Are there any non-Touristy yet Beautiful Island nearby Phuket?

Can anyone help advise if there is any non-touristy yet beautiful island to visit that is within a two-hour boat ride of Phuket? I am looking for something relatively secluded if that is at all possible. I went to Ko Phi Phi last year and it was a horrible disappointment. Also, I already went to Koh Lanta and was disappointed. I am hoping to find a place that is not covered over with garbage if possible.

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    Koh Lipe is beautiful. That is where my boyfriend wants us to go. He lives in Laos and I live in Bangkok so we were going to meet in Phuket. But it looks like Koh Lipe would be a very long boat ride from Phuket. I have been to Samui before and remember it being about 3 hours.

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      Thank you. It is definitely on my list, but this trip is for two people meeting in Phuket with limited time so I think I might should wait until my next trip alone. How long did you spend there?

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        Planned on 4 days stayed around 8/10 days.

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          How long is the boat Phuket to Koh Lipe?

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            From Phuket, it’ll take around 6 to 7 hours to get to Lipe because of boat time and boat transfer waiting time.

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    Koh Yao Yai – 1-hour slow boat ferry from Phuket – very undeveloped, mostly Muslim fishing villages and a few small resorts. It’s just exactly what you’re looking for. If you go to Yai, make sure to pop by Jikgo restaurant (the waiter/waitress is lovely, food also, of course) and on Noi try Kaya restaurant, their massaman curry is the best! You can also do a boat trip in Phang Nga Bay (many small islands) and visit Brekkie for a green cafe)… we stayed at Pasai beach lodge( basic and lovely)!

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    Koh Phayam – northern part of Ao Yai, for stunning sunsets although it is not nearby Phuket. Go north along the coast till you get to the Myanmar border, two islands below. About 5 hours bus and boat. After you can fly or take night bus Ranong to Bankok.

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      Yeah okay, this might be a good trip from Bangkok in the future, but does not look like a good idea for this trip. I settled on Koh Yao and we will take some day trips from there on a longtail boat and explore on a motorbike as well.

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    Koh Yao Yai… easy access from Phuket airport. Still untouched by tourists and have all the famous islands nearby like Krabi etc.

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      Can we rent motorbikes on Koh Yao Yai or if it is possible to take them on a ferry to Koh Jum?

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        Doubtful. You can take motorbikes from Phuket to the Koh Yao islands, but I doubt Koh Jum… maybe someone else here has had a different experience. But when I went to Koh Jum, we took a smaller speed boat to the island from Phi Phi. When we left, we took a long tail boat out to sea, and got picked up by a larger ferry. Getting a motorbike back and forth to Koh Jum might be a little tricky, but the Koh Yai islands are easy.

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    Koh Jum is beautiful and VERY quiet. We were practically the only foreigners there when I went in March of last year. We took motorbikes around the entire island and saw one other foreign couple way on the other end. With this being rainy season though, I’m not sure how much transportation is going to and from.

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      Does it have any nice sandy beaches or is it rocky?

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        We were on beautiful sandy beaches with little clusters of rock formations.. big enough that they were visible and protruding from the water, easy to avoid! The sand was beautiful and the water was good for swimming. Again, this time of year water might be more choppy but it was gorgeous around March. I think we stayed at a place called Jungle Hill Bungalow. Really lovely. No electricity after 9 pm or something tho… pretty typical of the entire island.

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          Ok, thank you. I just finished booking our flights to and from Phuket so now I will study about the island choices. I have it narrowed down to Koh Jum & both of Koh Yao.

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            I love both Koh Yao islands. The scenery on Koh Yao Noi is insane! Word of advice, don’t stay at Koh Yao Noi Paradise Resort (something like that)… it’s very secluded and they only have 1 boat and no road so they make it really difficult to leave if you want to actually SEE the island.

            Also, I dunno how much time you have, but take a look at a map. Given the location, all 3 islands are totally do-able. 🙂 Just left Phuket a few months ago, lived there for about a year. Have Fun!

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              Great, thank you! I am trying to find ferry schedules now. I have a friend who is in the tourism business and he is trying to find a private boat so we can go all the way around both islands and just kind of stop whenever we feel like it but I am not sure if he will be successful. I now need to decide if we want to have the same base the whole time or move from one place to another.

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                Hmm… the Koh Yao islands might be your best bet then. Koh Jum is a bit of a distance from those two. You can take your motorbike to Koh Yao islands from the Bang Rong Pier in Phuket. It’s farther north and it’s the pier the locals use. It’s not a big busy touristy pier. But the rides are super cheap and I feel like they’re every couple hours, maybe? I forget the schedules now… but those islands are only about an hour from Phuket whereas Koh Jum might be more like 4 hours? Maybe a bit more? And both Koh Yao islands are close to one another so you could check out both in 5 days or so without having to rush too terribly.

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