Ban Ao Leuk
AO LEUK is in Krabi Province.
Is some 50Km north of Krabi on the way to Phangnga and Phuket along the main road.
Buses to and from Krabi and Phuket travel at regular intervals through the town.
A bus from Phang Nga will cost B55.
There are songteows which go to various places within the district, but are quite happy for you to hire them for relatively short trips within the town at B100 per time.
There are interesting caves here. Tam Pii Hua Toe (Big Headed Ghost Cave), Tam Lot, Tam Pet (Diamond Cave) being three well worth a visit. If you go there, please respect the caves and do not try to touch everything you see as some contamination results from every contact.
1) For Tam Pii Hua Toe: Can be booked on a guided tour at your hotel in Krabi or wherever. You will be taken there, and tour the cave in a self paddled kayak with others.It appears that lunch is included.
If getting there by yourself, watch CAREFULLY for road signs as there are not many. It is to the left just after you come into the town if coming from the direction of Krabi. There are several turns you must make - you are headed for Bor Tor Pier. Once you arrive, there is someone there who will either rent you a kayak, or if this is not your preference, you can hire a long tail boat for one hour for B400 as the cave is not accessible except by water. You will be fitted with a life jacket.
The cave itself is very interesting - they found a couple of very large skulls lodged up in the roof (hence the cave name), and you walk through to look at it. Up on the ceiling are very old carvings, although they are hard to see. There is a walk through where you can get a good view of the cliffs. Since the cave is open to the air, the stalactites and stalagmites have deteriorated.
2) For Tam Lot. As you go to the Ghost cave,you will be taken through this one on the way there. It is a "drive through" and your kayak/boat will go in one side and come out the other, then return the same way you went. You will get rained upon as you go as much water drips (and runs!) from the roof.
3) For Tam Pet. As you come towards Ao Leuk from Krabi, on the right you will see a road sign saying Tam Pet (or Tam Phet). Turn right into the road and the cave is about 5Km along the road. When you arrive you will find a Buddhist Temple there,and the attendant Monk will give you a flashlight. The cave itself is a couple of hundred metres long, and there are a couple of formations which sparkle hence the name "Diamond Cave". You will find a lot of sticky mud on your footwear as you come out,and a facility is set up for you to clean these out front of the Temple. It is a courtesy to pay an offering - B100 is quite acceptable, as after all, you got light and a cleanup!
Mansion Resort. This is some 3 to 4km outside the town centre towards Phang Nga. It is, according to the songteow drivers, the only hotel within the town. To get to there, you will need to either have your own transport, or hire a songteow from the town centre.
The minibus stop is in the main street, towards the Krabi end of town. Will cost B60, and will take you to just about anywhere within Krabi itself. It terminates near the Vogue shopping centre there.