Calm water, Great views, Amazing sunsets, Almost 1.5 kilometres of flat sand.
The beach in Ao Nang bay led to the increasing popularity and development of Ao Nang Beach town.
Now you can find accommodation of all levels, a choice of international restaurants and all the resources you would expect in a tourist hub.
Still the beach is long and safe for swimming and there’ll always be an area that suits your mood.
The Southern End
Arrive at the beach and turn left, head South. You’ll pass the frontage of some well established multi-star resorts, then a couple of small bars and restaurants built up above the high tide mark. As you get closer to the cliffs then the development decreases. On the beach around here you are always likely to find a nice quiet spot.
Almost to the end where the sand meets the cliff wall there’s a trail starting with some wooden steps. The trail leads up and over the rocks through the jungle. It will take you to the next bay. There are some nice views out to sea and the nearby islands from this elevated trail. As you descend to the next bay you will see the land behind the beach is now occupied by the Centara Grand Resort. Continue down to the sand as entrance to the beach is always available.
The Northern End
From Ao Nang beach front turn right and you’ll see the beach is backed by a sea wall about 2 metres high. Where the road turns away there’s a parade of restaurants with tables looking out across the sand and views to Poda Island and the horizon beyond.
The gardens of Krabi Resort back the beach at the far Northern end. Here, like the Southern end, there is a small rocky outcrop. You see a path among the rocks that will take you up through the rocks to a paved promontory and look out. It’s a great spot to be at early morning to see sea lit up as the sun rises from behind the cliffs. Late in the afternoon you can watch the sunset into the ocean and Ao Nang beach front lights up in a full spectrum of colour ready for the entertainments of the evening.
Transport Getting To Ao Nang Beach
For local journeys
All around the Ao Nang area including, Na Thai, Ao Nammao, Noppharat Thara Beach and Khlong Heng you are able to hail the small red tuk tuks. These are red, four-wheeled versions of the famous Bangkok Tuk Tuks. They are taxis for hire, they do not have meters. Agree the price to or from the beach with the driver before you start your journey.
For Krabi Town and Khlong Muang
You will notice white pick up trucks with covered backs and bench seats in the back tray. Called ‘songtaews’ they drive around Ao Nang slowly picking up and dropping off customers.
They service a route between Fossil Shell Beach – Ao Nammao – Ao Nang – Sai Thai – Krabi Town : Vogue Department Store
There’s another route from Ao Nang to Khlong Muang.
The service runs from about 7 am until 8 pm with pick ups passing about every 20 minutes. Just flag the driver and jump in the back. Pay the set fee when you reach your destination.
Tonsai Beach and Railay Bay West
Longtail Boats run as a taxi service every day. You can buy a ticket from kiosks situated on the pavement at each end of the Ao Nang Beach road. To Tonsai Bay and Railay West the price is set and the boat will leave as soon as the minimum number of customers are waiting.
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