The DestinAsian Guide to Finding Your Perfect Thai Island

Click the arrow to see more photos
Serene Koh Yao Yai is situated in the middle of karst-strewn Phang Nga Bay (iStock).


For a Glimpse of Island Life:
Koh Yao Yai

It might lie just 10 kilometers offshore, but Koh Yao Yai is worlds away from the busy and brash international destination of Phuket to its west. While millions descend on that island every year, oft-overlooked Koh Yao Yai is home to only 9,000 or so people, and until recent years had very few places to stay. The main reason for this lack of development is because the locals like it this way. Traditionally, the islanders have made their living from harvesting rubber, coconuts, and fish, and you’ll still see these industries on the other side of the main road, which cuts down the middle of the island from north to south. While five-star accommodation is now available for visitors, including the Glow Elixir Koh Yao Yai (glowby zinc.com; doubles from US$145), there’s still little else to do on the island but relax by the pool, laze on the beach, and eventually realize exactly why the chilled-out locals are in no rush to see their island home modernized.

Pages 2 of 10
Share this Article

Related Posts

Your Guide to the South Pacific’s Most Beautiful Islands

Even the savviest of map buffs can find the South Pacific’s scattering of dozens of countries and ...

10 Local Designers in Bangkok Worth Shopping at

Forget elephant key-chains and fridge magnets—Thailand’s capital has an exciting retail scene an...

An Exciting New Menu for Nahm at COMO Metropolitan Bangkok

One of Bangkok’s most celebrated Thai restaurants is wooing diners with a completely reinvented me...

4 Idyllic Greek Islands in the Cyclades

Home to some of Greece’s most stunning archaeological ruins, these idyllic islands are worth redis...

Great Deals at Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle

All-inclusive adventure packages at Four Seasons’ Chiang Rai property are now rewarded with up to ...

Uncovering the Charms of Khao Lak

Laid-back and beautiful, this stretch of Thailand’s Andaman Sea coastline is ready for rediscovery...