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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

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Browse our itineraries below and book multicentre holidays in Koh Yao. Visit other beautiful islands or combine a relaxed holiday here with lively Bangkok.

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Koh Yao Yai, Phuket and Phi Phi Multi Centre

  • 15 Days
  • Guide Price £2,099 PP
Experience sheer beauty whilst Island hopping around the Andaman Sea. You will feel like you have stepped into a simpler time...
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Bangkok and Koh Yao Yai Multi Centre

  • 14 Days
  • Guide Price £1,499 PP
Bangkok is known to many as Asia’s most distinctive city. A haven for those who are fascinated by palaces or...
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Our favorite hotels


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

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Santhiya Koh Yao Yai

Located among tropical rainforests and nestled on a private beach, the Santhiya Resort & Spa Koh Yao Yai has a...
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Guide Price £1,399
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Tree House Villas, Koh Yao

The tropical island of Koh Yao Noi is situated between Phuket and Krabi, within the spectacular Phang Nga National Park....
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Guide Price £1,799
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Thailand

Paradise Koh Yao

Relax in a hammock and take in the magnificent views at the Paradise Koh Yao Noi Beach Resort & Spa,...
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Guide Price £1,599
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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 Info

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

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“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.”

Karen
Destination Executive
Isla, Destination Executive

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

Isla
Destination Executive

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.

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