Koh Yao Yai, a sister of Koh Yao Noi, literally means ‘long and large island which is located 31 miles east of Phuket, 22 miles west of Krabi/Ao Nang Town, 20 miles north of Phi Phi Island and 370 miles south of Bangkok.
Nestled in the bay between Phuket and Krabi, this island makes a perfect day trip opportunity if you’re visiting either. Also great for its beaches, Koh Yao Yai has amazing diving and you can enjoy all this for a lower price than on Phuket too! So, what are you waiting for? Are you curious about this beautiful island?
Here, We support for you all the thing you need before going to Koh Yao Yai
So, speaking of things to do, let’s dive into the top things to do in Koh Yao Yai
Koh Yao Yai has roads that are good enough to rent a motorbike and explore.
Explore the island’s rural landscapes, traditional villages, and stunning viewpoints by motorbike or bicycle. There are not many cars. A good and common option for tourist couples is to rent a motorcycle with a sidecar.
Costs: 200 and 300 THB/day.
If you’re visiting Koh Yao Yai, you probably came for the beaches. There are many activities for you to enjoy. Here are some notable beaches that you must-visit:
Snorkeling is an opportunity to have a view of sea life. Also, it is a perfect opportunity for family and couples to do a fun activity together. Or, if you’re looking for better options, book an excursion to Phi Phi or one of the neighboring islands. There are plenty of boat trips to book, and none are hard to find. Usually, you can book a speedboat or a long-tail boat. The long tail offers a slower but much more enjoyable experience.
If you have several days and want to discover other islands around Koh Yao Yai. Hanoi Voyages will offer some tours for you to nearby islands such as:
Coming to Koh Yao Yai, you will have a hard time finding too many shops or restaurants. Because Koh Yao has not really developed in terms of tourism. Therefore, we will suggest to foodies a list of restaurants to visit:
The main resorts on Koh Yao Yai that you should come:
Choose a suitable transportation for your trip to Koh Yao Yai. Here,we have some suggestions for you, based on the experience of our experts.
Koh Yao Sun Smile is a great alternative as they have three speedboats from Phuket to Koh Yao Yai per day. These include a morning departure at 09:30, lunchtime departure at 13:30, and an early evening departure at 17:00. You just take about 20 minutes to Koh Yao Yai by speedboat and high-speed ferries.
You also can travel by ferry or speedboat. Krabi is about 30 km east of Koh Yao Yai and Koh Yao Noi, so it takes about one hour.
To move around the island, tuktuk, motorbike and bike are used to rent for hours:
Tuk tuk is a vehicle that you can easily find everywhere in Thailand. And so is this island of Koh Yao. Coming to Koh Yao, you can use a tuk tuk to explore attractive tourist destinations at a low cost. If you go in a large group, you can also use a tuk tuk to move around.
With a motorbike, you will easily reach your desired destination at any time. Moreover, you will also save quite a bit of money if you ride a motorbike. There will be many gas stations along the way, so you don’t have to worry about finding a gas station or walking along the road.
There is nothing like cycling on this romantic island of Koh Yao. You just need to rent bicycles at hotels, homestays where you stay and cycle around the city. With a bike, you’ll have a really comfortable and relaxing ride to the serenity of Thailand!
You can use these types of vehicles if you have experience to explore the neighboring islands. With ships, boats, canoes, you will move easily to the island of your choice. Or stop in the middle of the ocean for a swim in the cool water. At the same time, with this type of vehicle, you will also easily find a place to dive to see cute sea creatures or catch fish with fishermen.
If you want to see the best views of Koh Yao. You need to know when is the best time to travel here. Koh Yao Yai basically has two seasons: the rainy season and the dry season
So I recommend that January and February are the best months to visit Koh Yao Yai since these months see the least rainfall during the year. December and March are good alternative months, despite the prospect of some additional rainfall.
Prepare everything carefully before having a wonderful trip. Hanoi Voyages, with experience of our experts, will give you some necessary tips. Hope these tips are useful for you!