Ko Yao Yai

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MikefromTas
Hobart, Australia185 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Wow. Have been heading off to quiet bits of Phuket for years and am generally a fan of islands. The quiet bits of Phuket are getting very hard to find so we opted for a few days on Ko Yao Yai and what an utter joy to find real rural tranquility and wonderful road side eateries.
Be warned, beer can be hard to find but great food, simplicity and tranquility are in abundance.
Oh and we took two separate high speed boat transfers between Ban Rong and the island. Both high speed. Both 300 Baht per person but one without a life jacket in sight.
Will post some more reviews when I get home to my island! Bye for now.
Written February 26, 2020
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chocdikrab
Frankfurt, Germany3,455 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Couples
we stayed one week on koh yao noi and no minute was boring. we were located on a beautuful resort called pasai cottage on the pasai beach area and very happy, because there are also some shops, restaurants and travel agencies, which are not so easy to find on other beaches.
the nicest beaches on the island we found in the north on the eastcoast of koh yoa noi. two of them are in dryseason aesy reachable with the motorcicle...to reach the other small sandy bays in the upper northpart of the island a longtailboat is neccesary. there are a few of them, but the most interessting beach is the kian bay. from there the legendary big tree is reachable during 5 minutes. at the moment there is a small wooden trail to the tree, baut there is also a big contructionarea for a big wooden restaurant with big terrace, souveniershop etc., because the big tree became a main atraction in a lot of daytrips which are offered on phuket or ao nang. it is neccesary to visit bigtree now...in twoi years this mystic place is overflooded by tourists. the beaches on the northwest coast are also sandy and very nice and offer a spectacular sunsetview to the mountains of the phang nga bay. around the island there are three interesting small islands all of them totally unfrequentated from tourists. the first one...koh nok is in the southeast of koh yao noi and very close to the main island. perfect in the afternoon because of the sunset...a small sandy beach combinated with a green tropical mountain. perfect is a half day trip. from pasai beach reachable in 10 minutes with the longtailboat. the both other islands are in the northpart of the island. the daytrip to koh roi and koh kudu is bookable in the travel agencies on pasai beach and we can recomment tis tour very much. koh roi has two beautiful lonely beaches and a hidden lagoon which is reachable thru a short cave. inside there is a endemic vegetation and thousands of flying dogs hang sleeping on the trees till sunset. the quiet and some degrees cooler atmosphere inside the lagoon invites to stay a little bit longer. the second beach on koh roi is reachable thru hipdeep water and also very beautiful. to explore the whole area of koh roi maybe 2 hours are nessecary. not far away from koh roi there is the third island named kudu island. this island is like koh roi a hidden pearl and absolutely not frequentated. the island has only one beach but it is realy spectacular. the halfmoon bay is a mixture between bond island and maya bay and we never had a such a special place for us alone before. the daytrip to the north islands of koh yao noi we can recomment very much.
koh yoa noi generelly is a beautiful island with a few small villages. all together maybe 2000 persons live permanently on the island the mayority of the population is muslim, but very easy going. the landscape changes between mangroves in the southwestarea to big ricefields in the center to untouched djungle in the northpart and on the tops of the mountains. we enjoyed our week on koh yao noi very much and we can recomment for travellers who search authentic thai living, natural beaches and untouched nature. the prices on the island are more than acceptable...atm is available in the villages.
Written December 29, 2013
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Pauline J
Bangkok, Thailand490 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Family
we have been to Koh Yao island twice. first time in Koh Yao Noi in 2011 and second time in October 2012, first to Koh Yao Yai island which we dislike very much and its rained too much while when we arrived then we decide to moved immediately to Koh Yao Noi where we belonged. we were family of four and one child. we enjoyed very much in Koh Yao Noi เกาะยาวน้อย. there were so many things to do and explore. we had two day boat trip in the islands and caves. it was prepurchased trip of the homestay organization and the people of koh yao were so friendly and very helpful during our stay (7days). Being in koh yao noi to us was like going back to our very own tree house on the ocean. so much freedom and fun.

best thing about koh yao noi: no tourists, no canvas beach chairs only personal hammocks.
best food in koh yao noi: any island roti is highly recommend, fried chick with sticky rice and southern food from the local people.
best buy: hire boat trips from the homestay organization.
Written November 6, 2012
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Delsitravels
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Couples
We visited Koh Yao Yai and loved it - however it depends what you are after. We wanted to get away from the tourist shops, restaurants, noisy beaches and crazy busy roads of some of the krabi and phuket area. It is quiet, very relaxing, beautiful nature and a great insight into rural island village life. The people here are simple and friendly. Do not expect great english, respect their customs and a smile gets you a long way beyond any language barriers.
Written May 1, 2014
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Gareth D
Reading, UK43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Couples
Amazing untouched islands where Thailand still exists as it would have 20 years ago. If you want authenticate Thailand Experience visit here.
Written July 18, 2013
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Asia K
Leiderdorp, The Netherlands23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013
Unspoild by tourism, friendly, authentic, relaxed, beautiful. All you might need is there though. Prices are higher then other islands we visited (Koh Chang) but worth every penny.
Written September 3, 2013
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TiTree Ren
Adelaide, Australia14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2012 • Couples
After the hustle and bustle of the Thai tourist trail, Koh Yao Yai (the southern of the two islands) was a tranquil paradise. No pushy vendors, few tourists, incredible views, and a special opportunity to see how local Thai people live. We recommend hiring a motor bike to get a good look at the countryside - one of the few places we felt safe doing this!
Our only regret was that we only had one night there. Let's hope this island paradise escapes the temptation of big tourism and stays as charming as it is.
Well worth the boat trip from Phang Nga (leaves at 1pm daily from Than Dan Pier) to Koh Yao Noi, then a tuk tuk to another pier and long-tail to Koh Yao Yai. The locals are extremely friendly and will do their best to get you to your destination. There are more regular boats to and from Phuket.
Written April 16, 2012
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Anne R
Bucca6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2010 • Couples
My husband and I stayed on Kao Yao for 10 days, it was the most delightfully peaceful place to stay, we has a villa at the Paradise Kao Yao, we will be back this year to stay at the Kao Yao Island Village Resort for a change. The locals were wonderful, helpful and polite, the resort was spotless, the dining was first class and the daily outings on the longtail boats was great fun. We became quite friendly with the boatmen and were taken to some wonderful kayaking and snorkelling spots. We learnt to speak a few social words of Thai which clearly made the families working at the resort happy, we are farmers from Australia and were keen to see how the Thai people on the islands made a living. We would reccomend this island group to anyone who doesnt have to have a busy nightlife to have fun, fantastic for a honeymoon, a couple or a family. 10 out of 10!
Written October 12, 2011
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Vinu Nair
Oman647 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Family
Good boat trip from Phuket, in rainy season it could be a real bumpy one with sea sickness a possibility. Take a tablet before the ride and this should keep you settled. Your tour operator provides this free of cost. The island is mesmerizing and beautiful. As any beach location or Island expect crowds. The white sandy beaches are fairly well kept. Let down are the washrooms😁 they are bit untidy. I am sure the Thai tourism would put this to place.
Written July 19, 2016
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mynewlifeistravel
Gold Coast2,094 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Couples
This was part of a stop on our full day tour. Words cannot describe how good the views are while on the boats, the people are extremely friendly and the beach is so nice.
Written May 31, 2014
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