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Koh Yao Noi and Koh Yao Yai

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Kayaking off Koh Yao Noi
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On the mid region of Phuket and Krabi are located a couple of islands called Koh Yao Noi and Koh Yao Yai. They are in the midst of the Phang Nga bay and though the process of development on these is fast but they still remain remotely outskirted. They are included in the Phang Nga and are towards the eastern side of Phuket.

The natives possess the warmth hospitality that is generally associated with the Thai and these Muslims have put great efforts and determination in order to ensure that their lifestyle and their islands' beauty are protected even though there are a lot of visitors. They do not fail to greet everyone with a smile on their face and in order to show your respect towards their beliefs it is essential to avoid consumption of alcohol in public places.

Koh Yao Noi

Koh Yao Noi is the one that is comparatively small but supports nearly 4 times the population that is present on the Koh Yao Yai which is nearly double its size and has 1,000 people living. The various bungalows along the coast of this small island range from barely 400 Baht a night up to 50 times the amount while on the bigger island the number of bungalows for a vacation is minimal.

Beaches and activities in the Koh Yao Islands

The beaches present on both these islands are good enough for a nice walk or a day in the waters bit are not as glorified as the other beaches on the island. One major activity is hiring boats and exploring the limits of these islands and direct hiring is the best option as if there is an intermediate they add to your cost. These boats can help you explore the caves and the other coverings on the island. Hiring a speedboat and visiting the near by Krabi islands is also a very good option for a day.

In order to reach to these islands a boat from the Bang Rong Pier can be hired, in case you have a two wheeler it can be carried across as well.

Nature preservation at Koh Yao Noi

In 2002 Koh Yao Noi became very famous as it received a Legacy Award for Destination Stewardship for the nature conservation practices adopted by the locals. Nothing much has changed over the years for these islands but they provide a sense of peace and relaxation.

These local people take a lot of pride in preserving their culture and traditions hence apt respect needs to be given to them.


Last Updated: 10 Sep 2010


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