Ao Nang (อ่าวนาง) is the busiest beach destination in Thailand's Krabi Province.
Ao Nang (sometimes known as "Ao Phra Nang", a name the Tourist Authority of Thailand devised some years back, but which never really caught on) is the most "westernized" beach in Krabi. Originally a backpacker hotspot, it is now moving rapidly towards the package tourist crowd as the airport brings in more charter flights with each season. While not quite as scenic as Rai Leh, there is a good range of accommodation, many good restaurants, easy transport and travel/tour agencies ready to cater to your every whim, making it a good base for exploring Krabi.
Longtail boats on Ao Nang Beach
Orienting yourself in Ao Nang is easy: almost everything is located either along the beach, which runs west-east, or along the Airport Road (Hwy 4203) which goes up north from the east end of the beach. Longtail boats arrive on the beach near the junction of the two roads; these longtails, though, create a problem: the level of noise pollution arising from an endless stream of undampened boat motors during high season is substantial. As long as visitors are ever increasing this problem will continue to worsen and detract from the beauty of this beach.
Additionaly the water in the beach area is rather murky, again more so during high season, due to the lack of any filtering system for the waste waters of the ever increasing number of hotels.
Krabi International Airport is about 40 minutes away by car. As of 2005, the local airport limo monopoly charges a fairly steep 600 baht for a transfer (up to 4 people). Many hotels will arrange a pickup at similar prices on request. Travel time is about half an hour.
- KrabiCab, , tel: (+66) 0892896233 offer online booking for private taxi and minivan transfers from Krabi Airport to all destinations, hotels and resorts including Koh Lanta, Aonang and Klong Muang. Prices are generally lower than those available at the airport and no waiting. Current price as at 2016 is 550 THB for private car to Ao Nang.
Nok Air offers flight+minivan service from Bangkok to Ao Nang v.v. by flying with Nok Air from Bangkok and transferred on a minivan to Ao Nang (Total travel time of approx 3 hrs). This can be booked directly from their website.
Local shuttle buses — really just converted pickup trucks (songthaew) — run from Ao Nang to Krabi (50 baht) and from Krabi to the airport (50 baht). The total trip between Ao Nang and the airport takes little less than 2 hours. To get to Ao Nang from Krabi town you should look for a white songthaew outside the 7-11 shop.
There are now several kiosks just outside the baggage claim/customs area that sells tickets for shared van transportation to Ao Nang. The shared van cost is Bhat 150 per person (as of Oct. 2017). The many tourist information / tour services booths in Ao Nang will also sell the return van transportation tickets for B 150 p.p.
There is a big bus service from the airport to Ao Nang beach and Noppharat Thara Beach (just after Ao Nang). The bus stop is just outside the dometic terminal 2. There are hourly services. It travels from the airport to Krabi, the ferry terminal, then onwards to Ao Nang and Noppharat Thara. Listed bus stops are: Krabi airport, bus station, Krabi city hall, Ban Sai Thai, Ao Nam Mao, Ao Nang, McDonald, Phra Nang Inn, Kravi Resort, Nopparat Thara beach, Klong Moung, Khao Kwang beach. Good for some sight-seeing. Bus tickets can be purchased in front of the bus. Rates are between 80 THB (bus station), and 200 THB (Khao Kwang beach), with 150 baht per person to Ao Nang and travelling time of 1 hour.
The buses stop at one place on the hill outside Krabi, and then a smaller van will take you to your hotel in Krabi. Beware of the airport shuttle operated by Pichet Transport (150THB from Airport to Aonang) stopping by a travel agent on the way to Aonang. The driver will stop the bus and another person will get on the bus asking some passengers to get down on the pretext of changing to another bus. They will then sell overpriced tour packages. Do not get down the bus until you reach your hotel in Aonang.
For the return trip, you can buy tickets at any tour or information office in Ao Nang. Or you can wait at any of the 4 bus stops in Ao Nang (one is in front of McDonald's) and Noppharat Thara. You need to be there at least 10 minutes before the bus is due to arrive, but note that the bus might be full.
