Koh Nang Yuan Island is one the top places to visit when heading to Koh Tao. So to make sure you don’t miss out on anything, here’s all you need to know.
Koh Nang Yuan Island is just a 15 minute boat ride away from Sairee Beach on Koh Tao.
You can see the island peaking its head around the corner as you walk along Sairee Beach, and the locals charge around 250 Baht per person for a return taxi ride throughout the day.
There are taxi boats scattered up and down the shore from as early as 9am. So you don’t need to pre-book one, simply head to the North end of Sairee Beach and you’ll spot them all lined up.
Some people choose to visit Koh Nang Yuan on a Koh Tao & Koh Nang Yuan Day Trip by Speedboat from Koh Samui.
If you’re looking for transport to and from Koh Tao, you can pre-book all of your Lomprayah transfers.
For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.
Entrance Fee to the island: 100 Baht per person.
You will also have to get a taxi boat from Sairee Beach to reach the island.
This is negotiable depending on group size.
We paid 250 Baht per person for a return trip.
Monday – Sunday: 10am – 5pm.
Best Time To Visit Koh Nang Island + Tips
With temperatures hovering around 32° to 36° and up to 9 hours of sunshine a day, the months between November and April are probably the driest and best time to visit Koh Nang Island.
The months from April to May are the hottest in the country and with temperatures regularly topping 40°C are to be avoided unless you like it really hot!
July onwards the monsoons start and the next three months are the wettest.
Don’t forget that you have to leave the Koh Nang Island by 5pm.
Head up to the Koh Nang Yuan viewpoint as soon as you arrive on the island, to avoid the crowds and midday heat.
What To Pack
What To Expect On Koh Nang Yuan Island
Koh Nang Yuan Island, apart from diving, has become one of the main reasons tourists flock to Koh Tao every year.
Many people choose to get the early taxi boats from Sairee Beach and spend the whole day lapping up the sun in paradise.
The Island opens its gates at 10am but the taxi boats are transferring people over from 9:00.
You will have to let your boat taxi know what time you want to head back to Koh Tao so they can arrange the pick up for you.
Koh Nang Yuan Island closes at 5pm leaving the guests of the islands resort with the privacy of sunset all to themselves.
The island does not promote plastic so upon entrance you will have to leave your plastic bottles at the gate.
You also cannot take swimming/wet shoes onto the island as they don’t want damage doing to the underwater world.
Throughout the day it does get busy along the beach although that doesn’t impact the beautiful scenery of the island.
Swimming On Koh Nang Yuan Island
There are a few separate swimming areas on the island.
One is more for snorkelling where you can find a Japanese Garden and many tropical fish. The others are where people tend to just chill out and relax.
Apart from that, take a day of rest and enjoy one of the best islands in Thailand.
As soon as we arrived on Koh Nang Yuan, the first thing we had to do was hike to the top of the incredibly famous Koh Nang Yuan viewpoint.
It takes around 15 minutes to get to the top and we recommend hitting it as early as possible to avoid the crowds.
It’s always the first place people seem to head when they arrive as it’s one of the most famous viewpoints in Koh Tao.
Take water, as it can get super, super sweaty!
Also please be careful on the way down. The small area at the top got pretty overcrowded as we were leaving but the views are wild so definitely don’t miss it!
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