Koh Yao Yai, Thailand: What You Need To Know!

Koh Yao Yai is an island located in the Andaman Sea and part of Thailand, it’ about 30-40 minutes away from the Phuket Marina and Airport. We choose to stay in Koh Yao Yai because the island is captivating and known for its beaches, mangroves, and villages.

Koh Yao Yai es un Sueño

Location: Andaman Sea, Thailand

Language: Thai and Arabic

Religion: While Buddhism is the prevalent religion in Thailand, in Koh Yao Yai we experienced the Muslim faith.

Currency: Thai Baht

Weather: 79-90F

Electrical Outlet: Most of Thailand uses 220V AC. The outlets are two-prong round or flat sockets. I one the multi country converter, you can shop for my converter below!


Santhiya Koh Yao Yai

I stayed at the Santhiya Resort and Spa for 5 nights and it was breathtaking! Our room was the Ocean View Pool Villa. The rooms at Santhiya are beautiful, very affordable, and exactly as photographed on their website. All rooms contained everything needed to stay comfortably such as shampoo, conditioner, soaps, towels, lotions, etc. The resort is located on top of a small mountain top. To get around it can be pretty rough. If you would like to explore the island renting a motorcycle is an option for you. The resort also requires a lot of walking so to avoid the long walks in the resort, there are shuttle buses that run every 10 mins, at times the buses are over their capacity, so make sure to wear comfy shoes or sandals, and have the itinerary and schedule for the bus. If you need accommodation ASK! You can request a room near the resort amenities or pool, if that is not possible, enjoy the ride! It’s so relaxing!

Santhiya Koh Yao Yai and Restaurants

The property has about 12 ways of dining and 6 restaurants, all are very inexpensive and very accommodating. A language barrier did exist at times but all staff was very helpful, sweet, and caring – our favorites were the Chantara Restaurant, By the Sea Restaurant and Bar, The Titan Girl, Saaitara Restaurant and Khantok Cuisine (you will need reservations for all restaurants). We also scheduled our own private dinner on the beach which was amazing! Please note you can pay in cash for all restaurants or charge to your room. All were very inexpensive ranging between $43-60 U.S. dollars for a party of 4. Breakfast on the lower level is not free, however, at Saairara Restaurant breakfast is buffet style and free between 6 am and 10 am. We did not understand why breakfast was charged in certain locations of the resort and do feel that should change and should be entirely free. As I mentioned the resort was located on a mountain top and is very secluded, the resort, however, did provide everything we needed to stay comfortably such as shop and drug supplies.


Best Places and Tours in Visit in Koh Yao Yai:

# 1 James Bond Island and Beach Tour

# 2 Koh Yao Yai ATV Tour The Koh Yao Yai ATV tour took us on a unique tour off-road winding through the countryside, jungle and rubber plantations we also visited a pristine hideaway beach known locally as Nok Ok.

# 3 Visiting a Local School and Natural Pool Cave

It’s time to plan your own Sueño!

Organization here is key! Aside from all the other goodies, you will normally take to a tropical island you want to remember to have your adventure gear such as sneakers to walk around the island, plantation, and jungle, major takeaway is to definitely have your outlet converter and ensure you are open to a new experience in Koh Yao Yai.


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Zeline Santana

I am a full time college administrator in love with travel. My mission with Viajerx and co is to create statement pieces for Latinx travelers and share our travel journey on my blog! I launched my first business adventure with Viajerx and co in 2020 and our community is growing slowly but surely. Every year, I hope to launch new products that will encourage travel in the latinx community. I cannot wait to see what our gem becomes! Follow us and become part of our community on instagram!

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