A perfect starting point for island hopping
Koh Yao Yai, where the time stands still!
To get to Koh Yao Yai you must first travel to Phuket, and once there, I don’t recommend you renting a car to drive from the airport because if you do it will cost you to park it at the pier. My friends and I had booked to stay at the Hotel Santhiya, and the hotel arranged for a van to pick us up to continue to the hotel’s speedboat.
But if you book a hotel that doesn’t have a transfer service, I would recommend you either hire a cab from the airport to take you to Bang Rong Pier for THB 650 each way, or take the airport bus and get off at the monuments of Thao Thep, Kasattri, and Thao Si Sunthon, then take a minibus to Bang Rong Pier.
In general, going to Koh Yao Yai, most people prefer to go by speedboats which depart from Bang Rong Pier, there is a ticket counter for Koh Yao Noi and Koh Yao Yai, you board the same boat which will drop off passengers at Koh Yao Yai before going next to Koh Yao Noi. The fare for a speedboat is THB 200 per person, for a long-tail boat THB 150 per person.
The long-tail boat can accommodate dozens of passengers and the vendors around the pier recommend that if I want to sit and snap pictures and relax that the long-tail is the better option because it runs slowly with the cool breeze all the way, it takes about 50 minutes and is more comfortable than the speedboat.