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What to do in Ao Yon Beach?

Ao Yon Beach is a surprisingly quiet and remote beach where you can have a calm walk and only meet locals and a few longtime residents. Of course, these little hidden beaches are far and you need to make a bit of effort to find them, and that is the main reason why such beaches remain quiet.

Ao Yon Beach in Phuket

There are still a few hidden beaches in Phuket, including Ao Sane Beach, Panwa Beach in the south, Banana Beach and even Naithon and Haad Sai Keow in the island’s north.

Ao Yon Beach is so out of the way, and far from the road, you could drive nearby ten times without noticing its entrance. Located between Panwa beach (past the Panwa Boutique Beachfront) and Cape Panwa, it is not well indicated, but a few ‘restaurants’ signs might give you a hint.


You will have to park on the main road as residents won’t allow the way down to the park, but it is not often crowded except on some weekends when the locals practice the ‘Dragon Boat’ or small sailing boat races. While the beach is quite long and charming, each end can feel neglected the way remote beaches sometimes are in the low season. However, it is a beautiful tropical setting with tall palm trees, hotels like the Bandara Villas, modest beach clubs, and small restaurants.

Ao Yon Beach

If you are looking for a quiet place that retains a bit of a local feel, you will like Ao Yon, but it would probably be a good idea to have your car or motorbike. If you do, this is a great base to explore a lesser-known part of Phuket that has retained much of its original feel.

Where to eat in Ao Yon?

There are now several small restaurants and modest beach clubs along the beach, and you will have plenty of choices for your lunch or dinner. Once you have tried them all and want to explore them further, Cape Panwa and Panwa beach have many more dining options; most are stand-alone restaurants, and there are a few great options inside nearby hotels, such as the beautiful Cape Panwa house.

Akoya Rooftop

Akoya rooftop bar on Ao Yon Beach in Phuket Island

Akoya Star Lounge is an upmarket rooftop bar and tapas at V Villas Phuket by MGallery in Ao Yon Beach, a secluded cove in the southeast of Phuket. The place is new and packed with Instagram and selfie lovers every evening, so you definitely need to book before going.

Address: Moo 8 Ao Yon Road, Wichit, Muang, Phuket 83000
Phone: 076 630 939
Hours: 5 pm – 11 pm
Price: High


The Cove

The Cove Phuket

If you are looking for a unique atmosphere, don’t miss a chance to have a beachside lunch or dinner at the terrace of the excellent restaurant ‘The Cove’.

Location: Ao Yon Beach
Address: 8/1, Wichit, Muang, Phuket 83000
Open: 7:30 am – 9.30 pm
Phone: 062 242 3442


Panwa House

Panwa House at Cape Panwa

Panwa House serves Thai food for dinner in a beautiful Sino Portuguese, less than 3 kilometres from Ao Yon. The location right on the Cape Panwa Hotel’s secluded beach makes it unique.

Location: Cape Panwa
: 27, Mu 8, Sakdidej Road Cape Panwa Phuket 83000
Tel: 02 233 3433
Open: 6:30 pm – 11 pm (except Mondays)
Distance from Ao Yon: 3 Km


The Beach Bar

The Beach Bar Panwa Beach

The Beach Bar Phuket is a local restaurant on Panwa beach, away from most tourist crowds, just 1 kilometre from Ao Yon. Once a modest wooden shack, the restaurant grew in popularity and now displays a long row of tables and plastic chairs.

Location: Panwa Beach
Address: 19, 5/16-19 Soi Ao-Yon Khaokhad, Panwa Beach
Open: 10 am – 10 pm (Only open during high season, from October)
Phone: 088 260 2588
Distance from Ao Yon: 3 Km


Bandara Villas

Bandara Villas Restaurant

Phuket can be very hot, and at lunchtime, we found the air-con restaurant of Bandara Villas a very welcome break.

What to do?

‘Once you had lunch and your beach massage done, you can rent a longtail to go to a nearby island such as Koh Kai, or you can drive a bit further to discover a small waterfall or the beautiful Panwa View Point (Khao Kad Tower) then continue to the Panwa Aquarium.


Phuket Aquarium

Phuket Aquarium

The Phuket Aquarium in Cape Panwa is just 3 kilometres from Ao Yon. It’s not immense, as the tunnel is only a few metres long, but it is an excellent place to enjoy on a rainy day, and it might even be your chance to see baby turtles. Several rooms display various aquariums, from small tanks with seahorses, fun and colourful clownfish, funny-looking longhorn cowfish, and squarish boxfish.


Where to stay in Ao Yon?

There are now at least four hotels in Ao Yon. Note that Ao Yon consists of 2 adjacent bays. On the main beach, you can stay at Baan Amandeha, Bandara Villas or Phuket Beachside. The Cove has become a trendy boutique hotel on second bay.

Bandara Villas

Bandara Villas Ao Yon

Location: Ao Yon Beach
Address: 96 Soi Ao-Yon Khaokhad, Wichit, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000
Hours: Open 24 hours
Phone: 076 316 298
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BandaraVillasPhuket/

Photos of Ao Yon Beach

Ao Yon Beach

Street View of Ao Yon

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Willy Thuan
Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world early and never stopped until I settled in Thailand in 1994. Then for the past 27 years, my passion for photography and my natural curiosity has taken me to every corner of Thailand, jumping frequently between Bangkok and Phuket and basically everywhere I could go. I run Phuket101.net and manage large international online travel guides.