How to get to Paradise

*Please note that resort transfers can be booked along with your room when you book directly with us online*

Our island of Koh Yao Noi is only accessible by boat but can be easily reach from Phuket or Krabi. Booking our shared scheduled transfer and we will have a representative greet you at the airport for a short drive to either Yacht Haven Marina in Phuket or Talen Pier in Krabi. From there our private speedboats will shuttle you across Phang Nga Bay and its stunning limestone cliff islands to the pier directly at the resort!

YHM (Phuket) to
Resort
Resort to
YHM* (Phuket)
Thalen Pier (Krabi) to
Resort
Resort to
Thalen Pier (Krabi)
9.30 am
11.00 am
2.00 pm
1.30 pm
1.00 pm
2.00 pm
3.00 pm
4.30 pm

*YHM – Yacht Haven Marina

SOME CONSIDERATIONS

In the interest of the safety for our guests and staff, boat trips will not operate at night. The operating hours for our speedboat transfers are from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Due to these restrictions, our pick-ups by limousine and minibus from the Airport/Hotel operate between 6:00am and 4:00pm. Please note: if your flight arrival time is after 4:00pm, we suggest you book accommodation in Phuket or Krabi. We can pick you up directly from the hotel/resort you stayed at the following day.

 

*Immigrations and baggage collection may take 1 hour at the international airports.

 

Weather also plays a large factor in the safety of the speedboat operation. The final decision to run the transfer is with our responsible captains in charge. It is rare that bad weather sets in for long periods of time. In the event that poor weather prevents the transfer to the resort, Paradise KohYao can help arrange accommodation with hotels of similar standards in Phuket/Krabi.

Resort Transfers from Phuket

We will have a representative greet you at the exit of Phuket International Airport (HKT) to bring you to your transfer to Yacht Haven Marina by private vehicle and then by our private speedboat to the resort. The car ride is takes roughly 15 minutes and speedboat transfer is 55 minutes long.

 

Joining the shared scheduled land and water resort transfer to and from the resort is THB 1500 per guest per trip.

 

 

Joining only the scheduled boat from Yacht Haven Marina is THB 1000

 

 

The fast-track private land and water resort transfer with VIP treatment, will have a waiting speedboat for you upon your arrival from the transfer from the airport and is THB 3600 per guest per trip.

 

Resort Transfers from Krabi

We will have a representative greet you at the exit of Krabi Airport (KVB) to bring you to your transfer to Talen Pier by private vehicle. From the pier our private speedboat with bring you directly to the pier to the resort. The car ride is takes roughly 40 minutes and speedboat transfer is 35 minutes long.


Joining the shared scheduled land and water resort transfer to and from the resort is THB 1500 per guest per trip.


Joining only the scheduled boat from Yacht Haven Marina is THB 1000 per guest per trip


The fast-track private land and water resort transfer with VIP treatment, will have a waiting speedboat for you upon your arrival from the transfer from the airport and is THB 3600 per guest per trip.

Transportation
to Koh Yao Noi

  • Resort Scheduled Transfers
  • Resort Private Transfers
  • Public Transport

*Please note that transfers can be booked when you book direct online.

Guests looking to join the scheduled transfers can be picked up/dropped-off at the international airport or any hotel in Phuket or in mainland Krabi. You will be shuttled to the local pier/marina by taxi, where our scheduled speedboats depart from. From there, our staff will take you aboard our speedboats and whisk you directly to the pier in front of the resort.

Pricing for Scheduled Transfer

The resort will not operate its boats if there is the slightest safety concern or in case of strong winds or uncertain sea conditions. The resort can arrange for accommodation with a hotel of similar standards in Phuket/Krabi if transfer cancellation occurs.

