Had Yao is located south of the major development centers in Krabi, and it’s still a relatively secluded place for tourists to escape. This region feels like a rural backwater despite the booming popularity of beaches to the north. Hotels in Had Yao are quiet and inexpensive despite the fact that they offer comfortable facilities and excellent service.
Had Yao means ‘Long Beach’, referring to the several kilometers’ worth of coastline fronting this peninsula. This is not the best place for swimming, but lounging or walking on the beach couldn’t be better. The view from Had Yao is spectacular, with Phi Phi Islands on one side and Jum Mountain on the other.
Most of accommodation in Hat Yao is in the four-star range. Private beach villas are scattered along the coastline here, and guests have the beach to themselves throughout most of the day. Aside from lounging on the beach or swimming in the resort’s pool, guests can also get out and explore the countryside. Locals derive their income from fishing (especially for prawns) and rice farming.
With a rented motorbike from any of the hotels in Had Yao, tourists can follow the country road along the coast. Old wooden houses on stilts are still a common sight here, and locals convene every Tuesday and Friday at the Had Yao beachside market. It’s a great place to pick up tropical fruits and vegetables.