We stayed here for 4 nights in May with great weather and only one very short thunderstorm (May starts the "low season".) We ended up in the air-con. bungalow (free upgrade) as these are located farther away from the construction taking place on the north end of the property. The fan only bungalows are closest to the construction (a high-end resort from Koh Phangnga). This place has about 20 bungalows in all, run by Han, a very nice man. The interior of the air-con. bungalow was well-appointed, comfortable, newish, clean, with refrig. and electric hot water heater for tea/coffee. The bathroom was nice, but no hot water for shower. Frankly, you don't need hot water, and we did not mind at all. There was space on the floor for an extra mattress which we needed traveling with 2 small children. The beach itself is about 700 meters long, with the water at high tide about 2-3 meters from the property cement wall. Low tide gives you about 10 meters more beach. Other reviews give you the impression there is "nothing else" on this island which is not true. There are 9,000 local people living on Koh Yao Yai, in 7 villages, mostly fishermen and rubber plantation workers. While we found the room and location excellent (for this price range), we found the food just o.k. to bad. However, there are at least 3 other restaurants/shops right in the connecting village to eat at, so you are not "stuck" eating here if you do not want to. This island has a very nice feel to it - a world apart from Phuket or Railay Beach in Krabi. This island is mostly local people who are very friendly. We rented a long tail boat for the day from a local man from the village for 1500 baht (round trip) to go to Koh Khai, about a 30-min. boat ride away. All in all, we had a good experience, liked the room, loved the beach and this island, but would recommend eating elsewhere for at least some of your meals.
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- Also Known As:
- Yao Yai Hotel Phang Nga