Photo: Plenty of water, variable beaches.

Beaches in the Ao Nang area

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Whether you’re after a lively scene or pure peace and quiet, at least one of the coastal beaches in the Ao Nang area should do the trick. Read on for the low down on a dozen different beaches spanning some 30 kilometres of Krabi province’s coastline.

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Most of these beaches share one similarity: at low tide, all but the Railay beaches and Haad Tup Kaek have shallow water for up to half a kilometre offshore, making swimming difficult. In dry season the sea is usually calm, but fairly large waves often crash ashore in the rainy months. For info on how to reach all of these beaches, see the orientation section near the bottom of the Ao Nang intro page, and the transport page.

Haad Ao Nang Kilometre-long Ao Nang beach is the busiest of Krabi province’s coastal beaches, but that does not make it the best. The main road runs alongside the northern half, where a concrete seawall hosts a huge statue of kids roping in a marlin. The beach has some fine tan sand but mostly pebbles and bits of shells. The water tends to be murky and there’s a lot of boat traffic, with minimal roped-off areas for safe swimming. People stay here mainly for the bustling scene, the large accommodation selection and other conveniences.

Ever popular Ao Nang Beach. Photo taken in or around Beaches in the Ao Nang area, Ao Nang, Thailand by David Luekens.

Ever popular Ao Nang Beach. Photo: David Luekens

The best stretch of Haad Ao Nang is to the south, where the busy road gives way to a pedestrian-only walkway and the beach widens enough so that a seawall isn’t necessary. Down here you’ll find a few large resorts such as Ao Nang Villa along with some beach bars and massage stalls. Umbrella trees shade much of the sand. At the far southern end, cross a footbridge to find the “Monkey Trail” cutting up the headland before dropping down to Centara Resort’s private beach. On our last visit we spotted dusky langurs in the ... Travelfish members only (Around 1,600 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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How to get there
Ao Nang, Eastern Haad Noppharat Thara and Ao Nammao can all be reached by public songthaew, while the others can only be reached by taxi or private vehicle. See the orientation section for more details on the roads involved.


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