Koh Yai Noi is home to a strong Muslim community which strictly controls tourism on the island. This is a definite pro for the visitors who are travelling to Koh Yao Noi for a peaceful and serene beach retreat rather than a crazy nightlife (for that kind of entertainment, head to Phuket or Koh Samui). You can still find several chilled out bars in Koh Yao Noi serving a wide selection of beers, wines, cocktails and other spirits for tourists. Check out our picks for the five bars in Koh Yao Noi you really shouldn’t miss.
1. Para Bar
Unusual and eye-catching, the ship-shaped Para Bar features a stylish design, stunning views and gorgeous signature cocktails. The venue’s unique appearance paired together with stellar service and delicious food draw in crowds night after after.
2. Hook Restaurant and Bar
Nestled under a traditional thatched roof and featuring a modern wooden decor, Hook Restaurant and Bar is an idyllic getaway where you can take in a mesmerising sunset, savour great cocktails and delicious appetisers and while away a laid-back evening in paradise.
3. Charlie Bar
Opt for one of the low tables placed right on the beach, grab an ice cold beer and soak in the serenity and cool atmosphere provided by Charlie Bar. Simple and unpretentious, this beachfront venue is a great hangout featuring an unbeatable beachfront position, affordable prices and fantastic cocktails.
4. Baan Chang Restaurant and Bar
Set in front of the beach, Baan Chang Restaurant and Bar exudes chilled out vibes and provides scenic views of the mysterious islands towering at a distance. Serving inexpensive cocktails, cold beers and amazing local snacks, Baan Chang is an great casual hangout for swapping stories with your fellow travellers, people watching and indulging in some stunning sunset views.
5. Sabai Corner Restaurant
Sabai Corner Restaurant is a tiny local restaurant nestled right on the water’s edge, featuring a few wooden tables, hammocks and thatched roof cabanas for those looking for a more intimate setting. The restaurant offers an attractive cocktail menu and a wide selection of Thai and Western dishes once you start feeling hungry.