Meaning “long, little island” in Thai, Koh Yao Noi is one of the few true remaining relatively undisturbed islands on the Thai coast. Development is beginning but it is taking its time, leaving this island paradise a haven of eco-tourism. The sister island to Koh Yao Yai and a little smaller, Yao Noi is the Thai island that you have dreamed of and one where there is little to do except sunbathe, snorkel and idle away the remaining days of your holiday in bliss.
Although viewed as being the most developed of the two, Yao Noi is still considerably more ‘real’ than many other islands in the area; the tourism has a relaxed feel and the locals are committed to maintaining the atmosphere of the place. It is believed that the residents of the island are a mixture of both the famous Moken people or Sea Gypsies and immigrants fromMalaysiaandBurmaand it’s this mixture of people that gives the island a diverse feel.
Both islands are famous for diving and climbing that can be easily pursued at a relatively low cost and the waters surrounding are home to a wide variety of sea life but for those who prefer to stay on dry land, the centre of the island is occupied by a jungle-covered mountain where you can regularly spot the hornbills, which are indigenous to the island.
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