Ao Nang is one of Krabi’s most popular destinations – a laidback beach town that’s got a dreamy vibe to it. It is famous for its beach resorts, and most people who visit Krabi choose to stay in Ao Nang. Although it doesn’t have the best beaches itself, the spectacular beaches of Railay, Koh Poda, Koh Hong, and Koh Gai are all a long-tail boat ride away, making Ao Nang a good place to make your base while you visit these nearby attractions during the day.
How to Get There:
- The nearest airport to Ao Nang is Krabi; Ao Nang is a short drive from the airport and cabs are easily available from there. The journey takes about 40 minutes.
- If you’re getting there from Koh Phi Phi (like we did), you can get a cab or a mini van from the port. The journey takes about 20 minutes from there.
Where to Stay:
- We stayed at Amari Vogue Krabi, which is a boutique resort situated in the heart of Ao Nang. We paid around Rs. 3000 per night, which came up to Rs. 1500/ 750 baht per person as it was split between my friend and I.
- The rooms were really nice and well equipped. Although it’s not at the beach, there is a really great pool at the resort and the beach is only a 5-10 minute walk from here.
- The breakfast buffet was amazing, and the staff was really friendly and courteous.
Where to Eat:
You will be spoilt for choice in Ao Nang when it comes to food. Just take a stroll along the street that leads up to the beach and take a pick of where to eat depending on what you feel like. There are all kinds of cuisines available here (including Indian) and you’ll also find popular food joints like Burger King and Starbucks.
What to Do:
1. Do a day trip to Railay Beach
Railay Beach and the drive to it was easily one of the highlight of our trip to Ao Nang. According to some sources, Railay Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The only way to get there is on a longtail boat, and the whole ride takes about 20 minutes and costs about 150-200 Baht. You could also choose to spend the night there, as there are a ton of hotels on the island. Ao Paranang, which is on the other side of Railay, is said to be even prettier, but we didn’t get a chance to go there. For those interested, there’s also an option to go rock climbing in Railay.
2. Go scuba diving
Southern Thailand is really popular for scuba diving and snorkeling and Ao Nang has its fair share of PADI dive centers. Although we didn’t do this during our trip there, for those who are interested, this is a great option.
3. Sunsets in Ao Nang
You get to witness some of the most magical sunsets you’ve ever seen, and what’s better, it doesn’t cost anything.
4. Go island hopping
Ao Nang is located close to a ton of beautiful islands and a one -ay island hopping tour is a popular tourist attraction. The islands that are usually covered are Phra Nang, Koh Poda, Chicken Island, and Koh Tup (in the 4 Island Tours) or Bamboo Island and Phi Phi Islands.
5. Go street shopping
We weren’t expecting this but the street right across the beach in Ao Nang is great for souvenir shopping.
6. Chill on the beach
The beach in Ao Nang isn’t the best I’ve been to but it’s quite decent and is a nice place to hang out at.
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