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Ao Nang

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Air

The closest airport is Krabi International Airport, from where you can catch a shuttle bus direct to Ao Nang for 150 baht. To get back to the airport, you can catch the same shuttle bus or take advantage of minibuses that depart with the intention of getting passengers to their flight on time (there are only a small number of flights per day). The minibuses cost 150 to 200 baht -- check in with a travel office for more info.

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Bus

The provincial bus station is in Krabi town, reachable for 60 baht via any of the white songthaews that regularly pass through Ao Nang.

A handful of popular tourist destinations can also be reached directly from Ao Nang by minibus. These often include ferry transfers to islands for a single fare. Sample destinations include:

Bangkok (Khao San Road): A tourist bus departs at 16:00, costs 600 baht and takes 15 hours. This bus also services Surat Thani, Chumphon and Hua Hin.
Ko Lanta: Minibuses depart year-round at 08:00, 10:00, 13:00 and 15:00, cost 400 baht and take around 1.5 hours.
Ko Lipe: A minibus departs at 06:00, costs 950 baht and takes around 7 hours, including the ferry hop from Pakbara to Lipe. During high season, an additional minibus departs at 09:00 and costs 1,200 baht (this one uses Tigerline ferry service).
Ko Samui: Lomprayah bus departs at 06:00, costs 750 baht to Ko Samui, and takes around 9 hours. You can also reach Ko Pha Ngan and Ko Tao this way.
Khao Lak: A minibus departs at 10:00, costs 400 baht and takes around 4 hours.
Khao Sok National Park: A minibus departs at 10:00, costs 400 baht and takes around 6 hours.
Phang Nga town: A minibus departs at 11:00, costs 300 baht and takes 3 hours.
Phuket town: A minibus departs at 11:00, costs 400 baht and takes 2.5 hours. This minibus also services Phuket airport, Patong, Kata and Karon beaches.
Surat Thani train station: Minibuses depart at 11:00 and 16:00, cost 350 baht and take around 4 hours.
Trang: Minibuses depart at 06:00 and 10:00, cost 350 baht and take around 5 hours.
Hat Yai: Minibuses depart at 07:00 and 11:00, cost 350 baht and take around 5 hours.

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Boat

Especially during low season, use your common sense before you get on a boat. We can't emphasise this enough; at time of writing, a string of tourist boat accidents in the Krabi/Phuket area were making headlines. If there are high breaks and black clouds in the direction you're headed, bight the bullet and wait until the weather clears. The decision to embark on to the seas is usually up to boat "captains" who often put profit ahead of safety.

Tickets for longtail boats to Railay can be purchased from clearly marked booths at either the north or south side of Ao Nang beach. They start at 08:00 and drop off passengers on Railay West beach -- expect to wade through some water on either end. The cost is 100 baht per person and boats leave throughout the day when full. If you don't want to wait, expect to pay around 300 baht for a whole boat.

Tickets to Ko Poda can also be purchased from these same booths. They also start at 08:00 and cost 100 baht for a one-way trip, returning at 15:00.

Long distance boats use the pier at Haad Nopphara Thara, just north of the national park headquarters. Although it's possible to just show up at the pier, most book tickets through any of Ao Nang's countless travel offices as these will include pick-up at your hotel for no extra charge.

Ko Lanta: Departs at 10:30 during high season only, costs 550 baht and takes 2 hours. Note that unlike the Ko Lanta bound boats from Krabi town, the ones from Ao Nang do not stop at Ko Jum.
Ko Phi Phi: Departs at 09:30 year-round, costs 450 baht and takes around 1.5 hours. From Ko Phi Phi, boats depart for Ao Nang at 15:30.
Ko Yao Yai / Ko Yao Noi: Departs at 11:00 during high season only, costs 550 baht, takes around 1.5 hours and drops passengers at either island.
Phuket (Ratsada Pier): During high season, boats depart at 10:30 and 15:30 and cost 750 baht. During low season, a single boat departs at 15:30. From Phuket, boats depart at 08:30 and 13:30. The journey takes around 2 hours.

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Getting Around

The Ao Nang area can be covered fairly easily on foot, but if you want some wheels, bicycles can be rented at Haleeva Sunshine Hotel for 100 baht per day and motorbikes can be rented practically anywhere for 150 to 250 per day.

Cars are also available for rent from a local woman, starting at 1,100 baht per day; for more info, call June at (081) 978 6989.

Motorbike taxis with side-cars can take you just about anywhere in town for 20 baht, or to Haad Nopphara Thara for 40 baht. Private car taxis are also available for exploring the region -- expect to pay around 1,500 baht for a half-day.

White songthaews cruise through the main strip every five minutes and can take you to the centre of Krabi town for 50 baht, as well as to Haad Nopphara Thara, Ao Nammao and the Krabi bus station.

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