Rai Leh West and Ton Sai are only 10 minutes away, while the less developed Had Yao (Long Beach) is 25 minutes away by long-tail. Boats leave constantly from the east end of the beach and charge a flat 100 baht/person during the day, 150 baht/person at night (after 18:00). The shared long-tail boats from Ao Nang to Rai Leh will actually drop you off at Phra Nang Cave Beach. From Phra Nang Cave Beach there is a easy and scenic trail that leads to Rai Leh East, and then Rai Leh West. The long-tails will then return from Rai Leh West to Ao Nang, but they wait until there is a minimum of 8 or 10 passengers. There is no pier so expect to get at least your feet wet, probably more. Long-tail boats from Aonang are available at all seasons, but subject to the weather. In the monsoon season (May-Oct), getting to Rai Leb from Ao Nammao is recommended.
There are also public ferry services to Ko Phi Phi and Ko Lanta (usually twice daily), for which any travel agent will be happy to sell you tickets at around 350 baht/person. During the monsoon season, the ferry runs once a day. You can always book a ticket online as well from Phuket Harbour. They are slightly cheaper as they don't get the agent commission.
Boats from Ko Lanta now arrive at the new jetty, from there take a taxi (350 baht), or local bus to Krabi (50 baht) and then on to Ao Nang (40 baht).
There is a songthaew (shared pick-up truck/taxi) service to Ao Nang from Krabi Bus Station and Krabi Town, which runs throughout daylight hours in low season and up to 22:00 in high season. The fare is 50-100 baht and they can be expected every 10-20 minutes. Songthaews are colour coded according to destination so make sure if you are coming to Ao Nang from Krabi you get on a white one.
To find one of these white ones in Krabi, go to the Vogue Shopping Centre on Maharaj Rd (the main road). They go from here and cost 50 baht. They also go from the bus station for 60 baht if you buy from the counters and not from touts.
When coming from Krabi, the songthaew drives East along the beach before climbing the hill at the end. Going back to Krabi, they go the opposite direction (i.e. along the beach side of the road) back through town and to the bus station, beeping the horn as they go.
Tuk-tuks in Ao Nang charge a minimum of 100 baht for trips around town, and more for longer distance. Songthaews also run all across Ao Nang onto the Shell Beach (See) and some all the way to Krabi town, fares from 20 baht up depending on distance.
Renting a motorbike is a great way to explore some of the sites outside of Ao Nang. There are shops up and down the major strips and you can get a reliable bike for 24 hours for 200-300 baht.
Consider renting a car in Krabi if you plan on going on excursions around the province or are staying in a resort away from the town center. Taxi costs can be expensive per trip and car rental rates are affordable. All major car rental companies have a desk at Krabi airport. Krabi is not as crowded as other Thai provinces, so driving here is very easy and Google maps works good enough for navigation.
Fossilized seashell concrete?
- Fossil Shell Beach (Thai Su-san Hoi, literally "Seashell Graveyard"). Some 7 km west of Ao Nang, this mildly tourist trap-like attraction has slates of compressed, 40 million year old shellfish, which bear a small resemblance to concrete. There's also a small grubby museum and a huge slew of gift shops. Entry is a steep 200 baht for foreigners, but only 20 baht for Thais. This tourist trap is simply not worth the 200 baht you have to pay as tourists unless maybe you are a geology student. As the official Krabi tourism website (rather honestly) states "most are either engrossed in this or totally indifferent".
- Nopparat Thara Beach. Picturesque beach at the western tip of Ao Nang, zoned as a national park. During low tide you can walk up to some of the nearby craggy limestone islands. However ask the locals if it is 'jellyfish season' before plunging in if you are the only one getting ready to take a dip.
