Nang Yuan island is located on the north western tip of Ko Tao.  It consists of three  tiny little islands connected by sand bars and is promoted to be one of the most beautiful islands in the world….

and I can see why…

The main island is covered with deep green trees with rocks protruding which look like they have fallen from the heavens.  The water crystal clear with colours of light blue rolling into turquoise and deep blue rolling up onto the beautiful white sandy beach

If you’re headed to Koh Tao for a vacation or just a quick stop off from Ko Phang Yang or Ko Samui then I would definitely check it out.


The island is only open from 10-5pm

You can take the ferry from the pier in Mae Head which runs twice daily or you can catch a return taxi boat for 800 baht.  I takes about 10 minutes from Mae Head.

Admission fee to Nang Yuan island is 100 baht


You are not allowed to take any plastics onto Nang Yuan, your bag will be searched when you dock. 

You cannot sit on your towel as fibers go into the sea but people do it anyway.  Also smoking should be refrain to the smoking area in the restaurant.

Do not take coral from the beach

Do not smoke or littler – but I found there was limited if not, no bins to be seen.


A part from lazing on the beach and appreciating the beautiful view on Nang Yuan  island you can snorkel at Japanese Gardens.  I strongly recommend getting renting a snorkel mask (if you don’t have your own), you can pick them up in the restaurant for 100 baht.

Another  activity you can do is take an easy walk up to the Ko Nang Yuan viewpoint.  There is a path the entire way and the round trip takes about 30 minutes. 


Nang Yuan island is super popular with tourists and there tends to be a large drop off at around 1pm. 

I would get there early to get a chair (which you have to pay for). If you don’t mind sitting on the beach then I would get there later and stay till close.  The tourists leave at 3pm and the beach quietens down a lot.

Nuan Yuan island is in perfect positioning for the sunset and as the tourists have to be off the rock by 5pm you would have the romantic sunsets pretty much to yourselves.

If you have time whilst on your holiday, I would suggest checking out the resort on the island and staying for a couple of nights. 

You can check the resort out here;

However, if you don’t have time or the budget for an overnight stay then get over there for a day trip, it should not be missed.

I hope you like this post.  If you’re planning  to go or have been already and have any questions or thoughts then let me know.



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