The Koh Yao islands are located in the southern part of the Phang-nga Bay, in the middle between Phuket and Krabi. The archipelago consists of 44 islands of which only two are inhabited: Koh Yao Noi and Koh Yao Yai, by large the two biggest islands of the archipelago.
Largely unaffected by booming development in nearby Phuket, Koh Yao Islands maintain their natural beauty unspoiled. The people living here lead a simple life bond with the sea and retain their traditional Muslim culture almost unchanged.
Koh Yao Noi and Koh Yao Yai can be perfect for those seeking fine accommodation in a stunning natural setting away from the crowd but still a stone thrown away from nearby Phuket and Krabi.
The traveller who chooses to stay in one of the 2 islands does not seek for famous attractions or fancy bars. Rather he will go there to discover a place of true peace and simplicity that has changed very little in the past decades.
The beaches are mainly on the east coast, while the west coast is covered by rice fields and mangrove forest.
There are few restaurants and bars on the coast along with a small village near the pier offering a few local shops.
Kho Yao islands are also the perfect starting point to sail to the nearby limestone cliffs of the Phang-Nga bay and to experience Phuket and Krabi’s nightlife and choice of restaurants and amenities. Staying in Koh Yao in not just about relaxing and lazying your days away; rather it can be a nice solution for those seeking exclusivity and quite, but also the possibility to enjoy the best of the most touristy destinations at their wish.