- Rai Leh Beach. A nice beach near Ao Nang, which can only be reached via a long-tail boat or by kayak. It is actually part of the mainland, but is cut-off by the limestone hills. The beach is cleaner than the ones at Ao Nang and Nopparat Thara, and there are some caves worth exploring. There are also hotels and resorts on the beach. In the off-season, it can be a drama to get there! The long-tails want to collect 800 baht for the crossing, so they wait for the required number of passengers. There are two companies who do this, one at the left end of the beach (facing the water) and the other some several hundred metres to the right. If you do not get a return day ticket you will have to return with the other company. In the off-season, from May, there are few tourists and you may have to wait a long time to get the required number of passengers, or pay the 800 baht yourself!
Rai Leh and Ko Phi Phi are just around the corner and there are many tour operators offering activities such as Sea Kayaking, Elephant Trekking, Emerald Pool, Hot Spring Waterfall, ATV Adventure.
- Hiking at Khao Ngon Nak, the highest mountain in the Krabi region. More info available at this blog: http://blog2me.com/khao-ngon-nak-krabi-thailand/. edit
One day tours
Phi Phi Islands Tour, 4 Island Tour and Hong Island by speed boot or longtail boat.
There are several small beautiful islands around Ao Nang such as Bamboo Island, Chicken Island, Tup Island, Poda Island, Hong Island, Lading Island, Pakbia Island, Rai Island and Daeng island. Snorkeling is possible at some islands such as Chicken Island and Hong Island, but at those two islands it's mostly small fish of just a few species.
Prices for join group tours range from 400 baht/person to 1800 baht/person.
- KrabiTrek, , tel: +66 81 27 31313 There are many other tours available both to the Islands and Inland to the Emerald Pool, Hot Springs, Temples and other sights Krabitrek can help arrange both private and group trips to all these places as well as all the other activities like White water rafting, ATV, kayaking Horse Riding and many more.
- KrabiTransfer, , tel: +66 89 078 6220 They provide the city tour around Krabi, ko lanta, Emerald Pool, Krabi Hot Springs and many Krabi's unseen highlights.
- Andaman Camp and Cruise, tel: +66 87 885 1125, . Private, customised day trips and camping trips to many islands. They can also help plan individual itineraries, accommodation, and transfers.
Spa and Massage
Let's Relax Spa, Holiday Inn Resort Krabi 123 Moo 3 Ao Nang Beach Muang, Krabi 81000 Thailand, ☎ +66 (75) 810 888 ext 4, . 10:00 AM - 12.00 Midnight. Let's Relax is a popular day spa chain that has branches across Thailand. Although their prices are higher than most streetside massage houses, their facilities are generally newer and well maintained. The staff is also professionally trained and usually consistent in quality. On Klook, prices range from 580 THB for Thai Massage, 1060 THB for Herbal Compress Thai Massage, 915 THB for 4 Hands Thai Massage, 1150 THB for Aromatherapy Oil Massage, 1155 THB for Body Scrub, 2120 THB for Hot Stone Massage. These prices require advance booking on Klook. edit
Climbing can be arranged through Ao Nang agencies who will arrange transfers, lunch, and as much climbing as your limbs can handle. Alternatively, simply wander over to Rai Leh or Ton Sai and organize an introductory course yourself.
- Ao Nang Climbers, . Will give you all the information and courses from beginner to experienced climber; children welcome.
- Tha Lane Bay Discovery Tour, 1/26 Moo 3, ☎ +66633954868, . 8-17. Cultural and Discovery Tour off the beaten track. 1800. edit
Most of the dive shops offer a very similar price for the dive courses and dive trips. However, take a good look around as there some good seasonal bargains to be found. Sites visited daily include the local islands in Ao Nang Bay, Phi Phi Marine National Park, the King Cruiser Wreck site, and Shark Point Marine sanctuary. It's now also possible to do a one-day safari by speedboat to Hin Daeng and Hin Muang for the chance to see whale sharks and manta rays, or to do some spectacular cavern diving at the 5 islands of Ko Ha Yai. Some of the more popular dive sites can become crowded in the peak of high season late-December to early-January.
