Kohyao Noi Information Guides
Koh Yao Noi island is located in the middle
point of Phang-Nga bay or Phuket Bay
and far away from BangKok 800 Kilometers,
Koh Yao Noi is located in the protected area
from Tsunami Tidal so..you should be don't
worry about Tsunami when you stay on this
island you must away from Tsunami
Koh Yao Noi is one of the larger islands in
Phang Nga Bay, an archipelago of 44 islands.
It is easily accessible from both Phuket and
Krabi Provinces and sports some of the most
beautiful sea scenery in South East Asia.
Sea Gypsies (Moken people) where inhabiting
the Bay before anybody else, except maybe
other nomadic people like forest hunters and
collectors (Sakai, Negritos). The 3,500 or
so inhabitants of Koh Yao Noi are thought to
be recent migrants from the Malay Peninsula
The Mon population, linguistically and
culturally belonging to the Khmer
ethnolinguistic group, did settled in
peninsular Thailand since ever, ruling
maritime states like the one of Ligor
(Nakhon Sri Thamarat). They melt
continuously with Southern migrants from
Malaysia and with Northen rulers (Thai),
over centuries of commercial exchanges and
Most probably the Mon stock remains
prevalent for most of the people living
nowadays in Southern Thailand, includoing
people of Koh Yao.
Numerous cave paintings hidden in the many
islands of the bay, extending from 2000
years ago to last century, attest the
influence of distinct communities in the
emergence of a mixed origin population,
living now in the provinces of Phang Nga,
Phuket, Krabi and Satun.
The most recent migrations (17th-18th
century) from Satun and Trang to Koh Yao Yai
and Koh Yao Noi is attested by the fact that
the particular dialect spoken on the island
still bear obvious Malaysian lexical traces,
particularely regarding toponyms and
vernacular names of the flora species.
The main industries on the island are
fishing and rubber planting. A little rice
farming and some fruit, palm and coconut
plantations are evident. Boat building and
farming techniques here have been passed
from father to son and, while some of the
youngsters leave Koh Yao to seek the bright
lights of Phuket, most return to their tight
The island covers about 50 square kilometers
and has approximately 18 kilometers of
concrete and dirt road around it. Great for
bicycling and walking. It is mountainous in
the centre and has beaches to either side.
The East side has beaches suitable for
swimming and snorkeling and the West is a
picturesque blend of rice flats and mangrove
Being one of the biggest islands in the
Phang Nga Bay archipelago, Koh Yao Noi is
home to a hospital, several schools and a
post office. 24 hour electricity supply,
Internet access, mobile telephone connection
and Automatic Teller Machine are available.
The island sits at Latitude 8 degrees north
and enjoys a tropical climate characterized
by year round high temperatures and fairly
little rainfall due to the position. During
the months of May-July and again in
September-October Monsoon winds refresh the
island with evening gusts that see the palm
trees swaying and the odd downpour is
possible. Best advice is to arm yourself
with sun cream as the weather is mostly
Koh Yao Noi Travel Guide
Yao simply means 'Long Island,' which is
kind of funny if you're familiar with the
one in New York. Ko Yao Noi is 'Little Long
Island,' which is where you'll find most of
the accommodation and is the primary
destination for most travellers.
Rich in natural beauty, and as with Ko Yao
Yai, Ko Yao Noi constitutes one of the last
bastions of untouched wilderness in the
region. There are some paved roads, a lot of
them pretty rough, and many more are simply
made of dirt. There's plenty of room to roam
and explore in this area, and almost
anywhere you choose to stay will be in a
peaceful setting surrounded by nature.
The beach is no good on much of the coast at
low tide -- too many rocks and mud flats --
but is largely swimmable at high tide, and a
few beaches are good all day long. The Thais
here are overwhelmingly Muslim, so alcohol,
while available, is not ubiquitous. As with
other Muslim areas in Thailand, nude
sun-bathing and skimpy clothing are
considered very offensive by locals.
None of the accommodation is walkable from
the pier, so be sure to call ahead and
they'll pick you up, usually for no charge.
The centre of town is marked by a three-way
intersection where you'll find the 7-eleven,
which has a 24-hour ATM machine, and two
internet places (dial-up only) which are
open until about 21:00.
There aren't any road signs to be found, but
the hospital is located on the same road as
Amina Bungalows, quite a bit further down,
on the road that leads to Pa Sai beach. The
police station and the post office are near
the centre of town, along the road that
leads to Manok Pier, where you catch boats
to Ko Yao Yai. Maps of the island are not
readily available, but a lot of the
guesthouses have some kind of map -- try
stopping in and asking at Lemsai Village
There are precious few restaurants here
oriented towards tourists, so for the most
part, it's local food or whatever's on the
menu at the place you're staying in.
In the push to develop every inch of
Thailand for the tourist industry, the Ko
Yao islands represent something of a final
frontier. Huge luxury developments are
underway on both island, and this place
won't remain a well-kept secret for long.
Best to get here while the going is good.
Thailand's climate is
governed by a tropical monsoon pattern, which produces two seasons
in Southern Thailand and three seasons in the other regions of
|Accordingly in Phang-Nga, there is a "dry" season from November to
May, (as a result of the N.E. monsoon). This period starts with
slightly cooler temperatures, followed by higher temperatures from
March to May.
By the end of June the "wet" season officially begins, with the
onset of the S.W. monsoon. However the actual week or month depends
on the monsoons in any given year. In KhaoLak temperatures are warm
throughout the year, with only slight variations in highs and lows.
November - March
The most popular time to visit is from November through to March,
when the temperature and humidity are slightly lower. At this time
there is a comfortable cooler breeze, with generally clear blue
skies and very calm seas. Temperatures typically reach 32C and drop
to 24C at night.
The hottest months are April and May with temperatures ranging from 27C upto 36C. There
can be short heavy thundery showers, which actually provide a welcome relief from the
temperature and humidity.
June, July and early August are slightly less hot ( 24C to 33C ) with generally fine
weather and plenty of sunshine between brief heavy downpours.By the end of August, through
to October inclusive, the wet monsoon sets in more noticeably, but, even then, there are
still long sunny intervals between the heavy showers.
September is the wettest month. Beaches are slightly windswept and less picturesque
looking, and some water-based activities are restricted (eg. visits to the Surin and
Similan islands). Nonetheless, KhaoLak is very enjoyable at any time of the year with a
wide range of attractions and excursions. And of course the low season brings with it some
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