Had Yao is a beach in Krabi Province. It is one of the last untouched beaches in the province and for some even spectacular with its views of Jum Mountain, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Poda, Koh Gai (Chicken Island), and Railay's cliff walls in the far distance.
Had Yao (sometimes spelt Haad Yao) is a very unspoilt beach area of Krabi, probably the last. Development has not yet taken off here and the luxury villas in the area are taking advantage of this by enjoying the most unspoilt beach in southern Thailand. In low-season months when the weather is bad there is unfortunately not much to keep you amused.
The beach itself is 7km in length and doesn't have the rocky outcrops like some beaches in Krabi and Koh Lanta. For those looking for a relaxing beach holiday break, you won't go far wrong here!
Had Yao has a handful of midrange resorts which are remarkably similar in set up. The easiest way is to book with a resort and call them asking for a pick in Neua Klong or Krabi, but on weekdays there is a Songtaew to Laem Hin (goes to the pier with the walk on ferry across to Ko Sriboya) from Krabi at 11am, 1pm and 4pm, which can get you to within walking distance of the resorts (no service on Sunday though). Unlike Sriboya Bungalows, there's no coordination with the Songtaews so you need to walk a little way - the resorts on Had Yao are more midrange and most guests seem to be the type to prefer air conditioned private car. But if you are adventurous it is possible!
If you plan on getting around you really need to either rent a motorbike or a car if you plan on going further afield. For those just wishing to chill at your villa rental, don't worry!
The beach is by far the central feature to this area. At 7km long in a straight line, the beach is unspoilt with little to no development. For people looking for a virgin beach, this is where to come!Other things to see are the fishing villages to the north and south of Had Yao beach and the attractive mountains 1km inland.
Beach activities rule here in Had Yao. A morning stroll along the very long beach is enough to set you up for relaxing by the pool for the rest of the day!
A local fresh produce market is held in the area once a week.
For people staying here restaurant choices are limited for now. There is a western run restaurant in the center of the beach road that serves Thai and western food and even beer! To the south of the beach road there is a locally run seafood restaurant with fresh seafood caught that very day. The fish-soup is yummy! Further north west of the beach there are also a handful of restaurants set back a little way from the main road area.
Apart from inside the privately run resorts and the small restaurant on the beach road, there is no bar here and the area is crying out for a central beach bar with snack food. Unfortunately as this is a Muslim area, bars are not easily set up with alcohol being against Islam.
The largest presence in Had Yao are a range of private villas run by a local Thai lady and her Swedish husband. They have over 10 years experience in the area and run a holiday villa resort 700m from the beach as well as luxury properties along the beachfront.
All properties are bookable online via TripAdvisor or Exotiq Property - Krabi, who seem to be managing the customer service side of things.
The area is very close (30-minutes) to hot spring and Sa Marokot (Emerald Pool). Pakasai country club, the largest 18-hole course in Krabi is just 15-minutes away from here. Ao Nang is about 40-minutes away for those who want more nightlife.
Boat trips to the neighboring islands are easily arranged from Had Yao and there is a local ferry to Ko Sri Boya island and Koh Jum.