koh Khai Nok Island

When you take part in one of the James Bond Island Tours going all the way to Koh Phi Phi from Phuket out to the islands, you’ll usually stop at Koh Khai Nok Island on your last stop. Visitors can get out of the boats and go explore this small idyllic island by walking around, swimming, or snorkeling around in the shallows. There are many fish to be seen, even right up where the dry sand meets the water.

The actual sandy beach area of Koh Khai Nok Island is a large triangular section of sand roughly 300 – 400 feet (91 – 123 m) on each side. Only when hordes of tourists disembark their longtail boats at the same time does the space feel crowded. This happens twice a day, once around noon and the other instance just after 4 pm.

This small island is found 4.8 miles (7.7 km) due east of Koh Sire on Phuket’s east coast near Phuket Town. The entire island is just 837 ft. (255 m) long and only a few hundred feet wide at its widest section.

 

Koh Khai Nok Beach Clubs

None – this is a very small island without enough area for a proper beach club.

Koh Khai Nok Beach Restaurants / Bars

There are a number of places under roof to eat and drink and relax, but no named restaurants or bars.

Koh Khai Nok Beach Accommodation

None.

Koh Kai Nok Beach Facts & Features

  • Location in Relation to Phuket: 4.8 miles (7.7 km) east of Phuket.
  • GPS Data: 07° 53` 31” N, 98° 30` 53” E
  • Surrounding Beaches: No more beaches on this island, or nearby.
  • Direction Facing: Nearly all directions.
  • Beach Length: 372 meters (1,220 ft.)
  • Beach Width: 23 meters (75 ft.) on average.
  • Estimated Beach Area: 8,501 m2 (91,500 square ft.)
  • Beach Quality: Deep, white, and soft sand that is mostly flat and leading into very shallow water. Ideal for walking around.
  • Ocean Bottom: Sandy close to shore, rocky as you go out further.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? Restrooms are available to use for 20 Thai Baht.
  • Beach features: Huge area of sand, snacks and drinks, and large rocks to climb on around the circumference of the island.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, no fees.
  • Lifeguard Available? No.
  • Boat anchorage possible? Yes.
  • Boat dock and marina? A small floating plastic boat dock.
  • How to reach Koh Khai Nok? From Chalong Pier by tour company.
  • Attractions: The island itself is the attraction. It’s a lovely spot, especially when few visitors.
  • Activities: Tanning; walking; eating; drinking; exploring the rocks; snorkeling.
  • Surfing? None at this island.
  • Sunbeds Available? No, but they do have chairs.
  • Umbrellas? Deck chairs with umbrellas over them cost 100 THB for as long as you stay. There are also covered bamboo huts with areas to eat and drink.
  • Water quality: Very Good.
  • Convenience shop available? No.
  • Massage available? No.
  • Picnic possible? Yes, however please don’t leave your rubbish behind.
  • Smoking? Thailand authorities are cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Many rocks.

 

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Koh Lawa Yai Island

At 1.7 miles (2.8 km) northeast of Laem Yat in Northeastern Phuket, Koh Lawa Yai Island is a small island just southeast of Phang Nga province by 1 mile (1.6 km) in Phang Nga Bay. The island is listed as a Thailand national park.

The main beach on Koh Lawa Yai is found on the northwest corner of the island. This is a medium-sized beach at around 1,266 feet (386 m) long. The beach is part of the national parks group, “Ao Phang Nga National Park”.

 

Koh Lawa Yai Beach Clubs

None here – no real public or private infrastructure here with the national park owning the island and doing little with it.

Koh Lawa Yai Beach Restaurants / Bars

Nothing here as far as we can tell.

Koh Lawa Yai Beach Accommodation

There are some bungalows on the island, just up behind the beach in the trees. There is no Google listing for the bungalows, so it’s possible the national parks services listed these as available on their own website.

Koh Lawa Yai Beach Facts & Features

  • Location in Relation to Phuket: Just east of the top of Phuket Island.
  • GPS Data: 08° 07` 38” N, 98° 26` 34” E
  • Surrounding Beaches: The island has sand almost the entire way around. No beaches are listed at these spots on Google Maps, but it’s probably fine to go visit them.
  • Direction Facing: North and West.
  • Beach Length: 386 meters (1,266 ft.)
  • Beach Width: 45 meters (148 ft.) on average.
  • Estimated Beach Area: 17,407 m2 (187,368 square ft.)
  • Beach Quality: Nice deep sand with a lot of space. Few people, and nice views.
  • Ocean Bottom: In the shallow areas the water is clear and good for wading or swimming. As the water deepens, more rocks can be found.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? Restrooms, yes. / Showers if you stay at the bungalows.
  • Beach features: Medium length almost barren beach. No snack or beverage huts and usually no other people visiting. There is a special swimming area roped off for safety.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, but there are national park fees collected at the ranger station. Cost is 60 THB for Thai adults and 300 THB for foreigners. Cost is 30 THB for Thai kids and 100 THB for foreign children.
  • Lifeguard Available? No.
  • Boat anchorage possible? Small boats can come in to shore.
  • Boat dock and marina? No.
  • How to reach Koh Lawa Yai Island? from Laem Khat Pier by longtail boat.
  • Attractions: The beach is nice, maybe worth a stop if nobody else is there at the time.
  • Activities: Swimming; snorkeling; tanning.
  • Surfing? None here.
  • Sunbeds Available? No.
  • Umbrellas? No.
  • Water quality: Very Good.
  • Convenience shop available? No.
  • Massage available? No.
  • Picnic possible? Yes, however please don’t leave your rubbish behind.
  • Smoking? Thailand authorities are cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Many rocks and currents strong. Stay in the designated swimming section.

 

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Koh Lon Island

Koh Lon is an island off the southeast coast of Phuket Island and is about 2.3 miles (3.7 km) long and 1.2 miles (1.9 km) wide. The island is a frequent destination spot for locals and tourists who can plainly see the large island just off the coast. Shuttles run back and forth frequently, so it’s something to do for a couple of hours if you have an adventurous spirit.

Though the east coast beaches on the coast of Phuket Island are typically muddy and without quality sand, some of the islands surrounding Phuket have nice white sand and little or no mud. The beaches on the island are Baan Mai, Cruiser, Poh, Lek, Y Deang, Bamboo, and Kwan.

 

Koh Lon Beach Clubs

None here.

Koh Lon Beach Restaurants / Bars

  • Baan Mai Beachfront Restaurant – On the beach and part of the resort, this restaurant was mentioned by reviewers on social media as lovely to dine at with chairs on the beach and food was rated as fresh and delicious. Food is brought in daily from the mainland.

Note – There is another nameless restaurant on the beach between the two resorts which received a couple of reviews. Three guests said the food was good. Thai food and seafood are served.

Koh Lon Beach Accommodation

  • Baan Mai Beachfront Lone Island Resort – Hammocks, beach chairs and umbrellas. You can eat in your room, on the beach, or in the restaurant. The food is rated as good. The rooms are ‘worn’ as a few guests put it, but they still rated their experience as positive. Breakfast buffet includes about six rice dishes with fruit and orange juice, coffee, etc.
    There are free shuttles to and from the island if you stay here. It takes about 15 minutes on a longtail boat to reach Phuket Island. Power generators only run at night – so no electricity before around 5 pm. Room rates are quite reasonable at just 2,000 THB per night during high season.
  • Cruiser Island Resort – Top rated resort on Koh Lon Island. New, large rooms. Beachside pool and covered restaurant without walls. Bungalow style accommodation on the beach. Few people around. Drinks reasonably priced and delicious. Rate per night starting at just 2,800 THB per night for a small villa.