- Absolute Diving, 290 Moo 2 (on the main road, just a few minutes from Ao Nang Beach, opposite SSS-Recompression Chamber), ☎ +66 75 637 716, . Daily trips to the area's best dive sites on a speedboat. Small, safe groups for the better diving experience. PADI courses from beginner to pro. edit
- Aqua Vision Dive Centre (scuba diving krabi), (on the main beach road 2 minutes up from McDonalds and at the Sheraton Krabi Beach Resort), ☎ +66 75 637 415 ([[email protected]]), . Experienced PADI and SSI dive centre. English, German, Swedish, French, Spanish, Russian and Thai language dive guides. Dive trips by choice of speedboat including Hin Daeng, Ko Ha Yai, Racha Islands, or day boat to Phi Phi, Shark Point, and local islands. Usual Ao Nang Prices. (8.03427,98.82854) edit
- Kon-Tiki Diving and Snorkeling Center, 161/1 Moo 2 (in front of Krabi Resort.), ☎ +66 75 637 826, . Ao Nang's PADI 5-star dive centre . The fleet of 2 boats runs daily diving & snorkelling tours to Phi Phi Islands, Shark Point, King Cruiser wreck, Hin Daeng/Hin Muang. All organisations and nationalities are welcome to join. edit
- KrabiDivers.com, Sea of Love Plaza Ao Nang (opposite McDonalds), ☎ +66 75 695 480 ([email protected]), . 24/7. Located in the heart of Ao Nang, the beachside town of Krabi, in the Sea of Love Plaza. KrabiDivers.com provides dive courses, trips, liveaboards, dive equipment sales, and also helps customers with hotel bookings and other arrangements. edit
- Phran Nang Divers, 32/10 Moo 2, . 100% English-run PADI dive centre with over 15 years experience diving in Ao Nang. Courses run in English and German, most European languages also available. edit
- Poseidon Dive Center, 23/27 Moo 2 (on the main road, 70 m from Ao Nang Beach, opposite Ao Nang Villa & Ao Nang Orchid Resort), ☎ +66 75 637 7263, . 09:00-21:00 daily. Poseidon is a friendly and individual dive centre in Thailand that offers trips to Ko Phi Phi as well as to famous local dive sites, such as Ko Sii, Ko Haa, Ko Talu, and others. They offer a big range of courses from beginners up to professionals, fun dives, free-diving and specialities in different languages. edit
- Raya Divers, 1/2 Moo 5 Tambol Rawai (about 2 km up Airport Rd), ☎ +66 76 280 074, . 100% Finnish-run 5-star PADI shop. Instruction also available in English. Good gear and an emphasis on safety. edit
- Sea Gypsy Divers, 120 M.6, T. Nong Thale, Ao Nang (In Din Daeng village across from Frog and Catfish restaurant), ☎ +66 61 657 0449, +66 99 001 8607, . 08:00-18:00. Full-service PADI Dive Center in Ao Nang, Krabi area, located away from crowds in a small Thai village. All training facilities including pool are on-site. Daily dive trips to Koh Phi Phi islands and Ao Nang local islands. Instruction available in many languages including English, Italian, Spanish, and Thai. edit
- Krabi Dive Center, Khlong Hang Rd (opposite the Phu Beach Hotel), ☎ 09 8010 4736, 087 273 1227, 098736 6238. 07:00-23:00. PADI training facility in Ao Nang and Krabi. KDC offers diving and snorkelling adventures for all ages and abilities that are tailored to suit your individual or group needs. edit
There is lots of nearby jungle with high canopies perfect for ziplining adventures in Krabi.
- Klook Tree Top Adventure, 5/1 Moo 6, Ao Luek Noi, Ao Luek,, . 09:00-17:00 daily. Klook Tree Top Adventure Park Krabi is an jungle park in Krabi that offers a safe environment for families to experience ziplining. 1650 THB half day / 2150 THB full day. edit
The beach front shopping district
Ao Nang has no shopping malls but there are plenty of convenience stores and souvenir shops. The vast majority of shops are lined nicely along the beachfront road. There are also a few side roads (sois) that branch off into the cluster of crowded shops. The regular tourist fare (e.g., postcards, magnets, trinkets, etc.) are plentiful as are clothes, shoes, and pretty much anything else you'll find elsewhere in Thailand.
