Koh Yao Yai
A day trip to visit an island in the middle of Phang Nga Bay is always a beautiful day in perspective and certainly a pleasant and enjoyable moment.
When you are on a boat you have plenty of time to contemplate these fairy tale landscapes that pass by and of which I personally never get tired.
Thus, after several visits of Koh Yao Noi this small island in the middle of the bay, I had decided to go and discover its big sister: Koh Yao Yai of which I hadn't heard much until then...
What to say about this island after a day spent crossing it from north to south... not much to riori, but some dream landscapes all the same!
The very sparse population you see is welcoming, smiling, and you easily manage to exchange a few signs, or even a few words.
As for the very desert road, it seems a bit long at a given moment from north to south, even monotonous... Fortunately, from time to time you can admire beautiful panoramas with the islands offshore and Krabi in the background.
The beaches are there of course, but there is no activity, rather completely wild...
For those who wish to spend a super-calm stay, almost isolated from the world, this island is really made for them...
The Route from Phuket
From Bang Rong Pier
With the increase in tourist visits, they are now two separate boats ...
Our first discovery in Koh Yao Yai: Laem Had Beach
Our first stop, we make it in the east of the island, just in front of Koh Yao Noi... there, a kind of sand tongue is coming into the sea, the place is called Laem Had Beach. Superb landscape completely isolated and desert. This place is located on marker 2 of the map at the end of the article.
As you can see... there are no crowds and yet our trip to Koh Yao Yai took place in february, in the middle of the high season...
Visitors come to spend a few minutes or even a few hours on their way back from a boat tour such as the tour of the islands of Koh Yao Noi for example.
At some point, you have to leave the road and take small paths... the discovery of this place is impressive of calm and solitude.
Koh Yao Yai Beach
In the south of the island, the Loh Jak Pier...
The Map of Koh Yao Yai
Mark 1: Arrival and departure point of longtail or speedboat.
Mark 2: Laem Had Beach, sandbank and splendid landscape
Mark 3 (panoramic view from the road) photo series start article
Between markers 3 & 5, about twenty kilometres of monotonous and uninteresting
Marks 5 and 7 - no interest
Mark 6 - restaurant for lunch, beautiful beach
Between markers 7 & 8: dirt road, pebbles and rocks quite dangerous
to avoid if you are not too much in control of your machine, and to avoid altogether if you are two on the bike.
It's best to stay on the main road