Travel Light and Buy There!
Flip flops and sandals are most ideal in Krabi as most of the time, you will probably be walking on some beach. Some better hotels there actually provided flip flops for their guests as well. You can develop all your photos in Ao Nang, even digital ones. As of November 2003, there are at least 3 photo developing shops in Ao Nang, and 2 are digital ones (Fuji FDI and Kodak Digital). They are very affordable (about 6 baht per photo for 4R) and advance (can even digitize direct from negatives to CD), and the best part was that the typical developing time is always within 1 hour. If you go out to the sea often, bring or buy a dry bag there to protect your camera and other electronics equipment. Ao Nang has a lot of very well-stocked minimarts (especially Ocean Mart) and gift shops and you can probably buy everything you need for your trip in Krabi over there, including the much needed sunblock. Although it is a tourist town, the things are still more than reasonably priced.
The domestic terminal is now also in the new airport and you will only have to be there 45 mins. before your flight. It's not that expensive flying to Krabi from Bangkok but I think you can also do it by train/bus. It's a nice hour long flight and we flew with Thai Airways.
It costs 500B if you take a taxi from the airport to Ao Nang and taxis are not difficult to find. I booked the hotel limou from the airport to the hotel and it cost 700B cos' I thought there wouldn't be any taxis. Unlike what other VTers suggested, Krabi airport is very new and clean and there aren't any mosiquitos. In fact, there was hardly any the whole time I was in Krabi.
One thing we were pleased was we only needed to pay 400B airport tax when we left for home via Krabi the same day. If we checked in from Bangkok, it would have cost 1000B instead.
Fairly large, boisterous restaurant, serving BBQed meats and fish. Eat on the terrace overlooking the road or undercover, this is a fun, noisy place that serves good if unsubtle food. Grilled fish and meat
Noppharat Thara Beach
Located 6 kilometers from Ao Nang is a famous 3 kilometer long white sandy beach lined with casuarina trees and coconut groves.
Noppharat Thara Beach is very popular for picnics with locals and can be quite crowded on weekends. So if you are after a Thai style getaway this is the place to go.
The beach is paved with tiny seashells and was formerly called "Hat Khlong Haeng" which means dried canal beach by locals, because the canal dries up during low tide and the area turns into a long beach.
The sea off Noppharat Thara Beach is part of the Noppharat Thara - Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park, a place of great beauty.
You can also hire speedboats or long tail boats to take you to any of the outlying islands, including Chicken Island, Koh Poda, Koh Tap and the Phi Phi archipelago.
At low tide it is even possible to walk from the beach across to Kok Kao Pak Klong Island in the bay.
Hat Noppharat Thara is part of Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park and is also the location of the Park headquarters.
There are a few very good open air restaurants here as well and it’s definitely well worth spending some time at Noppharat Thara Beach.
Lots more photos here,
Bang Pat Fishing Village
Built on the water, the entire eight-acre fishing village of Bang Pat, in Thailand’s Phang Nga Province, emerges from the sea on stilts. Boats are the only means of travel, and have long been the only means of survival.
Bang Pat was directly affected by the tsunami, out of 57 houses in the village, 25 were destroyed!
Fishing boats were lost, and engines and equipment were damaged beyond repair, destroying the villagers’ only source of income.
However the village is now well on the way to recovery and the locals love having people come visit them.
We were on our way back to Phuket traveling along Highway 4 and saw a sign for Bang Pat on the left. Another small detour and off we go.
Soon we have mangroves and fish farms on both sides of the road, this is snake country, one little section of the road had dead snakes everywhere plus a big live one that Gary managed not to squash.
(Not on this trip anyway)
Then its time to dodge all the goats running over the road. After about 10 kilometers traveling down this road – it finishes – dead end.
We are surrounded by water and it’s beautiful, across the water we can see a fishing village, we haven’t yet realized that this village is also surrounded by water.
There’s a footbridge (built since the tsunami) crossing the water leading to the village so off we go.
We have arrived at Bang Pat, there are a couple of little local restaurants so we thought we would also have something to eat.
No such luck, they are closed, actually they looked like they hadn’t been open for a long, long time, we did manage to buy a couple of drinks from a local and it was fantastic being where there was not another English speaking person.
We watching the locals shelling cooked crabs, they were so happy to show us how they did this and also to give us fresh crab meat to taste.
We have been back to Bang Pat a couple of times now and it is definitely worth going to, the people are so friendly and happy to see visitors.
More photos from Bang Pat Fishing Village,