LIFE IN THE SLOW LANE
Charming KO YAO NOI is the kind of place you probably thought no longer existed in Thailand, an under-the-radar island of rocky coves and palm-fringed beaches where the population lives a traditional lifestyle that is still relatively untouched by tourism. That it lies amongst the incredible karst formations of Phang Nga Bay, roughly halfway between flashy Phuket and backpacker-busy Krabi, makes it feel like even more of a find.
Ko Yao Noi translates as Small Long Island, an apt description for a place that is less than 12km from top to tail and never more than 10km wide. Local communities have resisted the lure of the big developments that have blighted other parts of the bay, and the blissful result is island life as it should be: slow and easy, the perfect antidote to an itinerary that has previously been packed with monumental sights and exciting experiences. There are just enough activities on Ko Yao Noi to keep your days interesting, but you should save all those for later. Today is all about the beach. Or the pool. Or both.
WHERE TO STAY
THE LIJOMA LOWDOWN
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NEED TO KNOW
A handy overview of Thailand’s weather and climate throughout the year, with recommendations for the best time to visit
Pre-trip practicalities, including getting there, visas and passports, health and safety and how to get around
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