Do consider a 3-piece tailor-made suit which cost roughly 1,000-2,000 baht depending on quality of wool. Most of the tailors can get the suit done within a day. As of October 2011, tailored men's suits are 4,500-6,000 baht (150-200 dollars) and tailor-made shirts are 850-1,000 baht (roughly 25-35 dollars).
Now there a Tesco Supermarket (medium sized one) on the road 4203 (it's the main street which leeds you to Ao Nang Beach). From the beach it's around 1,7 km which is about 20 minutes walk or 5-7 min by bike.
There are lots of 7/11s and Family Marts scattered everywhere around Ao-Nang. As in any convenience store, there you can find food, drinks, alcohol, cigarettes, general medicine (paracetamol etc). In 7/11s pre-made meals and sandwiches are widely available, they will be reheated for you by the store employees.
In Ao Nang there are some restaurants that have a "Clean food, Good taste" sign. This signifies that dishes are prepared with boiled water and that the food is always good, all for a reasonable price. All restaurants with this certificate will be more than satisfactory in every way.
You will pay double the price than in Krabi. Main courses are about 150 baht, and seafood very much more (starts at 250 baht).
Many shops now employ Indian staff, with one man on the pavement trying to lure customers into the restaurant. Many are also serving Indian food.
For cheap eats, there are a few street carts scattered about, although most serve backpacker fare like pancakes (30 baht and upwards). The Muslim street stalls at the top of the road leading to Noppharat Thara are cheap and good and very popular. Also the Muslim street stalls on the main road leading from the beach to the airport road are very popular and cheap.
Generally the places along the beach are more expensive and the ones up the hill tend to be cheaper and better value.
- Blue Bayou Small guest house with great kitchen, "Clean food, Great taste" sign, 20 m from the beach. Owner is very helpful and friendly, speaks very good English. 79 Moo 3, Haad Nopphara Thara. T: +66 75 637 558, +66 75 637 083.
- The Boat Cafe on Airport Rd (opposite the 7-11) has no sign in English but is easily recognizable from the old long-tail boat outside which they use to serve up thom yum and other Thai soups at lunchtime. Dishes cost 20-35 baht, and the best recommendation is the large number of locals coming in for an evening meal.
- One More Restaurant on Airport Rd (15 minutes from the beach up Airport Rd on the right side). Low-key restaurant serving a variety of Thai dishes and seafood at affordable prices. The staff here are incredibly friendly.
- Pang's Kitchen on Airport Rd (just before OneStop Dive Centre and next to Hertz car rental). Small traditional Thai restaurant with really good food and prices. The 'Jim Jum' (very traditional Thai dish that few restaurants sell due to the need for charcoal cookers) was awesome and really good fun to eat with friends. The spring rolls were the best in Ao Nang.
- Tonsai Restaurant, Ao Nang Soi 15 (15 minutes from the beach up Airport Rd). Popular low-key restaurant offering Thai food with local scenery.
- Bernies Place Offers a daily all you can eat BBQ for 250 baht or 150 baht for vegetarians. The food is great and well-prepared, and there is a 2-for-1 happy hour from 16:00-18:00 and again from 22:00-23:00. Located at the southern end of the Beach Rd between the Irish Rover and the Ocean Mart. Close Down?
- Blue Mango, Opposite Krabi Resort. Offers nice local food, as well as Western food. Has good selections of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, which also makes it a great place for after-dinner drinking sessions.
- The Longtail Boat, Arguably some of Ao Nang's best seafood is dished up here while you can take in gorgeous sunsets and views of the islands. Set menus for set prices seem to be a customer favorite.
- Taj Palace Authentic Indian Restaurant is halfway up the main street, righthand side when coming from the beach. It serves very tasty indian food (you may order less spicy, less hot, versions), and has friendly and honest staff.