Baan Mai & Cruiser Beaches on the North Coast Facts & Features

  • Location in Relation to Phuket: Just 1.5 miles (2.4 km) off the coast of Rawai Beach on Phuket’s southeast coast.
  • GPS Data: 07° 47` 43” N, 98° 22` 17” E
  • Surrounding Beaches: There are a number of sandy beaches around the perimeter of Koh Lon Island like Cruiser, Poh, Lek, Bamboo, Y Deang, and Kwan.
  • Direction Facing: Beaches face north and northwest.
  • Beach Length: 1,494 meters (4,900 ft.)
  • Beach Width: 19 meters (62 ft.) on average.
  • Estimated Beach Area: 28,386 m2 (303,800 square ft.)
  • Beach Quality: White sand beaches mostly free of rocks. Trees line the beach and provide shade and some protection from wind.
  • Ocean Bottom: Near the shore the water is shallow enough for walking and swimming. The deep water at these beaches is filled with sharp rocks and corals.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? There are two resorts at these beaches, both with restroom and shower facilities for guests. You can likely eat meals here and use the restrooms even if not staying overnight.
  • Beach features: There are a couple of small piers for boats here. The beach is featureless with deep sand and areas for swimming.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, with accommodation available if desired.
  • Lifeguard Available? No.
  • Boat anchorage possible? Small boats can use the pier.
  • Boat dock and marina? Yes, a number of small docks.
  • How to reach Baan Mai & Cruiser Beaches? From Chalong Pier by longtail boat.
  • Attractions: There are many beaches on the island, worth stopping for a look. There are no man-made attractions on the island.
  • Activities: You can snorkel anywhere, but the west and southern coasts of Koh Lon have submerged rocks close to the shore and are best for underwater exploration.
  • Surfing? No.
  • Sunbeds Available? Yes, at the resorts.
  • Umbrellas? Yes, at the resorts.
  • Water quality: Very Good.
  • Convenience shop available? No.
  • Massage available? Yes, at the resorts.
  • Picnic possible? Yes, however please don’t leave your rubbish behind.
  • Smoking? Thailand authorities are cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Stay close to shore when swimming, island currents can be strong.

 

 

Koh Kwan Beach on the South Coast

This small beach is on the southeast corner of Koh Lon Island. There is a lot of sand, and some partially submerged rock formations out into the water that you can explore.

Koh Kwan Beach Clubs, Restaurants, Bars and Accommodation

Nothing here. There likely won’t be anybody here when you visit. This is just an idyllic little barren beach.

Koh Kwan Beach Facts & Features

  • Location in Relation to Phuket: Just 1.5 miles (2.4 km) off the coast of Rawai Beach on Phuket’s southeast coast.
  • GPS Data: 07° 46` 56” N, 98° 23` 09” E
  • Surrounding Beaches: There are a number of sandy beaches around the perimeter of Koh Lon Island like Cruiser, Poh, Lek, Bamboo, Y Deang, and Kwan.
  • Direction Facing: This beach faces south.
  • Beach Length: 500 meters (1,642 ft.)
  • Beach Width: 15 meters (48 ft.) on average.
  • Estimated Beach Area: 7,322 m2 (78,816 square ft.)
  • Beach Quality: The beach has nice sand with some rocks. The view from here is stunning.
  • Ocean Bottom: Many rocks in the water, and not easy to walk around them.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? None.
  • Beach features: OK for snorkeling. Bring a beach mat if you want to lay out, there are no chairs.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, no fees.
  • Lifeguard Available? No.
  • Boat anchorage possible? No.
  • Boat dock and marina? No.
  • How to reach Koh Kwan Beach? From Chalong Pier by longtail boat.
  • Attractions: None.
  • Activities: Tanning.
  • Surfing? No.
  • Sunbeds Available? No.
  • Umbrellas? No.
  • Water quality: Very Good.
  • Convenience shop available? No.
  • Massage available? No
  • Picnic possible? Yes, however please don’t leave your rubbish behind.
  • Smoking? Thailand authorities are cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Many rocks close to shore, wear foot protection

 

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Koh Maiton Island

Koh Maiton Island is a private island, owned by the owners of the resort. There are reports of people being charged 2,500 THB for a beer or stepping foot on the island, and other reports saying it is just 300 THB to enter the island property. So, not sure! The island is beautiful, great for taking photos and walking around.

Many tourists come here on a snorkeling package for around 2,500 THB for the boat ride, snorkeling gear, and lunch. On the website, it appears as if the speedboat option is the cheapest way to experience the island and it starts at 2,999 THB. There are prices for overnight stay listed on their website, it’s all quite a mystery what exactly is on offer.

 

Koh Maiton Beach Clubs

None here – this is a very small island without area for a proper beach club.

Koh Maiton Beach Restaurants / Bars

There is a restaurant to eat at in the resort, but we cannot find any information or reviews on it.

Koh Maiton Beach Accommodation

An unnamed resort is on the island, and even on their website they don’t give it an English name. In Thai, it’s “โรงแรมไม้ท่อน รีสอร์ท” which is just “Maiton Resort Hotel.” There is no information about the hotel at all, just a phone number or email to reach staff there. Counting structures around the beach, they appear to have more than 50 villas available.

Koh Maiton Beach Facts & Features

  • Location in Relation to Phuket: 10 miles (16.1 km) east of Rawai Beach.
  • GPS Data: 07° 46` 09” N, 98° 28` 56” E
  • Surrounding Beaches: There is an unnamed beach just south of Koh Maiton Beach, and a small one on the west side of the island.
  • Direction Facing: East.
  • Beach Length: 934 meters (3,064 ft.)
  • Beach Width: 27 meters (89 ft.) on average.
  • Estimated Beach Area: 25,218 m2 (271,449 square ft.)
  • Beach Quality: A lot of sand with some rocks around. The island is surrounded by large boulders and makes for good snorkeling.
  • Ocean Bottom: Free of rocks and coral in the shallow areas fronting the resort. The water is ultra-clear and perfect for snorkeling or diving.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? The resort has.
  • Beach features: The resort has.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Private. Not sure the cost. Some say $75, others say $10. If you’re taking a longtail boat here, make sure they include the fee.
  • Lifeguard Available? No.
  • Boat anchorage possible? Not sure.
  • Boat dock and marina? There is a private dock.
  • How to reach Koh Maiton Island? From Deep Sea Port by longtail boat.
  • Attractions: No real attractions. The island is nice to see if you want to pay the price.
  • Activities: For something to do, you can walk 1.4 miles (2.3 km) on a dirt path that spans almost the full length of the island. There is good snorkeling around the island, and there are good spots to swim and wade.
  • Surfing? None.
  • Sunbeds Available? Yes, at the resort.
  • Umbrellas? Yes, at the resort.
  • Water quality: Very Good.
  • Convenience shop available? No.
  • Massage available? No.
  • Picnic possible? Yes, however please don’t leave your rubbish behind.
  • Smoking? Thailand authorities are cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Some rocks under the water to be aware of.

 

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Koh Maphrao Island | Coconut Island

Koh Maphrao Island in Phuket is found just 2,789 feet (850 m) east of Laem Hin Pier on Phuket’s east coast. This is a small island, less than 2 miles (3.2 km) long and 1.5 miles (2.4 km) at its widest point. There are small beaches all over the island, but the main Coconut Beach is located on the northern coast of the island. There are not many trees on the beach, and it is lined with private villas you can rent.

 

Koh Maphrao Beach Clubs

None.

Koh Maphrao Beach Restaurants / Bars

  • Koko Restaurant Coconut Village – There is a restaurant here, but we have no means to review it. Guests said nothing about it.

Koh Maphrao Beach Accommodation

There are a number of resorts around the island, the following is the only resort on the main Koh Maphrao Beach.

  • The Village Coconut Island – This large hotel with many villas is located right on the main Koh Maphrao Beach. In fact, it covers most of the west side of the beach. Swimming pools, water slides and a large gaming area for children make this a kid-friendly hotel. There are many people at the breakfast buffet each morning, and a number of people reviewing the hotel on social media mention the average food quality. Russian and Chinese tourists are the main guests here. Fairly high ratings on Google with 4.3 out of 5 stars. Rates start at just 3,300 THB during high season.

There is one small property with villas located on the south side of the island if you’re looking for something else. It is not well reviewed, so we chose not to include it here until more people give their opinion on the accommodation and food available there.

