The best route for travel to Koh Yao Yai from Phuket will depend on a number of reasoning; where are you on the island, how fast you want to get there and how much are you prepared to pay. In Phuket you will find two main piers one in the Northeast of the island (Bang Rong Pier) and one in the Southwest in Phuket Town (Chianwanich Pier). As Phuket is a big island taxi travel can be relatively expensive so the cheapest option for travel to Koh Yao Yai will nearly always be from Phuket Town (Chianwanich Pier) in the Southwest. Below shows the timetable schedule for travel from Koh Yao Yai to Phuket and the return (photo from local map Apr 2014). There is a third option (shown below) leaving Laem Hin Pier in Phuket at 16:00pm.
Phuket Airport to Koh Yao Yai
The quickest route from Phuket Airport to Koh Yao Yai is leaving Bang Rong Pier in the Northeast. To reach the pier (we find) taxi to be the only option leaving Phuket Airport and costs 500 Baht one way. Speedboats then leave Bang Rong pier regularly to Koh Yao Yai (check timetable above) arriving to Klong Hia Pier in the Northeast of the island. Speedboats cost 200 Baht one way and the journeys take roughly 25 minutes. The same boat then forwards to Koh Yao Noi (the smaller island) a further 10 minutes ahead. Arriving to Koh Yao Yai you will find Songtaew (tuk-tuk vans) waiting for arrivals and they will help forward to your given destination on the island. Note travel is expensive on the island and to reach our hotel it costs 300 Baht for taxi. The pier itself has little more than nothing, the area is empty and forwarding can be tricky without the Songtaew taxis. For the cheaper travel option leaving Phuket Airport it may be best to travel first to Phuket Town using a shared minibus (150 Baht). From Phuket bus station a Songtaew finds the nearby pier (Chianwanich Pier) for roughly 40 Baht and car ferries leave regularly(ish) costing 140 Baht to travel to Koh Yao Yai . While the cheapest option it does take an hour or two longer.
Phuket Town to Koh Yao Yai
Four car ferries leave Chianwanich Pier daily (timetable above) along with one speedboat later in the evening (17.30). The pier is easy to reach from Phuket town centre using cheap local Songtaews (40 Baht) or for convenience pay that bit extra for a quick taxi ride depending where you are. The car ferry to Koh Yao Yai costs around 140 Baht or for the later speedboat 200 Baht. All boats arrive to Koh Yao Yai (Loh Jark Pier) and from here you will find no problem taxiing onwards using local Songtaew taxis and cars. This pier is by far the nicer of the local piers with soft sand beaches, turquoise seas, local beachside restaurants and picturesque views. It is the kind of Pier you don’t mind having to wait at.
Overview of Koh Yao Yai
To be honest Koh Yao Yai is not the most exciting or picturesque island in the region but it is in no doubt beautiful and offers a unique culture found nowhere else in the region. It also escapes the mass tourism which litters nearby regions and has a feeling of authenticity and tradition. Koh Yao Yai is 90% Muslim (10% Buddhist) with many locals of Malay or Indonesian heritage and this is reflected locally in dress, architecture and (unfortunately) in lack of pork and alcohol. Fortunately booze can be found at hotels, resorts and the occasional tourist restaurant. Local trades are fishing and farming and among unique island sights are the drying of anchovies fish (pla ching chang) and cashew nut trees. Koh Yao Yai offers a handy vantage point for travel in the Phang Nga region and nearby island hopping is worth taking advantage of.
21 thoughts on “Phuket to Koh Yao Yai (Thailand)”
Hello which pier in Koh Yao Yai is closest to the Santhiya Resort please? I read that that its either the Koh Jark Pier or Klong Hia Pier but am not sure which is best. Thank you
Hi Lisa. It is the Koh Jark Pier but there’s not a huge difference. I think it is best to go by the pier you are travelling to / from and the boat schedules.
Thanks for posting this very helpful info about Yao Yai. I’ve been trying to figure out logistics, ferry times, etc. for an upcoming trip and there’s been little info on the web scattered around various forums, but your overview provided a lot of the details I’ve been searching around for. Cheers!
Thanks 🙂 Hope you had a great trip. A.
Hi, as you mentioned that Phuket airport to bang rong pier takes 500 B one way. Is this per person cost or for at least 2 people?
That’s for a taxi and everyone in it 🙂
Hi , are you going to stay at santhiya resort , if yes would you please share the taxi price from airport and other fares and details to reach the resort thank you
Hello ! First of all I want to say thank you for your information
I would like to ask you please about the timetableschedule from Phuket to Koh Yao Yai (Thailand) every year the timetable schedule the same or they change every year ? I am going in 4 December in Phuket.
Hello Pooja , I have read your review about santhiya resort , we are going to same resort next week , would you please share the information about reaching to the hotel from Phuket airport and charged involved and any excursion you would recommend thank you in advance
Hi there, can U help us to get to Thiw Son Beach Resort from Bang Rong Pier, we are travelling with infant and of course his pram. Best
Hello, we need to get from the airport at Phuket and over to the Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort, however we do not land until 16.00 pm local time. Are there any later ferry/boat options?
The 17:30 Speed Boat would be your best bet. As above. I would also check with the hotel in case they offer better options 🙂
hello, If i want to go to Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort from Phuket, can I get the car ferry tickets when I get to the pier? do I need to buy the ticket in advance? Also, once i get to the Chianwanich Pier or the Bang Rong Pier, who should I pay to but the tickets? It seems that there is no official ticket selling counter in the piers in Thailand…this is my first time going to Thailand…I really need your need your information please.
I cannot give full information. But from our experience we just arrived to the pier and paid at the boat. Sorry I cannot be of more help.
Hi ! We are planning to visit santhiya Koh yao yai on next month 09th. Do we need to book for the speed boat transfer ahead or we can go there and get the tickets on the same day?
I cannot give full information. But from our experience we just arrived to the pier and paid at the boat.
First of all, great post. I would appreciate if you could confirm me that ferrys have same time table in 2018. I can’t find any information about ferrys from Laem Hin Pier.
Thank you so much.
Timetables rarely change and I haven’t heard any different. But I’m honestly not certain. Please don’t blame me if I’m wrong 🙂
Hi Lisa, Any information about ferry from Laem Hin pier? I wish to use it to transit to Phuket
Hi. We’re looking at taking our car to the island. Do we need to book ahead if taking the car on ferry and what is the price for the car? Thanks for your help!
Im keen to find the most stress free way to get back to phuket airport from manoh pier – for a 12:15pm flight. Any guidance would be perfect.