Ko Yao covers an area of 137 square kilometres. The majority
of the population are Muslim. The island is made up of 2 large
islands: Ko Yao Noi and Ko Yao Yai.
Attractions on Ko Yao Noi include:
Hat Pa Sai, situated
7 kilometres from the District Office on Ko Yao Noi. This
white sandy beach is covered with shady trees. From Hat Pa
Sai, a scenic view of the islands of Krabi province can be
seen in the distance.
Hat Tha Kao,
situated 5 kilometres from the District Office on Ko Yao Noi.
The beach features boulders, rocks, and pebbles of various
shapes, size, and coloration. During the low tide, you can
walk to another small island nearby.
on Ko Yao Yai include:
Ti Kut, located at Ko Yao Yai. This bay has a white sandy
beach. To the north of the bay, there is a beautiful rocky
cape with a beach lined with pine trees.
Ao Klong Son
offers a beach of fine, white sand and shady pine trees. On
the left end of the beach is a colourful rock formation with
equally beautiful multi-coloured pebbles. Swimming and snorkelling
to see beautiful coral is recommended.
Ao Hin Kong,
situated on Ko Yao Yai. It is a shady beach lined with Cotyletobium
trees. This bay is home to young rays, which makes it unsuitable
for swimming. Ao Hin Kong is also a habitat of Muslims who
earn their living from fishing.
Ao Lan, the bay
offers a beautiful beach, ideal for swimming. To the north,
there is a cape which has a steep cliff and at the base of
the cliff, the water is quite deep. Boat riding is the most
convenient mode of transport to get there.
Ao Sai is blessed
with powdery white sand. The bay also has beautiful rock formations.
Swimming can be enjoyed.
Hat Lo Pa Raet
features a long stretch of a white sandy beach teeming with
groves of coconut trees. To the north of the bay is a cape
with a beautiful rock formation and the water around the cape
is suitable for swimming.
Laem Nok Ok,
located on Ko Yao Yai. The beach here has rock formations
and pebbles of many colours. Swimming is recommended.
to Ko Yao can be made from Phuket, Phang-nga, and Krabi, but
the most convenient route of all is from Phuket.
To get to Ko
Yao Noi, visitors can take a ferry departing from Phuket’s
Bang Rong Pier at 11 a.m., 12 noon, 1 p.m. 2.30 p.m. and 5
p.m. On return, the ferry departs from Ko Yao Noi at 7 a.m.
and 7.30 a.m. One-way fare is 40 baht. The trip takes 45 minutes.
A chartered long-tail boat costs 1,000 baht per trip.
Ko Yao Yai, visitors need to ride a ferry from Phuket’s Thian
Sin Pier. The ferry leaves the pier at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
On return, the ferry departs from Ko Yao Yai’s Lo Chak pier
at 12 noon. The trip takes an hour. One-way fare is 50 baht.
There are also
long-tail boat shuttle services between Ko Yao Noi and Ko
Yao Yai. The trip takes 10 minutes.