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.