Yao Islands Two-Day Tour
Yao Islands Two-Day Tour
Amphoe Ko Yao, Phang Nga - Krabi ( Yao Islands )
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Yao Islands Two-Day Tour

Organize yourself a Two-Day tour from Krabi or Ao Nang to discover the pristine Yao Islands. Located in the middle of Phang Nga Bay, Yao Islands are equidistant to Phuket Island and the Krabi mainland. With an area of 141 square kilometres, the Yao archipelago comprises a total of 44 islands, some of which, the northernmost, are part of Ao Phang Nga National Park. Among these islands the most important are Koh Yao Yai and Koh Yao Noi. The two islands are quite large. Koh Yao Yai is the largest, 92 sq km, but the least developed, nevertheless it has a resident population of 1,000 inhabitants. Koh Yao Noi is the smaller, 45 sq km, but more developed. With a population of 4,000 inhabitants, it is the centre of Koh Yao district and all government offices are located there. The total population of whole archipelago is about 12,000, with a majority of the Muslim religion, introduced by Arab traders in the course of the thirteenth century. The first inhabitants of Yao Islands were the Chao Lay, the Sea Gypsies, from the Malay Peninsula. The Sea Gypsies, Moken people, inhabited the Phang Nga Bay before anybody else; they were later followed by fishermen from the provinces of Trang and Satun. The resident people make their living from fishing, rice farming, rubber tree, fruit, palm and coconut plantations. The tourism has not been developed on a large scale on the islands. The local tourism industry is aimed at the sustainable eco tourism lovers and those who want to get away from everything. There are a few resorts and bungalow, mostly family-owned, and some locals have set up home-stays in their own homes. Some of the locals offer courses in local handicraft skills such as the art of creating Batik. In 2002, Koh Yao Noi has received the World Legacy Award for Destination Stewardship by Conservation International and the National Geographic Traveler magazine for the eco-friendly home-stay programs offered by its local residents. There are no banks or ATMs on the islands, remember to carry cash, but there is mobile phone coverage and internet. There are some shops on Koh Yao Noi, including a 7-Eleven, restaurants, a hospital, several schools and a post office. Koh Yao Noi has approximately 18 km of concrete and dirt road around it. The main concrete road performs a ring around the entire perimeter of the island, excluding the most northern parts where are only dirt roads. The main road of Koh Yao Yai runs the entire length of the Island across small village, farms, fishing villages and many quiet beaches. In both islands, to get around are available tuk-tuks and motor-tricycle taxis. They are always awaiting your arrival at the main piers, Manoh Pier in Koh Yao Noi and Chong Lad Pier in Koh Yao Yai. Alternately an efficient way to get around the islands is to hire a scooter or a bike. Most resorts offer bikes or scooters for rent, at cost of 200-300 THB per day for scooter and 100 THB for bike. The beaches on Yao Islands do not compare with the golden, powdery sands on the west coast of Phuket but they are pleasant enough. Most of the beaches of Koh Yao Noi are situated in the western part. The main ones are: Hadd Pa Sai, Haad Klong Chak, Haad Tha Khao, Haad Lom Lae Beach and Ao Kian. The most beautiful beaches on Koh Yao Yai are Haad Loh Jaak, Haad Loh Pa Raed, Haad Klong Son, Ao Thi Kud and Ao Lan.
Get to Yao Islands - There aren't organized tours from Krabi to reach and visit the Yao Islands, however you can easily arrange a trip of at least two days from Krabi or Ao Nang piers to discover these pristine islands. The islands are connected to the Krabi's mainland and Phuket Island by ferry services. The ferries arrive firstly at Klong Lad Pier on Koh Yao Yai, and then continue onto Manoh Pier on Koh Yao Noi, only 8 minutes away. From Krabi area the ferries to the Yao Islands leave from Nopparat Thara Pier in Ao Nang, with a daily departure, and from Ao Thalane Pier located north of Tup Kaek Beach, approximately 32 km north-west of Krabi Town, with 6 daily departures. The ticket prices range from 150 THB to 250 THB depending on the departure point and the type of boat.
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