There is no shortage of places for a drink, and very many Patong-style girlie beer bars. On the Ao Nang beach front there is now only one such bar, Planet Ao Nang. Further down towards the Rai Leh-end of the beach is Last Fishermans Bar. Both are good for watching the sun go down over the ocean. Center Point, on the main beach road near Burger King, has a bunch of bars catering for most tastes. If you're into live music, Rocky Bar, and KR Bar are best. There are some bars along the dirt road opposite Vogue Resort and Spaghetti House, including Magic Rock Bar, Football Bar, and and Chilli Bar . These bars offer great views of the cliff in a relaxed, open-air setting.
Belgian beers are starting to slowly invade some bars and restaurants. Golden Paradise Co. Ltd., under European management, in Ao Nang/Krabi has been importing German beers for 10 years and offer now the best beverages from Belgium (18 brands & 30 different kinds of beer).
If you fancy a chilled out drink and few games of pool in a friendly location, go for a drink in the bars adjacent to Noparat Thara Beach. Next to Luna bar are four chilled out separate bars where you can listen to the sea while enjoying a drink. There is Seemore Bar, Sweat Bar, Italy Bar, and Hunter Bar, all of which have very friendly staff and good travel advice. Speak to Nui in Seemore Bar for excellent drink deals and offers. Excellent fireworks can be seen here at New Year.
For a cheap, relaxing drink away from the girlie bars or pounding music, Dream Bar is next to Popeye's Guest House and the Krabi Heritage Hotel. Just off the main strip to your right, about half-way between the beach and McDonald's. Yaya is the friendly host, and you can choose music or check your e-mail with the free computer at the bar.
- Big SKA Bar, 199/34 Moo 2 Soi 8 (At the end of Soi 8 there is a 711 with an alley way next to it. Walk down that alley way and Big SKA Bar is opposite I Check INN hotel), ☎ 0874740390. 4pm-late. Big SKA Bar is a ska/reggae themed bar that has free pool, Live Music and Fire shows. Very relaxed atmosphere. Friendly Staff. Jugs of Wine. The only place in Ao Nang to sell Fish Bowls and have amazing frozen Daiquiris (fresh fruit + lots of rum). Well worth a visit. edit
Some budget places can be found on the street near the Irish pub, 5 minutes up the road from the beach. In low-season the prices were 300-500 baht.
- Aonang Paradise Home  price: 850 low/1200 high season, fan/A/C, private bathroom, pool. Ask for Phoo phone +66 86 280 1223, speaks English and Thai or Helmar +66 86 278 3441 speaks English and German.
- Blue Bayou price: 300-600 baht low-season bungalow with private bathroom fan/ac, 20 m from the beach. Owner is very helpful and friendly, speaks very good English. 79 Moo 3, Haad Nopphara Thara. T: +66 75 637 558, +66 75 637 083
- The Krabi Forest Homestay, 68 Moo3 Tambon Ao Nang, Amphur Mueang, +66-75-661-500, +66-86-570-6524, +66-87-488-7199, 500-1,000 baht in low-season and 800-1,800 baht in high-season depending on room types. One 1-5 walking distance to Noppharatthara Beach and 5-15 minutes walking distance to Ao Nang Beach and Ao Nang Center Point. Owner and the staff are very helpful and friendly. They speak fluent English and can provide you with excellent tourist information. The bungalows come with private room and private bathroom. You can pick between the bungalows that have one king-size bed, 2 twin-size beds, or 3 twin-size beds. All of the bungalows/rooms come with private terrace, standard toilet/bathroom, and standard shower with hot/cold water heater, shampoo/conditioning, air conditioning, multi-channel cable TV, blow-dryer, coffee/tea pot and small refrigerator. All bungalows/rooms come with 2 bottles of water daily. Facilities and services are massage, spa, beauty salon, tour office service, bar, transportation services, tailor service, Thai restaurant, Indian restaurant, laundry/dry cleaning service, high-speed WiFi, motorcycle rental, car rental, bicycle rental and private parking.
- Seaworld price: 300-600 baht, low-season. Fan/A/C. Ask for Jenny: phone +66 81 111 3913. By the Irish pub. Very sassy but incredibly helpful owner. Speaks English, French, and Dutch.
