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Koh Yao Holidays

Koh Yao holidays ooze life in paradise. Koh Yao comprises a pair of peacefully secluded islands exactly half way between Phuket and Krabi. Take pleasure in the peace and tranquillity as you travel through this unspoiled haven. Koh Yao is the perfect place if you’re looking for respite in an island paradise and to disconnect from the world for a short while. 

The simplicity of holidays in Koh Yao is marked by sights of wooden houses along the roads, vast rubber plantations and mangroves in the middle of the sea. Time slows down in this laid back setting, where you can simply relax, unwind and enjoy a traditional spa treatment. 

If you prefer to explore, discover the mountains and rainforests in the centre of Koh Yao Noi. Admire the beautiful landscapes by foot, or rent a kayak and paddle along the Mangrove Forest. The area’s home to shrimps, crabs, snails and fish, perfect for keen fishers. 

Koh Yao Yai holidays: a spot of heaven on earth

Koh Yao Yai boasts a unique island experience, where you’re bound to find yourself undisturbed on one of the secluded beaches with cotton-soft sand. Cruise around the island on a scooter, as you follow dirt roads that lead to hidden paradise beaches such as Loh Paret and Loh Jark. Finish the day observing perfect, uninterrupted views of the sunset at White Sand Beach on the west coast. 

Adventurers should hop on a longtail boat to sister island, Koh Yao Noi, where you can feast your eyes on water buffaloes bathing in mud puddles. This island is brimming with rubber plantations and rice paddies. Discover the gem of Holy Spring where fresh water pours into the sea. 

Koh Yao offers idyllic spots for diving and snorkelling in the Andaman sea. Explore the coral and dive sites of King Cruiser Wreck near Anemone Reef and the Pinnacles of Shark Point. This provides the unforgettable experience of swimming with leopard sharks, as well as other underwater species, including the beautiful clown fish. 

For multicentre holidays in Koh Yao, hop from one island to the next and explore some of the other majestic islands of the Andaman sea. Visit Phuket, Koh Phi Phi and Koh Hong. Alternatively, take a day trip to Phang Nga National Park where you’ll find spectacular scenery, including limestone cliffs where you can discover hidden caves, secluded beaches and lagoons.

Destination Highlights
  • Perfect base for hopping the majestic islands in the Andaman sea, such as Koh Phi Phi and Koh Hong
  • Hire a kayak for a day and get close to nature as you paddle along the unspoiled Mangrove Forest
  • Immerse yourself in total relaxation and enjoy a traditional, luxurious spa treatment
  • Discover marine life, with snorkelling and diving excursions into the pristine sea

Our favourite hotels

Koh Yao hotels offer everything from secluded tranquillity in little boutiques to larger resorts which offer a host of activities and entertainment.

Unique

Santhiya Koh Yao Yai

Koh Yao Yai

H&J Rating
Average: 4.5 (1 vote)

Guide Price

 £1,399  pp

Santhiya Koh Yao Yai
Unique a body of water with a mountain in the background

Tree House Villas, Koh Yao

Koh Yao Yai

H&J Rating
Average: 4.5 (1 vote)

Guide Price

 £1,799  pp

Tree House Villas, Koh Yao
Unique a house next to a body of water

Paradise Koh Yao

Koh Yao Yai

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £1,599  pp

Paradise Koh Yao

Time Zone

GMT +7

Flight Time

Indirect flights from the UK

Currency

Thai baht (THB)

Visa Information

British citizens don’t need to obtain a visa if they’re staying less than 30 days.

Language

English is widely spoken.

Health Information

No mandatory vaccinations required. It's important to contact your GP for latest recommendations.

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Average weather in January

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Koh Yao Noi
26ºC
123mm

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Koh Yao Noi
26ºC
39mm

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Koh Yao Noi
27ºC
54mm

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29ºC
85mm

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Koh Yao Noi
29ºC
172mm

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Koh Yao Noi
28ºC
118mm

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Koh Yao Noi
28ºC
146mm

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Koh Yao Noi
28ºC
167mm

Average weather in September

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Koh Yao Noi
28ºC
141mm

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Koh Yao Noi
27ºC
275mm

Average weather in November

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Koh Yao Noi
26ºC
463mm

Average weather in December

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Koh Yao Noi
26ºC
188mm
  • a woman in a red shirt

    Karen

    Destination Executive

    “These islands are not the place to go if you want busy nightlife. You can find the odd place for a refreshing beer or a simple meal, but most of the time it’s early to bed and early to rise.”

  • Isla, Destination Executive

    Isla

    Destination Executive

    “Koh Yao is actually two islands - Koh Yao Noi (Little Long Island) and Koh Yao Yai (Big Long Island)”

  • Songkran

    This festival lasts two days, from 13th – 15th April, and marks the Traditional Thai New Year’s celebrations in Koh Yao. Locals pay their respects to their elders and visit temples for prayers and offerings. You’ll see cleansing rituals take place with water throwing, water guns and more. Buddha images are also bathed, and visitors can immerse themselves in the processions and performances, as well as a host of local entertainment.

  • Seafood

    Seafood is found in abundance on the islands of Koh Yao. Enjoy some tamarind prawns with sea grape salad, steamed fish, lobster, fried crab and other assortments of seafood creations.

Frequently Asked Questions

Koh Yao Yai is only acessable via boat and takes approx. 30 minutes by land from Phuket Airport, followed by a 20 minute speedboat from Ao Po Grand Marina.

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