Koh Yao

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In the middle of Phangnan bay lie the twin islands of Koh Yao Noi and Koh Yao Yai.

Reached by colourful long-tail boats, the beautifully unspoiled isles of Koh Yao are covered with the ever-familiar mangroves that crown the sprinkling of tiny stalactites in the bay. Unlike its noisy neighbours, Koh Yao retains its traditional elements, as championed by the native islanders. The landscape is stunning and varied – the east side of Koh Yao Noi is strewn with deserted beaches, whilst the west is covered with rice paddies where water buffalo cool off in the mud. A drive across the island transports visitors down roads lined with wooden houses, surrounded by vibrant bougainvillea and shaded by the leaves of the rubber plantations.

Days on the islands are lazy, as natives chill out on the beach, spending long, hot afternoons lounging underneath salas or lay in hammocks. Time ticks by blissfully slowly, and the tranquil vibe is contagious. To explore these sleepy lands, motorbikes and tuk tuks can be hired, and making your own way around the islands is definitely a highlight. Kayaks are also available to hire, and are a great way to navigate the waters surrounding Koh Yao and the nearby islands. 

Hold on to your kayak and venture through Pak Klong, a mangrove river on the northern part of Koh Yao Yai. Mangroves shade the narrow canals that weave through the forests, and a quiet journey through the tranquil waters lets you listen closely to the tranquil voice of nature. You can make your way between the islands via a narrow strait. Legend tells that this passage was created when a raging Naga, or sea dragon, stormed through on his way to Krabi after he found out that his fiancée was marrying somebody else.

Time spent in Koh Yao can produce some of the most memorable experiences of a Thai adventure. If you want to escape to a quiet refuge of unrivalled paradise, make sure you take a visit.

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Fast facts

  • Time Difference

    GMT +7

  • Currency

    Thai Baht

  • Flight Time

    14 hours 45 minutes

  • Best Time To Go

    December to March

Weather

Koh Yao's tropical climate grants it year round high temperatures and little rainfall. The odd downpour can be expected during the months of May to July and again between September and October, as monsoon winds refresh the island with evening gusts that see the palm trees swaying. The island doesn't receive much wind or rainfall due to its location between Phuket and the Malay peninsular which protect the island on both sides. Swimming is safe all year round due to the calm waters.

Weather information for Koh Yao
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Temp 27 ℃ 28 ℃ 28 ℃ 29 ℃ 28 ℃ 28 ℃ 28 ℃ 28 ℃ 27 ℃ 27 ℃ 27 ℃ 27 ℃
Rain 30MM 33MM 79MM 114MM 253MM 238MM 256MM 314MM 347MM 352MM 189MM 67MM
Sunshine 9HRS 10HRS 9HRS 8HRS 6HRS 5HRS 6HRS 6HRS 5HRS 6HRS 7HRS 8HRS

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