A beautiful long white sand beach fringed by a vibrant coral reef, just north of Had Chao Phao on the western part of the island. The beach has been popular for some time and is well developed with both budget and high-end accommodation and a wide selection of bars and restaurants.
Had Yao is a good base from which to explore the surrounding beaches, check out the marine-life in the coral reef that stretches along much of the west coast, or go inland to Laem Son lake and Wang Sai waterfall.
Nightspots: There are plenty of cool bars on the beach itself, and the large Eagle Pub built into the rocks at the Southern end is a good spot to hang out with a well-stocked bar, tasty steaks on the menu and DJs getting the party going later on. Slightly further afield, the Hin Kong Club is a huge well-established palace of fun.
Places to stay: There are still some real island-style thatched huts for very low rates available on Had Yao. For something mid-priced Dream Hill Resort, just 5 minutes off the beach, is a small family-run bungalow resort with lovely little wooden chalets perched on a hill overlooking the bay.