Ao Yon (Yai) Beach

Ao Yon Beach Phuket

Ao Yon Beach Phuket, also known as Ao Yon Yai (big Ao Yon Beach) is just south of Phuket Town on the end of an irregular shaped cape on the southeast side of Phuket Island. Ao Yon Beach is not the most beautiful spot in Phuket, but it’s somewhere scenic to go if you’re in town and craving the beach and don’t want to go for a drive. Ao Yon Beach is not all that clean during the monsoon season. Ao Yon Beach faces southeast and offers great sea views and a direct line to Koh Mai Thon Island to the southeast. The large section of beach is great for taking a walk, or for a picnic at lunch time. The water at Ao Yon Beach isn’t so special, there is waste-water runoff pipes leading into the bay and the smell of sewage can be off-putting. During low-tide, the beach becomes a large mud bog, too soft to walk in and find shells. The water here is usually quite flat and kayaks are available to rent in at least one spot.

There are a multitude of boats in the bay, some of which are due to visitors at the Phuket Yacht Club. The atmosphere at Ao Yon is very laid back and you won’t find so many people wandering about. You will find some people in the restaurants and bars on the beach.

Restaurant prices are moderate to high – and that should be expected being so close to Phuket Town. This is where a lot of people working in town come for a lunch or dinner break and to enjoy the chill vibes and the ocean views.

Ao Yon Beach Clubs

Brasserie Yacht Club – consistently good reviews. They serve western and Thai food – including good bread. Only one vegetarian dish on the menu. A bit pricey, but generous portions. They have a nice wide-open spot with plenty of room for a group. Nice views!

Ao Yon Beach Restaurants / Bars

  • Chom Ao Coffee and Food Restaurant – not quite on the beach, there is a street between. Views of the ocean on tables facing across the road. Reviews mention good prices and food. Probably better for lunch and choose one of the clubs above for dinner and drinks.

Ao Yon Beach Accommodations

  • Bandara Villas Phuket – set up on the hill overlooking Ao Yon Beach, these well-appointed villas get good reviews for the views, the rooms, and the activities available during the day (paid and free). Many reviewers commented on the food being the weak point of their stay. Private pools with each villa – starting around 6,000 THB per night.
  • Villa Baan Amandeha – luxury villas on Ao Yon Beach starting at 12,500 THB per night. Excellent reviews, and they have another property in France. Ultra-modern, chic property with style and elegance. Try this one!

Ao Yon Beach Facts

  • Location in Phuket: On a peninsula in the southeast, just south of Phuket Town near the Phuket Aquarium
  • GPS Data: 7° 48’ 45” N, 98° 23’ 28” E
  • Distance to Patong / Phuket Town / Airport in km: 24 / 12 / 43
  • Taxis available: Yes
  • Surrounding Beaches: Panwa Beach is to the southeast, and another beach with the same name is to the west.
  • Direction Facing: Section #1: Southeast; Section #2: South-southwest
  • Beach Length: Section #1: 685 meters (750 yd.); Section #2: 366 meters (400 yd.).
  • Beach Width: Section #1: 10 meters (11 yd.) on average; Section #2: 8 meters (9 yd.).
  • Estimated Beach Area: 6’850 m2 (8,193 square yd.) / 2’928 m2 (3,502 square yd.)
  • Beach Quality: Mostly sand with rocky ends of the beaches.
  • Ocean Bottom: Sand and some rocks.
  • Restroom / showers facilities? Restrooms at the restaurants. No showers, but not a great place for swimming either.
  • Beach features: Rocky at the ends of the beach – all sections (rocks north end, shallow reef, etc.). Shallow water excellent for kids if no stingrays present. Soft sandy bottom in the center of both sections of beach.
  • Lifeguard Available? No
  • Sunbeds Available? Yes, next to the Brasserie there is a small part of the beach where you can rent a sunbed
  • Umbrellas? Yes, next to the Brasserie there is a small part of the beach where you can rent a sunbed
  • Public or Private? Entrance fees? Public, no fees.
  • Water quality: Good
  • Boat anchorage possible? Yes, there are frequently boats anchored here. There is some protection from winds blowing from the east, north, and west. Brasserie Yacht Club is in the middle of Ao Yon Beach and rated as having good food and service.
  • Boat dock and marina? N/A
  • Longtail boat rental possible? Yes
  • Speedboat/longtail boat tours possible? Yes/Yes
  • Sea inflow:: Yes
  • Slope into sea until 1m deep: 6-15m
  • Convenience shop available? No
  • Attractions: N/A – very small beach.
  • Activities: Sailing lessons given here at Sail in Asia Co.; Phuket Party Boat Island Cruise – dinner cruises from Skyhigh Yachting Co.; Speedboat and yacht charters at Coral Seekers.
  • FKK possible? Not permitted, but if empty…
  • Massage available? Yes
  • Picnic possible? Yes
  • Surfing? No breaks.
  • Smoking? In November Thailand is cracking down on smoking at beaches around the country. In November 2017 in Phuket, Patong Beach is affected. Soon they expect to make it a country-wide smoking ban – so do stay up to date because fines are high and can include prison time.
  • Warnings: Stingray caution.
  • Waste runoff into the sea? Yes

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This Phuket Beaches Blog and most of the published articles have been researched, written and compiled by Sepp Hatzl. Sepp started visiting Phuket in 1975, felt in love with the island, and in 1997 decided to spend most of his time in Nai Thon Beach Phuket. Sepp is happy to provide you with more specific information about all kind of Phuket topics, just drop him an email (email see in the footer).

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