Koh Yao Noi and Koh Yao Yai are a pair of large islands in the middle of Phang Nga Bay, equidistant to Phuket and the Krabi mainland. While the pace of development is accelerating on Koh Yao Noi in particular, the islands remain a quiet refuge that feels far removed from the crowds of Phuket.
Check out the amazing Indonesian Pinisi sailing boats from DragonHeart. Take a day cruises from Ko Yao Yai to surrounding islands, enjoy an amazing Thai buffet meal prepared on-board with fresh fish while you relax in cosy, quaint atmosphere.
Head to K.Y.N Muay Thai Gym to learn with the best of the best. There are Thai legionary fighters who are doing training at the professional Muay Thai Camp there. You can join a small classes or get private lessons. For a skill that’ll last you a lifetime, this is the place to be in Ko Yao Yai.
Dive right in
Whether you are an experienced diver or are just considering taking your first lesson, Ko Yao Yai is one of the best places on the planet to get your feet wet! Go to Koh Yao Diver or Elixir Divers to get set up with everything that you need.
Get on your bike
One of the best ways to spend your day anywhere in Thailand is to go island hopping. The coastline of Ko Yao Yai is no exception. Why not hire a motorbike and make your way around the island. Go from one white sand beach to the next. Head to the popular Loh Paret beach on the west coast of Ko Yao Yai then drive along the island with the wind in your hair until you are ready for a dip again.
A view from the top
Ready to rise about it all? You will want to get inland for the best view in all of Ko Yao Yai. To get started off, head to the path that starts between the Chong Lad and Klong Hia piers. Hike up the path that snakes through the local rubber tree plantation until you finally reach the Ko Yao Viewpoint. Don’t forget to take a selfie.
A world on nightlife
Basically, there is no nightlife in Ko Yao Yai. It is the beauty and the flaw of the island. With a Muslim-majority local population and a tourist demographic that is really just looking for a little peace and quiet, you won’t find any bars or dance clubs. Head to Phuket or Koh Phi Phi for that. If you want a drink or two, go to one of the beach bars attached one of the bigger restaurants. Keep in mind that it’ll be quiet after about 22:00.
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