Those who dream of hopping from bungalow to beach to swimmable ocean should look to the Loh Paret and Loh Jark areas, or, if you've more cash to flash, the more upscale resorts of Chong Lad and the northeast. If you're simply keen to slip into a quiet stretch of coastline and don't mind the mangroves and mud flats, Loh Poh Bay and Bole Bay should do the trick.
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Loh Poh bay is found along the western edge of the skinny central part of Yao Yai. Its coastline is mostly muddy mangrove flats, accessible only by a few tracks leading off the main road, so there’s no swimming or sunbathing to be had here. The views are great, however, with sunsets and the comings and goings of fishing boats to watch.
With soft white sands and a depth ideal for swimming at any tide level, Loh Paret along Yao Yai’s central west coast is a popular beach for both locals and visitors. Even so, its three kilometres of sand rarely seems crowded. At its north end is the Laem Yai headland and pier, a great spot for a stroll at sunset.
As the launching point for Phuket ferries and boats to nearby islands, Loh Jark beach has more hustle and bustle than any other Yao Yai beach, though it’s far from hectic. The pier cuts through the middle of it, yet Loh Jark’s sparkling white sands and sunset views make it one of Yao Yai’s most picturesque lengths of sand.