Ao Yon, Phuket

Ao Yon, Phuket

Rustic but pretty

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Those in search of a more rustic beach scene on Phuket need look no further than Ao Yon, a small bay on Phuket’s east coast set between Ao Chalong and Ao Makham on Cape Panwa.

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Life at Ao Yon. Green and serene yet not super clean. Photo by: Lana Willocks.
Life at Ao Yon. Green and serene yet not super clean. Photo: Lana Willocks

Ao Yon’s tall coconut trees and white sands make it look like the postcard-perfect tropical island beach, though it’s not exactly squeaky clean due to all the boating and pearl farm activity in the bay. Shallow and sheltered, it’s a safe place for kids to swim for most of the year.

Most of Ao Yon’s beachfront is taken up with private businesses, mostly small-scale sailing operations, so you’ll need to park on the road and walk down one of the paths to get to the beach. There’s easier access from the portion of road at Ao Yon’s east end. This is where the bay’s few restaurants are found, including the Secret Cove and Ship Inn. Both of these open-air spots right on the beach serve a mix of Thai and Western dishes, while Secret Cove offers some Indian fare.

The bay is home to the Phuket Youth Sailing Club, where disadvantaged local kids are given sailing lessons and the chance to join weekend races with a fleet of small Optimist yachts. The club is run by Topper Sail, which also offers sailing classes for all ages, standup paddle (SUP) boards and kayak rental from its beachfront shop.

Kids’ sailing class with Topper Sail. Photo by: Lana Willocks.
Kids’ sailing class with Topper Sail. Photo: Lana Willocks

To get to Ao Yon, take Sakdidet Road south from Phuket Town, then continue on towards the Phuket Aquarium on Route 4129. Turn right onto the small Ao Yon-Khaokhad Road, about 750 metres south of the Bel Air condominium, and drive along here for about one ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)

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Lana Willocks is a freelance writer from Canada based in Phuket. Her love affair with Thailand began on a university exchange programme in Bangkok, then she returned to Phuket on the auspicious date of 9-9-1999 and never left.

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