Koh Yao Noi and Koh Yao Yai are a pair of large islands in the middle of Phang Nga Bay, equidistant to Phuket and Krabi. While you'll find several luxury resorts and tourist facilities on Koh Yao Noi, the islands remain a quiet refuge that feels far removed from the crowds of Phuket. Some of the best things you can do on the Koh Yao Islands include kayaking, hiking, snorkelling, and swimming.
Internet service, restaurants and shops can be found on Koh Yao Noi. If you plan to stay over, remember to withdraw some cash before hopping on a boat to the island. The islanders are keen to preserve their traditional ways, so it's important to respect the local culture by dressing modestly and refraining from drinking alcohol in public areas.
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How to get to Koh Yao Islands
Longtail boat and ferries make daily trips to the Koh Yao Islands from Bang Rong Pier, located on the east coast of Phuket. A taxi from Phuket International Airport will take you to the pier within 25 minutes.
To get to the pier, take route 4027 east of the Heroines' Monument, turn right at the sign for Bang Rong (or Bangrong), and follow along for a few km.
The ferry fare starts from 50 baht, with daily departures from Phuket at 9.30am, noon and 5pm (weather permitting). It takes around 1 hour for a 1-way journey –the boat will make a short stop on Koh Yao Yai, before crossing to Koh Yao Noi, which is around 8 minutes away. You can hire longtail boats at Ao Po Pier to get to the Koh Yao Islands.
What to do on Koh Yao Islands
While driving around Koh Yao Noi, you will discover a rather quiet place that has changed very little, aside from a few more motorbikes, resorts, and convenience stores.
Wooden houses along the roads, buffalos taking mudbaths in rice paddies, shaded roads passing through rubber plantations, and mangroves are just a few of the natural charms of this simple island.
A mostly paved concrete road circles the island of Koh Yao Noi, making it fairly easy for driving. The beaches are mainly on the east coast, while the west coast has miles of rice fields and mangroves.
There are a few restaurants and bars along the coastline, A small village near the pier, where you'll find small local shops and government buildings such as a school, hospital, police station, and post offices.
If you want to get around Koh Yao Noi, motorbikes and tuk-tuks are available for hire.
Some shops have sea kayaks for rent, but most hotels and bungalows offer these (usually for free). You can also arrange for day trips to Koh Hong, located on the Krabi coastline.
Where to stay in Koh Yao
Koyao Island Resort
The Koyao Island Resort is a four star resort located on the island of Koh Yao Noi to the east of Phuket, and about 35 km from Phuket International Airport.It features a private beach, an outdoor pool, a garden, the Kayao bar and the Koyao and Big Tree Terrace Restaurants, bicycle rentals, laundry and dry cleaning services, room service, a business centre, concierge, tours, massage services at the Koyao Spa, in room safety deposit boxes and free wifi internet access in public areas.Another dining option is a private dinner on the small island of Koh Nok, a 15 minute boat ride away.The Koyao Island Resort offers a variety of activities, including swimming, snorkelling, badminton, volleyball, mountain biking, kayaking, yoga, and batik painting. Read More...
Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa
Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort and Spa describes itself as an eco luxury beach resort.Located on the west coast of the unspoiled Koh Yao Yai, a rather large island situated at the mouth of the world-famous Phang Nga Bay between Phuket and Krabi, Santhiya is a stylish resort offering its guests a relaxing stay far away from the vicissitude of our modern world.Koh Yao Yai is the perfect place to get a revitalising rest.The island is still an undeveloped natural haven only inhabited by a few fishermen and farmers.The beachfront resort hosts 90 rooms and villas categorised in five types included Royal Grand Pool Villa Suite (256sqm), Ocean View Pool Villa Suite (150sqm), Supreme Deluxe Sea View (60sqm), Supreme Deluxe Garden View (60sqm), and Grand Deluxe Ocean View (72sqm). Read More...
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Thiw Son Beach Resort
With a stay at Thiw Son Beach Resort in Ko Yao, you'll be on the beach, and 3.5 mi (5.7 km) from Klong Hia Pier and 8.3 mi (13.3 km) from Phang Nga Bay.Featured amenities include luggage storage, laundry facilities, and a safe deposit box at the front desk.Free self parking is available onsite. Read More...
Koh Yao Islands
- Location: Phang-nga Bay, Thailand