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Ao Nang

Krabi Province
Ao Nang
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How to Reach

By plane

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.
Local shuttle buses — really just converted pickup trucks (songthaew) — run from Ao Nang to Krabi (40 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-Eleven store.

By boat

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 80 baht/person during the day, 100 baht/person at night (after 18:00 hrs). There is no pier so expect to get at least your feet wet, probably more. Long-tail boat from Aonang is available at all seasons but subject to the weather permits. In case of the monsoon season (May - Oct), getting to Railay from Ao Nammao is recommended.

By songthaew

There is a Songthaew(shared pick-up truck / taxi) service to Ao Nang from Krabi town, which runs throughout daylight hours in low season and up to 10PM in high season. The fare is 50 baht and they can be expected every 15-20 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 in Maharaj Rd (the main road). They go from here and cost B50. They apparently go also from the bus station, although the Writer went in the reverse direction and it went into Krabi town first, then to the bus station, for B80.When coming from Krabi, the songteow taken by the Writer came along the beach before climbing the hill at the end. Going back to Krabi it was the opposite direction to get to town and the bus station.

Key places to visit
Fossil Shell Beach, Nopparat Thara Beach, Rai Lay Beach, Koh Poda


Places to Visit

Fossil Shell Beach

Fossil Shell Beach (Thai Su-san Hoi, literally "Seashell Graveyard"). Some 7 km west of Ao Nang, this mildly traplike tourist attraction has slates of compressed 40 million year old shellfish, which bear not 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 if you are a geology student.

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 Lay Beach

A nice beach near Ao Nang, which can only be reached via a longtail boat. It is actually part of the mainland, but is cut-off by the limestone hills. The beach is cleaner than the one at Ao Nang and Nopparat Thara, and there are some caves worth exploring. There are also hotels and resorts on the beach.

Koh Poda

Koh Poda is an island off the west coast of Thailand, located in Krabi province, about 8 km from Ao Nang. It is part of the Mu Koh Poda, or Poda Group Islands, which are under the administration of Haad Noppharat Thara-Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park. The group consists of Koh Poda, Koh Kai, Koh Mo and Koh Thap.

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