From Phuket Airport :

From Krabi Airport :

Pick-up/Drop-off from Price per trip
Phuket International Airport/Hotel in Phuket
1500 Baht per guest
Yacht Haven Marina (Phuket)
1000 Baht per guest
Krabi International Airport/Hotel in Krabi
1500 Baht per guest
Thalen Pier (Krabi)
1000 Baht per guest
Khao Lak
2500 Baht per guest

Scheduled Speedboats Times

Paradise Koh Yao to
Yacht Haven Marian (Phuket)
Yacht Haven Marina (Phuket) to
Paradise Koh Yao
Thalen Pier (Krabi) to
Paradise Koh Yao
Paradise Koh Yao to
Thalen Pier (Krabi)
9.30 am
11.00 am
2.00 pm
1.30 pm
1.00 pm
2.00 pm
3.00 pm
4.30 pm

Want a fast-track option with VIP treatment? Greeted at the airport by a Paradise KohYao host, you will be transferred to the marina by a private vehicle. The awaiting speedboat will then immediately leave upon your arrival bringing you directly to the resort’s pier. Additional guests may join your speedboat if scheduled at similar times.

Pick-up/Drop-off from Price per trip
Phuket International Airport/Hotel in Phuket
3600 Baht per guest
Yacht Haven Marina (Phuket)
3100 Baht per guest
Krabi International Airport/Hotel in Krabi
3600 Baht per guest
Thalen Pier (Krabi)
3100 Baht per guest
Khao Lak
4600 Baht per guest

Paradise Koh Yao is accessible by a series of taxis and public ferries. Scheduled ferries run frequently from Phuket and Krabi to two terminals on Koh Yao Noi. From these terminals, a negotiated price with a local SUV Taxi can then take you the last leg of the trip to the resort in the north of the island. Alternatively, local longtail boats can be hired to transport you directly to the pier at the resort.
Local Taxi and longtail boats provide an interesting way to get around the island, Koh Yao Noi, and help support the local community but these local routes are not for everyone. Ferries can tend to be overcrowded and may not be up to some travellers’ expected comfort levels. The roads on Koh Yao Noi can vary from paved to unmaintained jungle trails.

FROM PHUKET

If travelling from Phuket:

  • Take a taxi from the airport/hotel to Bang Rong Pier (East Coast Pier)
  • Scheduled longtail boats and speed boats can bring you from Bang Rong Pier to Manoh Pier on Koh Yao Noi’s south coast (Longtails are 120 Baht per person/Speedboats are 200 Baht per person)
  • From Manoh Pier take a local SUV Taxi through the jungle road to Paradise Koh Yao (Estimated starting price 800 Baht per car)

Alternatively, the local longtail boats can be negotiated to bring you direct to the pier at Paradise Koh Yao from either Ferry terminal on Phuket or Koh Yao Noi.

FROM KRABI

If travelling from Krabi: 

  • Take a taxi from the airport/hotel to Tha Lane (Thalen) Pier Krabi
  • Scheduled longtail boats and speed boats can bring you from Tha Lane (Thalen) to Tha Khao Pier on Koh Yao Noi’s east coast (Longtails are 120 Baht per person/Speedboats are 200 Baht per person)
  • From Tha Khao take a local SUV Taxi through the jungle road to Paradise Koh Yao (Estimated starting price 800 Baht per car)

Alternatively, the local longtail boats can be negotiated to bring you direct to the pier at Paradise Koh Yao from either Ferry terminal on Krabi or Koh Yao Noi.

A Hidden Corner of Paradise

Accessible only by boat, the small rustic island getaway of Koh Yao Noi, the “Little Long Island”, is in Phang Nga Bay in Southern Thailand. The smaller of the two Koh Yao islands, Koh Yao Noi can be found between the popular destination of Phuket to the west and Krabi mainland on the east. The 60-minute speedboat ride makes Koh Yao Noi easily accessible from Phuket but keeps the busy crowds away from the tranquil landscape on the small peaceful island. Koh Yao Noi remains one of the last large islands in Thailand that remains largely untouched by mass tourism, paired with the fact that large portions of the island are dedicated national parkland, makes it the perfect destination for those truly looking to slow down, soak in the pristine and beautiful nature of Phang Nga or escape for a private romantic getaway.


