It seems that "homestay" tourism is becoming more and more popular among both Thai and foreign tourists. It is not just the trip to sightsee only the beautiful attractions and admire the purity of nature, but it enables you to discover culture and way of life, living with the locals just like you are one of their family members, participating in their activities. Today, there is more homestay tourism in Thailand. One of the interesting examples is the homestay tourism at Koh Yao Noi, Phang Nga province, peaceful and surrounded by the warmth from people in the community. We would like to invite you to visit and experience life at Koh Yao Noi. It will definitely be an unforgettable experience for you.
Koh Yao Noi’s homestay tourism organized by the group called "Koh Yao Noi ecotourism", this group is quite famous and they received many awards, for example, 2002; the World Legacy Award from the National Geographic Magazine of the United States, 2002 - 2004: the outstanding award in tourism development and promotion from the tourism authority of thailand (TAT), 2005 - 2009: the certification of homestay standards of Thailand from the ministry of tourism and sports, and 2007: the good host and the outstanding community in tourism from the tourism authority of thailand (TAT).
“Homestay tourism in Koh Yao Noi village was founded in 1995. Initially, when more tourists came to visit Koh Yao Noi, the students also came to collect information for their thesis but chose to stay at the resort. The villagers thought that if they wanted to gather information about this island, it would be better to stay at their home. Thus, this is the beginning of the homestay’s activity. Koh Yao Noi is the first homestay tourism in the South of Thailand”.
The origin of Koh Yao Noi ecotourism group came from people in the village saw the potential of homestay tourism that might help distribute income to the community and allow the outsiders to know more about Koh Yao Noi’s community. The selling point of Koh Yao Noi is the community’s lifestyle, everything is original, tourists will stay with the villager. 98% is Muslims, most of their professions are about fishery and rubber plantation. The tourists can join their host family doing the activities around the island and experience the diversity of lifestyles of people in Koh Yao Noi island.
“The tourists will gather at the multipurpose building, it’s the gathering point, information center and administration office of the community. It's located under a big santol tree that can be noticed from far away. They will briefly introduce the history and the rules of travel. Next, there will be activities on the island, for example traveling around Koh Yao Noi by car, experiencing the way of life on the island; rice farming, making fishing tools, OTOP products, tie-dyeing from natural colors, making products from coconut shells, picking coconut from the tree, taking the long-tailed boat to sightsee lives around the island such as net casting and hauling back, raising lobsters in tank. You will also see how to catch the lobster. Other activities are swimming, snorkeling, observing the ecosystem, and visiting the evening local market on Koh Yao Noi, trying local food and desserts. You will be able to learn and understand the way of life of people in Koh Yao Noi, a united and lovely community of Phang Nga bay.”
Those are activities that tourists will experience from the homestay tourism at Koh Yao Noi. The tourist will experience eco-tourism; responsible travel to natural areas and environments. Koh Yao Noi community is strong in terms of environmental management and tourism. There are rules for both hosts and tourists to follow, for example do not bring the foam box to the sea, use the reusable containers such as the water flask or the food carrier. There is also the tree planting activity to help strengthen the environment conservation. Other rules such as dress politely in the community to prevent crime and respect the local culture, refrain from drinking alcohol and bringing drugs into the village, no littering, and collecting shells. Responsible travel to natural areas, which conserves the environment and improves the welfare of local people.
The attractiveness of homestay Koh Yao Noi is the friendliness, the warmth, the sense of security for the visitors. Locals here treat tourists just like their brothers and sisters, not just one special guest who must be indulged. Tourism that goes along with local learning; wisdom, culture and respect to the local rules, these made the community become strong and be able to simultaneously improve the local community and tourism, including natural resources conservation. So, Koh Yao Noi community can maintain their traditional way of living and manage tourism together.
If you are interested in homestay tourism of Koh Yao Noi, please contact the visitor center, the Ecotourism club, Koh Yao Noi subdistrict, Koh Yao district, Phang Nga province. Office Tel. +66 7659 7244. The coordination department Tel. (+66)8 1968-0877, (+66)8 6942-7999 or visit Facebook page: Koh Yao Ecotourism ชมรมการท่องเที่ยวเชิงอนุรักษ์เกาะยาวน้อย
Phone: 08 1968 6877