Ao Nang beach guide

busy ao nang beach

Ao Nang is Krabi's most developed beach. If you do not like crowded tourist spots, you should avoid Ao nang beach.

By road, Ao Nang is 40 minutes from Krabi International Airport and Klong Muang Beach and 10 minutes to Noppharat Thara Beach

What makes Ao Nang beach so interesting?

Ao nang beach is the gateway to Krabi islands and magnificent white sandy beaches. You can climb cliffs and soak in the white sandy beaches of Railey from just 15 minutes away by longtail boat.

You can also visit Phra Nang beach which is the next beautiful beach beside Railey beach.

From Ao nang beach, you can try island hopping from Poda Island, or Phi Phi islands which is about 2 hours away by long tail boat, 40-50 minutes by speed boat.

Ao Nang map

30 minutes away from Krabi Airport

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ao nang beach main road Advantages of staying in Ao nang beach:
Ao nang beach has a wide range of services and accommodation and most of the popular resorts are located in Ao nang beach.

Facilities such as ATM automated teller machines, 7-11 convenience stores, mini marts, pharmacy are located along Ao nang beach.

From our past experiences, Ao nang beach has good range of cheap accommodation and many good restaurants.

Furthermore easy transport around Ao Nang beach and travel/tour agencies ready to cater to your every whim, making it a good spring board for exploring Krabi islands.

Long-tail boats are readily available at the beach near the junction of the two main roads.

Ao Nang beach is not well known for scenic beach however you can use Ao Nang beach as a springboard to beautiful island hopping trips or inland sightseeing day trips.

Disadvantages of staying in Ao nang beach:
Some of them may find Ao nang beach too commercialized. A few years ago, Ao nang beach was originally a backpacker hotspot and quite laid back.

As Krabi airport brings in the mainstream tourists, Ao nang beach is slowly moving upmarket.

Ao Nang beach sunset

ao nang beach sunset

Ao nang beach is great for coming back in the evenings after your hard day's of play. You can choose to eat, shop and enjoy a night out at Ao Nang beach.

After sunset - which is often a spectacular show seen from the beach - Ao Nang beach front comes alive as people return from their day islands hopping

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freshly showered and dressed up for a night out. Shopping, eating and drinking are what is done best here.

Ao Nang beach shopping

ao nang beach stall

Instead of a big shopping mall, there are roadside stalls and small shops lining alongside and bargaining is a must.

We went past foot massage shops, nail manicure, pedicure, foot scrub, back shoulder massage little pedicure corner shops that you can pamper and indulge after your hard day island-hopping.

Chantal certainly did tried the pedicure services and was delighted because it was very cheap around 200 baht or USD $7.

Alternatively, you can sit in a roadside bar and people watch, or sip a pina colada under the stars at a beach bar on the sand.

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Ao Nang Food

ao nang thai food

If your palates are adventurous, you can try local Thai food. However be prepared to gulp lots of water. We had tried the spicy and sour Thai dishes ourselves. Find out which Thai dishes you need to be aware of.

For the budget conscious, we can show you where to find hidden food haunts right in Ao Nang beach which are cheap and also scrumptious. Yummy!

For those who are willing to treat yourself to a nice restaurant, you will be spoilt for choice! Western food, Italian food, seafood.

Find out which restaurant you can taste gastronomic delicious meal.

Ao Nang hotels reviews:

Ao Nang beach has a wide range of accommodation including resorts, bungalows and guesthouses to suit your budget. We have reviewed four of ao nang beach hotel and resorts.

reviews of ao nang hotels and resorts

  • Ao Nang Sunset Hotel
  • Ao Nang Princeville Resort krabi
  • Ao Nang Villa Resort Krabi
  • Ao Nang Paradise Resort

Read about what are the biggest gripes about each of the hotels in terms of accessibility, their service standards, facilitiesand most important aspect: Price

click here to read unbiased reviews of the four ao nang hotels and resorts




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