How to get to Koh Yao

Koh Yao Yai (Big Long Island) and Koh Yao Noi (Little Long Island) sit in the centre of Phang Nga Bay, equidistant from Phuket and the Krabi mainland in Thailand. The islands themselves are just an eight-minute boat ride apart.

Both Koh Yao islands are easily reached by longtail boat from Phuket, Krabi and Phang Nga. Larger resorts provide direct transport options by prior arrangement.

The most convenient route to the Koh Yao islands is by air to Phuket Airport (HKT), followed by a bus or taxi ride to Phuket's Bang Rong Pier and a longtail boat to Koh Yao.

From some overseas destinations this requires flying into Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK), or Singapore's Changi Airport (SIN), followed by a connecting flight to Phuket.

By longtail boat, Koh Yao Noi is around 30 minutes from Bang Rong Pier on Phuket's east coast. You can also travel from Ban Tha Len in Krabi, taking 1 hour, and from Phang Nga Pier, taking 1 hour 20 minutes.

Alternatively, if you're already in Bangkok, air-conditioned buses depart Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal every night for Phuket Town.

Phuket is located on the west coast of Thailand around 867km (538mi) southwest of Bangkok, Thailand.


Flight times to Phuket

The following are the most convenient flights to Phuket, Thailand.

Within Thailand: Bangkok Airways, Thai Airways and Thai Smile offer daily flights from Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK).

Bangkok to Phuket is 1 hr 25 min, direct flight


From China: Air China, Hainan Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Spring Airlines, Cathay Dragon, Hong Kong Express and Thai Airways offer the most convenient flights to Phuket.

Beijing to Phuket is 5 hrs 30 min, direct flight
Shanghai to Phuket is 5 hrs 10 min, direct flight
Hong Kong to Phuket is 3 hrs 30 min, direct flight


From Singapore: SilkAir, Scoot Tigerair, Thai Air Asia and Jetstar Asia Airways offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Phuket.

Singapore to Phuket is 1 hrs 40 min, direct flight


From Malaysia: Malaysian Airlines and AirAsia operate the most convenient flights to Phuket.

Kuala Lumpur to Phuket is 1 hrs 25 min, direct flight


From United Arab Emirates: Emirates and Etihad offer the most convenient flights to Phuket.

Abu Dhabi to Phuket is 6 hrs 40 min, direct flight
Dubai to Phuket is 6 hrs 30 min, direct flight


From Australia: Jetstar, Qantas, Singapore Airlines and SilkAir offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Phuket.

Brisbane to Phuket is 11 hrs, direct flight
Sydney to Phuket is 9 hrs 20 min, direct flight
Melbourne to Phuket is 8 hrs 55 min, direct flight

Adelaide to Phuket is 10 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ
Perth to Phuket is 8 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ


From New Zealand: Air New Zealand and SilkAir offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Phuket.

Auckland to Phuket is 14 hrs 15 min, connecting flightˆ


From United Kingdom: Thai Airways International, EVA Air and Bangkok Airways offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Phuket.

London to Phuket is 14 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ


From Ireland: Emirates and Thai Airways International offers the most convenient flights to Phuket.

Dublin to Phuket is 14 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ


From France: Emirates and Thai Airways International offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Phuket.

Paris to Phuket is 13 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ


From Germany: Thai Airways, Lufthansa and Eurowings offer the most convenient flights to Phuket.

Frankfurt to Phuket is 11 hrs 5 min, direct flight

Berlin to Phuket is 13 hrs 15 min, connecting flightˆ
Dusseldorf to Phuket is 13 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ
Hamburg to Phuket is 14 hrs, connecting flightˆ
Munich to Phuket is 13 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ


From United States: American Airlines, Delta, Korean Air, Qatar Airways, Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon, Emirates, Singapore Airlines and SilkAir offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Phuket.

Atlanta to Phuket is 22 hrs 48 min, connecting flightˆ
Boston to Phuket is 20 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ
Chicago to Phuket is 19 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to Phuket is 22 hrs 50 mins, connecting flightˆ
New York to Phuket is 20 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Phuket is 20 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ
San Francisco to Phuket is 19 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ


From Canada: Air Canada, Cathay Dragon, Qatar Airways, Korean Air and Cathay Pacific offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Phuket.

Toronto to Phuket is 20 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ
Montreal to Phuket is 22 hrs 40 min, connecting flightˆ
Vancouver to Phuket is 18 hrs, connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes transfer time.)


Flying in

Phuket International Airport (HKT) is located in the north of Phuket Island, 32km (20mi) from Phuket City.

Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) (known unofficially as Bangkok Airport) is located at Samat Prakan, around 30km (18mi) east of Bangkok.

Long tail boats depart from Phuket's Bang Rong Pier to Koh Yao daily at 9.30 am, 12 noon and 5 pm. The boat makes a short stop on Koh Yao Yai, then cross to Koh Yao Noi, only 8 minutes away.


Entry requirements

A passport valid for at least six months beyond intended period of stay, a return/onward ticket and proof of sufficient funds. No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days.


Getting around Koh Yao

Apart from walking, motorbikes and tuk-tuks are available for hire. Some local shops and most hotels have sea kayaks for rent. A (sometimes) paved road circles the island. Driving is on the left-hand side of the road.


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Latest update: How to get to Koh Yao: 6 May, 2022



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