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Koh Yao Yai (Ko Yao Yai) Tours

Koh Yao Yai (Ko Yao Yai)
Sister island to Koh Yao Noi, Koh Yao Yai (also written Ko Yao Yai) is an unspoiled gem that sprawls amid the karst seascapes of Phang Nga Bay (Ao Phang Nga). The coast offers white sand beaches, fishing villages (many on stilts), and mangrove forests; inland are timeless landscapes of orchards, rice fields, and rubber plantations.

The Basics
Koh Yao Yai is a large island by Phang Nga Bay standards, stretching around 13 miles (20 kilometers) with accommodations from luxe to backpacker. Make a short stop at Koh Yao Yai on an island-hopping tour of Phang Nga Bay from Phuket or Krabi, by speedboat or long-tail boat. Or take a fishing trip, mangrove cruise, or try water sports such as snorkeling, diving, and kayaking. Hands-on cultural experiences include batik cloth and tapping rubber.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Koh Yao Yai is a great choice for travelers looking for a sleepier, more traditional Thai island experience.
  • Many of the Koh Yao Yai community are Muslims, but alcohol is easy to come by.
  • Few of the boats that connect to Koh Yao Yai are wheelchair friendly, although strollers are easily managed.

How to Get There
Koh Yao Yai sits almost halfway between Phuket island (to the west) and mainland Krabi (to the east), guarding the entrance to Phang Nga Bay. It can only be reached by boat. The nearest airports are on Phuket and Krabi, with regular ferry connections via Ao Nang near Krabi and several Phuket piers. Private companies offer direct boats to other destinations, including the Phi Phi Islands.

When to Get There
Phang Nga Bay’s high season is December and January. The dry season continues into April, and the rainy season generally falls between June and November. The bay is sheltered, making island-hopping an option year-round, but trash can be an issue on Yao Yai beaches later in the rainy season.

Best Islands in Phang Nga Bay
A national park known for its marine landscapes and karst islands, Phang Nga Bay (Ao Phang Nga) is a signature day trip from Phuket and Krabi. Favorite islands include James Bond Island, a narrow pinnacle that appeared in The Man with the Golden Gun; Koh Panyee, known for its stilt village below the cliffs; and Koh Hong, with secret lagoons. Base yourself on Koh Yao Yai to beat the crowds to nearby islands in high season.
Address: Koh Yao Yai, Phuket, Thailand
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24 Tours and Activities to Experience Koh Yao Yai (Ko Yao Yai)

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Phi Phi Deluxe Island-Hopping Tour by Speedboat from Phuket

Phi Phi Deluxe Island-Hopping Tour by Speedboat from Phuket

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Hop from island to island on this full-day speedboat cruise from Phuket. It's a jam-packed itinerary with the chance to visit Koh Khai, Koh Yao Yai, Mosquito and Bamboo islands, and the Phi Phi Islands. Enjoy plenty of time to snorkel in tropical lagoons, swim in the crystal clear waters, and soak up the warm sun, then re-fuel with a delicious beachside barbecue in the evening.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$137.22
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Phuket to Koh Yao Yai by Green Planet Speed Boat

Phuket to Koh Yao Yai by Green Planet Speed Boat

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Spend more time on the island of Koh Yao Yai with this fast transfer by speedboat from Phuket. From Bang Rong Pier in northeast Phuket, travel without additional stops to Chong Lad Pier on Koh Yao Yai. From there, a taxi or hotel shuttle can take you directly to your hotel. Pre-book your transfer to ensure your reservation and hassle-free transfer.
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  • 40 minutes
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$16.40
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Koh Yoa Yai day trip

Koh Yoa Yai day trip

Koh Yao Yai Traditional Island Life Exploring around the island by Po Tong seems like a traveling back in time. Come on a journey with us to experience the local customs and traditions of the warm and friendly people of Koh Yao Yai. A tour guide will show you the many exciting and interesting places to experience the island way of life
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  • 8 hours
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$127.85
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Koh Yao Noi Full Day Tour with Bike Ride & Lunch

