Ao Nang Beach, Krabi
We just had a bad experience that almost caused us to miss our return flight that I want to warn you about.
The airport taxi we took to the hotel after arriving made a stop halfway at this tour agency called 'Krabi Somporn Travel & Service'. The driver only said 'please wait a moment' and left. We assumed he needed a pee break.
Right after he entered, a lady came out and asked if we wanted to book a return taxi at the end of our stay at only 500 thb, which we agreed to as it was 100 thb cheaper than the usual rate.
On the day of return, our pickup was supposed to arrive at 1pm. We waited till 1.05pm, which was when the hotel suggested we start calling. The lady who made the return taxi booking asked for my ticket number, then said she would call the driver and hung up. I am thankful to the reception staff at our hotel, Holiday Inn Ao Nang, for hounding the agency and driver who was perpetually 'next door'.
The driver finally arrived almost a half hour late in a mosquito-infested car. He had to drive like a maniac just to get us to the airport in time for our flight.
I found another negative review of this agency: https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/ShowTopic-g297927-i9287-k5979597-Warning_Taxis_stopping_at_tour_agencies-Krabi_Town_Krabi_Province.html
Originally a fishing village, Ao Nang is now a major city beach resort which is far less developed than Phuket.
They say it is like Phuket 20 years ago. But there is still plenty to do and lots of good restaurants, shopping and tours to various islands, jungle treks, diving etc.
The views here are amazing, stunning limestone cliffs and rock formations and a National Park located approximately 40 kilometers outside of Krabi town with lakes, caves and spectacular natural scenery.
We were in Ao Nang in low season and it was perfect, the beaches were nearly empty and the water perfect for swimming.
It’s a beautiful place to stay with lots of fun places to explore and we will definitely be back.
Also great for families.
Ao Nang is approximately 195 kilometres from Phuket.
Take Route 402 to Route 4 and pass Tambon Kok Kloy of Takua Thung District in Phang-nga Thap Pud District, Phang-nga and enter Ao Luk District of Krabi
The beach in Ao Nang is not the best in Krabi, there are more perfect, more deserted beaches if you just jump on a longtail. The sand in places can be quite rough under foot, but the southern part of the beach is the best but it can be quite busy. There's some shade from the over hanging palms but be careful of the falling coconuts.
In the centre of the beach are the longtails waiting for punters to take them to the islands and neighbouring beaches. As with most of the beaches in Krabi the ever buzzing engines of the longtails might disturb the peace and quiet you might be looking for but you block it out after a while.
There are a number of hotels set back from the beach where you can grab lunch and also the odd hut selling smoothies. There are sellers on the beach, peddling their wares but not too many as to be a nuisance.
Aonang Beach is a bustling street along the beach. It has lots of shops, restaurants, bars and hotels. The beach though is not my first choice for swimming since there are better beaches in Krabi. Railay beach is just a boat ride away.
Relaxed and unhurried, Ao Nang, is surrounded by spectacular scenery.
Picture majestic cliffsm and swaying palms. Near to shops and bars. Water was more chill and cleaner than Noppharat Thara Beach, however, there're many shells and dead corals on the beach, making the sand not as smooth as Noppharat Thara. Saw only one sales person selling jewellery on the beach, and about 5 tourists in total on the beach. No suntan chair and stuff, pretty quiet and nice place to relax and chill out.
Ao Nang is the most popular beach resort in the region. The topography around here is spectacular and the beach is very nice. There are a bunch of bungalows, restaurants, and bars in the area making this a very low key resort without the high prices.
Ao Nang is the most popular beach resort in the region, complete with apartments for rent, lively bars, a beach promenade and some beautiful seafood restaurants above the beach. It's a very tidy and low-key resort, but the beach here is really nothing special. It is, however, a great base from which to explore some of Thailand's most beautiful beaches and scenery in the surrounding countryside.
AO NANG is the most accessible of Krabi's beaches. Situated 16 kilometers from Krabi town, it is the most developed in the area. It is a small seaside town in a pretty bay surronded by looming karst scenery. The beach itself is good for building sandcastles. Ao Nang is a good base for islands hopping to explore other islands nearby.
A little quiet town .... be warn!!! it is becoming popular with tourists!