With a Muslim culture being dominant on Koh Yao, this isn't the kind of place holidaymakers should be coming to if they want parties and bar girls. Stick with mainland Phuket for that. But, if you want a peaceful, relaxed visit that offers an opportunity to escape from heavily touristed Thailand, then this is it. Noi is the busier of the two islands but we use that term generously. With only one 7-eleven and a lack of irritating touts, as you arrive at the pier and make your way to one of our Koh Yao Noi resorts, you'll feel the difference between this and other Thai islands. The very best of the beaches on Noi are Haad Pa Sai and Haad Tha Khao and often the best way to access these and explore other parts of the island is by renting a motorcycle. One of the finest, and most exclusive, Koh Yao resorts exists amongst the limestone cliffs of Noi, The Paradise. Despite its beauty and elegance it is a warning sign that further development will happen.
Although the larger of the two islands, Koh Yao Yai is the least visited and even emptier than its smaller sibling. A motorcycle is definitely needed to make your way around to the various beaches and coves on offer. Our Koh Yao Yai hotels will provide a great base for exploration.Image from Nicolas Esposito
Hotels in Ko Yao Yai start at AU$100 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.