Welcome to Ko Yao
Ko Yao Noi is the main population centre, despite being smaller than its neighbour, with fishing, coconut farming and tourism sustaining its small, year-round population. It's not a classic beach destination: bays on the east coast, where most resorts are, recede to mudflats at low tides. Nevertheless, Hat Pasai, on the southeast coast, and Hat Paradise, on the northeast coast, are both gorgeous.
Ko Yao Yai is twice the size of its sibling and wilder. The most accessible beaches are Hat Lo Pared, on the southwest coast, and powder-white Hat Chonglard on the northeast coast.