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5 miles from Ton Sai Bay, Phi Phi Island

AO YONGKASEM. 7° 44.618N, 98° 45.699E

Just west of Ao Lohdalum is a smaller jungle-fringed bay with an anchorage outside the seaward edge of the coral in 15 metres. Yongkasem is an ideal overnight stop at any time of the year and should be used in preference to Ao Lohdalum, where numerous coral heads rise in a boat’s length from 20 metres or more to dangerously shallow depths.

At the back of the beach, lush foliage provides shade for picnics, and is home to a large tribe of crab-eating macaques. The snorkelling is great. Ao Lohdalum itself has excellent snorkelling and diving, easily accessible from Yongkasem by dinghy or from shore. Beware of your timing when going ashore from this side; the bay dries for 400 or 500 metres from the beach at low tide.

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