- Laughing Gecko  price: 500 baht. Ask for Nui phone +66 81-270-5028, speaks English, German and Thai. Modest bamboo bungalows including a fan and intermittent wifi. The gentleman overseeing the property is named Nui and is incredibly friendly, helpful (for booking activities and other travel) and a fantastic cook—if enough guests express interest, he'll cook a buffet each night for 150 baht/person. Lovely place to relax and chill. Located around 100 m from the beach in the western end of Hat Noppharat Thara next to Cashew Nut Bungalows.
- Ananta Burin Resort, 166 Moo 3 Ao Nang, Soi 8, ☎ 66 75 661 551, . All rooms equipped with king-size or twin bed, air-conditioner, 32-inch LCD TV, WiFi, and coffee/tea maker. Some of its facilities and services are swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and massage service, car rental, and laundry/dry cleaning. From 1,350 baht. edit
- Ao Nang All Seasons Beach Resort, 162 Moo 3, Tambol Ao Nan, Amphur Muang 81000, ☎ +66 75 661 598, . Air conditioning, cable TV, and WiFi. Swimming pool, car rental, and parking. From 1,188 baht. edit
- Chatchada Guest house, 596/6 Moo 2 Ao Nang Rd., ☎ +66(0)75-695 420, . A short walk from the beach, this homely establishment is run by a very hospitable Australian expat and Thai owner. Rooms are clean with very comfortable beds. One of the best breakfasts in Ao Nang. Scooter hire can be arranged. From 900 baht. edit
- Ao Nang Palace Hotel, a couple of hundred metres from the beach on the road up the hill. Can be expensive in high-season, but normal off-season price is 940 baht. Breakfast is included, and there is a reasonable buffet choice. Hotel has a swimming pool, a travel agent on-site, as are Internet computers. No lift. There may be Internet discounts. Rooms are OK: two single beds pushed together with hard mattresses (usual for Thailand).
- Ao Nang Terrace Hotel, 131-131 /3 Moo.3, Ao Nang, ☎ +66 75 637 091-2, . 42 rooms, all of which have an air-conditioner, cable TV, hair dryer and a refrigerator. Games room, and high speed Internet. start at 1,700 baht. edit
- Baanlay Bungalow , price: 500-2,800 baht.
- Beach Terrace Hotel, 154 Moo 2, T. Aonang, ☎ +66 7563 7181-3, . At Ao Nang Beach. All rooms have air-conditioning, mini-bar, cable TV, safe deposit box, hair dryer, DVD player, WiFi. Swimming pool with water power stream jets and child pool, pool bar service, tour desk service, car and motorbike rental. From 1,200.00 baht. edit
- Duang Jai Resort, 152 Moo 3 Ao Nang, ☎ +66 75 63 82 114, . 21 rooms, air-conditioning, cable TV and Internet access. Swimming pool, room service, and restaurant, cafe, bar. From 1,450 baht. edit
- The Emerald Bungalow, Nopparat-Thara Beach 80 Moo 4 Tambol Ao-Nang, ☎ +66 81-9562566, . Standard and family rooms, all equipped with fan, private toilet, and bath. Garden, gym, restaurant, and bar. From 1,500 baht. edit
- The Hill Village , price: 800-1,800 baht.
- P.K.Mansion is clean value for money. A centrally-located accommodation in a quiet street close to the beach. The very large rooms are en suite, with TV, fridge, and balcony. Low-season price, 150 to 500 baht, High-season 500 to 1,500 baht. Tel.+66 75 637 431-2, e-mail [email protected] Probably the best value in Ao Nang.