Koh Maphrao Beach Facts & Features

  • Location in Relation to Phuket: Less than .6 miles (1 km) east from Laem Hin Pier.
  • GPS Data: 07° 56` 28” N, 98° 25` 23” E
  • Surrounding Beaches: There are some unnamed beaches around the island with the largest being on the northwest coast.
  • Direction Facing: North.
  • Beach Length: 1,600 meters (5,280 ft.)
  • Beach Width: 15 meters (49 ft.) on average.
  • Estimated Beach Area: 24,036 m2 (258,720 square ft.)
  • Beach Quality: Sand is deep and darker in color than some other beaches with less mud content. The beach also has some rocks and shells. Water quality was mentioned by some as not the cleanest, with some even preferring to stick to the pools instead.
  • Ocean Bottom: Mostly free of rocks and coral, and somewhat muddy. This is the same as many of the island beaches on Phuket’s east coast.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? Each resort has their own restrooms and showers. There are no public facilities available on Koh Maphrao.
  • Beach features: 3 piers on the beach, though two of them are private and not available to the public.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public island, but little to do if you’re not staying at one of the resorts.
  • Lifeguard Available? No.
  • Boat anchorage possible? Yes.
  • Boat dock and marina? Dock.
  • How to reach Koh Maphrao Island? From Laem Hin Pier by longtail boat.
  • Attractions: None, the island is a close distance to mainland Phuket, so many people visit or stay for a few hours only.
  • Activities: Swimming, wading in the shallows.
  • Surfing? No.
  • Sunbeds Available? Yes, at the resorts, but nothing for the general public.
  • Umbrellas? Yes, at the resort.
  • Water quality: Very Good.
  • Convenience shop available? No.
  • Massage available? No.
  • Picnic possible? Yes, however please don’t leave your rubbish behind.
  • Smoking? Thailand authorities are cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Stingrays can be just under the sand. Jellyfish are common, as noted by the permanently installed warning sign on the beach.

 

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Koh Naka Noi Island

Koh Naka Noi Island is just to the southwest of its bigger sister Koh Naka Yai Island and is much smaller at about 0.6 miles (1 km) long, with less to do and nowhere to stay.

 

Koh Naka Noi Beach Clubs

None per se. The beach bar below could be called a beach club.

Koh Naka Noi Beach Restaurants

  • Nakha Noi Bar – This is a large bar that covers the northern tip of Naka Noi Beach. They offer things to do like billiards, banana boats and jet ski rentals. They of course have a restaurant. Food quality and service was not mentioned in any of the reviews, so give it a try and let us know what you think.

Koh Naka Noi Beach Accommodation

None, this is a small island with a few structures that could be Airbnb rentals, but which are not listed on the maps.

Koh Naka Noi Beach Facts & Features

  • Location in Relation to Phuket: On Koh Naka Noi Island facing west and north. Koh Naka Noi Island is about .6 miles (1 km) southwest of Koh Naka Yai Island and 2.7 miles (4.4 km) southeast of Ao Po Pier on the east side of Phuket Island.
  • GPS Data: 08° 01` 56” N, 98° 27` 32” E
  • Surrounding Beaches: Koh Naka Yai Beach is south.
  • Direction Facing: Generally west, but the beach curves a bit.
  • Beach Length: 713 meters (2,340 ft.) for the main part of the beach, it does stretch down the entire length of the west side of the island.
  • Beach Width: 12 meters (39 ft.) on average.
  • Estimated Beach Area: 8,478 m2 (91,260 square ft.)
  • Beach Quality: Nice deep and nearly white sand covers most of the main area of the beach. There are more rocks at the southern end.
  • Ocean Bottom: Relatively free of rocks and coral close to shore, sandy bottom. As water is deeper, there is less sand and more rocks and coral.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? Restrooms at the bar on the north end.
  • Beach features: The beach faces west, perfect for sunset and it has a large bar and beautiful scenic area on the northern tip of the island. There is coral for snorkeling if the tide isn’t strong.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, no fees.
  • Lifeguard Available? No.
  • Boat anchorage possible? Not sure.
  • Boat dock and marina? There is a small dock, probably just for longtail boats.
  • How to reach Koh Naka Noi Island? From Ao Po Pier by longtail boat.
  • Attractions: Nakha Noi Bar on the northern tip of the island gives the vibe of Koh Naka Noi with jet skis and banana boat rides on offer all day. This is not the quiet island paradise you might have been hoping for.
  • Activities: Jet skiing; banana boats; drinks at the bar.
  • Surfing? None.
  • Sunbeds Available? Yes, at the bar, for a charge – not usually included in your tour package.
  • Umbrellas? Yes, at the bar, for a charge.
  • Water quality: Very Good.
  • Convenience shop available? No.
  • Massage available? No.
  • Picnic possible? Yes, however please don’t leave your rubbish behind.
  • Smoking? Thailand authorities are cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: The usual cautions apply about longtail boats, jet skiers, and banana boats running over top of snorkelers and swimmers.

 

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Koh Naka Yai Island

Koh Naka Yai Island is a small island off the northeast coast of Phuket. The island is only about 1.7 miles (2.7 km) long and less than a mile in width at its widest. It is very close to the island of Phuket, only 1.25 miles (2 km) away at the closest part. The island is close enough for a quick getaway from Phuket, even for half-day in the morning.

Koh Naka Yai Beach is the largest beach on the island and is located on the southwest coast of Koh Naka Yai. There are numerous places to stay and it has a Muslim mosque and a beach club. Its proximity to the main island of Phuket makes it a busy place for visitors coming for a day or shorter trip.

 

Koh Naka Yai Beach Clubs

  • COMO Beach Club – This is not your usual beach club, it’s a high-end luxury resort with what they call a beach club. You won’t find any toga parties here. The public can visit, but some report showing up on their private boat and not being given a great welcome. Beautiful spot, but primarily for guests of the COMO Point Yamu resort.
    There was no mention in the reviews about types of cuisine available, food ratings, service, or just about anything else. Not sure what the experience is! If you try it, let us know if you would.
  • Z Bar – Just north of the main Koh Naka Yai Beach, this bar received good reviews at Google with 4.4 out of 5 stars. Most reviewers commented that the sunset experience here was not to be missed! Many raved about the cocktails, chips and tapas, but others were less satisfied with the taste and/or service. The overwhelming majority of guests loved the experience and highly recommend others visit Z Bar.

Koh Naka Yai Beach Restaurants

  • The Naka Palm Restaurant – Some confusion as to what the name of this restaurant is in Google. Maybe will be sorted by the time you see this. This restaurant is not beachfront, it is set far back off the beach by 500 feet (152 m) or so. The primary cuisine is Thai seafood and nearly all reviewers were happy with their meals and service received.

Koh Naka Yai Beach Accommodation

Though there are no good accommodation on the beach, there are other locations around the island where you can stay. We’ll list two of them below.

  • COMO Point Yamu – A high-end luxury resort and villas located on the northeast side of the island. Pool, bar, and restaurant are all on-site. Though they had ample reviews, we couldn’t find anyone commenting in-depth on the facilities, food, or service. Accommodation include 79 rooms and 23 private villas for rent. Rates were between 18,000 and 48,000 THB when we checked booking a month in advance during high season.
  • The Naka Island, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Phuket – Also not located right at Koh Naka Yai Beach but it is found just to the north on a backward s-curved beach at the northwestern side of the island. The beach on the west side is free of most rock and coral, on the east side of Z Bar the coral comes right up to the beach.
    They have an extensive health spa on site. Many reviewers online were overwhelmed by the beauty of the location and the helpful and very friendly staff. Some complained about outdated features of the resort. The restaurants were said to be priced on the high side, but “My Grill” restaurant in particular was mentioned as having really great food and was highly recommended. Resort rates start around 10,000 THB per night.
    Note – The property was recently bought by Marriott and is in the process of being renovated.

Koh Naka Yai Beach Facts & Features

  • Location in Relation to Phuket: Just under 2 miles (3.2 km) east of Ao Po Pier on Phuket’s east coast on the northeastern side of the island.
  • GPS Data: 08° 03` 18” N, 98° 27` 27” E
  • Surrounding Beaches: There are other beaches on the island, but they are unnamed.
  • Direction Facing: Southwest.
  • Beach Length: 1,240 meters (4,068 ft.)
  • Beach Width: 13.8 meters (45 ft.) on average.
  • Estimated Beach Area: 17,007 m2 (183,060 square ft.)
  • Beach Quality: Light colored sand, deep in places, and a gradually sloping shoreline which makes wading common here. There are patches of coral at the south end of the beach, but there is plenty of room for wading on the north end without fear of stepping on coral – which starts as the water deepens.
  • Ocean Bottom: Clear close to shore, with large coral patches surrounding the island further out in the deeper water.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? Located around the island, but no public facilities. Using the facilities at one of the bars or beach clubs is easiest.
  • Beach features: Gradually sloping. Filled with palm trees. Pier on the north end.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, but there are extra charges for everything you need to use like restrooms or beach chairs/umbrellas.
  • Lifeguard Available? No.
  • Boat anchorage possible? Not sure.
  • Boat dock and marina? Yes, on the north end of the beach, and there are other piers around the island.
  • How to reach Koh Naka Yai Island? From Ao Po Pier by longtail boat.
  • Attractions: Viewpoint in the center of the island; a beach club (COMO); and Z Bar. In addition, you can hike around most of the shoreline around the island.
  • Activities: Snorkeling over the coral when the water is high enough. Extensive coral formations all around the island. Jet skis and bicycles for rent.
  • Surfing? None.
  • Sunbeds Available? Yes, at Z Bar, COMO Beach Club, and various accommodation around the island.
  • Umbrellas? Yes, same as above.
  • Water quality: Very Good.
  • Convenience shop available? No.
  • Massage available? Yes in resorts.
  • Picnic possible? Yes, however please don’t leave your rubbish behind.
  • Smoking? Thailand authorities are cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Jellyfish and stingrays can be a problem. Be aware.

