Sure, Ao Nang is touristy — it is a resort town — and there are things I don’t like here. But this part of Krabi boasts some incredible features that you simply can’t miss when traveling in southern Thailand — and you don’t necessarily need to stay in the middle of the hustle and bustle. Here are ten reasons for you to visit Ao Nang.
1. This rooftop bar view
My wife enjoying a drink with the stunning town backdrop.
Bangkok is a megacity set along the Chao Praya River, lit up by impressive temples and high-rise buildings. The capital boasts lots of tourist attractions, and if that’s what you’re looking for, you should jump straight to 12 Must-Dos in Bangkok. But if you’re looking for something different, continue reading as I list five unique things to do in Bangkok.
1. Climb the “Ghost Tower”
View from up Sathorn Unique Tower in Bangkok. Photo: Sabrina Iovino / justonewayticket.com
It is allowed to fly a drone in Thailand. However, in 2017 new regulations came into force in Thailand and registration with the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) is required if your drone is equipped with a camera or weighs more than 2 kg. For more details on the regulations visit CAAT’s website.
I’m in the middle of the registration process now as I heard that drones could be confiscated in Thailand, and according to CAAT’s website, “any act of violation is subjected to up to 1-year imprisonment or fined up to 40,000 baht or both”.
I don’t think it would go that far, but I’m not going to gamble on it.
Rawai Beach in Phuket captured with my drone before the new regulations.
Most people associate Thailand with tropical beaches, and rightly so — who doesn’t want to walk on hot soft sand barefoot before taking a dip in the clear water? I know I do. However, you may be looking for other things to do as it can be quite boring to get rid of sand from between your toes all vacation. Luckily, Thailand has a lot more to offer. How about:
1. Hiking in northern Thailand
Beautiful valleys north of Chiang Mai. Photo: worldexpeditions.com
If you have been driving along Route 4 from Phuket to Krabi or vice versa, you couldn’t have missed the huge black monk statue facing the highway in Phang Nga province. The statue depicts Phor Than Klai, one of the most famous guru monks of his generation (1876-1970).
While a vacation at any of these hotels is a reality for some lucky bastards, it’s like the title says just a dream for some, including myself. But someday I will spend a night or two at one of these dreamy hotels.
1. Rayavadee Hotel, Krabi
A reclining Buddha is a statue that represents Buddha during his last moments and entry into Nirvana and the end of all reincarnations (the cycle of death and rebirth). He is lying on the right side with his head resting on a cushion or relying on his right elbow, supporting his head with his hand.
The statues are often huge, and there is something exciting about them. Here are three big reclining Buddhas I have visited and the name of the temples that house them.
Wat Pho in Bangkok
When my visitors reach my website, they sometimes book hotels via my ad links. I like to check up on those bookings to see what my readers are interested in, so I can tip other visitors, or in this case, perhaps even book it myself. One reservation that took my attention was Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach Resort.
It’s pretty simple; fry some minced pork with a combination of ingredients typical of Thai cuisine and something magical happens in your mouth. Below are three of my favorite minced pork dishes.
Moo Pad Krapow
Nakhon Si Thammarat, which is the largest province in southern Thailand, boasts quite a few national parks and waterfalls. Previously we have visited Tha Phae Waterfall, and last we stopped by at Yong Waterfall – a 10 minutes drive away from the town of Thung Song.
Yong Waterfall is part of Namtok Yong National Park, a 205 square kilometers tropical mountain forest with an average elevation of 600 meters above sea level. From the entrance where you pay the 100 baht fee (as a foreign tourist), walk the paths which follow the stream about 700 meters up to the 15-meters high waterfall.
I would not call Yong Waterfall a touristy place, but Thai people love to come here to cool off in the lovely pool under the waterfall and feed the fish.