Most of our people in Koh Yao Noi Homestay earn a living out of farming and fishing. But a short visit to our dainty island is enough to discover a wealth of opportunities within. Riding fishing boats and catching crabs; producing batik and walking through rice paddies; weaving fish nets and making noodles; rubber tapping and hiking – these are just some of activities tourists can do with our hosts. With the warm hospitality of our hosts, it is no wonder that our community at Koh Yao Noi Homestay has received numerous awards by the Tourism Authority of Thailand for its sustainable practice of tourism.
Koh Yao Noi is one of the small islands around Phuket. Our community is self-sufficient, with areas for livelihood, education, worship and commercial activities. Arriving the pier via 30-minute boat ride, you will be greeted by a host and provided with a tuktuk ride to your homestay and the rest of the island. Visit our local restaurants, outdoor spas, souvenir shops and long stretch of beach and white sand, while you explore the rice paddies, batik factories and fish farms.
You get to stay in a cozy room in a traditional home built with clean toilet and bath. Here you will live with the host’s family with whom you can learn and engage in local lifestyle and activities. You share meals with the family and can even help in their food preparation. This provides opportunities for conversations and cultural knowledge exchange. The host takes you around the island to introduce you to other villagers. You could also get to meet guests living in other homestays too.
Being a predominantly Muslim community, the villagers at Koh Yao Noi are generally conservative. Modest clothing must be observed; cleanliness has to be maintained. Smoking is prohibited, as well as drugs and alcohol.