Koh Yao Noi Full Day Tour with Bike Ride & Lunch

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Koh Yao Noi (Little Long Island) is a sleepy island still enjoying a slow pace of life located in Phang Nga Bay, only 1 hour’s boat ride away from the international resort island of Phuket. Discover the island's charm as you ride your mountain bike along small island roads through small villages passing rubber plantations and rice paddies.
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  • 8 hours
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Phuket to Koh Yao Noi by Green Planet Speed Boat

Phuket to Koh Yao Noi by Green Planet Speed Boat

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Located off the eastern coast of Phuket, the Koh Yao Noi islands are known for their reefs, wrecks and easygoing atmosphere. Get away from the bustling beaches and resorts on Phuket with this one-way transfer from Bang Rong Pier to Manoh Pier. Speed across the Andaman Sea in a little under an hour, maximizing the amount of time you can spend diving, swimming and sunbathing on Koh Yao Noi.
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  • 30 minutes
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Phang Nga Bay Deluxe Tour to James Bond and Hong Island from Phuket

Phang Nga Bay Deluxe Tour to James Bond and Hong Island from Phuket

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Destination: James Bond Island (Khao Phing Kan)! Explore Phang Nga Bay by speedboat from Phuket, stopping first at the uninhabited isle of Koh Hong, best reached by kayak. Eat a Thai-style lunch at the Muslim floating village on Pan-Yi Island, go sea kayaking at Panak Island, and relax on the remote sands of Naka Island or Lawa Island.
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  • 8 hours
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Sunrise Trip to James Bond Island

Sunrise Trip to James Bond Island

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Thailand’s Phang Nga Bay was made famous as Scaramanga’s beach-side hideaway in the James Bond blockbuster The Man with the Golden Gun, and this beautiful coastal cove can get busy. With this sunrise tour, explore Phang Nga Bay by canoe with your guide and admire its natural beauty before the crowds arrive. Paddle and snorkel between the caves and lagoon in peace, and enjoy unrivalled views over Thailand’s wilderness scenery.
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  • 10 hours
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Phi Phi Island Deluxe Plus 4 Islands

Phi Phi Island Deluxe Plus 4 Islands

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An air-conditioned van will collect you at your Phuket hotel before 8:00am. to take you to the Park Hopper and Pier. Once there you will receive the appropriate safety tips and information about your exciting, fun-filled day ahead. Not long into the ride you'll stop for your first snorkelling opportunity at the beautiful Khai Nui Island. After 15 minutes here it is only 5 minutes away to do some sightseeing at Khai Nai Island and then you'll be going to Yao Yai Island to relax on the beach and enjoy a delicious Thai style lunch. After lunch it is off to Tonsai Bay on Phi Phi Don, the largest and only inhabited island of the Phi Phi group, for some sightseeing and picture taking before moving onto Phi Phi Ley to explore spots like Maya Bay, and Viking Cave, Pileh Cove, Loh Samah Bay. (Maya Bay is currently undergoing a restoration project, so we can only pass by, however what a beautiful site that is!)
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  • 10 hours
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Phi Phi Island Deluxe Plus Gold 6 Island Package

Phi Phi Island Deluxe Plus Gold 6 Island Package

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Go island-hopping in the Phi Phi islands with boat transportation between on this full-day sightseeing experience from Bangkok. Relax on board the boat and take in the scenery accompanied by guided commentary. Highlights include Khai Nui Island, Mosquito Island, Ton Sai Bay, Phi Phi Leh, and others. Snorkel equipment is provided so you can dive in to explore the underwater world.
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  • 8 hours
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Phang Nga Bay Sunrise Tour from Phuket with Sea Cave Kayaking

Phang Nga Bay Sunrise Tour from Phuket with Sea Cave Kayaking

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Watching the sun rise over the ocean is one of nature’s wonders. Beat the crowds to world-famous James Bond Island by taking this sunrise tour from Phuket. Have the Phang Nga Bay to yourselves as you explore sea caves, kayak into a hidden lagoon on Koh Hong, and discover the hidden Koh Kudu lagoon and beach.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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James Bond Island Sunrise Early Bird Tour by Speed Boat

James Bond Island Sunrise Early Bird Tour by Speed Boat

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Cruise to James Bond Island for a Phang Nga Bay sunrise on a full-day speedboat tour from Phuket. A fast boat and early departure time mean you’ll beat the crowds on the way into Phang Nga Bay, where you’ll have the day to explore caves, paddle through a mangrove swamp, meet locals in the Koh Panyi floating village, and find a quiet place to swim among the islands.
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  • 9 hours
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Phi Phi, Green & Khai Islands by Speedboat

