The two little islands do not have landmarks or astonishing sightseeing points, but for the entire length of Ko Yao, you will see what is really inside the heart of Thai people and this beautiful land. To reach the island you need to catch a boat from Phuket, and then you can rent a motorbike, walk around, or take a ride on the typical tuk-tuk. Strolling around the island you will discover fishermen villages, among the mangroves; you will find simple and home-made restaurants where you can try the delicious Thai food. Here, you will see how the ‘Sea Gypsies’, the original inhabitants of the islands, still live and preserve their culture. In fact, the islands are still rooted in and proud of their origins, and the last fifty years have seen little changes in the lifestyle of Ko Yao. A part from some shops, resorts and facilities, there is still wooden villages, immaculate beaches, rice fields and mangroves on the sea.
The distance between the two twin islands is just 8 kilometers, and there is a boat transfer that can take you from one island to the other. In both islands, anyway, you will find peaceful beaches, luxurious nature and the possibility to admire the life under the sea. Everything on the island is eco-friendly, and very respectful of traditions. So visiting Ko Yao can be a plunge into the past.
As in many regions of Thailand, it is better to visit the Ko Yao islands during the winter, from November until April.