 

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Koh Racha Noi Island

Koh Racha Noi Island, the smallest of the two Racha Islands at around 2.25 miles (3.6 km) long, is located 5 miles (8 km) south-southwest of Koh Racha Yai.

Koh Racha Noi consist of two small (thin) islands, with the largest beach, Banana Bay, located on the northeast side of the island. The beach is fairly large at around 1,640 feet (500 m) long. Please note, the exact measurement of the beach is a guess because most of it is generally too rocky to enjoy, but there is at least one less rocky area where people can wade and swim.

View of Koh Racha Noi Island Banana Bay Beach from the sea

Koh Racha Noi Beach Clubs, Restaurants, Bars, Accommodation

None here, the island is covered with dense jungle and rocks covering the coast.

Koh Racha Noi Island Facts & Features

  • Location in Relation to Phuket: 18 miles (29 km) south of the southern tip of Phuket Island.
  • GPS Data: 07° 28` 01” N, 98° 18` 26” E
  • Surrounding Beaches: There is one more unnamed beach to the south on another smaller island of Koh Racha Noi that is also on the east side of the island. That beach is a sand triangle about 492 feet (150 m) long with some clear areas under the water for wading and swimming.
  • Direction Facing: East.
  • Beach Length: 504 meters (1,654 ft.)
  • Beach Width: 1 meters (3.3 ft.) on average.
  • Estimated Beach Area: 507 m2 (5,458 square ft.)
  • Beach Quality: Very rocky with patches of sand.
  • Ocean Bottom: In this spot there are some places to wade without rocks or coral, but caution is advised.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? None.
  • Beach features: Very rocky, picturesque.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public.
  • Lifeguard Available? No.
  • Boat anchorage possible? No.
  • Boat dock and marina? None.
  • How to reach Banana Bay Beach? From Chalong Pier by tour company.
  • Attractions: None.
  • Activities: Snorkeling is good around the reef and rocks. This is primarily a snorkeling destination for tour boats, and they can be seen in the bays around the island.
  • Surfing? No.
  • Sunbeds Available? No.
  • Umbrellas? No.
  • Water quality: Very Good.
  • Convenience shop available? No.
  • Massage available? No.
  • Picnic possible? Yes, however please don’t leave your rubbish behind.
  • Smoking? Thailand authorities are cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Many submerged rocks and coral to be careful of.

 

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Koh Racha Yai Island

If you visit one island during your stay in Phuket, head down to Koh Racha Yai Island stunning beaches and spend the day – or longer! You’ll find the sand on this island to be just what you’re looking for – white, deep, and plenty of it. There are a couple of nice beaches here, and you should see them all!

The Koh Racha Islands are comprised of two islands, Yai, and Noi. Koh Racha Yai Island lies just 10.5 miles (16.9 km) south-southwest of the southern tip of Phuket Island in the Andaman Sea. The island is almost 2.5 miles (4 km) long and about 1 mile (1.6 km) wide.

 

Siam Bay Beach Clubs, Restaurants, Bars

There is a restaurant and bar as part of the resort detailed below.

Siam Bay Beach Accommodation

  • Racha Island Resort – Just behind the beach is this large resort that is sometimes known as the Rayaburi Resort and other times as the Racha Island Resort. Between 11 am. and 4 pm. there are many tourists arriving on tours and they stop at this beach. If you’re staying at this resort you can hide from them during that time and come out after when the best times are had anyway – early morning and evenings.
    While nearly everyone enjoyed their stay, there was almost always a complaint about some aspect of the resort. Just know that not everything will be perfect. Wi-Fi was mentioned often as not fast enough. We have no details on the bar and restaurant at the resort, nobody talked about them in the reviews we read. Rates begin around 3,300 THB per night.

Siam Bay Beach Facts & Features

  • Location in Relation to Phuket: 11 miles (17.7 km) south-southeast from the southern tip of Phuket Island.
  • Surrounding Beaches: Patok Beach is west and two small unnamed beaches with good diving are east around the corner.
  • Direction Facing: North.
  • Beach Length: 451 meters (1,480 ft.)
  • Beach Width: 30 meters (100 ft.) on average.
  • Estimated Beach Area: 13,750 m2 (148,000 square ft.)
  • Beach Quality: Excellent with deep, white sand mostly free of rocks. Crystal clear water.
  • Ocean Bottom: Excellent in the shallows, but quickly turning to coral reef.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? Yes, at the resorts and restaurants.
  • Beach features: Very clear water, soft white sand and fewer people than Koh Phi Phi make this a good choice for a stop during your tour of the islands off Phuket.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public.
  • Lifeguard Available? No.
  • Boat anchorage possible? No.
  • Boat dock and marina? No.
  • How to reach Siam Bay Beach on Koh Racha Yai Island? From Chalong Pier by tour company.
  • Attractions: The beach is really beautiful with clear water and fantastic snorkeling.
  • Activities: Snorkeling is the number one activity, with coral covering the entire perimeter of the beach and island. You can snorkel for hours and only see a fraction of what is available. You can rent a scooter at one of the resorts and tour the island, or just walk around and get some exercise.
  • Surfing? None.
  • Sunbeds Available? Yes, with extra charge.
  • Umbrellas? Yes, with extra charge.
  • Water quality: Very Good.
  • Convenience shop available? No.
  • Massage available? No.
  • Picnic possible? Yes, however please don’t leave your rubbish behind.
  • Smoking? Thailand authorities are cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Many rocks in the shallows to cut your feet on, wear shoes if wading.

Be aware! There is another beach you might want to visit on Koh Racha Yai Island: the Patok Beach, located just around the corner from the Siam Beach going eastward!…

Patok Beach Clubs and Bars

There is a restaurant and bar as part of the resort below, but we have little information about their service and food quality.

Patok Beach Restaurants

  • The Cliff – On the north end of the beach, The Cliff overlooks the beach and provides great views from the deck. Sunset views are spectacular and there’s no better place to be for it than The Cliff. The food was reviewed as better-than-average with 3.9 out of 5 stars on Google. Most dishes are 250 THB and a local beer in a big (660 ml) bottle will run you 200 THB. They serve Thai cuisine focusing on seafood, pasta and sandwiches – something for everyone. 3,300 THB per night.

Patok Beach Accommodation

  • The Racha – This is an older resort in need of renovation, but many people are satisfied with it for the price. It really is probably priced right for an older hotel on a fantastic beach on a picture-perfect island with a number of jaw-dropping beaches. The hotel has a very large swimming pool and a number of villas have private pools as well. One issue a number of reviewers cited was the large number of day tourists who flood the beach during the hours of 11 am. to 4 pm. Outside of these times the beach is much more enjoyable. Rooms start around 6,300 THB for a night.

Note – there is another option for people wishing to stay at this beach, but it is a very low-grade option and we like to suggest better properties to ensure your happiness.

