5Koh Yao Noi, a small paradise, far away from mass tourism, circumnavigated in a few hours and a five minute boat trip from its big sister island Koh Yao Yai, which is even more unknown than its little sister.
Koh Yao Noi means “small long island” and its 50 square kilometres are covered by mangroves, palm trees and rainforest. It lies together with its neighbour island Koh Yao Yai in the middle of the Andaman Sea, picturesquely framed by the fantastic limestone rocky landscape of Phang-Nga Bay between Phuket and Krabi.
One has explored the island quickly and it forces one – apart from some excursions – to rest and simply to relax. Soon you realize that you have seen everything the island has to offer and that you can concentrate on what you came for: holiday or honeymoon.
But the island is also a dream place for a beach wedding in Thailand and so we started looking for the perfect locations and quickly found the Cape Kudu. Recently opened, the 5-star boutique hotel not only invites you to say yes, but also to a wonderful honeymoon afterwards.
Hardly any other place has such a fantastic view of the rock face of the bay and such an overwhelming sunset.
In the morning you are greeted with a fresh breakfast buffet that leaves nothing to be desired. From the pancake station, to fresh fruit and smoothies, to a wide selection of pastries and hot dishes.
There is no stress here and you also won’t feel it, nevertheless the staff is very attentive, fast and friendly. After an extensive breakfast you can relax at the pool or at the white sandy beach. At lunchtime you can visit Café Kantary, one of the most popular places on the island, try the famous ice cream and enjoy a great coffee.
In the afternoon you can relax with a cocktail or a visit to a spa and enjoy the sunset.
In the evening you can dine at the hotel itself or visit one of the restaurants within walking distance. The choice is not easy, because the food and the hospitality can be felt everywhere. There is hardly a place that offers so much peace and silence and invites you to relax, but also offers possibilities for excursions.
The interior of the island is covered with dense rainforest, which offers all kinds of possibilities especially for nature lovers. Trekking tours are a popular activity or you can rent a bike or a moped and explore the island. The roads are not necessarily in the best condition, but it is fun to cycle on the partly humpbacked paths or to explore the lonely streets with the moped.
On Koh Yao Noi there is a diving school where you can take PADI courses as well as day diving trips. Around the islands there are some very interesting coral reefs which are suitable for both diving and snorkeling.
Cooking courses are also offered all over the island and at the hotel itself you can take part in trips or courses every day that are neither overcrowded nor overpriced.
The peaceful and natural Koh Yao Noi is an insider tip for private beach weddings and the newly opened Cape Kudu Hotel is a real jewel. Nothing stands here in the way of your private beach wedding.
A colourful mixture of species-rich jungle, coconut and rubber plantations as well as white beaches and magical sunsets make this place so fascinating. A wedding at the Cape Kudu Hotel guarantees an impressive scenery through the landscape of the bay of Phang Nga.
The best travel time for Koh Yao Noi:
As usual in the Andaman Sea, the main season on Koh Yao Noi lasts from the end of November into April. With pleasantly warm but not too hot 28 degrees on average and hardly a little cloud in the sky, it is particularly good to bear on the island. The sea is also nicely warm and reaches almost the same temperatures as the air. There, a hotel pool is a good cooling.
In the evening it cools down pleasantly and makes sleeping with open windows or doors all the more pleasant.
If you want to say yes in Thailand, then you need the following things:
- Certified copies of passports (each page sufficient)
- International certificate of marriageability (may not be older than 6 months on the wedding day)
More information about weddings in Thailand can be found in our Blogpost!