Koh Yao Noi Ecotourism
The smaller of two islands, within Phang Nga Bay, is a place where the islanders have managed to preserve a traditional way of life, which is important to respect. Here, you can learn about traditional rice processing methods, go sea kayaking, watch local mat production, learn how to cook and eat local island food. You can even learn how to make tiger balm or take a trek through the jungle.There are also white sandy beaches to laze on and ancient caves to explore, all in enchanting surrounds.
In Koh Yao Noi, eighty five percent of the local people are Muslim seafarers, engaged in small-scale fishing. In the past 50 years, fishing technology has gradually developed, and the demand for fish has steadily increased. Commercial fishing has stripped coastal resources, resulting in lower catches and decreased food security for small fishers. Concerned by this trend, many local fishers organized grass-roots conservation groups. They worked to promote sustainable fishing practices, and protect the ocean which their community had relied upon for generations.These efforts met a good measure of success.
Marine species increased in number, mangrove forests recovered and sea grass was replenished. Villagers even stopped commercial trawlers from entering conservation zones. Stimulated by the support of visitors for their conservation efforts, community members began to develop tourism activities as a bridge to share their struggles and successes with the outside world. They were assisted to develop these activities by Thai NGO, Responsible Ecological social Tours Project (REST). Gradually, CBT Club members have developed a model of small-scale tourism which balances learning, fun and cultural exchange. Located in Phang Nga Bay, close to the mass tourism destinations of Krabi and Phuket, the villagers are well aware of the dangers and impacts of unrestricted mass tourism development and are committed to controlling tourism development in their villages.
Guests are gently educated about Muslim culture to ensure sensitive behavior. Meanwhile, the CBT club operates a rotation system for tourism activities, guides and homestay accommodation to ensure equal opportunity to participate in tourism, and to spread economic benefits fairly. Study Trip participants are invited to meet the inspiring fisher folk of Koh Yao Noi, and share their lives, environments and culture. Homestay accommodation with local families, tasty Southern Thai food, and a mixture of discussion and direct experience will provide participants with an insightful, enjoyable experience.
Koh Yao Noi Accommodation
• Eco homestay programs and resort
Activities at Koh Yao Noi
• Floating farm visits, making chilli paste, cooking, pig-tailed macaque coconut harvesting, learning Thai boxing, trekking, kayaking
Winter or the cold season is best.
The island is considered part of Phang Nga, it is easier to reach from Phuket. Take a song thaeo from the central market to Ao Paw public pier and catch a boat to the island.