Travel from Koh Phi Phi to Koh Yao Yai

By shared speedboat the journey from Koh Phi Phi to Koh Yao Yai is scheduled to take from 1 hour 40 minutes to 2 hours 15 minutes depending upon which service you take.

Ferry Times from Koh Phi Phi to Koh Yao Yai

There are currently 4 direct services a day from Koh Phi Phi to Koh Yao Yai available to book online.

Koh Phi PhiKoh Yao YaiCostCompany
11:0012:40฿ 1,200Koh Yao Sun Smile
13:0014:40฿ 1,200Koh Yao Sun Smile
14:3016:45฿ 1,750Tigerline Travel
15:0016:40฿ 1,200Koh Yao Sun Smile
  • Both Koh Yao Sun Smile and Tigerline Travel operate shared speedboat services.

Buy Tickets from Koh Phi Phi to Koh Yao Yai

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Koh Phi Phi Ferry Pier

Speed boat services and passenger ferries from Koh Phi Phi to Koh Yao Yai depart from Ton Sai Pier in Koh Phi Phi.

Google Map of Ton Sai Pier

Koh Yao Yai Ferry Pier

Speed boat services and passenger ferries from Koh Phi Phi to Koh Yao Yai terminate at Chong Lard Pier on the North Coast of Koh Yao Yai.

Google Map of Chong Lard Pier

About Travel to Koh Yao Yai

Koh Yao Yai is one of Thailand’s best island holiday destinations in terms of the balance of relaxation, great beaches and facilities.

Development on Koh Yao Yai

Koh Yao Yai is far from being a deserted island, a long way from major transport hubs. It’s only 30 minutes by speed boat from Phuket to Koh Yao Yai, and the island is connected to the electrical grid, has a small hospital, ATM machines, and independent shops, including now 2 branches of the ubiquitous 7-Eleven convenience store.

Less Busy than Koh Samui or Koh Phi Phi

What the island doesn’t have, however, is large numbers of tourists in the same way as other popular islands such as Koh Samui or Koh Phi Phi. In part that is because even the short journey from Phuket or the mainland is too much of a hurdle for people coming to Thailand on 2 week holidays, and partly because Koh Yao Yai doesn’t have much in the way of nightlife.

Lam Haed beach in Koh Yao Yai
Lam Haed beach in Koh Yao Yai
Space Between the Resorts

Koh Yao Yai is the largest of a group of 44 islands forming an archipelago in the picturesque Phang Nga Bay. Koh Yao Yai is approximately 27 km long by 5 km at its widest point. There’s not that much development on the island. The resorts are mostly located on the coast and there’s generally lots of space between each resort. The newer luxury resorts operated by Santhiya and Anantara occupy large areas that enable these resorts to deliver on their promise of providing tropical luxury accommodation in a way that the more space restricted resorts in nearby Phuket cannot.

Local Communities

One concrete main road, with numerous side roads coming off it, connect the island’s spread out clusters of buildings. The local people are predominantly Muslim and live in a series of small villages. Fishing and agriculture are still important industries and travelling around the island, particularly down smaller roads, visitors will see farms, fishing communities and people making things. This is one of the main attractions of a trip to Koh Yao Yai.

Beaches on Koh Yao Yai

Koh Yao Yai has three main beaches: Loh Paret on the West Coast, Lam Head on the North East corner of the island, and the most popular beach, Loh Jark, on the West Coast. Loh Paret Beach is normally the best swimming beach as it’s less affected by the tides, whereas on the West Coast the ease with which you can swim changes throughout the day. Lam Head Beach is the most picturesque of Koh Yao Yai’s beaches because of the long sand bar stretching out from the shoreline. Koh Jark Beach is the most developed beach and comes the closest in terms of atmosphere and amenities to being like more popular resort destinations such as Bophut in Koh Samui, just on a much smaller scale.

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