The Magic Island of Koh Yao Noi (Koh Yao Noi)
The archipelago of Ko Yao islands is located in the south of Phang-nga Bay, 42 kilometers from the mainland and Phang-nga province. The total area of the archipelago is 141.067 square kilometers, consisting of 44 islands. Of these islands, the two largest and most important are Koh Yao Noi and Koh Yao Yai, which is twice the size of its colleague.
Ko Yao Noi (Koh Yao Noi) is an administrative center with all government offices located in the same place. The island has many attractions that still continue to beautify its natural beauty with many beautiful beaches. The people of this island lead a simple life connected with the sea.
In addition, near the coast of Koh Yao (Koh Yao), there are many exotic islands that adorn the archipelago and attract thousands of tourists from all over the world.
To a large extent unaffected by the rapidly developing tourist activity, compared to nearby Phuket, Koh Yao retains its almost unchanged traditional Muslim culture. On the island, there are fine hotels, resorts, and inexpensive bungalows. Rent a car is not expensive. You can also charter a Tuk Tuk for sightseeing around the island. A trip to Koh Yao Yai is like a journey back in time.
The History of Koh Yao
During the late Ayutthaya period, Koh Yao, Koh Lang, and Lem Pak Pra were part of Thailand. In 1903 Koh Yao changed his status to a simple sub-district and later in 1988 to the district. It is assumed that the early population of Koh Yao sought refuge from the war in the provinces of Trang and Satun.
Then, who came back from Trang province settled on Koh Yao Noi Island, while other refugees returning from the Satun province settled in Koh Yao Yai.
Currently, the archipelago Ko Yao (Koh Yao) is inhabited by about 13,000 people, most of whom are Muslims. The main income of the population is the extraction and processing of rubber, coconut, cashew nut plantations, fisheries, and livestock.
Koh Yao Island Attractions:
Tha Khao Beach
Located about 5 km from the administrative office of Koh Yao (Koh Yao). The beach is covered with a multitude of colored pebbles and stones. Not far from the beach lies a small island of Koh Nok (Koh Nok), which can be reached either by boat or on foot at low tide.
Beach of Pa Sai Beach (Pa Sai Beach)
Located about 7 km from the administrative office of Koh Yao (Koh Yao). A long beach covered with snow-white sand, along with the banks of which many trees grow, in the shade of which it will pleasantly relax in the afternoon heat. From the shore, beautiful sea scenery opens up.
Ao Kian Lagoon
It is located on the territory of the nat. Park Phang-nga (Phang-nga Bay National Park), located north of the island of Koh Yao Noi (Koh Yao Noi). Surrounded by tall trees that obscure a beautiful white beach. A great place to relax and swim.
In addition, tourists can rent a boat from Koh Yao to Koh Pa, which is a group of more than 100 islands, such as Koh Lao Ka Lao, Koh Lao Laing Ding) and Koh Pak Bia (Koh Pak Bia). For fans of diving with a mask, these are the best places.
Gulf of Ti Kut (Ao Ti Kut)
Gulf of Ti Kut (Ao Ti Kut) is located on the island of Ko Yao Yai (Ko Yao Yai). The bay is surrounded by a white beach. To the north of the bay stands a majestic rock, towering above the beach on the bank of which pine trees grow.
Gulf of Son (Ao Klong Son)
Bay Klong Son (Ao Klong Son) offers a beautiful white snowy beach under the pines. On the left side of the beach stands a colorful stone formation with an equally beautiful multicolored pebble.
Hin Kong Bay (Ao Hin Kong)
located on the island of Ko Yao Yai (Ko Yao Yai). This is the beach where you can hide in the shade of Cotyletobium trees. The bay is inhabited by a multitude of sea urchins, which makes it unsuitable for bathing. Gulf of Hin Kong (Ao Hin Kong) is populated mainly by Muslims, for whom the main occupation is fishing seafood.
Lan Bay (Ao Lan)
Lan Bay (Ao Lan) has beautiful beaches for rest and swimming. To the north, there is a cape, which has a steep cliff from which it is convenient to dive downwards because the depth here is decent.
Sao Bay (A o Sai)
Bay of Sai (Ao Sai) is covered with white beaches. The beach is surrounded by quaint rocks. Very suitable for swimming.
Hat Lo Pa Rae t (Hat Lo Pa Raet)
Hat Lo Pa Raet (Hat Lo Pa Raet) is covered with beautiful sandy beaches framed by coconut palms. To the north of the bay there are bizarre stone formations. The sea around the cape is perfect for swimming.
Ferries depart from the Thalane Pier in the Ao Luek District and follow the piers:
- from Koh Yao Noi to Bang Rong Pier, Phuket. Boats depart from the piers of Mano and Sukkhaphiban at 07.00 and 07.30. Usually, carry out 3-4 flights a day.