Koh Nang Yuan is one of the most impressive beaches in Thailand. That is high praise considering how many stunning beaches Thailand has. Nang Yuan is located just off the coast of Koh Tao in the Gulf of Thailand. This post will look at why Nang Yuan is so beautiful and what it has to offer.
Nang Yuan is actually a slight misnomer because it is not one island but three. They are small granite rock islands covered in trees and vegetation that are connected by a sandbank about 50 meters long. When the tide is out two double sided beaches are formed. Pictures of Nang Yuan show an iconic scene of islands joined by white swirling beaches set in an emerald sea.
The feeling of being on Nang Yuan is immense – being surrounded by water, sand and sun. Everything on the same horizon distorts perception. From a distance (at the right time of day) it often looks like people are walking on water as they stroll the beaches of Nang Yuan. The feeling is similar when you visit salt plains like those found at Uyuni in Bolivia. In short, you feel great being on the beach and swimming in the water.
When you get in the water you are soon confronted with marine life in very clear water. You can snorkel and see lots of fish including angel fish and butterfly fish. Farther out it is possible to see eagle rays. You can spend a lot of time just exploring the water.
Only one island is inhabited on Nang Yuan because it has National Park status. Nang Yuan Dive Resort has a restaurant on the beach and bungalows on the rocks. The accommodation at Nang Yuan resort is mid-range in terms of amenities but it is high end when it comes to the view and the setting. Prices at Nang Yuan Dive Resort start at about $50 a night.
If you go to the south of Thailand you will kick yourself if you don’t go to Nang Yuan.