Patok Beach Facts & Features

  • Location in Relation to Phuket: 11 miles (17.7 km) south-southeast from the southern tip of Phuket Island.
  • Surrounding Beaches: Siam Beach is around the corner going east.
  • Direction Facing: Northwest.
  • Beach Length: 280 meters (920 ft.)
  • Beach Width: 120 meters (120 ft.) on average.
  • Estimated Beach Area: 10,256 m2 (110,400 square ft.)
  • Beach Quality: Exceptional – white sand and lots of it. Set in a bay that is quite picturesque.
  • Ocean Bottom: Patches of rocks and coral out in the center of the bay, but mostly clear bottom makes for good wading and swimming.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? Yes, at the Racha Resort for guests.
  • Beach features: Very wide beach accommodates many visitors, and it can get crowded. The Racha resort has a restaurant and bar you can visit for refreshments and meals.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public.
  • Lifeguard Available? No.
  • Boat anchorage possible? Yes.
  • Boat dock and marina? There is a boat dock. Unknown whether it is private or public.
  • How to reach Patok Beach on Koh Racha Yai Island? From Chalong Pier by tour company.
  • Attractions: The beach is incredibly beautiful, so many people don’t see any more of the island! There are shops toward the center of the island. Snorkeling is the main attraction, though it’s better at Siam Beach.
  • Activities: Snorkeling and dive tours are the most common things to do at Patok Beach. There are well over 100 beach chairs with umbrellas that you can use for a fee. There is some shopping behind the resort, and you can take a motorbike taxi around the island or tour it yourself with a rental motorbike, bicycle, or hiking around.
  • Surfing? No.
  • Sunbeds Available? Yes, for a fee.
  • Umbrellas? Yes, for a fee.
  • Water quality: Very Good.
  • Convenience shop available? No.
  • Massage available? Yes.
  • Picnic possible? Yes, however please don’t leave your rubbish behind.
  • Smoking? Thailand authorities are cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Strong tides during large wave periods. Sea urchins are in the holes in the coral and rocks and have venomous barbs that break off inside the skin. Enjoy, but be cautious.

 

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Koh Raet Island

Koh Raet Island is also known as Jameirah Island, this is a private island that receives some tourists, but only through their own channels.

 

Koh Raet Beach Clubs, Restaurants, Bars, Accommodation

None publicly accessible.

Koh Raet Beaches Facts & Features

  • Location in Relation to Phuket: About 3,650 feet (1,113 m) east of Ao Po Pier on Phuket’s northeast coast.
  • GPS Data: 08° 03` 35” N, 98° 26` 33” E
  • Surrounding Beaches: There are three beaches here, not sure which one could be considered “Koh Raet Beach”. Beaches are located along the east, west, and southern coasts.
  • Direction Facing: Beaches face south and east.
  • Beach Length: 786 meters (2,580 ft.) – We measured the entire length of the beach 1468 ft. + 1112 ft.
  • Beach Width: 13.4 meters (44 ft.) on average.
  • Estimated Beach Area: 10,546 m2 (113,520 square ft.)
  • Beach Quality: There are three beaches on Koh Raet with two of them having nice deep sand with few rocks and the last having a lot of rocks with some sand.
  • Ocean Bottom: Beaches on the south and western coasts seem to have clean shallows where one could wade and swim. The rocky beach on the east coast is full of coral and rocks.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? None.
  • Beach features: This is a small, picturesque island with some nice beaches to look at, but you can’t just pull up and drop anchor and go enjoy the island due to it being private.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Private.
  • Lifeguard Available? No.
  • Boat anchorage possible? No.
  • Boat dock and marina? Small dock for owner’s use.
  • How to reach Koh Raet Island? From Ao Po Pier by longtail boat.
  • Attractions: None.
  • Activities: None.
  • Surfing? No.
  • Sunbeds Available? No.
  • Umbrellas? No.
  • Water quality: Very Good.
  • Convenience shop available? No.
  • Massage available? No.
  • Picnic possible? No
  • Smoking? Thailand authorities are cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: This is a private beach and access is not routinely granted.

 

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Koh Rang Noi Island

Three miles east of the north-south middle of Phuket Island are the Koh Rang Islands which consist of a big island (Koh Rang Yai) and a smaller one (Koh Rang Noi). They are separated by about 1,000 feet (305 m) with Koh Rang Noi Island located just to the northeast.

Koh Rang Noi Beach is a small beach to be found on the southwest coast of the island.

 

Koh Rang Noi Beach Clubs, Bars, and Restaurants

The resort here has a bar and restaurant, but we cannot access any information because their website is not working.

Koh Rang Noi Beach Accommodation

Cannot find how to book the resort on either Google or TripAdvisor.

Koh Rang Noi Beach Facts & Features

  • Location in Relation to Phuket: Directly east of the middle of Phuket by about 3.5 miles (5.6 km).
  • GPS Data: 07° 57` 51” N, 98° 27` 01” E
  • Surrounding Beaches: None. Koh Rang Yai Island is a short boat ride away (2-minutes).
  • Direction Facing: Southwest.
  • Beach Length: 165 meters (540 ft.)
  • Beach Width: 21 meters (70 ft.) on average.
  • Estimated Beach Area: 3,512 m2 (37,800 square ft.)
  • Beach Quality: The north end of the beach appears to be mud mixed with sand. The middle portion is sandy and nice for walking or laying out, while the southern and eastern section of the beach is very rocky, but there are spots of sand to drop a beach mat or towel.
  • Ocean Bottom: Submerged rocks in all but the shallowest areas.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? Yes, at the resort. No public.
  • Beach features: Average beach with a large pier.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Private, entry only possible if staying at the resort.
  • Lifeguard Available? No.
  • Boat anchorage possible? No.
  • Boat dock and marina? Yes, a large pier.
  • How to reach Koh Rang Noi Island? From Laem Hin Pier by longtail boat.
  • Attractions: None.
  • Activities: Not sure, we cannot pull up the resort’s website.
  • Surfing? No.
  • Sunbeds Available? Around the pools of the resort, not on the beach.
  • Umbrellas? Yes, at the pools of the resort.
  • Water quality: Very Good.
  • Convenience shop available? No.
  • Massage available? No.
  • Picnic possible? Yes, however please don’t leave your rubbish behind.
  • Smoking? Thailand authorities are cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Many rocks and coral in the deeper spots.

 

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Koh Rang Yai Island

Koh Rang Yai Island, the biggest of the Koh Rang Islands sitting three miles east of Phuket, is a stop on some of the island tours from Phuket and as such, can get crowded during the 11 am. to 4 pm. time frame. Avoiding this beach during these hours can ensure a better experience.

 

Koh Rang Yai Beach Clubs, Restaurants, and Accommodation

None here, the beach bar below is the only form of entertainment on this small island.

Koh Rang Yai Beach Bars

  • Beach Bar – I don’t think the name is actually “Beach Bar” but, who knows? That is how it is listed on the Google Map. This is a basic spot for grabbing some refreshments and snacks under a thatched roof as the sun beats down on the beach. If you’ve had enough sun on your island tour, this is a good place to stop and get a beverage. Expect prices to be higher than you’re comfortable paying in Thailand. This is the same at all island establishments.

Koh Rang Yai Beach Facts & Features

  • Location in Relation to Phuket: Directly east of the middle of Phuket by about 3.3 miles (5.3 km).
  • GPS Data: 07° 57` 28” N, 98° 26` 42” E
  • Surrounding Beaches: None. The main beach is on the west side of the island, there is a large bay on the east side of the island you can explore with a hike.
  • Direction Facing: Southwest to northwest – curving around the west side of the island.
  • Beach Length: 1,158 meters (3,800 ft.)
  • Beach Width: 13.7 meters (45 ft.) on average.
  • Estimated Beach Area: 15,886 m2 (171,000 square ft.)
  • Beach Quality: Stunning white sand that is deep and mostly free of rocks.
  • Ocean Bottom: In the shallow areas the bottom is fairly clean, and you can wade here. The bottom quickly becomes covered with coral and rocks as you get out further.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? Restroom at the beach bar, and no public facilities.
  • Beach features: Deep sand with incredibly clear water. Easy slope into the sea creates amazing shallow turquoise water great for wading and photos.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, as part of the island tours.
  • Lifeguard Available? No.
  • Boat anchorage possible? Yes.
  • Boat dock and marina? None.
  • How to reach Koh Rang Yai Island? From Laem Hin Pier by longtail boat.
  • Attractions: None. It’s quite beautiful itself!
  • Activities: Wading, swimming, walking along the long beach.
  • Surfing? No.
  • Sunbeds Available? Reclining beach chairs available for rent.
  • Umbrellas? No.
  • Water quality: Very Good
  • Convenience shop available? No.
  • Massage available? No.
  • Picnic possible? Yes, however please don’t leave your rubbish behind.
  • Smoking? Thailand authorities are cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: All the deeper water on the west side of the island is covered with coral and can cut feet. On the east side, in the bay, there are some areas of clear bottom that are better for swimming and wading.

