Koh Yao Yai & Koh Yao Noi holiday highlights

In the sheltered, emerald green waters of Phang Nga Bay, the utterly beguiling and unspoilt islands of Koh Yao Yai an Koh Yao Noi sit midway between Phuket and Krabi. There's a sense of preserved authenticity here, making them great places to experience traditional Thai island life. Koh Yao Yai is home to the beautiful eco-friendly Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort& Spa, as well as some of Thailand’s most stunning vistas, while on the smaller Koh Yai Noi you'll find a glamorous seaside retreat at Cape Kudu Hotel.

Koh Yao Yai & Koh Yao Noi key facts

Time difference

GMT +7 hours

Currency

Baht

Flying time to destination

11½ hours

Language

Thai. English is widely spoken at beach resorts.

Passport & visas

•   You need a full EU 10-year passport. We recommend that the expiry date is at least six months after your arrival back in the UK.
•   You only need a visa if you’re staying longer than 30 days (29 nights), and you can get one from the Thai Embassy.

Koh Yao Yai & Koh Yao Noi good to know

Etiquette

Religion
•   Theravada Buddhism. Minority religions include Islam, Christianity, Hinduism and Sikhism.

Etiquette
•   Thais revere their royal family, so never express disregard for it.
•   Outward expressions of anger are regarded as crude and boorish.
•   Each Buddha image - large or small, ruined or not - is considered sacred. Never climb onto one to take a photograph or do anything that might show lack of respect.
•   Public displays of affection between couples are frowned upon. Westernised Thai couples may hold hands but that’s as far as it goes in polite society.
•   It is considered rude to point your foot at a person or object.

Health and vaccinations

No vaccinations are compulsory but some are recommended. For more detailed and up-to-date information, contact your GP or a specialised vaccination centre.

Tipping

Tip porters and hotel staff if you’re happy with their service. If a service charge isn’t added to your restaurant bill, tip 10-15%.

What to wear

•   Dress neatly in all religious shrines - never go shirtless or in shorts, hot pants or other scanty attire.
•   Take off your shoes when entering private Thai homes, chapels that house Buddhist images, and mosques.

Sports

Try a plethora of watersports including diving, snorkelling and kayaking.

Food & drink

Food
•   Restaurants serve European, Levantine, Asian and oriental cuisines.
•   Most hotels offer American, English and continental breakfasts, and you may find western-style fast food outlets, snack bars and ice cream parlours.
•   Thai cuisine is a spicy mixof noodles, curries, sweet-and-sour dishes, slow- and fast-cooked ingredients, exotic spices and condiments.

Drink
•   Don’t drink the tap water or ice – stick to bottled mineral water or purified water in hotels.