Ao Nang is a rapidly growing village on the Andaman Coast, about 20 km East of Krabi. Ao Nang is becoming Krabi’s Patong Beach with all the night life, restaurants, the international food chains, souvenir shops, tour agents etc.
The white sandy beach of Ao Nang is about 4 km long. At the southern end at Last Cafe you can see monkeys playing on the beach. There are about 20 massage parlours, catch a relaxing massage for around THB200. Last Fisherman Restaurant and Bar offers snacks during daytime at reasonable prices. Three Resorts are lined up along this part of the beach. The noise of the longtail boats taking tourist to Railey or one of the islands can be very disturbing sometimes. Ao Nang is probably not the place to stay if you want beach holiday, but rather an ideal place for an active vacation and to explore the beauty of Krabi Province. Take a boat to the islands, go rock climbing in Ton Sai, kayak through intact mangroves, just drive around and enjoy the beautiful landscape, walk up 1200 steps to the summit of Wat Tham Sua, Enjoy a bath at the Hot Springs and Crystal Pool and the marvelous sunsets, go Scuba Diving or snorkeling and Experience the fascination of the underwater world of the Adaman Sea.
Noppharat Thara is still part of the National Park and consists of two beaches separated by the Khlong Son River. The beach that is usually referred to as Noppahrat Thara is about 2 km long and the main road to Ao Nang separates the beach from the restaurants and hotels. The more pristine beach across the river is usually referred to as Long Beach. Long Beach can be reached by longtail boat from the pier (THB 20 one way). Going by car or motorbike you take the road to Klong Muang and turn left into a newly paved road at the sign ‘Private Beach’. (about 10km). During High Tide both of the long stretched beach s are ideal for swimming, during low tide one has to walk hundreds of meters before swimming depth can be reached. The sandy beaches are lined by Casuarina trees.
Ao Nam Mao is slowly developing it is still a quiet place to stay even it is so close to AoNang. There is no such thing as night life in Ao Nam Mao. Which makes it an excellent destination for people who look for peace and quietness. The beach of Ao Nam Mao is quite unattractive during low tide. During high tide swimming conditions are good. At Ao Nam Mao Pier the boats take off to ReiLeh and Ko Boda or Chicken Island.
The road then ends at Shell Fossil Beach at the very end of Ao Nam Mao. Shell Fossil Beach also called Susan Hoi, means Shell Cemetary. They were deposited 20-40 million years ago when the area was part of a swamp.
On the way to Susan Hoi is the Krabi Aquarium, which is worth a visit the entrance is free. Unfortunately all information about marine life is in Thai.
Klong Haeng can be considered a suburb of Ao Nang or Nopparat Thara. Klong Haeng has nothing much to offer, except for a weekly grocery market and the Al Alam Mosque. The Resorts and Guesthouses are slightly cheaper than in AoNang or Noppharat Thara. If you plan to stay there make sure you have your own car or motorbike.
Klong Muang has steadily developed over the last couple of years and is lacking the typical aura of mass tourism. Still a nice and quiet place to spend your holidays. The beach can be split in to three parts. The beach usually referred to as Klong Muang is stretching from the little sala at the fishermen’s village to the Nakamanda Resort. The small bay south of the Sheraton is also part of Klong Muang. The long stretched beach North of Nakamda to the pier is called Ko Kwang but is also referred to as Klong Muang. The beach at the Sheraton is best for swimming as there are only few rocks in the water. During High Tide all three sandy beaches are suitable for swimming.
Tub Kaek Beach, with its fine white sand offers a spectacular view over the limestone islands. The water is perfect for swimming during high tide, very shallow if it is low tide. Only four resorts are built at this beach and their restaurants are happy to serve you even if you do not stay there.
Ao Tha Len (pronounced Ao Tha Lane) is 25 km north west of Krabi. Ao Tha Len is a shallow beach with a beautiful view on the islands of Ko Hong and Ko Bileh. The sunsets at AoThaLen are stunning.
During low tide the beach is not suitable for swimming, during high tide, however, it is deep enough. It is worth to take a boat through the mangroves and to the nearby islands. The boats to Ko Yao Noi and Ko Yao Jai leave the pier in Ao Thalane at 10.00, 12.00 and 15.00. At the other end of the pier you can rent Kayaks and take a guided tour through the limestone islands.
Hat Yao, also called Black Beach is about 20 km south of Krabi Town. The long stretched beach with black sand is good for walking and ideal for swimming during High Tide. However, the beach is quite dirty, as there are only 3 resorts on the beach. Except for the resorts Hat Yao has nothing much to offer.
Railey Beach (Thai: อ่าวไร่เลย์) is a small peninsula located between the city of Krabi and Ao Nang. Accessible only by boat!! Due to the high limestone cliffs cutting off mainland access. These cliffs attract rock climbers from all over the world, but the area is also popular due to its beautiful beaches and quiet relaxing atmosphere. Accommodation ranges from inexpensive bungalows popular with backpackers and climbers, to the renowned jet-set resort of Rayavadee. The four main areas of Railay consist of Pranang, West Railay, East Railay and Tonsai, with Tonsai catering more to climbers.
Note: Thank you very much Architect Jürgen Quattländer for the great Sortiment of pictures!!!
Note: Text Sandra Wohlfahrt Thank you very much!