Phi Phi, Green & Khai Islands by Speedboat

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A visit to Phuket would not be complete without a visit to Phi Phi Island. It’s the topic of conversation for travelers all over Thailand. Regarded as one of the most beautiful islands in the world, stunning scenery beautiful beaches and bays. Breathtaking limestone cliffs rise straight out of the emerald green water. just a 45-minute speedboat trip from Phuket. on this trip, guests will get to swim and snorkel amongst the colorful, underwater diversity of fishes and coral reefs. Relax and sunbathe on the soft, white sand beaches of the islands. If you haven’t visited the Phi Phi Islands, then you haven’t fulfilled your trip to Phuket, Thailand.
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  • 8 hours
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James Bond Sunrise Early Bird Premium Tour

James Bond Sunrise Early Bird Premium Tour

Experience the Sunrise tour in James Bond Tour. We offer such a lovely and exclusive tour at very early morning from 05:00am and will be back to the port at about 03:00pm. Maximize your enjoyment, safety, relax and great memories. - First to visit James Bond Islands – follow the trail of 007 Proceed to The Naka Cave- The cave is hidden in the Mangrove forest. Come and discover the nature. Continue exploring The Mangrove Cave – Fire up your torches and step into a prehistoric world! Experience Canoeing – Gliding though the mystique mangrove swamp around Lod Nai Cave. Explore the lifestyle of the villagers at Panyee Village. Then, a 10 min ride on a small vehicle and enjoy the delicious buffet style lunch in private Restaurant at Koh Yao, and make use of your time to visit the view point to witnessed spectacular view. Enjoy swimming and Relax somewhere far from the crowds at Koh Nok or Koh. Transfer back to your hotel with memorable and unforgettable happiness trip!
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  • 9 hours
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Vibe Boat Club

Vibe Boat Club

Explore the beauty of Phang Nga Bay. taking the beach club scene to the open sea. Our stylish new 78ft catamaran is located at Yacht Haven Marina and it’s ready to take you on an awesome tropical adventure. Come aboard and chill in our cabana-style seats, daybeds or sun loungers and enjoy a leisurely cruise around the islands. Treat your palate with our wide selection of Cocktails, Champagnes, and Beer. Set the mood with our lounge music and cool down with our exhilarating water slide. Feel the vibe as you watch the majestic sunset and take your dance moves to the next level with our DJ’s club mixes.
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  • 7 hours
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Phi Phi Koh Yao Deluxe Plus Tour

Phi Phi Koh Yao Deluxe Plus Tour

Phi Phi Island Koh Yao, Khai Island Day Tour Speed boat tour - Trip by Speed boat 6 Islands Tours Visit of Phuket would not be completed without a trip to Phi Phi Island, The Phi Phi Island is one of the most beautiful nature and great landscape in the world. It is great ideas to take to speed boat tour to Phi Phi Island from Phuket. The journey is just about 50 minutes to get the sister island Phi Phi Ley, Maya Bay is the place that you will be visiting first in the morning. Spend time there around 1 hour, then heading to see Loh Samah Bay, Viking Cave, Pileh Cove, Monkey Beach. get full of snorkelling time and then go back to the Tonsai Bay at Phi Phi Don for Lunch.
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  • 9 hours
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Early Bird James Bond & Beyond Tour by Siam Adventure World from Khao Lak

Early Bird James Bond & Beyond Tour by Siam Adventure World from Khao Lak

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Beat the crowds and the heat by getting an early start at Phang Nga Bay. Kayak through sea caves, explore James Bond Island by food, and visit the Muslim fishing village of Koh Panyee. Include a Thai lunch at a restaurant on Koh Yao Yai.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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James Bond Island Sunrise Early Bird from Phuket

James Bond Island Sunrise Early Bird from Phuket

Beat the throngs of tourists that descend on Phang Nga Bay during the day with this early morning small group tour. A popular day trip from Phuket, experience this colorful National Park while the crowds are still waking up. Take a grunty speedboat out to Koh Panak Cave and cruise through this underwater grotto full of idiosyncratic stalactites. Spend the rest of your morning canoeing, swimming and sunbathing around the Hong islands, discovering secluded bays and marveling at the towering limestone cliffs and bright green forests.
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  • 10 hours
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Good Morning James Bond * Sunrise Trip - From Phuket