 

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Koh Sire Island

Koh Rang Yai Island, the biggest of the Koh Rang Islands sitting three miles east of Phuket, is a stop on some of the island tours from Phuket and as such, can get crowded during the 11 am. to 4 pm. time frame. Avoiding this beach during these hours can ensure a better experience.

 

Koh Rang Yai Beach Clubs, Restaurants, and Accommodation

None here, the beach bar below is the only form of entertainment on this small island.

Koh Rang Yai Beach Bars

  • Beach Bar – I don’t think the name is actually “Beach Bar” but, who knows? That is how it is listed on the Google Map. This is a basic spot for grabbing some refreshments and snacks under a thatched roof as the sun beats down on the beach. If you’ve had enough sun on your island tour, this is a good place to stop and get a beverage. Expect prices to be higher than you’re comfortable paying in Thailand. This is the same at all island establishments.

Koh Rang Yai Beach Facts & Features

  • Location in Relation to Phuket: Directly east of the middle of Phuket by about 3.3 miles (5.3 km).
  • GPS Data: 07° 57` 28” N, 98° 26` 42” E
  • Surrounding Beaches: None. The main beach is on the west side of the island, there is a large bay on the east side of the island you can explore with a hike.
  • Direction Facing: Southwest to northwest – curving around the west side of the island.
  • Beach Length: 1,158 meters (3,800 ft.)
  • Beach Width: 13.7 meters (45 ft.) on average.
  • Estimated Beach Area: 15,886 m2 (171,000 square ft.)
  • Beach Quality: Stunning white sand that is deep and mostly free of rocks.
  • Ocean Bottom: In the shallow areas the bottom is fairly clean, and you can wade here. The bottom quickly becomes covered with coral and rocks as you get out further.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? Restroom at the beach bar, and no public facilities.
  • Beach features: Deep sand with incredibly clear water. Easy slope into the sea creates amazing shallow turquoise water great for wading and photos.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, as part of the island tours.
  • Lifeguard Available? No.
  • Boat anchorage possible? Yes.
  • Boat dock and marina? None.
  • How to reach Koh Rang Yai Island? From Laem Hin Pier by longtail boat.
  • Attractions: None. It’s quite beautiful itself!
  • Activities: Wading, swimming, walking along the long beach.
  • Surfing? No.
  • Sunbeds Available? Reclining beach chairs available for rent.
  • Umbrellas? No.
  • Water quality: Very Good
  • Convenience shop available? No.
  • Massage available? No.
  • Picnic possible? Yes, however please don’t leave your rubbish behind.
  • Smoking? Thailand authorities are cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: All the deeper water on the west side of the island is covered with coral and can cut feet. On the east side, in the bay, there are some areas of clear bottom that are better for swimming and wading.

 

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Koh Tapao Noi Island

Koh Tapao Noi Island is the smallest of the two Koh Tapao Islands, close to Phuket east coast at Cape Panwa. There are no real facilities on the island, but it is conveniently located for a quick few hours on the beach, away from Phuket.

 

Koh Tapao Noi Beach Clubs, Bars, Restaurants, and Accommodation

None – this is a very small island with nothing but a few small average beaches.

Koh Tapao Noi Beach Facts & Features

  • Location in Relation to Phuket: About 1.2 miles (1.9 km) east of the Cape Panwa Pier to the immediate south of Cape Panwa Beach on Phuket’s east coast.
  • GPS Data: 07° 49` 59” N, 98° 25` 19” E
  • Surrounding Beaches: Various patches of sand around the island, separated by rocks.
  • Direction Facing: The main beach is facing west and has an S-shape.
  • Beach Length: 381 meters (1,250 ft.)
  • Beach Width: 1 meter (3.3 ft.) on average.
  • Estimated Beach Area: 116 m2 (1,250 square ft.)
  • Beach Quality: Nice sand, great for laying out or throwing a ball or disc.
  • Ocean Bottom: In the shallow areas wading is possible. Rocks in the deep.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? None.
  • Beach features: Soft white sand and some rocks. View of Phuket east coast.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public.
  • Lifeguard Available? No.
  • Boat anchorage possible? Yes.
  • Boat dock and marina? None.
  • How to reach Koh Tapao Noi Island? From Ao Makham Pier by longtail boat.
  • Attractions: None.
  • Activities: Walking, sun tanning.
  • Surfing? No.
  • Sunbeds Available? No.
  • Umbrellas? No.
  • Water quality: Very Good.
  • Convenience shop available? No.
  • Massage available? No.
  • Picnic possible? Yes, however please don’t leave your rubbish behind.
  • Smoking? Thailand authorities are cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Many rocks and coral in the deeper areas.

 

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Koh Tapao Yai Island

There are two islands close to Phuket’s east coast at Cape Panwa. The larger island is, “Koh Tapao Yai” and the smaller, “Koh Tapao Noi.” There are no real facilities on these islands, and they are not especially beautiful. Visitors to the Koh Tapao Yai Island usually come for a convenient trip from Phuket just to get away for a couple hours on the beach which is not usually crowded at all.

 

Koh Tapao Yai Beach Clubs, Bars, Restaurants, and Accommodation

None – this is a very small island with little development.

Koh Tapao Yai Beach Facts & Features

  • Location in Relation to Phuket: The island is about 1,500 ft. (457 m) east of the Cape Panwa Pier to the immediate south of Cape Panwa Beach on Phuket’s east coast.
  • GPS Data: 07° 49` 50” N, 98° 24` 51” E
  • Surrounding Beaches: In addition to Koh Tapao Yai Beach on the northeast side of the island, is a beach on the southeastern coast and a small (probably private) beach on the northwest coast.
  • Direction Facing: The main beach faces north.
  • Beach Length: 488 meters (1,600 ft.)
  • Beach Width: 4.6 meter (15 ft.) on average.
  • Estimated Beach Area: 24,000 m2 (24,000 square ft.)
  • Beach Quality: Poor, a lot of mud mixed with the sand. Beach is very small (thin).
  • Ocean Bottom: Rocks scattered about.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? None.
  • Beach features: None really. the beaches amount to not much more than just patches of dirty sand. Not very scenic. Not worth a stop.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Appears to be public without fees.
  • Lifeguard Available? No.
  • Boat anchorage possible? No.
  • Boat dock and marina? Small dock.
  • How to reach Koh Tapao Yai Island? From Ao Makham Pier by longtail boat.
  • Attractions: None.
  • Activities: None.
  • Surfing? No.
  • Sunbeds Available? No.
  • Umbrellas? No.
  • Water quality: Very Good.
  • Convenience shop available? No.
  • Massage available? No.
  • Picnic possible? Yes, however please don’t leave your rubbish behind.
  • Smoking? Thailand authorities are cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Many rocks and very few people. No real reason to stop here.

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Koh Yao Noi Island

Despite being located in an amazing place, Koh Yao Noi Island is just not filled with soft sandy beaches. Most of the island coast is muddy, and where there is sand, it’s mixed with dirt and the water is not usually very clear. Waves are absent in most places. If you’re coming to Thailand for fun in the water, Koh Yao Noi is probably not the island for you. If you’re coming for relaxation and a laid-back vacation, this is your island.

Koh Yao Noi Island is just north of its bigger sister Koh Yao Yai and is no small island at 7.7 miles (12.4 km) long and about 4 miles (6.4 km) wide at its widest point. Koh Yao Noi is also somewhat developed and has an even more relaxed vibe.

Long Beach is probably the best beach on the island for sitting around. It takes a bit of driving the motorbike to reach it, and there are few people, but this is the ideal spot for a picnic!