- Palm Paradise Resort, 165 Moo 3, Ao Nang, ☎ +66 75 661 667, . Resort is located between Ao Nang and Nopparattara Beaches in Krabi. Resort is 500 m from the beach. From 1,000 baht. edit
- Top view Some rooms have a sea view. Located next to P.K. Mansion. Low season price 600 to 1,000 baht, High
season 1,500 to 2,000 baht. E-mail [email protected] 
- The L Resort Krabi (formerly Wannas Place), . The beach is just in front of the hotel, so there are beautiful views of the Krabi Mountains and the islands of Ko Talu and Ko Poda. This property is built with the nature in mind, but also has modern amenities. All rooms include WiFi, 40-inch LED TVs, air-conditioning, mini-bar, safe, and breakfast. From 2,000 baht. edit
- Holiday Inn Express Krabi Ao Nang Beach, 123/3 Moo 3, Ao Nang Beach, ☎ +66 75 810 777, . offers 218 modern Sino-Portuguese inspired rooms, reflecting the history and beauty of Southern Thailand. start at 1,600 baht. edit
- Mercure Krabi Deevana, . Offers luxurious and comfortable accommodation as well as professional hospitality and friendly services in Krabi. 2,000+ baht. edit
- Aonang Princeville Resort and Spa, 164 Moo 2 Ao-nang Beach, Muang, Krabi 81180, ☎ +66 7563 7971-3 ([email protected], fax: +66 7563 7357), . checkin: 14.00; checkout: 12.00. Aonang Princeville Resort is situated in Krabi province in the west coast of Thailand. Nestled on the beautiful beach in Ao Nang of Andaman Sea and just a shortwalk away from the beach. 2,000+ THB. (8.0324412,98.8209131) edit
- Holiday Inn Resort® Krabi Ao Nang Beach, 123 Moo 3 Ao Nang Beach, ☎ +66 75 810 888 ([email protected]), . Offers modern rooms with access to beautiful Nopparat Thara beach 3,000+ baht. edit
When getting on a boat to get to other locations like Raileh, beware of the razor sharp barnacles on the rocks. Wear shoes when boarding the boat. If you get cut, don't believe the boat rider in telling you a clinic/medic is available at the next island. Seek medical attention in Ao Nang. They are just looking to get their commissions finalized.
Here are some simple hints to avoid trouble:
- Close doors and windows at night. Some people say they were robbed at night while watching TV.
- Never leave clothes or bags with documents and money on the floor. Hide all valuables.
- Turn on outside lights after sunset.
- Buy a movement detector, only 400 baht.
- Be wary of groups of teens.
- Avoid walking dark, quiet streets.
- Female tourists should not walk alone at night.
- Never get into a car/vehicle if any bar-worker offers to take you back to your hotel.
Phra Nang Beach at Rai Leh
and Poda Island in the distance
- The cliffs and beaches of Rai Leh, just 15 minutes away by boat, make a great day trip. Phra Nang is the next beach past Rai Leh and has dramatic limestone 'karst' rock formations. Names get confusing, as Ao Nang (the developed resort) is sometimes called Ao Phra Nang. From Phra Nang you can walk across to Rai Leh East, with its mangroves, and hire kayaks to paddle round the rugged peninsula. There's also a path from Rai Leh East to Rai Leh West where the most longtails call.
- Poda Island is another good day trip - you come back with the same boat and only pay on return. There's even an area to the right of where the longtails come in to Poda that's just worth snorkeling (unspectacular coral but a fair few fish).
- Ao Nang is one of the main gateways for travel to the Phi Phi islands, about 2 hours away by long tail boat, 40-50 mins by speed boat. Many tour operators in Ao Nang offer day trips to Phi Phi. Included in the price (900-1500 baht) is most often lunch, hotel transfer and insurance.
- Nowadays, you may depart from Ao Nang to Koh Lanta easily. Ferry runs daily at 10:30 by Ao Nang Princess. Book it online at Phuket Harbour, and you will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the departure point, as well as met on the other side and taken to your hotel there.
- The Tab Kak Hang Nak Hill Nature Trail is found northwest of Ao Nang close to beaches/resorts, a couple of kilometers north of Klong Muang Beach. It will take you through the jungle and up to a peak with a fantastic view over Ao Nang and more. A sign claims the hike to be 3.7 km but it sure felt like more. There is a small ladder that needs to be climbed, but the trail is an easy one if you have decent shoes.
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