Paradise Koh Yao is located in the remote northern tip of the island. A small winding road through the national parkland connects the resort to the more populated area center and southern areas of the island, but the easiest method for reaching the resort is by boat. The resort does provide transfers to and from Phuket and Krabi or for the more travel savvy and adventurous, guests can organize their own transportation to the resort through taxis and ferries. In an effort to keep economic benefits localized the resort does not organize pick-ups from the Koh Yao Noi’s local ferry terminal and would recommend using one of the 4×4 SUV taxis found close by to bring you that last step to the resort.

Get to know your destination

• • Nearby attractions • •

Phang Nga Bay is a geological wonder. With the iconic limestone rising out of the water, these surroundings never fail to spark the imagination. Becoming the iconic backdrop to famous movies like ‘The Beach’, ‘James Bond’, and even Star Wars. Even local legend speaks tales a Naga (sea dragon) the splitting Koh Yao in two.

Ao Phang-nga National Park

Islands with sheer limestone cliffs, hidden lagoons, vast mangrove river deltas, Phang Nga Bay has so many secret gems of beautiful nature to discover.
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Grandfather Tree

This nearly 100m tall tree right at the northern point of Koh Yao takes almost 20 people to surround the base and maybe almost 300 years old.
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James Bond Island

Phang Nga has seen the spotlight in many Hollywood blockbuster movies like Avatar and Star Wars, but none more iconic than the evil villain's secret lair in James Bond: Man with the Golden Gun.
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Laem Had Beach

Laem Had Beach has a stunning sand bank that stretches out hundreds of meters like a dragons back and is locally know as "Koh Yao's Maldives"
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About Koh Yao

The island of Koh Yao Noi is still largely unspoiled and untouched. The is covered in lush tropical foliage. The island is situated in the middle of Phang Nga Bay, between Phuket and the mainland of Krabi. Phang Nga Bay is known for its’ unique limestone formations and pristine beaches and was most famously captured in the James Bond film – “The Man with the Golden Gun” and “The Beach” with Leonardo Di Caprio.

 

 

The island is the smaller of the two Koh Yao islands (the other being Koh Yao Yai). Koh Yao Noi is peaceful, quiet, and tranquil; the perfect place to get away from the crowds of the more well-known tourist hubs of Phuket and Ao Nang, Krabi.

Local Community

The 3,500 or so inhabitants of Koh Yao Noi, are thought to be recent migrants from the Malay Peninsula (Satun, Trang). The most recent migrations (17th-18th century) from Satun and Trang to Koh Yao Yai and Koh Yao Noi is attested to by the fact that the dialect spoken on the island still bears obvious Malaysian lexical traces, particularly regarding toponyms and vernacular names of the flora species. The main industries on the island are fishing and rubber planting. A little rice farming and some fruit, palm and coconut plantations are also abundant on the island. Boat building and farming techniques here have been passed on from father to son for generations, and while some of the youngsters leave Koh Yao to seek the bright lights of Phuket, most return to their tight-knit community.

Culture

There are no nightclubs, beer bars or other forms of ‘night’ entertainment. These things tourists can find elsewhere in abundance. Koh Yao Noi’s community objectives are to preserve the lifestyle of the local fishermen, help visitors understand the history of the local people through authentic and mutually respectful cultural exchange, preserve the local environment and of course provide the local people with an alternate source of income. Paradise Koh Yao has a variety of excursions to take you right into the heart of island life, or you may even choose the more adventurous options of hiking or mountain biking from the resort. Fully experiencing the island of Koh Yao Noi is about combining nature, local lifestyle, and fresh seafood. You may even like to participate in local lifestyle activities such as fishing, or even working in the rice fields.

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