Ao Yon Beach is located in a small bay, the Yon Bay, on the southeastern part of Phuket Island at the base or beginning point of the Panwa cape or peninsula. From Ao Yon, one can walk across the western headlands to Chalong Bay.
It is a residential beach – or area – and it not organized to serve mass tourism. That is the way the residents like it and want it to remain. It is also home to the Phuket Yacht Club, so the bay is often full of boats.
Ao Yon is actually two beaches and they are split by a small headland. The beach one can see from the beach road is described as so-so or average. It is home to a large shrimp farm. The sand is course and the seabed is a little muddy and one can't help but notice a series of water pipes running into the sea.
However, over the headland is a larger beach, with lovely white sand and lined by coconut trees. This is the place to go if you go to Ao Yon Beach. Because the beach is protected by the bay, one can swim here safely year round.
As a residential beach, there are not many beach facilities. There seems to be one restaurant on the smaller beach and it rents beach loungers but that is about it. It is said that the people who live in the area actively discourage vendors and those seeking to do business on the beach, although they are friendly and accepting of beach visitors.
There are no guesthouses or resorts in the immediate area although it is not difficult to rent small homes on a reasonable, monthly basis. Those desiring nightly or weekly accommodation can find it at nearby Panwa Beach, or Chalong Beach, which has some good budget priced facilities.
It is easy to get to Ao Yon Beach. It can be approached from Panwa Beach or Chalong Beach, or directly from the north. One wants to drive on Khao-Khat Road, the eastern coast road, until one passes Khao Khat Beach. One then goes over a hill and down to Ao Yon.