 

Koh Yao Noi Island Restaurants

  • Tha Khao Bay View Restaurant – Over 100 reviews with a 4.7 out of 5 rating makes this one of the top restaurants on the island. It’s rare to have restaurants rated this highly, so it must be good. Somewhat tricky to find, at the top of a long row of steps up the hill. Restaurant is set high on the hill and built with hardwood and thatched roofs. The view can be spectacular on a clear day, with many islands in sight. The restaurant faces east, so you won’t have any sunset view. The food was reviewed as good with some guests saying it was the best food they’ve had in Thailand.
    Note – Though Tha Khao Bay View restaurant has alcohol, most staff and owners are Muslim on Koh Yao Noi and as a result, not all restaurants have alcohol. Keep that in mind!
  • Garden Café & Restaurant – Though this restaurant doesn’t have a spectacular view or setting, it does have incredibly delicious looking food in the photos on their Google Business listing. Social media reviewers give it 4.8 out of 5 on Google with forty reviewers checking in. If you’re near the southwest coast of Koh Yao Noi during mealtime, stop in and have a great meal. Featuring fresh spring rolls on the vegetarian menu, pad Thai omelet, fried rice tofu with green curry, pineapple fried rice, and a special hot pan featuring shrimp and other choice seafood.
  • Pradu Seafood – Friendly owners, the view of the pier, islands, fantastic sunsets, and the delicious food all combine to make this one of the most highly rated restaurants on the island. One nice feature at Pradu is the ability to choose portion sizes! This great idea should probably be mandatory for all restaurants! Pradu is located in about the center of the island from north to south and on the west coast.
  • Saaitara – Found on the south end of the large unnamed bay on the west coast of Koh Yao Yai, Saaitara restaurant offers spectacular views. Some guests reviewed the food as being extra delicious, but it seems the view and the excellent service are the most talked about features of this restaurant. This is an excellent place for enjoying a sunset dinner.

Koh Yao Noi Island Accommodation

The resorts on Koh Yao Noi are located away from the main beaches for the most part, so we will add some of the best accommodation below for you to browse.

  • Six Senses Yao Noi – Located on the southeast coast of the island, Six Senses Yao Noi is a 5-star resort that has an incredibly high rating on Google at 4.8 out of 5 stars and hundreds of reviews. Great food according to guests at all three restaurants. This resort has a tiny beach, but most of the guests didn’t mind at all, they came for the pampered experience and came away very satisfied.
    While nearly all accommodation on Koh Yao Noi have room rates less than 5,000 THB per night, Six Senses begins around 30,000 THB.
  • Treehouse Villas Khao Yao Noi Luxury Resort – At the top of a small bay on the northeastern coast of the island, Treehouse Villas provides a unique stay surrounded by nature. Villas are set high up off the ground and so the breeze can be nice if one is blowing. The vertical height also serves to separate guests from the noise below. Treehouse Villas have thatched roofs and fully modern interior. This small resort is located at the northeaster tip of the island in lush rainforest.
    The Treehouse villas get very high ratings for quality of stay including villas layout and furnishings, food, service, and extras. They have an extensive international menu including such dishes as coconut shrimp, salmon oasis, Maryland style crab cakes, French-fried mushrooms and onion soup, Hawaiian chicken breast, and fettucine alfredo! Nightly rates starting around 12,500 THB.
  • Koyao Bay Pavilions – This out of the way resort is located in the southeast corner of Koh Yao Noi and has its own private beach area. OK, it’s more like patches of sand, but we think you’ll enjoy it. Koyao Bay Pavilions combines old style hardwood architecture with a close interaction with nature at their lovely place on the southeast coast. There is a clean and quiet beach with swimming possible (recommended) only at high tide when it is deep enough to swim over the rocks. Not the best wading beach.
    High ratings from most visitors who enjoyed the open ceiling, stylish décor, and relative secluded nature of the property and villas. Rates begin around 6,000 THB per night.

Long Beach Clubs, Bars, Restaurants, and Accommodation

None – though this is the largest beach on the island, there isn’t anywhere to eat, drink, or stay.

Long Beach Facts & Features

  • Location in Relation to Phuket: From the top of Phuket at Sarasin bridge connecting Phang Nga and Phuket and going directly east, Koh Yao Noi’s Long Beach is on the top of the island on the east side, facing Krabi.
  • GPS Data: 08° 10` 34” N, 98° 38` 05” E
  • Surrounding Beaches: Little Long Beach is just to the south.
  • Direction Facing: East.
  • Beach Length: 419 meters (1,375 ft.)
  • Beach Width: 4.6 meters (15 ft.) on average.
  • Estimated Beach Area: 1,916 m2 (20,625 square ft.)
  • Beach Quality: While there is a lot of sand in some places, the quality of the sand is not so great. Dirt from the bay is mixed with sand.
  • Ocean Bottom: Muddy.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? None.
  • Beach features: A lot of sand in some spots. This is a long stretch of beach covered with some rocks and patches of sand. This is probably the best beach on the island. There are no other buildings here, not even a snack hut.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public.
  • Lifeguard Available? No.
  • Boat anchorage possible? Yes.
  • Boat dock and marina? There are a number of docks located around the island to serve resorts, but at Long Beach, there is no pier.
  • How to reach Koh Yao Noi Island? From Ao Po Pier or Pang Rong pier by longtail boat.
  • Attractions: None here, but the island has some things to see.
  • Activities: Bring your own things to do and food! Around the island there is kayaking, paddle-boarding, climbing sheer limestone faces over the ocean, and more.
  • Surfing? No.
  • Sunbeds Available? No.
  • Umbrellas? No.
  • Water quality: Very Good.
  • Convenience shop available? No.
  • Massage available? No.
  • Picnic possible? Yes, however please don’t leave your rubbish behind.
  • Smoking? Thailand authorities are cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Muddy bottom may have rocks or sharp shells. Stingrays may be found here under the sand.

 

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Koh Yao Yai Island

Koh Yao consists of two islands which are part of Phang Nga province, the larger “Koh Yao Yai Island” and the smaller “Koh Yao Noi”. Koh Yao Yai Island sits east of Phuket east coast and is about 16.6 miles (26.7 km) long from north to south, and two to four miles wide on average – a large island by any standards. Both the islands are well developed and there is plenty to do. Many people come to Phuket only to transfer over to one of the Koh Yao islands because they prefer the laid-back island atmosphere when compared to Phuket.

Though Koh Yao Yai Island is filled with bays, there are not many beaches on the island that are worth taking a look at. Ao Muong Beach in the southwest corner is one example. It’s remote. It’s beautiful from the Google map images. When you arrive, you’ll find clear blue water, but the sand is absolutely filled with trash that nobody picks up. We cover a couple of the better beaches below.

 

Loh Pared Bay Beach

On the west side of the island just below Loh Poh Bay on the west coast is this long and wide sandy beach with deep sand offering stunning sunset views from the entire length of the beach. Depending what time of year you go, the water may be clear or cloudy. The beach is generally pretty clean, but it can have garbage scattered about as well.

Loh Pared Bay Beach Clubs

There isn’t any establishment calling itself a beach club, but there are a number of beach bars along the beach here that play music and serve alcohol.

Loh Pared Bay Beach Restaurants / Bars

  • Odys Café – This is an affordable place set back just off the north side of the beach. This is a tiny café with a handful of wooden tables and chairs, and with open walls near a large resort. Reviews are very good for this spot, so we include it here. If you’re looking for good food and service, this is a good spot to stop. If you’re looking for any view at all, go elsewhere, there isn’t any view here.
  • Coral Island-YaoYai – There are many bare-bones ‘restaurants’ which amount to no more than just shacks on the beach serving food along Loh Pared Bay Beach, but if you’re going to stop at one, choose this one. The grounds are clean, and they have no walls and thatched roofs. One section has a concrete floor and other tables are on the sandy beach. Food and service were rated highly, and the location is on the south end of the beach.

Loh Pared Bay Beach Accommodation

  • Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa – With nearly a thousand reviews, most of them positive, this resort should be high on your list for your stay on Koh Yao Yai Island if the price is in your range. Beautifully designed architecture and grounds. Heavy use of natural wood and traditional Thai styling. In Google Business, this property received a 4.5 out of 5 stars with many reviewers.
    Some villas have private infinity pools. Fantastic service mentioned by scores of reviewers, but of course there are always issues with not understanding English and delays during check-out or check-in for some guests. Beach kayaking available at no cost. Affordable at 3,000 THB per night starting rate.
  • Blue Bay Resort – Located in the middle of the beach, this is a basic resort on the Loh Pared Bay Beach that has received good ratings for the rooms and service, and it is more affordable than some other spots on the island. Modern architecture and interiors. Nightly rates begin at just 1,500 THB.
  • Santhiya Resort & Spa (Big Island) – Found at the southern end of the large west-facing bay on the west coast of Koh Yao Yai, Santhiya Resort & Spa has a Thai tropical motif with many hardwood carvings many guests appreciate. The setting is romantic and ideal for sunsets. Accommodation are in villas, with some near the pool being the most sought-after bookings. Rates per night start around 3,300 THB.

