This is what we can call the perfect example of a harmonious community. Resided primarily by Thai Muslims, it is amazing to see how it defies all images of conflict in the world. Southern Thai hospitality is passionate, warm, and full of smiles. The positive vibe at this island is contagious. In 2002, Koh Yao Noi Island gained worldwide attention after receiving the World Legacy Award for Destination Stewardship from Conservation International and for its eco-friendly homestay programs.
Join fishermen for an early morning boat ride to the sea, test your luck and skills in fishing
Take ad hoc lessons from your fishermen friends about the ocean life in Thailand
Show off your cooking skills to the locals or let them teach your Thai savory seafood recipes
Find a hammock by the beach for an afternoon nap -- can’t get better than this
Explore the richness of Koh Yao Noi’s natural resources and the local way of life
Immerse yourself and learn more about life of the Muslims.
Optional: Leave from Bang Rong Pier, Phuket by ferry. We suggest the 11:00 am departure time which will take you to Koh Yao Noi Island by noon. For a speedier option, there are speedboats that take half the time.
Once you arrive at the Manoh Pier on Koh Yao Noi, we can arrange a transfer service to the village. Arrive at the island with a small greeting ceremony with your local host.
Explore the island and its local way of life. There are vast rubber plantations, tall coconut trees in the fields, and pristine beaches. Get deeper knowledge of how the people here co-exist with nature and make use of what’s readily available to improve their own livelihoods. Learn about the mangrove forest and its ecosystem.
Gather at your homestay or a neighbor’s house for a delicious meal of home cooked seafood. Savor the spices and unique sauces that accompany fresh caught fishes, crab, and prawns.
After dinner, take a walk to the local market to see the lively scene where light snacks are sold. Try the Thai roti patra followed by a cup of “cha-chuk” milk tea.
There won’t be morning calls so set your alarm for the early catch. Join your local host and other fishermen out to the sea for the first catch of the day. Get your hands active because we’ll be throwing nets!
Take a detour to stop by a quiet beach on the island for a picnic. You can sunbathe or take a swim in the ocean… Actually, we suggest you do both. Spend sometime introspecting and reflect on your thoughts.
If time permits, spend some time at the local fisheries if you’re curious about marine life and the seafood industry in Thailand. The locals knows best. ;)
Leave behind lasting memories and feel inspired by the local Koh Yao Noi way of life. Exchange contacts and be sure to send back photographs and postcards. The friends who run the community based tourism program at Koh Yao Noi are all ears when it comes to feedback of your experience -- so let them know about your stay!
We drop you off at the Manoh Pier at 4:30 pm, right before the last ferry departs.
Revival of Traditional Fishing
Our community fund supports the protection of various traditional customs and ways of life.