Located in the picturesque Phang Nga Bay, the Koh Yao island group consists of 44 islands with a total area of 142 square kilometers (one-third the size of Phuket). Koh Yao Noi (Little Long Island) and Koh Yao Yai (Big Long Island) are the two largest islands in the group.
Koh Yao Noi is the center of government offices and more developed while Koh Yao Yai is less developed with minimum touches of the tourist industry. The total population of Koh Yao Yai is approximately 15,000 with 3,040 households.
Koh Yao Yai still enjoys a slow pace of life, even though we are just a quick 30-minute boat ride away from the bustling world-famous resort island of Phuket. The moment you step onto the shores of Koh Yao Yai, the usual stress and worries of everyday life melt away.
The small village and local communities inhabiting the island make their living from fishing, rice farming and rubber tree plantations. The recent arrival of tourism to the island has provided additional opportunities for the villagers and the next generation of young people.
Average temperatures vary from 26 to 29°C, with warmest temperatures in March/April reaching 32°C. The island experiences high levels of sunshine all year round, including months when rains may be more frequent. June–October experience rainy and sunny days intermixed. November–April have dry, cooler and calm weather conditions. May and October are transition months.
One of Thailand’s best-kept secrets, Koh Yao Yai remains a geological wonderland with countless hidden treasures of indigenous plant, animal and marine life as well as friendly island people who await the eco-conscious traveler.