Muay Thai - Ao Nang Stadium
Muay Thai is popular through out Thailand and Ao Nang has its own stadium. For 800 bahts each (more for ring side seats) you can watch up to 10 fights. The levels of experiance and ages get higher so the longer you stay the better fights you will see.
The stadium is quite large but unless you're in ring side seats you cannot access the bar but a guy will come round selling chang, singha and soft drinks.
Long Tail Boat
We stayed on Railay Beach, which is only accessable by boat. The closest way is from Ao Lang Beach, where there are quite a lot of boats waiting normally. It's 50 Baht/person from Ao Lang to Railay and a 15-20 minute trip. If you are in a hurry and don't want to wait for more passengers, they charge you 200 Baht for one trip.
Once after visiting Tiger Cave Temple, we decided to get back to Railay from Krabi. We were told it's 70 Baht/person if we want to wait for more passengers (They didn't say how many more would make them pleased to go), however, "if you are really in a hurry and don't want to wait---obviously it's quite late now and the chances for more passengers are very rare---you can also take the boat by 700 Baht".
I still haven't figured out what the logic is to calculate. From Ao Lang, it's 50B/person and 200B/boat, but from Krabi, it's 70B/person 700B/boat.
Either from Ao Lang or from Railay, when you board, you have to go into the water first, and sometimes you have to go deep. It's much better if you wear shorts or swimming wear to get on the boat.
Thai Food near Klong Moung Beach
Riding around town in Ao Nang on a rented motorbike, we built up an appetite and decided we needed to have some lunch. We found our way towards Klong Moung Beach. A few tiny restaurants just past the Sheraton Krabi Beach Resort. We had a great lunch of Thai red currie, pad Thai and steamed rice. A couple of Singha's and we were very satisfied. This is a tiny restaurant, all outdoor dining, partially covered with a slight view of Klong Moung Beach. No credit cards accepted. Sorry, can't seem to locate the specific address.
Our only official daytrip during our stay in Krabi was a boat trip to the surrounding islands. We moored up in a cove and spent some time snorkelling amongst the amazing brightly coloured fish, then on to a pretty beach on Phi Phi Leh for another swim. We then sailed around the island to Maya Beach where the film The Beach was shot and it was just like being in the film……. if you ignored the hundreds of other tourists who had all taken boat trips at the same time so that they could pretend to be Leonardo Di Caprio!
Next stop was Phi Phi Don which is the island that was totally devastated by the tsunami in 2005. It was easy to see why it had been so badly affected. The island is made up of two hilly areas, joined together by a thin flat strip, where the main town is. When the wave hit, it just swept over the town, completely destroying everything in its path. It was very sad to walk around the newly-built town, knowing what had happened and how many people had been lost that day, but it was encouraging to see just how much had been done and how the surviving islanders seem to be gradually re-building their town and their lives and trying to put the tragedy behind them.
KO PHI PHI...the mother child in the neighborhood
PHI PHI, not pronounced as 'Fifi', but pronounced as PP...is the mother child in the neighborhood.
It can be easily accessed from PHUKET or KRABI = about the same time, about 2 to 3 hours from both places.
PHI PHI has grown steadily over the past decade where many thought would remain stagnant as it is just one of the larger islands off of the main land. however, it is now founded with hotels, inns, guesthouses, pubs, bars....and of course, more tourists.
I put this on 'must see' for more than just the reason for you to indulge in this beautiful islands with nice bay waters to swim and sun to bath....but would like you, as visitors, to help keep this place pristine.
If you have a chance to go there, you can still see the virgin waters, still clean and is in its infant stages that would one day decay.
** not to sound negative,but it breaks my heart to see how some of the most beautiful places on this planet, especially when it's mother natures' gifts, we destroy them with our pollutions!
one will see cigarette butts, plastic bottles and bags, food, and other stuff not belonging there starting to wash up the shores. Not to mention...hundreds of petrol running long tail and speed boats pollute its waters...everyday.
Now the fish in the seas will swim up to meet you when you go swimming, a few years from now....the plastic bags from your fritto lay chips and plastic bottles of sun tan lotion and drinking water will swim chin to chin with you.
LET'S try to keep this mother child the way it is...
and that's my foremost reason for this posting.
*in my picture, you can see the number of boats hanging out in its bay...(sigh!)