Good Morning James Bond * Sunrise Trip - From Phuket

Get rid of crowded and visit James bond island (Phang Nga Bay) sunrise trip are one of must do if you are in Phuket! Enjoy the amazing scenery on sunrise and visiting beautiful cave and canoeing in one of most beautiful scenery in Thailand. OPERATING only: Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday
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  • 8 hours
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GaySail: Gay Sailing Cruise Thailand, week 2

GaySail: Gay Sailing Cruise Thailand, week 2

The cruising grounds off the east coast of the island of Phuket are among the finest anywhere. Towering pinnacles of limestone jut from the emerald-colored and sheltered waters of Phang-nga Bay. To the south, the famous Phi Phi Islands stand as jewels of the Andaman Sea. More than 130 picturesque isles lie within the province of Krabi alone, and the offshore marine preserves of the Similan and Surin islands are internationally famous as one of the world’s top scuba diving sites. A Phuket gay sailing vacation offers a multitude of scenic and secure anchorages, pristine white-sand beaches, rugged uninhabited islands, and lively gay nightlife and gay resorts.
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  • 8 days
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GaySail: Gay Sailing Cruise Thailand, week 1

GaySail: Gay Sailing Cruise Thailand, week 1

The cruising grounds off the east coast of the island of Phuket are among the finest anywhere. Towering pinnacles of limestone jut from the emerald-colored and sheltered waters of Phang-nga Bay. To the south, the famous Phi Phi Islands stand as jewels of the Andaman Sea. More than 130 picturesque isles lie within the province of Krabi alone, and the offshore marine preserves of the Similan and Surin islands are internationally famous as one of the world’s top scuba diving sites. A Phuket gay sailing vacation offers a multitude of scenic and secure anchorages, pristine white-sand beaches, rugged uninhabited islands, and lively gay nightlife and gay resorts.
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Day in the Islands from Phuket by John Gray Sea Canoe

Day in the Islands from Phuket by John Gray Sea Canoe

Discover the hidden corners of Hong and Panak Islands on a full-day private tour from Phuket. Complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off gets you to the pier and back comfortably and punctually. Once aboard your private longtail boat, head to the islands and let the kayaking fun begin. You can paddle solo or with a guide. The well-rounded excursion also includes sightseeing on Hong Lagoon and a filling Thai lunch on Koh Yao Yi.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$487.83
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Early Bird James Bond & Beyond Tour by Siam Adventure World from Phuket

Early Bird James Bond & Beyond Tour by Siam Adventure World from Phuket

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Beat the crowds of tourists on a 9-hour early bird tour from Phuket. Comfortable pickup directly from your hotel takes you and fellow group members to the pier. After a light breakfast, kayak through the hidden tunnels and lagoons surrounding Phanak Island. Continue with visits to James Bond Island, the floating village of Koh Panyee, and more. With no crowds to cloud your experience, you're guaranteed a more immersive adventure.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$121.37
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Phi Phi Sunrise Premium Trip by Speed Boat

Phi Phi Sunrise Premium Trip by Speed Boat

Luxury Phi Phi Sunrise Tour by Speed Boat - Trip by Speed boat Early Bird Phi Phi Sunrise Tour by speed boat We offer such a lovely and exclusive tour at very early morning from 05.00 am and the tour will be back to the port at about 03.00 pm. Maximize your enjoyment, safety, relax great memories.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$119.28
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Full-Day Private Krabi 5 Islands Hopping Trip w/ Seaview Lunch by Speedboat

Full-Day Private Krabi 5 Islands Hopping Trip w/ Seaview Lunch by Speedboat

Discover a truly unique speedboat tour around Krabi. Enjoy the stunning sandy beach at Poda Island, snorkeling, swimming and relaxing at Talay Waek, Yao and Chicken islands. These places are among the most beautiful in the Andaman Sea. Let´s taste a delicious lunch at the Railay Beach restaurant with a bay view. The tour also includes a tour guide and round-trip hotel transfers in Phuket province.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,437.00
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