This group of islands lies in the Phang Nga Bay, equidistant from Phuket and Krabi. The two main islands of the group are Koh Yao Noi and Koh Yao Yai.
Yao Noi, the popular and smaller of the two, gained prominence after being bestowed the World Legacy Award for Destination Stewardship from Conservation International and National Geographic Traveler magazine in 2002. This award was given for the eco-friendly home stay programs offered by its local residents.
Both the islands are comparatively underdeveloped, but Yao Noi has a few shops, restaurants, ATM and Internet services. The locals are not keen on developing the island into a tourist destination and want to preserve their traditional way of living. They believe that the island should not be disfigured like the nearby Phuket.
Tourists should respect local culture, while visiting the islands. They should dress conservatively and refrain from consuming alcohol outside restaurants and hotels.