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Koh Yao Yai Tours

Along with the smaller but more developed Koh Yao Noi, Koh Yao Yai sits in the middle of Phang Nga Bay, with Phuket to the west and Krabi in the east. A beach-lover's paradise, Yao Yai is one of only a few of Thailand’s southern islands that remains a quiet, unspoiled refuge away from the crowds.

Meaning ‘Big Long Island,' Ko Yao Yai is 18 miles (30 km) from top to bottom. It’s populated by thick mangroves, coconut groves, rubber plantations and picturesque villages, all of which are fringed by pristine white-sand beaches. The island has thus far managed to avoid any major tourism development, though it features a smattering of resorts and guesthouses. Fishing and farming remain the primary source of income for residents.

A visit to Koh Yao Yai means to slow down and enjoy the lush landscapes, making it ideal for couples on a romantic break, families seeking a quiet beach holiday or those simply looking for peace away from the crowds of Phuket. Beach-hopping, snorkeling and relaxing are among the simple pleasures to enjoy while on the island, while exploring by motorbike or bicycle is also fun, with the island's scenic main road being mostly smooth and easy to navigate.

Insider’s Tip: It’s a good idea to withdraw some cash before you leave for Koh Yao Yai, although ATMs can be found at each of the government offices in Chong Lad and Prunai villages.

Practical Info

It's a 30-minute speedboat trip from Phuket’s east coast to Koh Yao Yai. Long-tail boats also make daily trips to both Yao Noi and Yao Yai. Island infrastructure is good, with decent internet and phone service throughout.

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Ao Nang to Phuket by Green Planet Speed Boat via Koh Yao Islands, Krabi, null
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Ao Nang to Phuket by Green Planet Speed Boat via Koh Yao Islands

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Travel from Ao Nang, Krabi, to the northeast coast of Phuket with a one-way speedboat operated by Green Planet via Koh Yao Islands including a hotel pickup in ...  Read more

Location: Krabi Noi, Thailand
Duration: 78 minutes (approx.)

From USD $47.36
Ao Nang to Koh Yao Yai by Green Planet Speed Boat, Krabi, Ferry Services
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Ao Nang to Koh Yao Yai by Green Planet Speed Boat

Travel from Ao Nang to Koh Yao Yai by Green Planet speed boat including a convenient pick-up service from your hotel in Krabi.

Location: Krabi Noi, Thailand
Duration: 40 minutes (approx.)

From USD $27.63
Day Trip to Phi Phi 6 Islands from Phuket, Phuket, Ferry Services
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Day Trip to Phi Phi 6 Islands from Phuket

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Enjoy your holiday in Phuket by visiting some of the beautiful islands around Phi Phi with our English speaking local guide. Be amazed with the stunning view ...  Read more

Location: Phuket, Thailand
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

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Koh Yao Yai to Phuket by Green Planet Speed Boat, Phuket, Day Trips
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Koh Yao Yai to Phuket by Green Planet Speed Boat

Travel from Koh Yao Yai to Phuket by Green Planet speed boat. Meet at Chong Lad Pier on the northeast of Koh Yao Yai. Get dropped off at Bang Rong Pier in the ...  Read more

Location: Phuket, Thailand
Duration: 40 minutes (approx.)

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Phuket to Koh Yao Noi by Green Planet Speed Boat, Phuket, Ferry Services
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Phuket to Koh Yao Noi by Green Planet Speed Boat

Travel from Phuket to Koh Yao Noi by speed boat. Meet at Bang Rong Pier in the northeast of Phuket and get conveniently dropped off at Manoh Pier on Yao Noi ...  Read more

Location: Phuket, Thailand
Duration: 40 minutes (approx.)

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Phuket to Koh Yao Yai by Green Planet Speed Boat, Phuket, Ferry Services
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Phuket to Koh Yao Yai by Green Planet Speed Boat

Travel from Phuket to Koh Yao Yai by Green Planet speed boat. Meet at Bang Rong Pier in the northeast of Phuket and get conveniently dropped off at Chong Lad ...  Read more

Location: Phuket, Thailand
Duration: 30 minutes (approx.)

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Koh Yao Noi to Phuket by Green Planet Speed Boat, Phuket, Ferry Services
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Koh Yao Noi to Phuket by Green Planet Speed Boat

Travel from Koh Yao Noi to Phuket by Green Planet speed boat via Koh Yao Yai. Meet at Manor Pier on the southwest of Koh Yao Noi. The drop-off will be at Bang ...  Read more

Location: Phuket, Thailand
Duration: 50 minutes (approx.)

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Phang Nga Bay Full-Day Cruise from Khao Lak Including Buffet Lunch, Khao Lak, Ferry Services
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Location: Phuket, Thailand
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

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Koh Yao Noi Full Day Tour with Bike Ride & Lunch, Phuket, Day Cruises
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Koh Yao Noi Full Day Tour with Bike Ride & Lunch

Koh Yao Noi (Little Long Island) is a sleepy island still enjoying a slow pace of life located in Phang Nga Bay, only 1 hour’s boat ride away from the ...  Read more

Location: Phuket, Thailand
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Early Bird James Bond & Beyond Tour by Siam Adventure World from Phuket, Phuket, Full-day Tours
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Early Bird James Bond & Beyond Tour by Siam Adventure World from Phuket

This early riser tour with a departure from Phuket is exactly what the title suggests, it incorporates many of the best features of the world-renowned Phang ...  Read more

Location: Phuket, Thailand
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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