Loh Pared Bay Beach & Features

  • Location in Relation to Phuket: About 10.4 miles due west from Cape Yamu Beach on Phuket’s east coast.
  • Surrounding Beaches: Loh Poh Bay and beach is just north. To the south, the next named beach is the one at Loh Jak Pier.
  • Direction Facing: West-southwest.
  • Beach Length: 1,341 meters (4,400 ft.)
  • Beach Width: 12.8 meters (42 ft.) on average.
  • Estimated Beach Area: 17,168 m2 (184,800 square ft.)
  • Beach Quality: A large beach with sand mixed with dirt. Not ideal, but good for walking around or laying down to tan for a couple of hours.
  • Ocean Bottom: A lot of rocks and pieces of coral to step on during low-tide. Better to swim when the tide is high.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? All the resorts on the beach have facilities, there are no public restrooms or showers.
  • Beach features: Jetinn Teppan Pier.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, no fees.
  • Lifeguard Available? No.
  • Boat anchorage possible? Yes.
  • Boat dock and marina? Jetinn Teppan Pier on the north end.
  • How to reach Loh Pared Bay Beach? From Ao Po Pier or Pang Rong pier by longtail boat.
  • Attractions: Great place for sunset, nothing really to see here but the beach is OK.
  • Activities: Though we didn’t see any mention of any extra activities like kayak or paddle-board rentals, some of the resorts must have recreational equipment for rent.
  • Surfing? No.
  • Sunbeds Available? A few resorts on the beach have beach chairs set up on the sand for sun tanning.
  • Umbrellas? Yes, at the resorts.
  • Water quality: Very Good.
  • Convenience shop available? No.
  • Massage available? Yes, at the resorts.
  • Picnic possible? Yes, however please don’t leave your rubbish behind.
  • Smoking? Thailand authorities are cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Many rocks under the water.

Loh Jak Beach

This beach is comprised of two beaches north of the Glow Elixir complex on the beach just south of them. The north beach of Loh Jak is distinguished as having the Loh Jak Pier.

Loh Jak Beach Clubs

None – this is a very small beach without area for a proper beach club.

Loh Jak Beach Restaurants / Bars

  • Emm Restaurant – Though we like to suggest restaurants right on the beach, in this case we need to mention Emm restaurant though it is about a quarter mile inland down the road from the Loh Jak Pier on the north end of the beach. The reviews on social media for this restaurant are phenomenal. Seating is at tables in tiki huts, and the night ambiance is romantic. The red and green curries were mentioned as exceptional, and they have vegetarian dishes. A couple of people said not to miss the coconut smoothy shake, and others swore the cocktails were great! The prices here are higher than most other restaurants on the island, but the price isn’t excessive.

Loh Jak Beach Accommodation

There is only one resort on Loh Jak Beach, Khao Yao Heaven, but we also decided to review another one that is on the beach just south of the Loh Jak beaches called GLOW Elixir Khao Yao Yai Resort.

  • Khao Yao Heaven Resort – A basic resort on the northern beach near where the two beaches meet. The accommodation are basic, including connected townhouses and small separate bungalows. The outdoor restaurant is under a bamboo roof. Reviews are better than average on social media, but there were plenty of complaints about various aspects of their stay.
    You must know that spending only $30 USD for a night on an island in Thailand is going to give you the bare minimum accommodation. If you don’t expect much, you’ll be pleasantly surprised because the staff do try hard to make your stay enjoyable. Rates starting around 1,000 THB per night.
  • GLOW Elixir Khao Yao Yai Resort – This resort on the beach just below the Loh Jak beaches gets great ratings and has hundreds of reviews from past guests. Accommodation consist of different sizes of bungalows along the beach. Some bungalows have private pools.
    The property is beautiful, and the beach is one of the best on Koh Yao Yai Island with soft white sand and some uncluttered shallow water for wading and children playing. Rates begin around 2,000 THB – quite affordable for this location, and probably at least partially contributing to the great reviews the property receives on social media.

Loh Jak Beach & Features

  • Location in Relation to Phuket: About 10.4 miles (16.7 km) due west from Cape Yamu Beach on Phuket’s east coast.
  • Surrounding Beaches: To the south is an unnamed beach, about 2.5 miles (4 km) to the north is Loh Pared Bay Beach.
  • Direction Facing: West-southwest.
  • Beach Length: 732 meters (2,400 ft.) for the north beach and 503 meters (1,650 ft.) for the south beach.
  • Beach Width: 15.2 meters (50 ft.) on average.
  • Estimated Beach Area: 11,148 m2 (120,000 square ft.)
  • Beach Quality: A lot of light colored sand at this beach, it is plenty long and wide enough for the low numbers of visitors that typically stay here.
  • Ocean Bottom: Some spots without coral, but most of the beach is filled with coral.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? The Khao Yao Heaven Resort have facilities, there are no public restrooms or showers.
  • Beach features: These are two shallow bays with decent sand for being on the east side of Phuket where the dirt mixes with the sand to make mud in many areas. The sand here is some of the best on the island. The beach is picturesque especially near the middle where the beaches are split by a rocky outcrop.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, no fees.
  • Lifeguard Available? No.
  • Boat anchorage possible? No.
  • Boat dock and marina? Yes, Loh Jak Pier is on the north beach.
  • How to reach Loh Jak Beach? From Ao Po Pier or Pang Rong pier by longtail boat.
  • Attractions: Nothing really. The view is spectacular for sunset though!
  • Activities: Bring it if you got it! The beach is fine for flying discs or balls or something sporty. Snorkeling is OK here, so bring your gear and explore the shallows along the beach.
  • Surfing? No.
  • Sunbeds Available? At the Khao Yao Heaven Resort they have recliners for guests.
  • Umbrellas? Yes, at the resorts.
  • Water quality: Very Good.
  • Convenience shop available? No.
  • Massage available? Yes, at the resorts.
  • Picnic possible? Yes, however please don’t leave your rubbish behind.
  • Smoking? Thailand authorities are cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Mostly rocky and coral underwater – be careful of cutting feet.

Coco Beach

Coco Beach is located on the very northwestern coast of Koh Yao Yai Island. .

Coco Beach Clubs and Accommodation

There is no information about any of these online either at the Google listing or on their website. There aren’t any photos of the actual accommodation, and no overnight rates listed anywhere we can find. Apparently, you just show up and book.

Coco Beach Restaurants / Bars

There is an unnamed restaurant at this beach which serves Russian food – probably a mix of that and Thai. It was reviewed as having great food and the typical high prices associated with island restaurants.

Coco Beach & Features

  • Location in Relation to Phuket: Just a short boat ride from the northeastern coast of Phuket.
  • Surrounding Beaches: Son Bay Beach south of Coco Beach is the closest named beach. Most beaches on the island are not named.
  • Direction Facing: Southwest.
  • Beach Length: 283 meters (930 ft.)
  • Beach Width: 30 meters (100 ft.) on average.
  • Estimated Beach Area: 93,000 m2 (93,000 square ft.)
  • Beach Quality: Excellent – deep and soft white sand well taken care of.
  • Ocean Bottom: Great for wading and swimming.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? Yes.
  • Beach features: Water is clear and rock-free in the shallow areas. Sand is soft and clean, and the slope is gradual, providing a nice shallow area.
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, but fees for all extras.
  • Lifeguard Available? No.
  • Boat anchorage possible? Not sure.
  • Boat dock and marina? Yes, a small dock.
  • How to reach Coco Beach? From Ao Po Pier or Pang Rong pier by longtail boat.
  • Attractions: A large inflatable water slide (many slides) makes it great for kids. One of the few places geared toward family fun.
  • Activities: Wading, swimming, tanning, eating, drinking. Trampoline, paddleboards, kayaks, banana boat, all-terrain vehicles, jet skis, snorkeling and diving are possible here. Not a quiet beach, more geared toward fun.
  • Surfing? No.
  • Sunbeds Available? Yes.
  • Umbrellas? Yes.
  • Water quality: Very Good.
  • Convenience shop available? No.
  • Massage available? Yes.
  • Picnic possible? Yes, however please don’t leave your rubbish behind.
  • Smoking? Thailand authorities are cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: General jellyfish and stingray cautions.

 

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