Hin Kong, Ko Yao Yai

BEACH
Hin Kong is located in the east of Ko Yao Yai. This quiet beach is about 1.5 kilometer long, and in the south part of the beach there is a small bay, where you will find our favorite hotel of the island. The sand is very fine, and you have a beautiful view of the island of Ko Rang Nok.

The sea is below beach level; there is a stone sea wall about half a meter high to protect the beach during storms. At Hin Kong we recommend booking a hotel with a swimming pool, as during low tide, bathing becomes more complicated. The sea retreats tens of meters and the sandy bottom becomes clayey, yet the view of the sea is wonderful.

WHERE TO STAY
On the beach are 2 excellent upper range stays: Koh Yao Yai Village and Anantara Koh Yao Yai Resort. Our sky-high favorite is Koh Yao Yai Village, the setting in the middle of nature
is great and all bungalows are very tastefully decorated with local handmade artwork and furniture. Baan Taranya Resort is the only mid-range hotel on Hin Kong, located just near the small pier.

Although all stays have their own restaurant, you can also grab your scooter to visit one of the small restaurants in the area.

ISLAND
Ko Yao Yai is one of the 2 main islands in the Ko Yao archipelago, located in the Phang Nga Bay. The other main island is Ko Yao Noi. Together, these islands are known for their natural beauty and tranquility.

Ko Yao Yai is the largest island and is a somewhat more extensive island of about 30 kilometers long. The island is located between touristy Phuket and Krabi and to our surprise, tourism here is still in its infancy. On Ko Yao Yai you are usually one of the few tourists.

Enjoying a nice swim requires some organization on the beaches of Ko Yao Yai and Ko Yao Noi: the tide has to be just right! At low tide the sea retreats, making the beach super wide and often difficult to access because the bottom becomes rocky or muddy. Beautiful for photos, less pleasant for swimming and yet the view of the sea is wonderful.

WHAT TO DO

You can explore the island’s natural beauty through activities like hiking, touring by scooter, and visiting local villages. Ko Yao Yai offers an authentic Thai island experience. Discover the nearby islands, including Ko Yao Noi, Phang Nga Bay, and James Bond Island. You can take boat tours to discover the unique landscapes, limestone karsts, and hidden lagoons.

Go sea kayaking or mangrove forest kayaking: paddle through the calm waters and explore the picturesque limestone formations, mangroves and caves. Kayaking tours are a great way to see the beautiful natural landscape up close.

It is possible to take yoga, boxing and cooking classes on the island. Be sure to take photos at Hat Laem, also known as Sandbank Beach. This beautiful beach (without accommodation) is located in the far northeastern tip of the island.

TRANSPORT
To get to Ko Yao Yai you can take a boat from Phuket at Bang Rong Pier close to the airport or from Ao Thalen Pier near Krabi. The speed boat from Bang Rong costs 400 baht and from Ao Thalen it is 150 baht. At the pier on Ko Yai Yai, a transfer to your residence starts at 100 baht per person.

It’s easy to rent a scooter on the island.