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Ko Yao Yai & Ko Yao Noi: Thai Island Paradises

Almost untouched nature, paradisiacal beaches and famous excursion destinations: The Ko Yao Archipelago with the two islands of Ko Yao Yai and Ko Yao Noi has a number of attractions in store. However, the two islands in the bay of Phang Nga between the island of Phuket, which is known as a tourist stronghold, and the Thai mainland are still absolute insider tips for Thailand vacationers. So if you want to experience an eventful holiday on the Thai islands away from the big tourist crowds, this is the place for you and you will feel like you’re in paradise. More and more tourists and locals have discovered the two islands as a holiday destination for themselves in recent years.

Dreamlike beaches with postcard idyll away from the crowds of tourists

Ko Yao Noi
View of Ko Yao Noi, Image: Huw Penson / shutterstock

Beach vacationers are especially in good hands on the larger of the two islands, Ko Yao Yai. After all, there are several dream beaches here. Huam Lam Haad Beach in the northeast is considered the most beautiful beach on the island. The palm-fringed beach with white sand, like Loh Pared Beach, offers pure postcard idyll. Here you can also enjoy a breathtaking sunset, among other things. Ao Muang Beach offers the best conditions not only for beach vacationers. It is also a hotspot for snorkelers and divers.

The crystal-clear water offers a view of numerous small and large fish. Many tour operators allow you to book a guided snorkeling tour in advance of the trip – an experience that should not be missed here. If you feel like it, you can of course also explore the underwater world of the island on your own. A ten-minute boat ride takes you to the smaller island of Ko Yao Noi, where several dream beaches also await visitors.

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Impressive flora and fauna: orchids, coconut palms and hornbills

Both islands are also characterized by a natural jungle landscape with a species-rich flora and fauna. Due to this fascinating landscape, the islands attract not only beach vacationers but also adventurers, hikers and nature lovers. Characteristic of the landscape on both islands, where a total of 13,000 inhabitants live, are coconut palms and rubber trees. Countless colorful orchids can also be found on the two islands. And with a bit of luck, you can spot monitor lizards up to two meters tall or the widespread hornbills on a tour. And if you want to explore the islands a little more closely, you can also rent bicycles or scooters. There are various accommodations on the two islands – from large hotel resorts to small hidden lodges. In the various small restaurants and bars you can also immerse yourself in traditional Thai cuisine.

Land and people in Ban Laem Lan, family fun in Duck Ventura Park

Water buffalo in Ko Yao Yai
Water buffalo in Ko Yao Yai, Image: tenkl / shutterstock

If you would like to get to know the country and its people during your stay, you have the opportunity to do so in Ban Laem Lan in Loh Balai Bay on the island of Ko Yao Yai. In the small fishing village you get an exciting insight into the normal life of the islanders. Due to the predominantly Muslim population, Ko Yao Yai and Ko Yao Noi are also home to numerous small and large mosques. You can also explore the dense mangrove forests by boat – either on your own or with a local guide. A very special destination for families with children is the Duck Ventura Park in the northwest of Koh Yao Yai. In addition to a large swimming castle, jet blades, quad tours and other attractions are offered here.

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If you want to take a detour into the famous tourist life of Phuket , you can reach the tourist stronghold of the islands of the Ko Yao archipelago in 30 minutes by boat or ferry. An extremely popular and worthwhile destination is also the famous James Bond Rock off the small island of Khao Phing Kan. This rock became known worldwide as the backdrop for the James Bond film “The Man with the Golden Gun” in 1974. Since then, this rock has been one of the most popular photo motifs of Thailand tourists. This can also be reached from the Ko Yao Archipelago by speedboat in about 30 minutes.

Best time to visit Ko Yao Yai and Ko Yao Noi

The best time to travel to the islands of Ko Yao Yai and Ko Yao Noi is during the European winter months from December to April. During these months, very little rainfall is to be expected. In the rainy season from July to October, on the other hand, you have to expect large amounts of rain every day. Due to the tropical climate, warm temperatures of about 30 degrees Celsius prevail. The water also has a pleasant bathing temperature all year round.