Ao Yai beach is long, wide and very laid back.
It attracts a real mix of visitors from backpackers to families and couples seeking romance and solitude.
Like Buffalo Bay, it’s good for swimming and has the added bonus of getting some waves during the shoulder and low season at which point you can hire surf and body boards from the many bungalow operations that line the beach. There aren’t many Thai islands that give you these particular possibilities!
Check out the picture.. do you fancy strolling along this beautiful bay?! Of course you do. Let time pass slowly while you wander this fine stretch of sand and feel the sun on your back. What could be better than this?!
The beach is roughly 3km long and has plenty of different accommodation options to choose from, the longest surviving of which is still going strong to this day. ‘Aow Yai Bungalows’ was established in the 1980’s and offers traditional thatched bamboo huts for every budget. Another popular option is ‘Bamboo Bungalows’, well known for its social vibe and cracking restaurant which serves up a myriad of tasty dishes. Contact these bungalows directly for bookings.
Whichever you choose you’ll be sure to find yourself in a heavenly backdrop on this long beach and a view of the sunset will be yours wherever you choose to stay.
Where to stay on Ao Yai (Long Beach)
The King Paradise Payam Resort is located fairly centrally on Ao Yai and has a bar, restaurant, coffee shop and Wi-Fi access in public areas. There is also a laundry service and they can help arrange any tours you’d like to do. Being right on the beach, it’s not far to walk from your bungalow until you can feel the sand beneath your feet. Make sure you go for a sea view bungalow if at all possible so as to maximise your viewing pleasure!
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